I found an interesting documentary and borrowed a couple of sound clips from the narration. Then I made the clips into 16bit WAV files that I loaded into the MPC 1000.
Once that was done it was just a matter of starting a pad sound on the CS1x, quickly program some drums and synth loops on the Circuit and merrily mash the pads on the MPC 1000 to build this sci-fi themed song.
YouTube-MP3 came in handy to extract the sound from the documentary.
MIDI OUT from the MPC 1000 to the Circuit, to get the clock in sync across the whole line. Also the MPC 1000 plays a simple beat with the 80’s drums.
The Circuit runs two synth loops, for the most of the recording they are muted, but they are set free during the last moments. However, MIDI OUT from Circuit goes to the Yamaha CS1x, which runs the Grand Piano patch from the GM sounds.
Another meditation with the 80’s drums in the MPC 1000 from the previous post. The Novation Circuit plays two loops for backing. On the Electribe EM-1 I set both synth voices to the same MIDI channel, but on different patches, which gave a layered rather nice lead, which I improvised on an external MIDI keyboard live during the recording.
I got some samples from an 1980’s drum machine and loaded them into my AKAI MPC 1000 with MPC Maid. Then I built a short drum loop and let it run on repeat while I chained the Circuit and the Electribe EM-1 via MIDI to keep the same pace.
Then it was just a matter of programming an arpeggio and a bass on the Circuit, and find a suitable drone/pad-something sound to play on the Electribe.