Let the Ideas flow

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Ideas View and Ar­ranger make sketch­ing longer ideas more cre­ative and sat­is­fy­ing

The Ideas View was added to Mas­chine last year in ver­sion 2.6.5, ex­pand­ing the soft­ware’s ar­range­ment and com­po­si­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties pretty sig­nif­i­cantly. Rather than com­pletely re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing Ar­ranger view, the Ideas View of­fers a space for users to ex­per­i­ment with Pat­tern com­bi­na­tions with­out af­fect­ing any­thing that’s been cre­ated in the Ar­ranger. In essence, Ideas view is a soft­ware ver­sion of Mas­chine Jam’s Pat­tern trig­ger­ing in­ter­face, but the ap­proach will also look fa­mil­iar to users of the clip launch­ers in Able­ton Live or Bitwig Stu­dio.

In Ideas View, Groups are laid out in col­umns from left to right, as they are in the mixer win­dow. Each Group has a col­umn con­tain­ing in­di­vid­ual pat­terns in ver­ti­cal stacks, sim­i­lar to Able­ton Live’s clips. Tabs along the top of the Ideas View tog­gle between Scenes, each of which can be set to trig­ger any com­bi­na­tion of Pat­terns from each of your groups.

Scenes and pat­terns can eas­ily be du­pli­cated to ex­per­i­ment with adding or re­mov­ing el­e­ments. Be­cause Ideas View en­cour­ages users to work in this way, it’s worth split­ting dif­fer­ent sounds across sep­a­rate Groups as much as pos­si­ble. If you stuff your full beat, bassline and chords into the 16 Sound slots of a single Group, you’ll find your­self delet­ing se­quencer data just to cre­ate a vari­a­tion. With sep­a­rate Groups for your ba­sic beat, bass, chords, toplines and so on, it’s much eas­ier to quickly mix and match vari­a­tions.

Al­though Ideas View acts as a sep­a­rate en­tity to the Ar­ranger, the two aren’t en­tirely dis­con­nected. The Ar­ranger is now pop­u­lated with Sections. Each sec­tion can be as­signed a Scene via a drop­down menu. This makes it easy to sketch out a rough ar­range­ment and then ex­pand and de­velop it later. Try piec­ing to­gether a rough time­line from a few sim­ple el­e­ments, then, with your rough ar­range­ment in place, cre­ate du­pli­ca­tions and vari­a­tions of each el­e­ment, and use mul­ti­ple Scenes and the drop­down for each sec­tion to mix and match your dif­fer­ent ver­sions.

Sections can be dragged around on the time­line to ex­tend their length within the Ar­ranger.

Mas­chine might not yet be ca­pa­ble of full DAW-style ar­range­ment – it can still prove dif­fi­cult to, for ex­am­ple, add and edit events that don’t sit ex­actly within the pre­set time sig­na­ture – but the com­bi­na­tion of Ideas View and Ar­ranger make sketch­ing longer ideas in Mas­chine much more cre­ative and sat­is­fy­ing.

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