Ok so like a fool i have bought both a roland sp404sx and an akai mpc500 and i havent even taken delivery of either of them yet! (genius i know). what id like you guys to help me with is how im going to set them up so they work as well together as they can. The sp has limited polyphony and the pads arent velocity sensitive so it will be shit for drums but it has great fx and i think will help me to be very creative, the mpc has a much better sequencer apparently and i want that to be where i put my tracks together as well as being part of the creative process too. The sp only has midi in and the akai has in and out (i think) but im guessing only clock messages will need to be sent, i also want to have my korg electribe mx-1 in the mix which has in, out and thru. i cant wait to find out i hate the workflow on hardware samplers lol. posted painstakenly from a samsung.
slave everything to the akai and you will have the least drift. The roland has some damn good effects but you need to learn how to use them properly. People dont realize what you can do with the effects inside of the 555 and 404 its pretty huge. The akai is legit for making beats and you can slave the 404 to the akai while running either the akai or electribe through the audio in on the 404. With these 3 units you could replace the need for using a laptop all together. Map each part to each unit and make a song change become a program change like you were doing a set. You could honestly play an entire show on the 404 but if you wanted to use everything its just a matter of isolating segments of your song to each device. Live beats on the akai would be dope if you sequenced a bass line and some pads or other riffs into the 404 and the electribe. Id probably alternate between songs playing the beat live or triggering samples that build the song live. Oh and for reference this is essentially what I did to produce Tiger Roll. [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
thanks guys, this is great info!
what do you reckon is the best way to have audio transferring between them whilst being quick enough so i don't lose my workflow? just recording from one to another?? sounds like a daft question but i can imagine there being problems with this..
and yeah i bought the sp with the thought that if i ever do any gigs id just use that
Good call on the mixer, On top of that, if you wish to record you are going to want a mixer with usb or firewire, with enough channels to record everything. I like the allen heath stuff and the mackie onyyx stuff for multitracking and not spending a gazillion dollars.