DSI Tempest Parameter-Lock-Like Technique

I must admit that I am curious about the Elektron Analog 4 (A4), but not in the market for new gear while I am still on my honeymoon with the DSI Tempest. So, I thought to myself that as complex and sophisticated as the Tempest is there must be some way to simulate something like the A4 parameter lock (a sequencer feature that allows for real-time manipulation of synthesizer parameters on a per-step basis). So, I tried a few experiments using an unorthodox method that requires adjusting the system settings while simultaneously playing in a sequence with a MIDI keyboard. Not an ideal alternative to the workflow of the A4, but useful for me none-the-less. Distraction Surplus Syndrome was produced using this technique. The bass and sustained melodies were played on the SCI Pro-One. Let me know what you think, share your experiences using parameter-lock-like techniques, or read on for recipe details. Continue reading

Dueling Monotribes 121BPM

This video features me and Lucas Melchior improvising on two synched up Korg Monotribes. This time with the tempo at 121BPM. The Korg NanoKontrol is being used to apply swing to the sync signal as well as control delays and filters.

Dueling Monotribes 140BPM

This video features me and Lucas Melchior improvising on two synched up Korg Monotribes. This time with the tempo at 140BPM. The Korg NanoKontrol is being used to apply swing to the sync signal as well as control delays and filters.

Dueling Monotribes at 150BPM

This video features me and Lucas Melchior improvising on two synched up Korg Monotribes. This time with the tempo at 150BPM. The Korg NanoKontrol is being used to apply swing to the sync signal as well as control delays and filters.

Dueling Monotribes at 85BPM

This video features me and Lucas Melchior improvising on two synched up Korg Monotribes. The Korg NanoKontrol is being used to apply swing to the sync signal as well as control delays and filters. As I mentioned earlier, we are teaching a class, titled “Drum Machines,” starting January 17, 2013 at the Ableton certified training center Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Sign up for the class here:
http://slamacademy.com/2012/11/09/drum-machines