Another rough tech day here. I tried using my iPad to send some loops directly to the Roland MC-101 over usb. The device connected just fine and acted as a sound card and MIDI interface. The problem is, half of my music apps don’t seem to send clock consistently, or at all. And, recording a loop in the MC-101 is kind of dependent on syncing the record start. So, after an hour of messing around with various apps, both standalone and through AUM, I finally gave up and cursed my iPad. I’ve seen a lot of people do great stuff with iPad apps. And they do sound great (I have a soft spot for Figure of all things). But, the connectivity is too much of a pain in the ass for my limited time.
So, I connected the MC-101 to my computer and sent some loops over though Ableton. That worked really smoothly. I made the bass loop using Reason as a plugin. The delayed textury part was made with Pigments. Neither loop does those plugins justice, but this jam was more about experimenting a bit with the looper in the 101.
The other two tracks (drums and marimba) used sounds within the MC-101. In then end, it turned out just ok, imo.
I tried filming the video today using a background that wasn’t my bamboo desktop. Here, it is just the carpet in my office. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out with the lighting.