Join JK Swopes for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording external sound sources, part of Learning Maschine 2.
- One of the most powerful features of Maschine is its ability to easily record and manipulate audio data, also referred to as sampling. I'll show you how to set up the software to prepare for and capture external audio sources. The first thing you want to do when you get ready to sample, is click on this sampling icon right here. This will bring you to the sampling page. Right now, we're going to be focused on the record tab. The main thing you want to do is look at your sources at the bottom. This is where you set which input source you're going to be recording from as well as the mode. We're gonna be recording from an external source.
For this purpose, I'm gonna simply be using a cell phone. You can use whatever you want, I figured a cell phone would be an easy way to show this process. I know I have my cell phone hooked up to input number 2. We set this up in the audio midi preferences. For my mode, I wanna take it off of Sync and put it on Detect. Detect will allow me to start recording anytime audio passes a certain threshold. I like to turn it down low, so it starts recording as soon as it hears audio. If I wanted to Sync Record, this would allow me to record a specific measure of audio, maybe 1 Bar, 2 Bar, et cetera.
We can see our threshold and then our option to turn monitor on. If you don't have a real time monitoring option on your audio interface, you want to turn this on to actually hear what you're sampling. So, I press Start and now it's waiting for input, and I'll press play on my device. (light jazz music) So we can see the volume on our device was too low, it wasn't high enough to reach the threshold, so we didn't trigger any sampling. I'm gonna turn the volume up on my device so we can get a higher volume and trigger the sampling. (light jazz music) I can click Stop and now we can see our waveform of the sample we just recorded directly into Maschine.
As you record more samples, you'll see the different takes fill up down here in each individual square and you can audition them directly from here. (light jazz music) Next, I wanna show you how to use Sync mode. I'll go to my Mode, change it to Sync. Now what this does, it allows you to capture your sample at a specific length as long as the Maschine's sequencer is running. So right now we have it set to 1 Bar. I'm gonna just set it to 2 Bars and click Start. I can start playing my audio source, but it won't start recording until I start the Maschine's sequencer.
(electronic jazzy music) As you can see, it automatically stopped when it was done capturing that specific length. Now this option is very useful and I use it a lot when recording external audio, maybe a guitar, bass, synthesizers and things like that, because it allows you to stop it exactly where you want it, and not have to worry about hitting a button. So that's how you set up Maschine to capture external audio sources.
- Configuring Maschine's preferences and settings
- Loading sounds
- Recording and editing samples
- Recording patterns
- Adding effects
- Recording automation
- Building a song with scenes
- Saving a Maschine project
- Exporting to WAV files