Thursday, August 22, 2013

An Example of Timing Multiplication with the Doepfer MAQ16/3

A few months ago, a fellow MAQ Sequencer user asked for some suggestions to spice up his sequences.  I recalled an audio/video recording I had made previously when I was experimenting with the MAQ's "Step Duration", where one sequence row affects the timing of another row (or two).  Basically, the controlling row (Row 2 in this example) is set to progress slower than the affected row (Row 1, which creates the note sequence), so that multiple Row 1 events might occur during each Row 2 event.  The value of each Row 2 step determines just how many Row 1 steps will occur.  Confused?  Follow me?

Either way, watching this video might help demonstrate.  In this video, the top row is creating a note sequence which you can hear right away and which continues through the song.  The middle row is controlling the timing of the top row.  Watching the lights, you will notice that the top row occasionally appears to speed up.  Some notes at the beginning and end of the song were muted in the recording, but you can hear the effect almost immediately. The sound being sequenced with the MAQ16/3 comes from the A-100 System, modified manually during the initial recording.  The other parts of the song were added afterwards. 

MAQ16-3 Step Duration (using t.4. on Row2) from N K on Vimeo.

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