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Old 22nd May 2020
Gear Nut

Originally Posted by NawSon View Post
To me most of the fun of using the 707 and the TR is programming everything on the fly. I’ve done live shows on a TR-909 and TR-8 where it’s just running the entire time and I’m making new patterns on various drums and then slamming them into the mix. Once you become good at this you can even do cool little edits and things pretty easily if you so choose.

Especially if you have everything else sequenced just start practicing doing it live alongside that **** while working to hit your transitions on time. Maybe you won’t like that. But for me that’s how you get energy into the track.

Definitely don’t do the chopping things up like it’s a jungle track suggestion. If you like the sound of old Chicago and Detroit records, they were most likely doing one of two things: playing the drums live like I said, or using an MPC with samples. Look at old Cajmere, his **** is MPC60 almost entirely.
Thanks so much for sharing, I really do appreciate your insight.

Programming everything on the fly, was kind of what I was getting at. The problem is, I am not nearly good, or fast enough, to be able to make unnoticed edits, before the bar pattern is done being played. It would be a disaster. It is why I thought of doing everything on the fly for the 1 bar pattern, then dumping this to a 1 bar audio track, then creating another pattern, dumping this etc. In trying this however, was when I noticed the bars don't join together and flow as expected, which left me really gutted. If one wants the true feel and groove, it must all be played in order, from the internal sequencer of the unit itself. This got me realizing how cumbersome it is to have to remember what pattern is what, so you can properly join them in order, in the song mode of the drum machine. My question was asking how others are dealing with this and the above mentioned he does it both ways. He dumps to audio for a quick arrangement, warts and all, but then after he likes what he hears, he chains it all together in the unit and then does the final mixdown that way, which I liked. Since no one has been able to come up with any better methods, I guess this is best way to go, even if it does take a little more time in the long run, to accomplish.