MATRIXSYNTH: Volca FM + Ditto X4 = loop fun!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Volca FM + Ditto X4 = loop fun!

Published on Feb 22, 2018 Slenterende Beer

"I decided to switch from the Ditto Stereo looper to the Ditto X4! I had the idea of doing an all-FM song, so this is what I did:

I programmed 4 short sequences on the Volca, heard in the following order at the start of the video: kick, hi-hat, snare and simple repeating melody. I then recorded a 1-bar loop of silence on the Ditto, to match the length of the FM sequences. After the length was set, I started recording loop 1 and played the 4 sequences, each time layering the loop (aka overdubbing).

I also recorded a 4-bar loop of silence (again, just to set the length), that I then started using for the bass line and chords. After those were recorded on loop 2, it was time for a little solo and playing with the looper effects.

The reason this is possible at all, is because the Ditto and the Volca are synced through MIDI, which was not possible with the Ditto Stereo. The Retrokits RK-004 sends the MIDI clock out to both devices.

Almost all Volca FM patches are from the "Percussive" and "FM Does Analogue" patch packs by the great Oscillator Sink.
Patch packs:

Korg Volca FM
TC Electronic Ditto X4
Arturia Keystep
Miditech MIDI Thru/Filter
Retrokits RK-004
Behringer XENYX QX1002USB

Recorded with iPhone 7."

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