Sampling and Slicing Hardware Synth Riffs In Maschine
In this tutorial, using Maschine to sample, slice, and arrange riffs form hardware synthesizers is covered.
In this tutorial, using Maschine to sample, slice, and arrange riffs form hardware synthesizers is covered. Using an even number of measures (or bars) of audio, Maschine’s sampler’s slicing mode can easily divide the sample into clean, even one- or two-bar parts. This allows for easy arrangement and/or layering of the sample’s parts using Maschine’s pattern-based sequencer.
Maschine’s sampler’s slicing mode can then divide these parts further into individual transients or notes, using its detect mode. They can then be reused, allowing us to get the most out of our samples. Using these small slices, we can recompose the riff on the note level, or build up a groove using only a sampled hardware synth riff.
As was demonstrated in a previous tutorial, Maschine’s sampler’s slicing modes- Split, Grid, and Detect – are all useful for making beats with breaks. All of the modes allow producers to easily recompose the breaks, as Maschine automatically detects and associates slices with a sample’s tempo (or BPM) and number of bars of duration, and maps the slices across the sequencer when they are applied to a group.
When working with external hardware synths such as the modular synth used in the example for this video tutorial, Maschine’s built in compressor and reverb effects can be very useful. When used with the compressor’s sidechain input and Maschine’s mixer, these effects can be an essential production tool, especially when producing with heavy bass and drum sounds.
In a previous tutorial, syncing external hardware to Maschine via physical MIDI connections is covered.
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