I thought this was going to be a quick jam. I set up all the devices and plugged them into each other a few hours before getting to it. And when the time came to sequence the Microfreak from my Digitakt…well, nothing. I went into settings in both devices. I unplugged and replugged cables. Finally, my Quadra Thru MIDI through box lit up and the Microfreak started responding. I still have no idea what the problem was.
I wanted to work with loop slices on the Digitakt and decided that I would chop them before sending over to the sampler. Here I used Recycle to cut the loop and then export each slice as its own file. Really easy to do with Recycle and one of the reasons that I won’t update my Mac. Recycle doesn’t work past Mojave. I know there are other options to slice (Reason can do it just fine), but I like the simplicity of Recycle.
After moving the slices to the Digitakt, I laid them out in the original loop on track 1 and then created a fill on track 3. When I hit the fill button on the Digitakt, track 1 mutes and track 3 activates. A nice way of slipping in some performance effects. Track 2 is a different loop that was chopped up. And, track 8 is my trusty 8-string sample providing some bass.
Next, I had two MIDI tracks sending to the Microfreak. This let me have the low part and high part be separately mutable.
Finally, I sent the Microfreak through the Korg NTS-1 for some delay and reverb. The NTS-1 is an amazing little effects box. I kind of wish Korg would do an NTS variation that is just effects with maybe a couple more effect options.
I’m really happy with how this one turned out. I hope you like it too.