Hey I just wanted to clarify something for everyone. For the work I am currently doing, I am utilizing the Caustic Android app on two platforms. I am currently using it on Android when I am out of the apartment, but when I am in I am using the ported version for Windows.
Why? Well for some reason the keyboard is not connecting properly to my Kindle Fire. I would love to do it all on my Kindle as the pure Android Caustic build is more stable, but for some reason the two devices just don’t agree. Generally I have to press 2 keys at the same time for the tablet to register any Midi signals. When it does register one key at a time, the notes won’t turn off.
I am hoping this issue will be solved when I get my new tablet, but in the meantime I can’t honestly say if cheap keyboards with cheap Midi adapters work on tablets. Researching the subject I found that Midi keyboards need to have “standard midi interface” meaning they don’t require additional drivers for windows.
I am going to try and make it to a local music shop to try out some “completely compliant” keyboards with my Kindle. Hopefully that will narrow down whether it’s my tablet or the keyboard.
Cool news for us newbie mobile producers and experienced mobile producers alike! It loos like Caustic 2 is being upgraded to Caustic 3.0! Having a look at the coming updates there are going to be some very major changes. Extra machines for us to learn and utilize, new effects and what I am most excited about, additional machine slots.
Hopefully I will be able to get my hands on an early alpha release so I can learn how to use these new features before launch! Stay tuned in coming weeks for new information. In the meantime visit http://www.singlecellsoftware.com/node/1692?page=1 and keep in mind that all the content is subject to change, as this is still far from release.
In other news I am going to work on getting some more Casio samples up today. I figure it’s about time to get the drums going as I would like to use some of the sounds.
Also here is a sample of an experimental kind of ambient dance track I am working on. I don’t really have any structure for it and like the piano track I posted last week I still don’t have too much vision for it yet.
I am interested in how people that read my blog figure out how to build there music past an intro and verse? It’s like writing a paper and running out of material.
On both of my recent experimental tracks I have been fairly stuck. Luckily, tonight I think I have figured out how to subside that issue (at least to a point). For the most part I just start loading samples and presets into the the machines and start hitting keys until I find something that works.
Although, for that track with the piano in it, it’s just been a matter of getting over the laziness to compose the next part. Still haven’t done that, haha. So yeah, heads up, if you’re stuck just try random sounds and eventually you’ll find something to work with.
All text post, but hopefully a little inspiration for others in my situation.
Took the wife out shopping last night and had some time to mess around with the Subsynth in Caustic 2. I need to go over the tutorials again, but I ended up making a cool wobble that would sound good for a dance song intro. Feel free to download it and have a look.
Started working on another project last night. I’ve given up on chopping track samples for now, but will come back to it eventually. Anyway for those that are interested in the process I took to get the bare bones of what I have now, here it is.
First I decided on a lead instrument. As mentioned I am doing some online piano lessons and decided to use a nice piano PCMSynth preset from the Single Cell Software forums. I then hooked up my Midi Keyboard and started playing random notes and chords in different octaves until I found combinations that sounded interesting. I would then click the triggers to input the notes into Caustic. If a note didn’t sound right I would delete the trigger, then use the keyboard to sound out different notes in it’s place in real time.
Following finding a nice melody, I added a simple beat with beat box just to get a better feel of what I was working with.
Of course this is far from over. Right now it is just the beginning Piano lead and one beat box pattern. Eventually I will add more instrumewnts, FX etc.
I think it already sounds 100% better than the final product of my first track.
I said I would have at least a preset up for peeps today, so here it is. The sample I used is from the tone bank on my Casio. I was flipping through it looking for sounds for future projects and thought that this sounded fairly unique. Also the scratching sound from my headphone jack seems to disappear as tones are transmitted, so it came out fairly clean.
To add this to your preset archive copy the .pcmsynth file into the pcmsynth preset folder. You will need a file explorer to do this and I would recommend looking up the app “ES File Explorer” on Google Play. Enjoy.
CASIO VOICE BS.PCMSYNTH
I will also have a new page archiving samples as I make them soon.
Wow… I have to say that the wait for converter cable has been totally worth it. I finally hooked the keyboard up to Caustic 2 today and even without the ability to record live, being able to test different keys out in real time is so nice. Even with the latency on most devices, having the ability to at least sound things out in real time streamlines the production process a LOT!
In other news, i’m going to try to make some presets for Caustic today out of samples from my Casio. Unfortunately there is an ungodly hissing sound coming out of the headphone jack, which is the only sound out. Going to try it anyway, the presets may only be good for super LoFi projects. We’ll see, I should have some up tomorrow.
Hey all. So my ventures into chopping and sampling have been thus far… Sub par at best. But I figured it would be worth showing everyone a trick I learned from the Caustic forums that enables you to step sequence samples you may have or may have chopped.
Utilizing PCMsynth I have provided a 6 step tutorial below
1) Open a new PCMsynth. Long click the “Sample” button
2) Select the sample you want to use. Here I Selected a Kick drum
3) Long press the root key button, then press the keyboard key you want to use.
– If this is your only sample match it to the root note of the sample and you are done
– If this is one of multiple samples you want to insert, choose a root key and continue following the tutorial (C4 is a good key to start with)
4) Long press Lowkey and match it to the root key
5) Long press Highkey and match it to the root key
– The sample will now be stuck to the root key and not work with any other
6) Short press sample and turn the dial to select the next sample
– Follow the tutorial again for however many samples you would like to insert, just utilize another root key
In other news I have figured out how to sample my Casio and as I mentioned before it has some interesting percussion samples. I think while I am figuring out this chopping nonsense I am going to take some very LowFi .wav samples for people to have fun with. Who knows maybe there will be a PCMsynth preset with them.
There are also some fun sounds so I will most likely sample some of those over time as well.
Well I finally finished that track. It’s kind of boring in the beginning, but I don’t think it is too shabby for a first go. Unfortunately I can’t upload it… There appears to be something wrong with my soundcloud account. I’ll have up as soon as the problem clears.
Until then, does anyone have a suggestion of a track to chop?
I stumbled upon a cool app today on the Google App store called “Touch DAW.”
Ever see those bulky midi controller that a lot of professionals or more advanced producers use? Well this app takes the the same functionality as that hardware, but utilized your android device.
Unfortunately it needs a supported PC Digital Audio Work Station for it to work 100% as the controls have program specific presets. I managed to get it working with a program called “Reason” and it’s quite nifty not having to click all the nobs and slider in the actual program with a mouse. I tried to get it going with a couple of unsupported programs like the free “Linux Multi Media Studio” and Open Labs “Stagelight” but the functionality was too limited and in the end not worth it.
It also has a midi controlling Drum Pad with a Y/X modulator (no idea what the Y/X thing does yet) and a midi keyboard controller. Two hiccups I have found in Touch DAW is that sometimes the Drum Pads get stuck in the on position and my Kindle only supports 2 touches making it difficult to use the keyboard.
For around $6 it seems worth it if you are using one of the programs it natively supports. Reason seems to be the most reasonably priced out of all of them at only $60, but you need to provide your own instrument plug-ins and it also lacks a step sequencer like Caustic 2 has.