Who is using 3 (or more) non-Octatrack Elektrons to play live or produce?
[li]Which 3? (Could even be 2 of the same and one different)[/li]
[li]What’s your workflow like with the 3 together (does one stand out)?[/li]
[li]What kind of music are you making?[/li]
[li]Why the particular 3 that you have?[/li]
[li]Any plans to expand/modify your configuration?[/li]
There are several trinity users out there but most have an Octatrack in the mix. I don’t, so how I use them is a bit different. Hearing how others work is always informative. I’m real into process when discussing creative endeavors.
I’ll go first:
Analog Rytm, MonoMachine, Analog Four.
I work with each machine individually and squeeze as much as I can out of each to produce an entire tune with just one machine. It is, admittedly, most difficult with Analog Four, but that limitation comes through to make the A4 tunes sound distinct, just like the others. The A4 tunes often come out deeper, the Rytm’s most complex and polished, and the MonoMachine’s are most raw and crazy.
When I play live, the 3 together are like 3 decks (I’ve also been a DJ for 18 years). I run the MnM and A4 into a Mackie Mix5 that feeds Rytm’s input. Everything gets compressed/limited in the Rytm.
If one machine would be considered the “hub”, it would be Rytm. I’m often supplementing A4’s sparse but FX heavy tunes with Rytm percussion. MonoMachine and especially Rytm can both stand on their own quite well. I particularly love a heavily p-locked BBOX C0 kick hitting Rytm’s compressor.
I’m making techno, with a little bit of electro and some lofi house stuff thrown in.
These 3 boxes particularly because for my music they suit me best. I feel I can cover the most ground live with these. MonoMachine is my favorite, although I feel for composition it is most limited due to the older style sequencer. From a sound design perspective, it gives me the most far out tones and timbres. If I had to ditch one, it would be hard but probably A4 would go. 2x Rytm + MnM would be my preferred substitute configuration, mostly because Rytm feels the most flexible for performance. I could play live with 2x Rytm alone and have a good time.
Expansion, modification… I’m going to have access to 2x MonoMachines for a few days this week. I’m curious to see how that might work out, perhaps using a 2nd MnM just as a wild FX box for A4. That could be exciting. I’m much more interested in the weird quirky digital fx on MnM than using an OT the same way. The filters and dist via LFOS just make me smile every time. A 4th box would make air travel a bit difficult, so perhaps just using the headphone out of A4 and into just one MnM for FX is more prudent. 3 should be enough, right?
How about you?