Building A New Live Set
Now that things are settled down a bit from the move, I finally have the time and mindset to really focus on getting some new music written and recorded. Probably even performable if all goes well.
The Electribe live set I was working on was giving me a few issues so I decided to shelve it for a bit, and the Traktor S8 live set didn’t pan out the way I wanted, so that was a dead end too. I figured it was time to dive back in on the Maschine Studio as a live tool, see if I could come up with a way to use it to write and perform and entire live set from.
I won’t lie, this video of Dapayk Solo helped kick my interest back into high gear:
He’s basically using the exact same way of organizing the set that I was planning on, and despite a couple CPU dropouts he said, everything worked fine for up to 8 songs. At least now I knew it could be done, and I wasn’t so hesitant to spend the time prepping something of this magnitude.
I set myself a self-imposed deadline of June 1st to finish the set. Well, slightly self-imposed anyway, I might actually have a live set to play that night. Details pending.
The basic idea was to use each group in Maschine as a self-contained song, so that I could have multiple songs all in one self-contained project. After some experimenting and talking to other Maschine users trying something similar, it sounded like limiting the set to 8 groups (songs) was the best way to go. Beyond that you start running into CPU load limitations, it’s just pushing things too much IMO.
Even then, I knew I needed to try and be as bare-bones as possible when building the set, the more CPU in reserve the better. If nothing else it gave me plenty of power later in the process when I really wanted to fine-tune things. By sticking mainly with samples for my drums and a few instruments per song, I was able to write 95% of the set with my CPU meter barely lighting up in Maschine.
Oh yeah, the set came together really fast too, the bulk of it created over maybe a week? Plenty of time to meet my deadline now! I think it helped that I had just gotten back from a nice relaxing vacation to Amsterdam (my first time) a few days before. But I also know that it had been awhile since I had written and released any music I was happy with, and the itch was there to just get it done.
I’m still impressed every time I use the Maschine Studio, I admit it. Other than a few things I can do quickly at the start of a session like start a new project, everything can be done from the hardware. And it’s really fun to do so. The more used to Maschine I get, the more I realize there’s so much potential there with how quick it is it to write and EDIT your music. Didn’t help that the new 2.3 update for Maschine hit right before I dove in, new goodies are always fun to play with of course. 🙂
In a couple busy days in the studio, I managed to get the core of 8 new songs written for the live set. It’s mainly a dub techno, deep weird house sort of set, dance or nod, it’s your choice.
I still need to do some final mixdown tweaks, figure out exactly how I want to video record a run through of the set (everyone loves YouTube versions after all), add in a few fills here and there, and start assigning all the controls I want to tweak when playing the set to Macros for each group. 6 days, easy.
If all goes to play, hopefully I’ll be playing a new live set on June 1st, or at the very least have a practice run through of the set online. Back to it!
Peace and beats,