We are the music makers - producers?

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  • This is lunchtime's fucking around with the TB-3.

    Obviously just trying to learn how shit works. It's a far cry from the tracker days.

    I can now get it playing notes from Reaper (from the keyboard originally) thanks to this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ1iHnkq­iXA

    ). At the moment it's just using that to record waves of the synth and then moving those around the timeline rather than recording live knob twiddling as MIDI data for playback later.

    I also want to see if I can FX tracks "live" with the knobs on the MPKmini keyboard.

  • In the bottom left where it says velocity, when you open that drop down menu does it show all of the midi parameters?

  • Oh shit, I didn't even see that. SO MANY PARAMETERS...

  • Ok, well Pitch works. How do you work out which param is related to which control on the device?

  • Haha sick "Mod Wheel MSB" does nice things, and GP Slider 1 2 3 4

  • It all depends on the device and what it midi information it sends, some instruments work really well with certain DAW's and all the parameters will already be named ( a lot of newer synths that send midi over usb have stuff like that) but there should be a midi CC list in the TB3 manual.

  • Cheers. I'll have a look and keep fscking around. I'm having flashbacks of playing around with my mate's copy of Cubase and a Roland from 20 years ago so I remember some MIDI stuff but most of it is pretty much washed clean.

  • Ha, it won't take long for you to get in to it. One thing I like about Ableton over other DAW's I've used though is how easy midi automation is.

  • I did have a demo version of Ableton ages ago when I first thought about mucking around.
    Actually, still have it, it's from 2011! I can't remember what it was but I didn't seem to get on with it. Maybe it was just that I had less time at home to actually learn it and I'm just slightly more familiar with Reaper.

    Now I just need to work out how to use it while also riding the turbo.

  • The fact that there are so many amazing DAW's out there is one of the things i really like about the music production world and there's always one that'll click.

  • I'm trying to learn how to put a mix together on ableton. I am a complete beginner. Does anyone know of any good resources with information on how to learn to do this?

    Trying to sift through youtube tutorials is proving a little frustrating.

  • Tom Cosm is great for tutorials on this sort of stuff and he even has a template you download, although it might be a bit full on to begin with.


    But if you're completely new to ableton you basically just need to learn how to warp your tracks, once warped they's play in time with each other so you're best checking this out first.


    Don't worry that it's an older version, it works the same way in 10.

  • Legend, cheers!

  • First thing I've done during the lockdown.


  • Hey there,
    so I'm thinking about upgrading my "homestudio" setup to actually be able to record something.

    I'm using Reaper and am quite comfortable with that as a DAW but am lacking in the interface and monitor department.

    Because I'm a cheapskate and not at all professional I'm thinking about buying a focusrite 2i2 and a swissonic MM-3 Monitor set. Any experiences with these or recommendations around the same pricepoint?

    I'm mainly planning on using this for podcast recording, the odd 2-person podcast or so, and instrument shenanigans.


  • I don’t know about those specific monitors but at that price point they’re not likely to be particularly accurate. I’d probably get a decent set of headphones that will remain useful even if you upgrade and use whatever speakers I already have for vibe/stereo checking/etc.

  • I'm curious to see what you end up doing. I think it's my shitty little U-Control UCA202 that's causing much of the noise in my setup. I don't really want to commit any money to this though when I'm just fucking about (synths are excluded, these are just cool to play with) but given I'm playing all this quite low to not piss off neighbours, when half the signal is noise it's a bit shithouse.

  • swissonic MM-3

    I've got some Personus Eris E3.5, which are similar in size, and price, and get good reviews. I like them a lot, but, yes, you'll need headphone as well as any 3.5, or similar, speaker won't let you hear any bass (on the Eris I think the low is 80)

  • What kind of noise? Can you crank and record it? Should be solvable!

  • @Dramatic_Hammer I've got a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO as my go-to headphones, so I think I'm okay there.

    I'm not expecting any wonders from 3.5" speakers, but maybe a bit better sound than my recent 30 quid cheapo 2.1 speakers tbh. Also these are 3,5mm jack (male) only, so proper shite to connect to an audio interface.

    The interface is "good enough" then? Reviews I can find are all fine.

    I'll do some reading up on monitors.


  • What kind of noise? Can you crank and record it?

    Then gate it, add a kick and hats and you’re done.

  • Haha! That’ll work!

  • https://www.lfgss.com/comments/15158118/­

    I moved the little U-Control to a front USB and it seemed a little better although that could've been my imagination.

    It's just this little thingie:

  • Fair enough, they are good headphones! Interface is good enough definitely - you can obviously spend shit loads more but it should do everything you want and well.

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We are the music makers - producers?

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