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Machinedrum Recursive Sampling Test 02

Posted on | November 16, 2009 | 4 Comments


So this is another example of using the MD’s internal sampler to create a recursive “feedback loop” of sampling and resampling and resampling…. This has a tendency of psychedelically twisting the underlying beat.  The way this stuff sounds has really surpassed my wildest dreams.

MD Recurse Test 02

If you’re a Machindrum SPS-UW user, there are two tricks to getting this working nicely:

  • Use the last four slots to setup two sample record machines, and two sample playback machines.  Interleave the recording and playback so you get coverage of the entire measure.  For example, have R1 sample the first half of the measure, and P1 start playing at the second half of the measure. Likewise, set R2 to record starting at beat 3, and have P2 triggered at beat 1.  This is important to get the proper density of sampling to make this work with full feedback.  I did this with a 16-step pattern, but it would probably work similarly when extended for longer loops.
  • Use a Control All machine (or function-knob twists) to mangle the synthesis parameters, and optionally the insert effects to mess things up.

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4 Responses to “Machinedrum Recursive Sampling Test 02”

  1. Benjamin Eldredge
    November 16th, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    Wild Stuff! Sounds industrial and other worldly. It’s kind of addictive too. Wandering and non-predictable. . .

    Me likes!

  2. jdn
    November 16th, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

    Thanks Ben!

    It’s a fun type of sound to play with — all of that variation came from tweaking only about 10 parameters.

    Now the trick is keeping this technique going in more tame forms, interwoven with more structured tunes.

  3. cleemontine
    November 18th, 2009 @ 12:05 am

    oh you aged gratuitous expletive . . . she’s totally 8-bit, in’t she?

    this beat’s got some junk in the trunk – mostly crinkled foil and other bouncy static treets

  4. jdn
    November 18th, 2009 @ 2:01 am

    You mean you didn’t hear/feel the brown sound at the breakdown?

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