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Live MD Set.
(Highest Quality DL: http://www.justinvaler.com/JValer%20Live%20MD%20Set%2007%3a07%3a10.mp3)
(Youtube video available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNQRYdT5QwA )
Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MK2+
MFB Synth 2
Recorded directly from the stereo outputs of the Machinedrum. All sequencing, mixing and mastering occurs in the machinedrum. No external processing or effects.
After performing at a small festival a few months ago as the only live act amongst a collective of djs I was struck by the realization that if I wanted to continue performing live with the MD at the center of my setup I would have to improve the quality of my production.
A lot was learnt from this small gig, particularly that my tracks were not loud enough, basslines and kicks were too low to be heard through the PA speakers, and the tracks seemed to lack the build and structure that would enable them to move the dfloor. What was rockin on my monitors at home, was having little effect on the crowd that I played for. My music was lost in amongst the loudness and flawless production of the tracks the djs before and after me played.
The festival gig was a catalyst for change. I decided to start building a new set with the motivation to create BIG sounds, on the MD, that would translate well in a live environment. In addition to the production I wanted to have better arrangement, and improved transitions.
Experimentation with lfo controlled dynamics on certain effects produced unexpectedly good results. Coupled with the new Dynamix Compression algorithm I stumbled across a sound which I never expected the MD to be able to make. The MD stopped sounding like the MD and more like the tracks that I always wanted to create.