himalaya wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:22 am
I think your phrase is extremely apt: "there is an effort to perfect mechanical music"
. The ideology behind MPE goes against that. Although, MPE controllers can also be used as glorified 'mega' faders, where one draws data with slide, glide, and press. This, however, would not be the right reason to get into MPE instruments.
You are talking about two different things here. A Roli Seaboard can be just as expressive in normal MIDI mode as it can in MPE mode. i.e. It's not MPE that allows for all that expressive playing, it's the "Five Dimensions of Touch", which is independent of MPE. I can use all five in normal, single channel MIDI mode as well as I can in MPE mode.
MPE merely allows you to apply all that expressive playing on a per note basis but velocity and polyphonic aftertouch can do the same thing. Realistically, it is putting a separate mod wheel and pitch bend on each note, which is really only handy in certain circumstances, several of which have been mentioned by others. If you are playing a monophonic lead or pad, MPE never enters the equation, no matter how expressively you are playing.
Videos and just talking about how 'good' these instruments are, is no good anymore.
I think that is generally true of product videos on YouTube these days. Everyone wants to be first, when they should be trying to give viewers the best information available, so you end up with 50 videos that only tell you what you already learned from the company's official video. I pretty much never bother with YouTube videos any more, they are just a waste of time and bandwidth.
I do have to say, playing a bass line on a normal synth feels very restrictive after years of playing such bass lines on a Seaboard...
That's interesting because it would never occur to me to play a bassline, that's what I have a sequencer for. And if I was just playing around looking for a bassline, I' be more likely to do it on the UNO, which doesn't even do velocity, than on the Seaboard. Once I've got something going, I'll manually enter the notes into the piano roll, I'd never bother trying to play it in. Using the piano roll gives me a different perspective on what I'm doing that I find indispensable in the overall process.
el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:49 am
What the 'Rise 49' has given me is a renewed love for just playing/making music, just for the sake of it. I have totally relieved myself of the pressure of there being some kind of product to show for these 'efforts', although it's very likely that that will change at some point. For the moment, I'll just take it for the joy that it is
Again, I'm the opposite. We've written 12 songs this year already, plus we have another half-a-dozen in the pipeline. Whilst I do enjoy the relaxation of just playing, it's nowhere near enough to justify the investment in a Seaboard. But when we are being as productive as we are now, it becomes easy to justify any expense. To be fair, for most of the year I didn't touch the Seaboard but now that I am using it, it has sparked a second wave of renewed activity, which is why we have another six songs on the way. We've done the music part of all of them but I still need to write lyrics - they aren't songs until they have vocals.