MATRIXSYNTH: Multi-tracking a modular into a 4-track

Monday, March 18, 2019

Multi-tracking a modular into a 4-track

Published on Mar 18, 2019 TheTechnobear

"so, this weeks AE modular challenge was X, the number 10... to celebrate it being the 10th challenge!

I decided that to meet this challenge, Id create 10 patches on the AE modular, so the track would be solely made on the AE modular.
Obviously, I needed to multi-track to do this, but decided to stay away from the computer...

Instead, I decided to use a Tascam 244, that I had bought and repaired a few months back,
and whilst Ive used it a bit before, I wanted to challenge myself with it....

... creating 10 tracks on a 4-track, seemed like a good idea at the time ;)

perhaps unsurprisingly, this turned out to be a bit more of a challenge than I expected!
the workflow was not that difficult, its a matter of just keeping track of which tracks are your 'masters',
and so which tracks you have to record on, and the Tascam 244's EQ is really useful!.

it all started ok...
Id create a patch, play it live, record it.
rinse and repeat,
when I ran out of tracks, Id usually bounce and record at the same time.

but about half way thru, it became apparent, with a 4-track you really need to have a plan :)

you are continually having to commit on things like levels and EQ (to free up tracks),
but I wasn't even sure where the track was heading or what the next patches (so sounds) might be.

... and even half way thru, I had a pretty dense track!

so next time, I'll defintely think it thru first, Ideally have some kind of 'timeline' in my head, so that there are spaces to slot new things in, to let the track breath a bit.

but it was a lot of fun, and I definitely learnt a few things along the way,

I look forward to giving it another ago some time soon :)"

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