Pax was pretty interesting. I was asked by Gabe who runs CrunchyCo a local chip music label and musician to speak on a panel about chipmusic. The panel was really interesting and seemed to go over well. As a bonus i was sitting next to Pete Berkman from Anamanaguchi who may be one of the funnier people i’ve ever met. He’s that guy you wished you could have sat next to high school.
I had some time to kill till i needed to pick up some friends at the airport so i brought my little sp-404 sampler and took some recordings of the crowd. The sp-404 is weirdly awesome and limited at the same time. It can be battery powered and has a built in microphone. So it is possible to run around doing field recordings with it. So that’s what i did. I walked around for about an hour and a half holding the SP-404 recording stuff. I only had one person ask what i was doing. Everyone else just kind of looked at it and shrugged. Since at one point I was walking past a group of cos players all dressed as Street fighter characters I really should not have been surprised.
The sp-404 does have some weakness. The effects are not all that great. I originally got it to use djing and for triggering samples and it was pretty good for that. The one thing I ran into is using it you are limited to 12 voices, which had never been a problem till i attempted play walls of recordings. But really 12 at once is pretty good, being that i’ve never had more than 6 or 7 samples going at once. A wall of sound reaches a point where the textures go away and the BLAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH begins.
I ended up playing with them the next day at the chiptune showcase in the jamspace. I just used nanovoice a Boss RPS-10 delay / pitch shifter and nanovoice. The using the RPS-10 as a pitch shifter is pretty interesting. It has a input that you can hook a keyboard up to and use that to give you control over the pitch shifting. I like running the signal that its shifting in as a control so that i self modulates, more on this on another post though as i want to get more detail and some examples up.
For my PAX set i played about 10 minutes before crashfaster went on. I had the RPS-10 feeding into the SP-404 and used the 404 as a crude mixer. You can set the volume for each pad as well as setting a volume for the external source which is a nice touch.
This was done in my studio using the same set up only going through a mixer so there is a bit more control on my end.
It can be downloaded from here at chipmusic.org