October 3, 2011

And Even More Tempest Stuff...

by Chris Randall

I'm trying to get as much use out of this thing as I can before it has to go back to its rightful owners, hence overlapping videos and blog posts.

Anyhow, in this one, you can see me utilizing the "16 Mutes" mode of operation, in order to arrange the song on the fly. In this mode, you essentially sequence one whole pattern with everything going on that you might need, and turn the sounds on and off with the appropriate buttons.

Also making an appearance in this one is the Beepcat/Beagleboard, which you can just make out sitting on the Juno 60. I'm controlling it with the Akai MPK as in the Beepcat video. It is doing the higher-pitched melody thing that comes in when I drop the foot out.

The Euro-Rack modular is providing the bassline; it is a single TipTop oscillator running through a Harvestman Kuzminorgel in to a Harvestman Polivoks filter, plus some Doepfer stuff nobody gives a shit about.

And last but not least, my trusty Meeblip is doing the wubs.

Like the last few videos, recorded to and mixed from a TASCAM TSR-8 1/2" tape deck. MIDI sequencing done in Live. You know the drill.


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Oct.03.2011 @ 6:07 PM
Off topic but since MIDI sequencing was mentioned and you all know stuff...

I have very little time for music right now and what I do have, I want to use to write quickly. I'm still using Tracktion 2 and love it for audio, hate the fact that the MIDI looping (play and record) skips the first note. It's unusable.

I miss the days of banging out loops on a drum machine and MMT-8 w/ solid loop recording and a simple workflow. I'd like something similar but in software, and I'd prefer it to be free. Limited features is fine, as long as it can handle basic loop recording and pattern chaining.


Oct.03.2011 @ 6:19 PM
Chris Randall
I'm not personally aware of any modern MIDI sequencer that duplicates the MMT-8 or similar. I agree with you that was certainly a more fluid way to work, and perhaps it's what I've been pining for all this time as well.



Oct.03.2011 @ 6:21 PM
It's not Movember yet bro...

Great to see the Tempest in yet another performance mode.
It really is a versatile unit...

- Hugo

Oct.03.2011 @ 7:16 PM
Swag. Keep sneaking those Beepcat peeks. (Great name as always.)

@krylenko isn't that how Abelton Live works?

Oct.03.2011 @ 7:39 PM
You know I was thinking that if you don't get distracted or in too deep with all the possibilities Live could tick most of the boxes for you MIDI-wise. You could set up a few rows of MIDI clips assign them to whatever and start firing away. Bonus is you miss out on the great Abelton-y audio quality.
Worth a look.

Oct.03.2011 @ 7:59 PM
Adam Schabtach
Funny someone should mention the MMT-8. I've never actually used one but about a month ago I briefly considered trying to find one, just for the sake of a simple workflow. Maybe Jeff has some NOS units stashed in his closet?


Oct.03.2011 @ 8:19 PM
Been thinking about my old MMT-8 myself. Hard to believe how much has changed since then. That thing was so temperamental - but more stable than some of the sequencing software I used subsequently.

Cool music, Chris. I've enjoyed your posts/tweets about Tempest as well as the Creagle.

Oct.03.2011 @ 8:33 PM
nice vid CR. i like that groove. well proper, as they say in UK.

re the MMT8 - hated it. it's good for recording loops and playing things into it but i found going in and editing to make corrections or liven up a drum part to be a total PITA.. or god forbid you want to write your drum arts in it... i think squarepusher did that for a while but i'm guessing he smoked an 1/8th every day.

but it's the live performance sequencer of its day and beyond. soooo many people used them for years and years for live sets as well as in the studio.

i just couldn't get there with it.

Oct.03.2011 @ 9:39 PM
Guess I should give Live another shot. Tried it a couple of years back and it never really gelled for me, but I have heard people say it can be fluid once you set it up.

@boobs, I never found editing on the MMT-8 to be that difficult, but I never did much beyond "I like that performance, let's nudge one or two fast notes back a bit".

I play most stuff live but I'm horrible at drums, so the MMT-8 was perfect b/c I could set up a loop and lay down one drum part at a time, erase on the fly if a take didn't work, then move on to the next track to try out a bass line or whatever. The mute buttons and simplicity of the OS made that really fast. Plus the mutes were awesome to quickly try out different arrangements and/or mix patterns live to disk.

The basic functions of an MMT-8 wouldn't be all that hard to replicate, and I don't even need most of the editing features... maybe I should DIY it!

Oct.03.2011 @ 9:44 PM
Awesome, always love the experiments, and the inclusion of the Meeblip and Beepcat!

The MMT8 is a previously-unknown piece of gear to me. Was it a precursor to the method Live uses to pattern sequence? Who started the paradigm of starting the next sequence when this one is over, giving you the ability to queue changes in a quantized fashion? MPC-60?

The DR-110 came out in 82? and has the quantized pattern change feature. Man, I need to figure out how to get my DR-110 to sync, and I'd love to get a breakout box to mod the drum sounds, and maybe multi-outs. Anyone got any info on this, it seems like the DR-110 modding scene has died.

DR-110 = Reading the Tattoo manual made me buy it, I swear.

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