Sloppy Piano Chops – Akai MPC 1k Program

Well, I broke down and got a guitar pedal board today, so I could more easily work with multiple pedals. Before it was one at a time, but not any more. Now I can run them in series and mix and match for some more interesting effects. I’ll have to start posting about putting the pedal board together and powering it. Oh and hacking on the plastic to get everything to fit, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Today, I wanted to record some piano. Some jazzy chords, played a bit out of time, but routed through the Chase Bliss Mood with the slip filter running, which makes it pretty hard to make things sound like they are played in time. This formed the basis of why you’ll see some of the chords sound like they are the tail, and other parts come in much louder. I then routed this through the Chase Bliss Generation Loss, which you’d think was drizzling the noise into this sample, but no, I can thank my USB charger for my computer for this. I figured I was going to add noise anyways, so why not leave it in. I’m not sure I have a ground loop problem or something else, but it’s quite noisy, and I know it’s from my external USB C graphics, because when it is running off the battery it is fine. So all of that it is run through the Generation Loss high pass and low pass filter, then dumped into the Gen to bit crush quite a bit, and with some added flutter.

Anyways, Sloppy Piano is the result, if you want to take your hand at chopping it go nuts, it’s got some interesting sounds here, but as I said, due to poor playing, and the Mood slip, you’re not really going to get any straight chops. Given enough time you might be able to loop it and surprise me though.

From here, I just did the laziest chops you can imagine for the MPC 1k to create Sloppy Piano Chop. This is not something I’m terribly proud of from a chopping standpoint, but I found it quite fun to play and figured it’d be worth it to share. Good luck and have fun!

Cheap Piano – Akai MPC 1000 Program

I’m pulling together on a track on my MPC 1k, and have been playing around with a few piano sounds. The initial sound comes from the OP-1, from the Fake Piano patch under the DR Wave engine. I liked this sound as a starting point, and it reminds me a bit of the old Casio keyboards from the 80’s. I changed the presets a bit, and in particular turned off the Spring reverb as this was giving it a bit too much presence.

Post OP-1 tweaking, I routed the sound through the Chase Bliss Generation Loss to really abuse the sound. In particular I added some Wow to give the sound a bit of somewhat repetitive but also unstable character, and added some mild noise in order to dirty up the noise a bit while also running it through the low pass just to clean it up a hair.

Once I was happy enough with the sound, I setup a basic eight note pattern on the OP-1 with Endless, matched the BPM to the MPC 1k, and recorded off the passage. The outcome was Cheap Piano Recording which I’m pretty happy with as a source to chop from. The trimmed and chopped MPC 1k program is the Cheap Piano Drum Program, and reading this is making me think I need to worry about my naming conventions or I’ll make myself crazy in the future.

While I am not totally sold on recording this level of unstable audio through the Generation Loss for chopping purposes, the duplicated notes in the phrase do show themselves to be unstable in varied and unique ways. I suppose if you’re constrained for memory, this is not a reasonable technique because you would want to leverage the effects post sampling not pre sampling. On the other hand, the MPC 1k does have 22+ minutes of mono sampling time, and for my new track so far I have used maybe 30 seconds max.