Arturia

Experimentation, Music

Experimentation : 030517

After feeling increasingly frustrated with Ableton Live over the past few years, I've recently been playing with PreSonus' Studio One 3 (which you can download a stripped down free version of). After being impressed and discovering tons of things I *wished* I could do in Ableton were actually possible in Studio One, I decided to take the plunge and make the switch. I'm still getting used to the difference in workflow, but I'm starting to get the hang of it and become productive.

Here are a few things that caused me to switch:

  • Ability to edit multiple piano rolls for different tracks in a single window (AMAZING)
  • Much easier and precise tempo change editing
  • Ability to precisely type in specific values on automation curve nodes
  • Easier re-arrangement of the song flow with the Arranger window
  • The scratch pad window for non-destructively trying out different ideas
  • Visual/thumbnail reference to plugins and instruments
  • Pinning of Instruments/Plugins so multiple instruments on different tracks open at once

And here are a few things I wish it had (or maybe haven't learned how to do yet)

  • Actual looping of clips (rather than duplicating clips)
  • Ability to create track presets (rather than just instrument/fx chain presets)
  • Ability to adjust tempo while track is playing without the audio stopping

Overall, I'm definitely impressed with Studio One. After learning the basics, I even created the beginnings of a new track. This track features PunchBox (Kick), Serum (Bass 1) fed through Studio One's built in Arpeggiator, Predator (Bass 2), BFD2 (Drums) and the Matrix-12 (Lead).

Here's the fruits of the weekend!

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Experimentation, Music

Experimentation : 021417

The past couple weeks have been pretty exciting when it comes to Nerve War. Sounds discovered, tracks completed, oh my! Below are a few samples of some things I've been working on and playing with. I've got a lot more in the works too, but I gotta save some surprises for the album release, after all ;)

Track 01

This first track starts out with an arpeggiated bass line generated by the Arturia SEM V, which is an emulator for the Oberheim SEM. Then comes in a light an airy medoly courtesy of the free VST Synth1. And lastly, on top of everything, is an arpeggiated lead from the Arturia JUP-8VJupiter-8 emulator. Overall this track is coming along nicely and will definitely be making an appearance on the upcoming album :)

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This next one is a noisy as hell experimentation using the free VST TyrellN6 from U-HE. Not sure if this one will go anywhere, but I'm definitely keeping it in my back pocket.

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Lastly is a track that's giving me a bit of problem with synchronization settings (which you will likely hear). the bass line is generated with the Arturia MINI V filtered through the D16 Devastor. Towards the end Prophet V makes an appearance. Overall I'm digging the vibe of this one, I just need to figure out the sync issue (I'm sure it's just operator errorrrrrr, drrrr).

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