JValer Live (Machinedrum Liveset) - 7/07/2010

JustinValer on July 09, 2010 08:40

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    (Youtube video available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNQRYdT5QwA )

    Gear Used:

    Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MK2+
    Davesmith Tetra
    MFB Synth 2
    RuinWesen Minicommand.

    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.

    - Justin


    19 timed comments and 8 regular comments

    • AmbientColony
      AmbientColony at 6.14 on September 06, 2012 10:07

      Awesome sounds mate. As a software-based producer i'm really fascinated by the set-up you've got. Would love to try some of this stuff but it's definitely an 'investment' ;)

    • Theodore Chell
      Theodore Chell at 0.08 on April 29, 2011 09:55

      Nice set, I've seen it on youtube about a year ago, very impressive. I hope you can figure out propper settings for live-sets, because on headsets you really rock.

    • Alan live
      Alan live at 6.58 on April 07, 2011 20:24

      And the crowd go's wild!

    • Nicol VOLT / Monstre Jumo
      Nicol VOLT / Monstre Jumo on March 13, 2011 15:21

      @JustinValer: thanks a lot, I didn'tsee these links... my bad ;)
      I'm soon acquiring a md to compliment my tetra and live+controllers setup, so I find your videos and live sets, besides being really musically interesting, also really interesting for my present reflexions ;)

      best regards

    • Paul Schal
      Paul Schal at 4.16 on March 08, 2011 08:35

      yeah man! realy nice stuff!

    • JustinValer
      JustinValer on March 08, 2011 05:48

      @Nicol VOLT / Monstre Jumo: check the comments for 320kbps mp3 d/l !!

    • Nicol VOLT / Monstre Jumo
      Nicol VOLT / Monstre Jumo on March 07, 2011 18:20

      no download button??? nice stuff ;)

    • Paul Schal
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    • DJRamzGT
      DJRamzGT at 38.16 on December 31, 2010 14:15

      ^____^ NOW THAT IS MINIMAL

    • DJRamzGT
      DJRamzGT at 36.35 on December 31, 2010 14:14

      I have beyerdynamics and this mix is coming across so smooth! well done thx for this one

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    • DJRamzGT
      DJRamzGT at 4.48 on December 31, 2010 14:07

      machinedrum is a sampler too?

    • Steamtown Records
      Steamtown Records on November 19, 2010 02:39

      hey there, got here from LivePA.org, very dope set man! Loving it! - Wesley D.

    • CloakvsDagger
      CloakvsDagger at 2.08 on November 03, 2010 18:29

      Love these reversed cymbals!

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    • Mouse777
      Mouse777 at 16.38 on October 28, 2010 03:03

      this piece sounds like sick beat from sisko . . anyway great stuff . . i am still figuring out the info on the sidechain fx with lfo . . just dont get it . . but thanks for the info

    • soillodge
      soillodge at 12.35 on August 28, 2010 14:39

      oh this is great! Nice break-down section.

    • JustinValer
      JustinValer on August 10, 2010 13:03

      @*SuperVillain*: Cheers for the kind words Ralf. It was a pleasure playing for you guys on Sunday. The set sounded amazing on the MyAeon system.

    • Hans Spannenlanger
      Hans Spannenlanger on August 06, 2010 10:37

      Pretty solid handling of your gadgetry and remarkable tune-age you are pulling out of it, Mate! I am pleasantly surprised to have found your contact and look forward to have opportunities meeting up with you in the future....

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    • JustinValer
      JustinValer at 7.52 on July 28, 2010 12:28

      @black and gold faces: it's all tetra up until about 22minutes

    • black and gold faces
      black and gold faces at 7.52 on July 27, 2010 10:13

      smooth one justin-tetra or mfb ? cheers, orwell

    • Army of Me-APON-SKMK
      Army of Me-APON-SKMK on July 14, 2010 16:40

      I have to do my best compliments to you Justin, this set pushed me back to experiment with my MD&MM, your drums are so crisply and tightly compressed that it not even seems they're coming from an elektron, well done!

    • highsage
      highsage at 28.22 on July 13, 2010 22:06

      this is a major WTF drop right here. mAjOr WTF!!!!

    • highsage
      highsage on July 13, 2010 22:03

      Justin.... your description below mirrors my experience one to one, and I almost cried tears of joy while reading it. After nearly a decade of Elektron engineering, I finally only JUST now, feel that I have 'unlocked' the box and liberated it to it's ultimate fulfillment as live instrument. This journey/drive started when opening for the Dirtybirds at a large club downtown here in San Diego. I went on...and the set, while not BAD...just was NOT up to the dancefloors levels and ADHD need for stimulation and refinement. I went home a little sad that night...but determined. I've spent the last year liberating this MD-UW mkII, and like you, found the LFO's to be the key, along with FX eq'ing, and judicious use of the ROMs. 48 are just enough for a strong hour long set, but only just. Put another way, I'm here listening to your performance and it is world class by any/all measures...whether by decks, ableton, or live on gear. You've completely accomplished what it is that I've set out to do out here in So Cal too...to revolutionize the experience of PERFORMING...because in the end, it's a selfish thing... there is no more JOY in the world that I've experienced than playing the MD to a dance floor. It's something I've not felt in a decade since after being a jazz/blues trumpet soloist.
      I have a show coming up in Vegas I'm madly prepping for, and I would love to compare notes. I run an ecler nuo 2.0 inbetween the MachineDrum and an acidlab bassline, with a pitchfactor off the send/return of the mixer. Your mixing on the MD of the DSI and the MFB is remarkably skilled and refined...much better than my own INPUT machine mixing skills ATM. I would love to share notes on your current set up. I just bought a tetra for the same purpose. :) at 23:20, I'd like to learn how you are getting such a strong side chaining effect with the dynamix! Alas..again, thank you so much for sharing this experience, and you have my 100% support and admiration. Keep pushing...let's break this thing wide open!

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