February 19, 2013
When a song is produced in Ableton or any other DAW, much care goes into each instrument used to create the song. Parts of the song that create melody and harmonization can be figured out melodically before an instrument is ever entered into the software, but drums are quite complex even though some may perceive them as just being the “beat”. Although drums are there to keep an overall rhythm, and to give the song some type of pulse, the type of drum that is actually being used can dictate the overall feeling of the rhythm section, and even the mood of the song itself.
Modern producers who like to play with complex rhythms and patterns will find themselves looking outside the typical meter that traditional songs use. The 4/4 meter is all too common (although friendly to listeners’ ears), and using different rhythm structure can actually enhance the feeling …
January 22, 2012
So the MPC Renaissance was definitely a hot topic this year. I know many were skeptical about the MPC being turned to a glorified MPD. Well, the unit seems to be in some final stages of development still. AKAI seem very keen to take user input right now, and were very receptive to suggestions for the unit just from people milling around the booth. That’s pretty good news. Here’s a quick vid for you on the MPC line.
The other good news is that the unit is not a glorified controller and is very much a serious piece of hardware built with some serious MPC power under the hood. Made to model great MPC’s through the years was not simply a software promise, but the function of serious mpc hardware that is built with the idea that an MPC could benefit working intuitively with a laptop based software package to …