Oh, “groove tower”…
The “MIDI Pile”
My altar to G.A.S.
What version are we on now ?
- V 1.0 used a Behringer mixer’s Alt 3/4 bus as an FX/routing Bus
- V 2.0 moved a SwitchBlade rack mixer/router to bring MIDI control of this routing, with a single stereo FX-insert/Sampling-cue assignable to one source at a time (via Program Changes)
- V 3.0 used a Fostex MIDI Mixer to combine both MIDI Control of Mixing with the assignment of (m)any signal(s) into a stereo FX/sampling buss
Well, I’m still on the Fostex, so let’s call this V3.5 !
The drum machine has been upgraded; replacing the Korg Electribe ESX with
(my birthday present to myself)
an Elektron Analog RYTM, an AMAZING drum machine/groovebox, which has some interesting legs up over the big-tube Korg Electribe ESX (which I love, but outgrew).
the RYTM allows
- each of 12 drum voices to have a unique voice. Each one can play a sample, some can play different “machines,” or types of analog synthesis (with an array of digitally-controlled analog percussion circuits inside)..
- each drum part’s track to have different lengths/time-signatures for poly-rhythmic NONSENSE
- copy/clear/paste patterns freely without stopping to save
- mute of parts carries across patch/pattern changes, making for more fluid build-UPs and break-DOWNs
…this new level of sequencing with “the Elektron way” has a pretty steep learning curve, but it’s very intuitive and highly conducive to strong, uninterrupted flow.
also, it looks fantastic in the dark !
Makes me think of replacing the Volca’s with some kind of “groove-synth”…which has got me lusting after the Elektron OctaTrack.