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To make a long story short; i have a past as minimalist composer (like in Philip Glass/Win Mertens/Michael Nyman, and not like in Bass & Drums) and a present of jazz live performer (ok, student level).

 

I am thinking of how put this two side of my musical life together, and i am looking at devices like the Maschine Jam, as a tool to mix repetitive compositions (read preparing a large set of patterns for instruments sounds, moving in tonality and rhythmic patterns) and live improvisation (keyboards, a drummer, a voice maybe, and a solo instruments or two).

 

I understand there is a lot a work behind (i am planning for a year of work before gigging), and a limited market (but you know, in Paris there is room for every possible kind of music).

 

The real question is if Maschine Jam or other gear oriented to techno/edm would work well in this context or would be a dead end.

 

Anybody have opinions or experiences to share ?

 

Maurizio

 

PS: to get an idea of what i am talking about, my web site (link in the signature) document my composer past.

Nord Wave 2, Nord Electro 6D 61,, Rameau upright,  Hammond Pro44H Melodica.

Too many Arturia, NI and AAS plugins

http://www.barbogio.org/

 

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Yes, you could use the Maschine Jam in this fashion; you could also look at Ableton Live with the Push 2, that might be slightly better suited for live looping.

 

If you're doing everything prior to performance, then either one would work well.

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Thanks, yes, i am thinking more in term of preparing loops before, and improvising over the loop structure.

 

Thinking about Maschine Jam because is cheaper, and because i own already Komplete, seems to make sense.

 

Maurizio

Nord Wave 2, Nord Electro 6D 61,, Rameau upright,  Hammond Pro44H Melodica.

Too many Arturia, NI and AAS plugins

http://www.barbogio.org/

 

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For future reference: after spending a week in reading manuals, seeing tutorials and performances on youtube, i decided to go the Ableton Live route, it seems a lot closer to the habits of a DAW users, and seems to correspond more to what i am looking for (between composing and performing, and having Ableton parts and improvised parts).

It will not be Push 2, too expensive for now, i'll start with a LaunchPad Pro, Ableton Live Lite to see if it really fit my way of working, and if everything is ok i'll update to a "real version".

 

Apparently it is easy to find cheaper second hand licenses in France, and the process of buying a second hand license is officially supported by Ableton.

 

Maurizio

Nord Wave 2, Nord Electro 6D 61,, Rameau upright,  Hammond Pro44H Melodica.

Too many Arturia, NI and AAS plugins

http://www.barbogio.org/

 

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