July 12, 2013

Hands, With Occasional Face...

by Chris Randall

Fun with the Analog Four, driving an original Oberheim SEM and the Eurorack jank with its CV outputs. No DAW, no plug-ins, no computer. Everything is sequenced from, and mixed in, the A4. It's worth noting, if you're thinking of buying one, that the analog inputs on the A4 have very limited controls. If you want to give up a synth channel, you have full control, but if you're just bussing them to the outputs, you only have pan, level, and FX sends (chorus, delay, and verb.)

That being the case, the A4 isn't ideal for this situation. I think if one had both an Octatrack and an A4, one would have better luck with this sort of environment. I had actually been planning to buy an Octatrack fairly soon.


As those of you with the constitution to follow my relentless tweetstream know, the missus and I bought our first house last weekend. Things are moving at a punk-rock clip (largely because we got fully pre-approved before we offered on a house) and we close on August 9th. Aside from nipping my Octatrack Dreams right in the bud, this will no doubt prove to be a wise decision in the long run. Not least of which because it has a huge back yard. More than large enough to build a Facility in. (c.f. the previous post on the subject of Facilities.) Now, whenever someone says to me "I'm building a studio!" my first response is "did your parents drop you on your head?" But yeah...

Anyhow, if you don't hear from me for a couple three weeks, that's why. In other news, I did another video a few days back, and I never posted it here. Similar kit, but I multi-tracked it in Live instead of mixing directly in the A4. Here 'tis:



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Jul.13.2013 @ 4:54 AM
Congrats on buying your first house! Very good feeling of land at home, it's yours. Good for you and your family!

Jul.13.2013 @ 9:38 AM
That resonance tune if f'n bananas.

Jul.13.2013 @ 10:13 AM
Congratulations to you and your wife on the home purchase, Chris.

I always enjoy watching your work - it may not be exactly my thing, but it is inevitably inspiring.

Jul.13.2013 @ 7:34 PM
Congrats on the house.

The kick drum in both those tunes is fantastic, are they both from the A4?

Jul.13.2013 @ 7:34 PM
congrats on the house Chris. Makes you an official grownup right? :)

Jul.13.2013 @ 7:34 PM
*are fantastic, even

Jul.13.2013 @ 8:36 PM
iThougth there was no love for the Octatrack. It would be interesting to see what you come up once you get it.

Jul.13.2013 @ 10:04 PM
Chris Randall
@DGillespie: Yeah, both tracks' foots are from the A4. The A4 is singularly capable where the foot is concerned. I've had a hard time getting a good snare out of it (the noise is shift register, not white, so it can't really get a good snap), but as far as kicks go, it's game on.

@iTaco: I couldn't really see the Octatrack fitting in to my WORKFLOW when it came out, and the early demo videos were so bad, music-wise, they did zero to change my mind. But the last few videos they've put up, plus a hands-on demo, have made me more sanguin on the subject. Adam just got one, and I await his report, since his current WORKFLOW is similar to mine.


Jul.14.2013 @ 2:03 PM
Whats that module doing with all the blinking lights ?

Jul.14.2013 @ 2:07 PM
Chris Randall
That's a René sequencer: link [www.makenoisemuic.co...]

It is sequencing two of the percussion sounds.


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