Friday, February 13, 2009

Fireface 800 techniques

I use fireface interface and I find this one to be really cool.
Sound quality is superb.

what's interesting is their software mixer. I know lot of people dislikes software-ness but there are more advantages than disadvantages.

first you have presets. and You can toggle presets 1-8 by doing Option + preset number (probably alt + # on PC)
I have so far 3 types that I use
1. Listening/Monitoring - one with good volume setting for whatever you want to do
2. mute monitor for Recording purpose
3. one for listening back direct signal (yes you can do this if you turn up those faders for mixers.)

secondly MIDI control
you can use your motorized controller, or midi keyboard, etc to control faders.. even when the software is in the background...
it doesn't have monitor fader on the outside but you can actually add them. and for all of them. every single inputs can have different monitoring levels. (like when you don't need much of anything other than kick and snare in the headphone mic.

you can create submixes.... it works like a mixer.

Very cool. good in studio and works amazingly LIVE

Korg Kaoss Pad 3

Finally, I've bought myself a Kaoss Pad!

i've been wanting this for years but just kept delaying it just because I had to buy lots of other sample oriented things. Well this stuff is amazing. Everyone knows it has been. But I have to say THIS IS AMAZING.

This is not stuff you make music with but this makes your bad music sound like a cool music. Even if you didn't know how to use it. If you can connect it and use touch pad.

I have been thinking this stuff takes a while to learn but it's quite easy. If you've used Delay, Filters, and stuff like that you know how to use it already.

One thing that took me a while (10 tries or so) to learn was how to resample properly.
Sampling is easy you just have to press sampling button then Bank to record to. Resampling is supposed to record output.. but if you do it like you would sample you will always miss the first beat or two..

so the solution to this was you keep playing samples then you press resample (or shift + sampling) when the moment is right.
in other words you have to be looping whatever you want to combine and you have to have at least one bank open for resampling. So technically you have 3 banks + 1 bank for resampling. and you can keep overdubbing to make whatever you want to (harmonies or drum patterns or whatever.)

hmm... i wish there were more buttons.
but now a days you have computers and you can use SooperLooper or other loop utilities if you want to go crazy.

anyway, this is what you do with it