burrsettles's picture



Liner Notes: 

Performance on this isn't the greatest.

I've had an Arturia KeyStep Pro for months now, but have only used it as a straight up MIDI controller, so I decided to try learning some of its "performance" features! I programmed in a drum pattern on track 1 and am performing the bass & lead simultaneously with the keyboard "split" to control both tracks 2 and 3. The bass uses an arpeggiator the whole time (16th notes, random order). The lead is mostly freehand, but I turn on the arpeggiator for the "bridge" (8th notes, ascending order).

Note that the bass & lead aren't sequenced; I performed everything live to a 2-track recorder in one take. Hence the sloppiness. There's also a "fill strip" that i used to try and generate bass/drum fills to transition between parts. It mostly worked.

I only did 3-4 passes until I figured it was good enough and decided to move on... came out OK...

\\\\\\\\ patch notes ////////

KeyStep Track 1 -> Arturia DrumBrute (kick & hihat direct outs into 3 channels of a mixer for separate EQ/panning)
KeyStep Track 2 -> Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1b (bass) -> BOSS BF-3 Flanger (into a stereo track in the mixer)
KeyStep Track 3 -> Make Noise 0-Coast ("lead," into the mixer)

I also have a TC Hall of Fame reverb (spring reverb setting) in the AUX send of the mixer, sending bits of the 0-Coast, snare, and hihat into it.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


Edward Roussac's picture

I like how the percussion is spread out across the stereo field; what a great experience on headphones. I also like the pulsating arpeggiator bass and distorted, wandering synth leads.

sbs2018's picture

This is really cool! Love the width in that percussion!

djtjb's picture

This was great! I love the sound of that lead!