Pretty great way to start spring break ~~arranging schmaltzy acid-type house~~ Been a while since I’ve used the APC40. Thanks Jackson for leaving the keyboard with me. ~
The nanoKontrol is mapped to Yehezkel’s amazing melodic step sequencer. Check that out right here.
Here is a picture of the setup from our 3-hour Thanksgiving day jam session, preparing for our performance this upcoming saturday. MPK mini replace with launchpad, and the Line 6 delay pedal was added for incredible sound fuckery.
Gear, bottom right to upper left:
Maschine Mikro MKI, Boss DS-1 distortion pedal, MXR distorion pedal, APC 40, Komplete Audio 6 interface, Line 6 Delay pedal, Novation Launchpad, QuNeo, Kalimba, harmonica, Zoom H4n, SM58 mic.
truly incredible jam session with Nick (Draft34) yesterday afternoon. Over the course of about 2 hours we ran through 3 or so permutations of a really wild techno set. Nick brings the groovy ambiance, creating very cool textures from sound he captures on the go from his kalimba, harmonica, and voice, and I bring the percussion and tension. we’re ironing things out, and next time this set up will likely see Nick’s beautiful Line 6 delay pedal. it’s amazing how all this gear and this cable salad fit onto my desk along with all the tea and tea packets, books, camera stuff and other junk.
I think we will definitely try and record this set when the big performance happens. Dec. 1st!
the poster says “quit smoking!”
Gear, bottom right to upper left:
Maschine Mikro MKI, Boss DS-1 distortion pedal, MXR distorion pedal, APC 40, Komplete Audio 6 interface, MPK mini, QuNeo, harmonica, Zoom H4n, Kalimba, SM58 mic.
All of my latest posts have been more silly or gear-related than actually related to my creative process… Despite this, I have been working on music, believe it or not! I have been collaborating on a couple tracks with Draft34, and we have two completed tracks, though the push to the next one has not quite come. I have also been tinkering a lot with Ableton live sets to design the ultimate performance template and as of friday night/saturday morning, I believe I have created it! Perhaps one day I will share it, but it is the ultimate weapon for APC40 DJing. Lastly, I have begun some music in a rather different vein than my usual techno/house atmospheric stuff. So stay tuned, I’m sure I will have a breakthrough and an update eventually.
APC 80, yes please, do want.
and goddamn! The wood looks so nice on the side of the APCs. One thing that I really do dislike about the APCs is the ridiculous design of the sides, with the unwieldy, pointy, space-consuming… wings? what else can you call them. another complaint I guess I have are the buttons. I would absolutely love them if they clicked, the way the kontrol X1 buttons click, despite being of a similar soft rubber. I mean, the clip launch buttons don’t have to be velocity sensitive anyway, and it’s really nice getting extra tactile feedback. It makes it more comfortable experience.
/my silly thoughts on controllers
Yours truly, with the gear.
photo cred to Bananafish Photography
arranging a track earlier today using the APC 40, and using Maschine to add more life to the drum track. For the tracks currently in the works, I have been lovingly crafting intricate drum racks, but have often found there to be a lack of motion or diversity in the percussion once the track has been arranged. I’ve been using Maschine to patch more “life” into the drum track after arrangement. I like working in stages and layers like that. It gives everything a chance to settle in the track and in my head so that I can really feel where what is and if it sits well, and lets me find where it does and doesn’t.
I honestly think this is one the best controllers that has ever been produced. It might not be as flashy or stylish as the other Ableton controllers like the CNTRL:R or Ohm64/RGB, and lacks the extra three rows of the launchpad’s 8x8 grid, but it’s incredibly well integrated with Ableton. and LED rings?! You can’t even say no to that! Only thing I would change is make the pads “click,” like the buttons on the Kontrol X1 do. I find the APC’s buttons are a bit… shaky.
What I like about the APC40 is that I can put together a track on the fly and be able to tweak exactly what I need, when I need it. I dont like putting together tracks in the arrangement view, I like to play them and put them together based on feelings. the APC40 lets me do that.