Techniques for Recording and Sequencing in Maschine
This helpful video tutorial sheds some light on the various options for recording and sequencing in Maschine and is intended to help improve your overall workflow.
Today, we look at the different ways you can go about recording and sequencing in Maschine. Of course, this largely comes down to either using the step input feature for sequencing in Maschine or using the record function to add material to your arrangement on-the-fly. But it is which tool you use for each part of your workflow that we will really be focusing on in this lesson.
For instance, it is very fast and easy to use the step input feature to accomplish your kick drum sequencing in Maschine. This only takes a matter of seconds to do and can usually be done quicker than recording the notes in real time. Conversely, you probably want a more human feel to small embellishments like percussive accents, etc. These are often times best recorded on-the-fly to get the right timing and placement, not to mention a much more human feel!
A great way to quickly decide whether it may be easiest to use the record feature rather than step sequencing in Maschine is to ask yourself whether or not you want all of the notes played for that particular sound to land directly on a down beat. If the answer is no, then you probably want to use the record feature to get it done quickly and keep moving forward in making music. If they answer is yes, then the step sequencer is probably your best bet to help you stay on task.
Of course, there are going to be exceptions to tips like this and you should always experiment a bit to see what you are most comfortable with and which approach helps you stay on task and working quickly!
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