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Trumpets and the Talking Bass

or “How much I love to learn on my own”

I’ve recently discovered a very satisfying way of expanding my setup (which means adding two more virtual instruments) without increasing the number of tracks. I still have my limit number of 8 tracks, but can now use an additional drone on my pad track and another bass patch on (you guessed it) my bass track.

Watching a couple of Dubspot videos and stumbling upon some other tutorials, I managed to find out some ways to use Ableton Live racks and figure them out a little. I’m actually very proud of myself for having figured out most of the stuff and having come up with the ideas on my own. I think that’s the upside of being an independent digital musician: I’m free to learn, absorb and discover information and create as I evolve musically. I’m free to set my own limitations, rather than have some external thing impose them upon me, such as other musicians (with totally conflicting visions), prearranged compositions with traditional musical notation or an excess of rules (music theory-wise).

In any case, the situation I’m in and the musical path that I chose work best for me. I’ve collaborated with Conservatory musicians, rockers, jazzmen, and all sorts of other musicians, with tons of different approaches to music and a myriad of different workflows, and I can honestly say this open approach that I’ve found is the most efficient and satisfying method that I’ve ever encountered.

Kudos to the guys over at Ableton for developing software that offers so much versatility that anyone can use it in any possible way. I’m now so used to it and have based my music around it so much I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to use anything else ever again.

Anyway, the additions that I’ve done to my setup extend my diversity and I’m happy about that. I’ve added an overtone drone patch that I can layer over my pad or replace it with at any time. I also made a talking bass patch (think “yay-yay”)  - also good for layering on or replacing my current bass with. I got some good hints on how to create it from watching deadmau5′s ustream (for once, I’m glad I stumbled upon it). I’ve mapped the filter LFO rate to a knob (as in I can now control exactly how fast it goes “yayayay” and wobbles) so I can now do dubstep like it’s nobody’s business.

Also taking into account the 7 beat repeaters and my master filter, I think this particular setup is pretty close to reaching peak efficiency. I won’t add a lot more to it since I’m not keen on overloading my CPU, but what I have now is more than enough.

Until I get a proper demonstration of what these recent additions, here’s another track for the demo EP:

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