Battle 52 - Off the grid


#21

Wow, lots of entries pretty quick!

here’s mine: lots of mistakes… :confused:

https://soundcloud.com/the-grateful-nerd/offthegr1d

#22
@ludicrouSpeed ayyyy thx man!

With the ducking, do you mean like the faux-side chain sound? That's one of my favourite things about the OP1 - using the low headroom as a sort-of pumper.

Turn your Kick drums up past the line, then go to master drive/compressor and set it to Drive: 50, Release: 50. You can get grittier again if you lower the release under 10, but it gets pretty wild.

nice! Really really cool track. I listened on my proper monitoring (genelec) <3


I just listened to @lescour1 again, and it’s also very excellent. It’s gonna be close already methinks.

#23

@millbastard how about the input level to tape for the gain-cranked kick?


#24
@ludicrouSpeed ayyyy thx man!

With the ducking, do you mean like the faux-side chain sound? That's one of my favourite things about the OP1 - using the low headroom as a sort-of pumper.

Turn your Kick drums up past the line, then go to master drive/compressor and set it to Drive: 50, Release: 50. You can get grittier again if you lower the release under 10, but it gets pretty wild.

nice! Really really cool track. I listened on my proper monitoring (genelec) <3


I just listened to @lescour1 again, and it’s also very excellent. It’s gonna be close already methinks.

Thanks so much for the kind words. This battle really took me out of my comfort zone


#25
I was missing so much making beats for the battles :D Happy to be back.

https://soundcloud.com/aeoner/1207a

(don´t know why it isnt embedding)

#26
Some amazing music in this battle already!

It took me a little while to acclimatise myself to the spirit of the battle, but I stopped fighting with the machine and came up with this (just FM).

It's inspired by Hiroshi Yoshimura's Music For Nine Postcards which is an amazing album, recently rereleased which is the only reason it came to my attention, but so glad that it did. My six year old and I sometimes listen to it when I'm trying to get him off to sleep and one he even decided to learn one of the melodies from it on the piano (makes a Dad very proud, hehe) :) Anyways, it's very restrained and minimal and meditative.

https://soundcloud.com/yoof-1/fm-1

#27

I am a newbie. Bought an OP-1 a few months ago and have learned a lot from this website and listening to these battles. Had some time yesterday and figured I would give this a shot. I followed all the guidelines. Never recorded anything off the grid before so this was definitely challenging and very frustrating for me at times. Took much longer than I anticipated as I messed up a bunch and had to start from scratch. Still need to figure out how to master the final output a bit better on the OP-1…all in all very fun project and great practice for me. Hope to participate more in the future.


https://soundcloud.com/timebandit78/op-1-battle-52-fifteetoo



#28

This moment when you’re plugging the OP-1 to your Mac, that doesn’t recognize the OP-1, and when you plug it out it erases all tape and album.

I thought it was kind of a factory reset but I haven’t lost my custom drums and synths, fortunately.
I’ll get back to it tomorrow… A bit pissed off right now.

#29

Another newbie here, followed all the rules, interesting, fun and frustrating!


https://soundcloud.com/op-1kenopi/tellurium

#30

@kenopi it’s very interesting.

Maybe one minute too long for my taste, but I love the atmosphere and the sounds !

#31

@LyingDalai thanks for the kind words. Agreed about the length - full disclosure, there were more parts to mix in and out for the last minute but they were lost due to what we will call “learning curve” ! I may redo them at some point but was happy to call this done


#32

Hehe OP-1 is not very forgiving indeed…
I had some serious fun with sampling B-52’s, but I wonder if I’ll have the courage to start everything again…


#33

i took a new approach, that i never thought to try. but since it didn’t require a grid (or making your own via truncation of a loop, repeat / repeat, etc) i figured i’d try it…


i recorded each track in one take (not the first take necessarily, ha!). no looping, overdubbing etc.

hope it pleases your ears.

https://soundcloud.com/dj_kln/fm-one




#34

I finally got around to making something. Lately I’ve been listening to alot of neoclassical ambient type stuff, so this was a great reason to try creating something like that. I used the FM synth for all the tones, used the Tombola sequencer for several tracks, improvised and sampled the B-52’s song like a distant radio. I did more bounces to the album than I’ve ever done, and I really like doing that now! I wouldn’t attempt to listen to this unless you have a quiet evening, headphones, and some hot tea/coffee.


https://soundcloud.com/bradthedesigner/aluminous-garden

#35
I finally got around to making something. Lately I've been listening to alot of neoclassical ambient type stuff, so this was a great reason to try creating something like that. I used the FM synth for all the tones, used the Tombola sequencer for several tracks, improvised and sampled the B-52's song like a distant radio. I did more bounces to the album than I've ever done, and I really like doing that now! I wouldn't attempt to listen to this unless you have a quiet evening, headphones, and some hot tea/coffee.

https://soundcloud.com/bradthedesigner/aluminous-garden

This is great. Sounds very ‘Eno’ :slight_smile:


#36

Woo, my first entry into one of these: https://soundcloud.com/noahmuth/op1-etude-2


Working off the grid was definitely helpful for my creativity. I often get stuck making four-bar loops that don’t go anywhere, but this forced me to treat the tape as, y’know, tape. I’m also proud of myself because I almost abandoned it and started a new track but I forced myself to finish this instead ^.^

#37

This one is inspired in the classic modular synth style step sequencing with realtime tweaking of parameters.

https://soundcloud.com/the-grateful-nerd/organistrum-1

#38

I like the rules of this battle. Turning off the grid made me braver with timing and layering. To make the feeling perfect I didn’t even use any sequencer in this track, each instrument was played by hand :slight_smile: And restricting the set of instruments to the FM synth forced me to learn it much more than ever before.


This track based mostly on FM sounds with kick drums by dbox and some samples from that B-52 track :slight_smile:

I’m glad to participate in this battle.

https://soundcloud.com/rudolph-rapid/insomnia

#39
Some amazing music in this battle already!

It took me a little while to acclimatise myself to the spirit of the battle, but I stopped fighting with the machine and came up with this (just FM).

It's inspired by Hiroshi Yoshimura's Music For Nine Postcards which is an amazing album, recently rereleased which is the only reason it came to my attention, but so glad that it did. My six year old and I sometimes listen to it when I'm trying to get him off to sleep and one he even decided to learn one of the melodies from it on the piano (makes a Dad very proud, hehe) :) Anyways, it's very restrained and minimal and meditative.

https://soundcloud.com/yoof-1/fm-1

This beautiful


#40
I am a newbie. Bought an OP-1 a few months ago and have learned a lot from this website and listening to these battles. Had some time yesterday and figured I would give this a shot. I followed all the guidelines. Never recorded anything off the grid before so this was definitely challenging and very frustrating for me at times. Took much longer than I anticipated as I messed up a bunch and had to start from scratch. Still need to figure out how to master the final output a bit better on the OP-1...all in all very fun project and great practice for me. Hope to participate more in the future.

https://soundcloud.com/timebandit78/op-1-battle-52-fifteetoo


Cool. What technique did you use for the “scratching”?