One of the last in my "boring videos about Maschine scripting" series. Updating the display in Mackie mode bidirectionally using Sysex. After code clean up, I'll be ready to put out a 1.0.
The journey of recording really boring Instagram videos about the journey of controller script writing for Maschine continues. This time, it's pads changing colour according to Bitwig track colour.
Also, lighting up on press.
Creating Techno Kicks
A key component of a good techno track is the Kick Drum. Because techno is quite often very minimalist in nature, it is important that the drums, as sparse as they may be, sound as good as they can. This is why great care must be taken to make sure you nail that thumping kick sound!
First off, you need to find, or create your kick. Our many sample tools techno packs can help you with this, but failing that, a good 808/909 style kick is a good place to start. Set you tempo (130-140bpm is the standard), and make your kick loops.
Now you need to process the sound. A LOT. Initially, a light bit of EQ and compression all around may be necessary to give it that extra oomph. A touch more bass around 100Hz always helps too!
Now the key part- reverb. Ideally you want to split the signal of the kick to a channel, as well as the original to the mixer. Choose a preset from your reverb plugin with lots of room- like a concert hall or something!
Now we need to alter the parameters. Pre delay around 100-120ms, and decay time to under a second ideally. Cut the high frequencies harshly, and with an EQ if necessary- cut to where you feel comfortable with the reverb lying.
Once you have these elements in place, you can experiment a little bit! Try adding resonance on a low pass filter on your split channel with to amplify the sound. Try using flangers on the reverb too, or even side-chaining on the split channel if you are looking to enhance your sound more!