PR8: Not Just For Drums...

This was an unplanned video (and quite a long one) but I thought I’d share it with you. I’d recorded it last night but didn’t get chance to post a link to it because I thought YouTube had crashes. Turns out it had uploaded after all.

While doing some debugging last night, it amused me to realise that you could use the Grid in PR8 as a pixel-editor. So I made a Pattern that said ‘PR8′ in note triggers and, not surprisingly, it sounded ridiculous when played :)

I scrapped that and thought of an idea that might work. I ‘drew’ a triangle waveform shape in note triggers, set the notes to a sort of ascending major scale, then assigned the same drum (actually it’s a modified version of the bass sound from the other videos) to every track.

I could’ve done it all on one track by just putting note triggers end-to-end but that wouldn’t have allowed me to do some live manipulation using solo and mute. By having the notes in a triangle pattern, muting and soloing tracks took out certain notes of the ‘scale’. So, with the auto-echo turned on and set to infinite decay, the auto-echo fills in the gaps by repeating notes over-and-over.

The entire video is just that one single Pattern with me muting and soloing various tracks and also manipulating the voice parameters that make up the single drum (instrument). Keep your eyes on the green activity indicators on the left – they flash each time a note is played.

Apologies for the length of the video and lack of text commentary. Sit back and see a totally different side of PR8 – start to get interesting about 3.00 in :)

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