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Technics Sequencer - Controlling modulation, expression and effects


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Hi All,

I'm hoping someone can help me with a couple of scenarios. I don't use the Sequencer very frequently but I understand most of its workings inside-out. In the near future I'm going to be using it very extensively because I'm preparing a new set of Pro Songs for the websites.

When I was making my Christmas recordings, in particular, on Santa Baby, I recorded the main track whilst swapping to various types of trumpets with falls, glissandos and other features. I also extensively used aftertouch along with the pitch wheel and modulation wheel. As you can hear if you listen to the recording, none of this materialised in the sequence! Also after recording I realised that i didn't have the Sequencer's aftertouch settings enabled!

Well, I didn't have the time to re-record again, you'll have to take my word for it that the original performance was much better than the recording! If you listen to the recording you can tell that there are certain slight pauses and (what seem to be) glitches. These are when I was actually swapping instruments or using the wheels to make effects.

I'll be making a lot of recordings soon so I need to understand how to make this work better. I know I could figure it out myself but am hoping that one of you might already know and save me from the trial and error.

Scenario 1

Let's say I've recorded all of my tracks except for the lead voice. Now I want to record the lead voice whilst changing instruments, using the pitch and modulation wheels, possibly the expression pedal, aftertouch etc. How do I do that? Do I just record the Ctrl Track at the same time as the lead voice? What if I already have data stored in the Ctrl track?

Scenario 2

As above I have recorded my tracks and this time I have recorded my lead track as well. Now I want to apply pitch, modulation and expression to my 'already recorded' lead track. Is that possible?

Thanks in advance!

Tags: technics sequencer, pitch wheel, modulation wheel, expression pedal, sequencer tracks, aftertouch
Posted on January 24, 2016 at 1:01 AM
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Re: Technics Sequencer - Controlling modulation, expression and effects

I think it's a lovely idea if we could titivate our recordings after we've made them rather like editing our photos and changing them to sepia for example but I think you're out of luck unless there is some software out there specifically for the job. I think once you record a track that's it. SO apply the pitch, modulation you are recording that part. You can only do so much in Sound Setting even with 5 pages to choose from and do remember to employ the panel write button if you change any settings i.e. reverb, after touch (!)
I'm not quite sure how you can record the Ctrl in real time let me know if it can be done because I have always used step record on this track but yes, you can place more than one instruction at the same measure point no problem as long as it isn't something like STOP and START!!!
As for voice changes it might be smoother if you go into the track in step record, scroll to the measure where you want, say, the brass to take over the lead and just select trumpets or whatever.
In summary, unless you have several pairs of hands you won't manage everything at once but that's the beauty of a sequencer.
Hope this is a help...don't mean to teach you to suck eggs!

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 10:46 AM