ROGER LINN ON SWING, GROOVE & THE MAGIC OF THE MPC’S TIMING
Creating and perfecting a drum machine really comes down to timing. There has to be input timing by the performer as well as output timing by the machine. In between those two actions there are plenty of spots where this sense of timing can go wrong, so drum machines have to be built around this margin of error. The pads themselves have always been an important aspect of any drum machine, and even a controller. If they are too hard, it will whittle away at your fingertips and you won’t get a nice response when hit. If they are too soft, you won’t be able to tell when you’ve actually pressed the button – and this can be equally as bad.
There is a bit of play that needs to be had in order to find the best medium for response and feeling. It gets a bit more exciting when you add to the fact that you can actually change the response of the output, by swinging a note. While the swing may seem simple to us, there are many level of swing that can be heard in a song, and providing this feature on a drum machine is nothing short of amazing.