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Arpeggiator and percussion sounds in Nordlead 2x
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Nordleadagent



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject: Arpeggiator and percussion sounds in Nordlead 2x Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

How can I produce percussion sounds in the Nordlead 2x? Can I use the arpeggiator for percussion sounds like in a workstation?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Arpeggiator and percussion sounds in Nordlead 2x Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nordleadagent wrote:
How can I produce percussion sounds in the Nordlead 2x?
You've been in Percussion mode already? These sounds can be changed. They don't have to be percussion sounding like, but any sound the NordLead can produce, like storm, rain and sea waves, used as an effect.
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Can I use the arpeggiator for percussion sounds like in a workstation?
Yes, but with limitations. You have to program the Arpeggiator in Percussion mode first, for each sound you like to use with the Arpeggiator.
The first restriction is the Arpeggiator setting of the last playing note will be heard, so if you want to use all eight sounds, they have to have to same parameter settings (Is done by Shift+LFO1 Wave form).
The second restriction is the 'Amount' setting of the Arpeggiator, so it will function as a normal arpeggiator, which means it can sound the octave higher or two higher.... Am I clear?

BTW the Arpeggiator is rather dull as a rhythm provider, but you can silence a Percussion mode sound and use two Percussion files in a Performance using different Rates. I know, it's a puzzle, but some like to do this kind of things.

It is fun and I use it a lot.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Could you please post an example (mp3) of what you mean?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

My Mp3 encoder is very bad and gives to many distortion, so just wav's, I'm afraid.

Eight Percussion sounds, the last four being a bass line using Arp and nbo Arp; number nine is the same as sound two with another Velocity and Stustain.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

In the next example the Arpeggio Amount is opened, so 'the octave' is added, which means another Percussion sound and the tempo is cut down, as it seems...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The same settings, but playing two keys, which won't go that exact on the beat, so there is something irregular in the beat


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

By cutting down the volume of a sound the rhythm changes.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The bass part


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Creating gaps by the Gain.
I told you it was boring Smile

Besides the settings of the Arp the keys play anb important role too, special when Hold is used!

Wout

BTW in the future I will write about this in the Tips and Tricks Thread. I wish I had more time...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks a lot Wout,
that gives me a real nice impression of what can be done with the Nordlead 2X!
Number 4 was was very nice indeed!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nordleadagent wrote:
... that gives me a real nice impression of what can be done with the Nordlead 2X!
You can do much more with it Smile
To investigate the possibilities of the Arpeggiator in Percussion mode will keep you busy for a couple of weeks...
Using the keys is very unpredictable.
Fun for may hours during a German rainy afternoon Smile

Wout

BTW things like example 4 can be done in a normal Program too! It's the Hold function which is important in this.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I hope so, this gives me great inspiration to buy this Synth!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nordleadagent wrote:
... this gives me great inspiration to buy this Synth!
Beware! Using the Arpeggiator this way is not easy! I advice you to use a sequencer to run the Percussion mode, although it is possible do do something in that combination... But is asks hard labor! On stage hardly useable... The NordLead isn't designed as a beat box Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I know that, and I think, I will use my Tenori-On as a stepsequenzer for that.
But is it possible to have one slot for the percussion sounds from an external sequenzer which does´nt sound when I touch the keyboard?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Of course!
Just don't activate the Percussion Slot (no LED) and it be controlled by Midi. Just take notice this Slot uses also voices! (set all sounds to Mono and no Unison)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks Wout! I am quite happy about that and have now ordered my Nord Lead2X.
I am very grateful for your help and advice. Surely I will come back with more questions in a few days, when I ´ve got my new NL.

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