Stuck inside with my Roland E96 and Nord Grand in these isolation times


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Thanks for this nice forum. I am mainly playing with my Nord Grand today. It has no arranger or metronome. But the sound and touch easily makes up for the lack of an arranger.

I also had time to fix the chipped keys on my trusty Roland E96 arranger that had been covering dust. Now it has a brand new GOTEK USB drive instead of the ole floppy. This upgrade made the keyboard so much fun to use. I am now creating a separate floppy image for every 8 songs. The nice thing is that it is easy to download the user styles as a set for all 8 user styles available. You can also store a separate small set of 3 times 8 songs in the performance memory.

The reason why I still use the Roland E96 is that I am writing music for computer games for retro computers. Here the important thing is that you need to repeat patterns to save space. Playing around with the arranger is perfect for reaching this goal.

The problem is that almost all basic rhythms are "taken". Beethoven took the ...- (di di di dah, di di di dah). Mozart got (di dah). And so on.

For my upcoming game I decided on a complex rhythm that I hope is unique. It is (dah di dah di, dah dah di daa). Right now I have it in a funk version which is great for upbeat action. Today I have been working on the same rhythm in a minor chord sequence for "coffee shop" Bossanova style. It turned out really nice.

Here is a snapshot of my game entry for Atari Lynx:
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I also have a small image of the action:

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Frankly if you are designing rhythms and polyrhythms then you should consider picking up an Arturia Beatstep Pro to use as your sequencer.


I sort of welcomed you in the other thread but I'll say hi again.

Keep us posted on your work.

Gary ;)
 
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Thanks for the tip. I am currently integrating a Novation Launchpad with a STM32 microcontroller to allow me to use the target game console as the instrument. I also realized that I am too old-fashioned with my keyboard so hopefully I learn something while playing with the pads. I did have some fun with Ableton. But the Lynx use polynomic generated sounds only so I need to write some code to tie the console to the pad.
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I actually hacked the Launchpad and designed my own logic of how to use it.
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Plus a smaller version for the target console screen.
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I did add very similar functions to what I saw in that Arturia video clip. Basically the buttons play arranger style instrument clips (from my Roland E96 styles).
 
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