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Tips on Using the Mystik Garage

  By Rich the TweakMeister

 

The Garage is no ordinary sample CD Rom. Itís a set of sounds for those that want to really dig into their sequencers and come up with new uncharted material. While you can use it as a traditional sound set of drums and instruments playing like "band", those that do may miss the underlying logic of the set, which once you grasp a hold of, will take your music to a new dimension. To help you understand the rules underneath some of the "wilder" presets, which might seem like chaotic random noises, I suggest the following:

  • The Garage Wakes! This is preset 000. Hereís how to handle it. Call up a sequencer grid editor (in Logic they call this the Matrix editor; in Cakewalk itís the Piano Roll Editor). This preset is designed to give you futuristic, techie sounding backgrounds. Sort of like Morse code, vocoder like blips in a lo-fi sort of fashion. I suggest you choose just a few sounds and repeat them often, like a repeating arpeggio or perhaps as a replacement for a hi hat track. Remember, Controllers A-D are active in all the garageís presets, so even if you loop a short sequence you can modulate it to make things evolve a bit.
     
  • Finding a big new noise. Sometimes you want to get a massive sound and you really donít know what you want. The Garage is really cool here. Just put your hand anywhere on the keyboard and grab a fistful of notes. On most of the kits I used the rules of similarity and contrast when deciding what goes next to what. What you do is grab your 4-7 notes with the mouse in the grid editor and transpose them up or down till you hear something interesting. Then you can fine tune.
     
  • Transposable drum kits. Those of you doing Drum ĎN Bass stuff take note. Do your basic pattern according to the GM standard. Kik at C1, Snare at D2, HHC at F#1 etc. Now copy the pattern to another track and use another kit. Transpose that track by octaves and you should hear sympathetic and contrasting kits. Do it again till you have 3 kits playing the same pattern, now go in and edit the primary pattern to give it accents.
     
  • Creating Custom Drum Loops. If you did all the the above, you probably have something interesting going. Grab it all and quantize it to a groove of your choice. Tighten it by globally shortening the note length or loosen it by lengthening the note length. When its really cool, enable the wave editor on you computer and record the break.
     
  • A Match Made In Sample Heaven:  The Mystik and ACID.  Its Not hype, try it.  You WILL find something incredible.  First roll your own drum pattern in your sequencer and play though your Emulator as usual.  Record the track as audio.  Trim and Loop.  Drop it in Acid.  Transpose and/or Stretch.  Cool?  Set the tempo to your projects BPM.  Save as a Wave File. Import back you your sequencer or load it back in the emulator.  
     
  • Loop Programmers:  Tips to Work Fast.  The garage is set up to allow you to work fast and furiously.  Go back to step 5, but this time start hitting the transpose button on the sequencer as you record the drum patterns. You can get 3-5 conventional loops out of each preset (that is with kiks, snares, hats where they should be.)   Then increment the preset number through all the kits.  In about 2 minutes you should have the raw material for about 40 loops.  Lets say instead of a single drum pattern in the sequencer you had 10 different patterns and fills. The result, ha, 400 different loops in less than 20 minutes. Faster than you can buy a set of loops at the store.   Hint: put a space between each pattern so you can see the audio gaps after they are recorded as audio.  If your taste runs a bit more on the bizzarre side (like mine) you can transpose by single increments and you can get thousands of loops.....Ok, I'll stop.  :)    
     

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