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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Akai APC Mini Live Jam - Yamaha Montage, DSI/Oberheim OB-6, Ableton Live 9

Published on Aug 27, 2016 Earmonkey Music

"I'm a fan of the live jam. This is fairly simple one. Just an example of how I do it in Ableton Live, with an Akai APC Mini control pad. Here's what's going on:

First I record some drums. You can do this from a drum machine or anything you want. I have two tracks with drums on them in this video. The first track I played live, just a kick/snare thing. The other track I used the Yamaha Montage arpeggios which have hundreds of drum loops. They're not audio loops, they're actually arpeggios so they are played live and then looped into Ableton.

I sequenced a couple of different bass lines on the OB6 and recorded each one into a separate slot on my Bass track so when I switch between them, I get something different in each slot.

Then I just started playing live and jamming. I arm a track with the APC and at any time, hit a button in a slot to start recording at the next 1-beat. Then keep on going.

It's a very fun way to build up tracks and you can get very complex. The APC will give you access to 8-tracks and 8-slots on each track at a time. You can scroll around with the controller too so you're not just limited to those 64 slots. But I didn't do that here.

The thing I like best is that other than recording the basic drums and bass lines, I didn't even look at the computer screen. It's all live, all hardware. The computer does the recording, but you're not tied to a monitor."

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