Full ar­range­ments with Mas­chine Mikro Mk3

Mas­chine’s Scenes and Per­form FX of­fer a fun way to play around with full ar­range­ments

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In the ac­com­pa­ny­ing video, we’ve pre­pared track el­e­ments us­ing mul­ti­ple Groups, each with Pat­terns pro­vid­ing dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of a melodic techno track. Let’s create some Scenes and se­quence these.

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In the soft­ware, we build up our first few Scenes where each adds a new el­e­ment from a new Group. We can now trig­ger these from the con­troller to build up our track piece by piece. We can rename and colour code these for ease too.

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We use the ‘Unique’ set­ting to create fresh du­pli­cates of each ex­ist­ing Scene, in or­der to create ‘break’ ver­sions of each – ie al­ter­nate ver­sions of the Scene with small vari­a­tions, such as hav­ing the kick, bass or per­cus­sive el­e­ments re­moved. With Retrig­ger mode set to Off, we can cut into these ver­sions mid-way through bars or phrases in or­der to create quick break­downs and turn­arounds.

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Mas­chine’s Per­form FX add a fun way to mix up sounds for break­downs and vari­a­tions. Add a Reso Echo over our per­cus­sion group and use the smart strip to add in­ter­est­ing, ex­pres­sive ef­fects to these sounds on the fly. Great for build-ups!


Once we’re happy with a rough ar­range­ment from our Scenes, we use Ap­pend To Ar­range­ment in the soft­ware to add them to our song one by one. We can now head to song view to change, add to and move around el­e­ments, to re­fine our ar­range­ment fur­ther.

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