Longtime GS lurker, recent first time poster here. Here is my first self involved post.
I have put out a fair amount of records/ tracks – mostly DAW composed with hybrids of soft synths and hardware. Over the last year I have built up a decent collection of hardware – to the point now where now almost everything is composed with hardware. To the point now, that Ableton sync is a major issue.
I have never been a fast producer. A song that gets released usually takes 2 months to get 100% mixed and off to mastering. It really frustrates me. Time is sparse with the day job so I really only have evenings and weekends.
A few months ago I got an MPC 60 and have learned it pretty well. A friend and I recently hooked all the synths up to it and just basically jammed a whole night then recorded the whole jam as multi-tracks into the DAW with live automation and such, then edited the jams down in Ableton, then mixed them in Mixbus.
All things said and done I had 2 decent songs in 4 sessions. One jamming/ recording, one editing, two mixing. It was ****ing awesome and completely changed how I thought about writing. I want to really try to go down this path for trying to write faster.
I have been re-evaluating my set up and plan on rewiring the whole rig to the MPC 60, then messing with trying to sync it with ableton via FSK or SMPTE. If this doesn’t work well, I would consider buying the inner clock system. I have my own ideas of how to set it up but I was thinking I would pose the question... “If you had all the below gear and wanted to try to write tunes the way I suggested above – how would you set it up” - please keep in mind I will not have much money to invest in new gear the next few months. I would need to keep a cap of $1000 on any gear suggestions.
We mostly do deeper house/ disco and lo-fi is all good. Most tunes have female vox but are not really songs per se. You can get an idea of what we do here Say Again's Spotlight page on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
The Moullinex remix is prolly the best example of the sound we are doing now.
Thanks! Curious to hear what you guys would do! Computer, DAW
Apple Macbook Pro
Ableton Live 8
Various VSTs Recording Hardware
Mackie 1604 Mixing Board
Motu 828MKIII Audio Interface
Golden Age Preamp
Golden Age Compressor
A lotta patch bays Hardware Sequencer
Akai MPC 60ii Drum Machines
Korg ESX Samplers
(2) Emu Emax (one for drums – one for polyphonic samples)
Emu e6400 Ultra Synths
Roland SH-101 (w/ Kenton Solo)
DSI Prophet ‘08
Korg M1R Efx Units
Roland Space Echo RE-201
Ensoniq DP4 effects unit Mic