©2014 Linda Palmer
My workspace changed a little this week, a slight configuration change for ease of playing. The setup allows me to loop any device that I have very easily.
Typically I'll lay down a beat using an Impulse instrument in Ableton Live, using the bottom row to trigger it while assigning the top row to Looper controls for the two vocal channels on the computer. Two MIDI tracks in Ableton are assigned to control the performance synths, if needs be.
It's an interesting web of cable I've woven here:
MIDI inputs to the laptop:
- Roland JV-35
- Roland Duo Capture controlling the Roland SH-201
- Arturia Beatstep
- APC 20
The signal web is a bit more complex into the sound board (Boss BR1600CD):
- Channel 1: Roland MC-202 analog synth
- Channel 2: Dry microphone
- Channels 3 & 4: Roland JV-35 (PCM-based Ensemble Synth)
- Channels 5 & 6: Roland SH-201 (Digital Analog Synth) via the Boss DD-20 Gigadelay
- Channels 7 & 8: Roland Duo Capture (laptop) with another mic into it.
I can more easily work on content rather than connection with this static setup. What I've sacrificed is the synths being able to use the panoply of effects in Ableton Live, as they go straight into the board now. This means less grain delay, so my sound is changing a little.
There's a bit of a learning curve, but it's not bad at all. This week I did a lot of vocal sampling and Impulse work. When I'm not serious enough to boot up Ableton Live, I can still play the synths, with the DD-20 Gigadelay providing loops and huge delays as needed.
Work is happening, but I'm still working. You will hear stuff pretty soon, thanks for your patience and support.
Listening: Candytrash's H & G