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Writing in software, then dealing with hardware...or vice versa?
Old 3rd September 2011
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Writing in software, then dealing with hardware...or vice versa?

I recently bought a ton of guitar stuff and synth stuff, leading me to be overwhelmed by the available tones.

I haven't been productive at all, except for making cool sounds.

Well, I finally sat down with ableton and started writing. What I realized is that writing in software daws is much easier for me. I have unlimited options for tones, but the music itself gets the priority; rather than just creating sounds all day. Obviously the sound quality is a bit lacking.

So, once I finish the track, I go back to my hardware and attempt to re-create similar sounds. This has also led me to working with the guitar in more interesting ways. I only have one mono synth, so if I need to re-create a pad or sequence, I create ambient wash patches with my pedals, or I send a sequence to my moog murf, delay, or looper.

Anyone do something similar, or the opposite?
Old 4th September 2011
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I've been doing this lately. Renoise is the only tolerable sequencer that runs acceptably on the Linux system that's my main laptop, so it's what I always have with me. It's a great little sketchpad for me, great for knocking out drum loops and the new loop slicer's quite nice to work with, but I can't really get a mix I'm happy with, plus I've got a pile of h/w gear that I like to play with. But with Renoise (which is basically a sampler with a built-in sequencer rather than the other way around) it's quite easy to then move everything (digitally) into my Yamaha h/w sampler and start mucking about with effects or redoing some of the sounds on my Evolver or other h/w synth. Everything does tend to end up in Live on an old mack to do the final arrangement, though, but I've got a few nice pieces of gear that make everything sound better in the end I think.

The dream would be to have a 1:1 correspondance between the sounds I have in Renoise and the sounds I have in hardware and have all the synths hooked up to a nice desk so I could just plug the laptop into a MIDI interface and work seamlessly, but I'm unlikely to ever get around to that.
Old 4th September 2011
  #3
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Originally Posted by nrvana8775 View Post
Anyone do something similar
Yeah, I've been doing that of late.
I'm not set to one workflow, but if I have some musical ideas I'll quickly slam something down with a softsynth, then later try and improve on both the sound and the part with something from my hardware.
A few times recently while spinning through some soft synth pre-sets I've come across a patch that's inspired a musical idea. Afterwards I attempted to replace that patch with something similar using a hardware synth and in the process advanced the initial idea to something more interesting.
So it's been a real winner of a process for me.
Old 4th September 2011
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for me it's the opposite way around, if i have only soft synths i don't even start a track cause in my mind if i don't use the hardware stuff it might become a loss of time.

i prefer to start and keep all the effort on my hardware, which sometimes doesn't let you be creative fast like when its all ITB
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