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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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