Tutoriel: Jouer une séquence de synthé avec une grosse caisse

Jospeh, batteur du groupe Quadrupède et homme orchestre dans son projet solo S T Ø J  nous présente son premier tutoriel: jouer une séquence de synthé avec une grosse caisse!

Les explications (en anglais par contre):

This is me playing random stuff to illustrate how to play through a sequence pattern with a kick drum and/or other drum elements using drum triggers.

My apologies for the shite sound, did this quick’n’dirty : just one SM57 as a room mic !

Wanted to figure out how the intro of this song was played : adebisishank.bandcamp.com/track/international-dreambeat
I guess I’ve managed to find a similar technique !

So basically here’s how it works :

– Kick drum > drum trigger > trigger to midi converter (in my case I used the SPD-S which has a trigger input)
– Send the midi out of the converter to the computer (I connected the midi out of the SPD-S to the midi in of my audio interface)
– The SPD-S outputs a midi note on/off message each time I hit the kick drum.
– I used the Klee software step sequencer (defectiverecords.com/klee/index2.html) to build this very simple pattern. I chose Klee because it has a “manual step” function that can be used to manually move one step forward each time it’s triggered.
– I wanted to midi map the “manual step” function with my kick drum generated midi note, but unfortunately Klee only uses midi CC signals to map it’s functionalities…
– Quick’n’dirty workaround : found the “Note2CCGate” Max4live device (maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=1112), which transforms any incoming midi note to a specific midi CC signal. Loaded it in an Ableton Live midi track, routed the midi signal output to the all mighty IAC bus.
– Go back in Klee, now you can midi map the “manual step” with the midi CC signal sent via the IAC bus.
– Now just hook up with any synth / VST / whatever, I used the MS-20 mini ’cause it looked sexy on my Kick drum 🙂

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