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Subject: rs7000 beauty or beast?
Original Message 1/16 08-Apr-02 @ 02:58 PM - rs7000 beauty or beast?
my current way of working is do it all in sonar, then dump the loops into the RS and beatslice them to get tempo independence.
so i take a song with about 6 drum parts and 6 instrument parts and slice em all into tracks.
the rs7000 has a serious limitation in that you can't switch between tracks (if you are using the internal sampler & efx) without a *way* out of time jump inbetween.
anyway because of this i put all my parts on section A and just mute and unmute to do the track live.
in fiddling around last night here were my major complaints:
1. muting / unmuting really lacks timing accuacy of jumping from section to section. but when you jump from section to section its like you already have your structure set and theres not much way to change it.
2. these dang knobs jump!!! i knew it was there but now its driving me crazy... you run a filter down on one part then jump to the next to run the filter and it jumps to the last setting. its completely unusable unless you are superman and can remember where everything was sitting in the first place and happen to have the track muted...
3. i am finding myself doing the exact same kind of song structures i did when on the computer but in a live setting. i have so far been unable to come up with any moments of glory or whatever because my samples are fixed, all i can do is filter them. i suppose once i write some tracks with the nord playing live that could get more interesting but i only have so many hands and its enough just to keep the mutes, unmutes going.
so any advice here?
should i start using the sections instead of the mutes so i don't have to worry about breakdowns and buildups but i have free hands to tweak the nord etc?
should i buy native instruments kontakt and bring a computer out with me and use the RS to sequence that as a sampler? (this fixes the gap between tracks and the knob jumping)
or should i just sell the RS and continue to just dj my own tracks as i have been doing...
its not that i didn't expect to run into obsticles, its just that if my live show adds no benefit over my statically recorded material then i am not sure why i am attempting it
Message 2/16 08-Apr-02 @ 06:29 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
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Hope this helps.
Message 3/16 08-Apr-02 @ 06:53 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
the knobs are the same as the a3k series and
those were a pain in the ass. they would jump
Message 4/16 08-Apr-02 @ 06:55 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
"the rs7000 has a serious limitation in that you
can't switch between tracks (if you are using
the internal sampler & efx) without a *way* out
of time jump inbetween."
so, is this audible when you switch or you
mean it takes awhile?
Message 5/16 08-Apr-02 @ 07:15 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
end result is annoying.
Message 6/16 08-Apr-02 @ 07:31 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
okay, so it's between songs, not "tracks"
Message 7/16 08-Apr-02 @ 08:16 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
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dunno. havent gotten that far...
Message 8/16 08-Apr-02 @ 08:55 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
On the other hand, you could always get one of those videocassete sized SU samplers or a Boss Dr. Sample just for throwing shit in between your tracks.. Probably not the answer you wanted to hear but I bet you could score one of those boxes for $100 or less.
Message 9/16 08-Apr-02 @ 10:43 PM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
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Anyway, a couple of things to note: The RS is more of a studio machine than a live box. Some of the way it operates just doesn't lend itself well to live use. I've taken mine out a few times now, but I have a feeling I'll go back to my 505 or similar for live control...
The sampler in the RS is not exactly a full-featured sampler. It definitely ain't no A series sampler... More similar to the SU700 really... I digress...
Sections work better than trying to do "multi-finger mutes," least for me, but I actually use the Mute and Scene Memory buttons to do a lot of the bits. You can "work a breakdown or whatnot" by doing some creative mute/scene work...
Adding even a small sampler to your RS setup lets you cover any potential "switching" moments, however, I really find that to be horseshit as you shouldn't have to worry about "covering up" Yammy's poor implementation on switching between styles and so on... There are certainly workarounds, like putting all your Program Changes and voice edit changes into the Phrases themselves as opposed to letting it get sorted via the Phrase Header info... However, as Yamaha has stated on some of the forums, their intention is a "studio box" with live "capability." Well it's "capable" but it certainly ain't the smoothest flowing MF I've ever used....
As to whether or not to sell it, that's your call obviously, but if you're wanting a spontaneous type of live set, there's better machines. The RS is a very linear inclined machine. Not to say you can't work in a non-linear fashion, it's just designed with linear in mind...
and your comment: "its just that if my live show adds no benefit over my statically recorded material then i am not sure why i am attempting it."..... welcome to the party.=) First off, when you say "benefit" whose benefit are you referring to? If you're really saying, "just hitting play on the sequencer and doing a few tweaks over the top is unsatisfying," well you've come to the right place.... Actually, that's the sort of thing that needs it's own thread....
All in all, the RS is a powerful machine. In my opinion, it ain't the best live box, but it ain't the worst, either. It's a complex mother, and it'll take some "quality time" spent with the machine to really sort it for live, but it can be done. Whether or not you want to devote that much time to the RS is something you'll have to decide based on your wants for the way you'd prefer to do a live set.... honestly, I'd say it's best suited (for live use) to folks who want to pretty much perform in a linear fashion, i.e., as a "playback" device with some extra bells and whistles thrown in for variation.... it "can" work in a more non-linear fashion, but it'll take more prep work to get your bits setup proper....
Message 10/16 09-Apr-02 @ 03:48 AM - RE: rs7000 beauty or beast?
well played around with it another afternoon...
i was thinking another cool path... when speaking of 6pack (in reaktor) it gave me the idea to do this:
load up say 6-8 different kick loops on part 1
load up 6-8 different snares on part 4
then lets assume at least for the drums part of the show the kicks, snares, hats etc are all interchangable
then as i jump thru songs, i literally just turn the track up or down by a note and get the next or previous loop, allowing me to jam on different beats and breaks all night...
if i did this with kontakt (virtually unlimited ram and instant on the fly time stretching) then it would be pretty fun from a beats angle.
plus i wouldn't have any gaps between songs as the midi part of the rs does rock solid when triggering other parts.
basslines and such off the nord could be triggered live off the rs as well without interruption.
also kontakt is smart enough to latch the filter knob movements etc...
its not wrong to use the rs as a $1000 control surface is it? :-) well theres the sequencer too :-)
i like the idea of flying stuff in and out as far as the drums go... it could work well for basses and leads if i was clever and wrote the stuff in the same keys etc.
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