First off, I am absolutely sick and tired of using software synthesizers. Different story, but really I find I can never those unique and dirty sounds I want, it just doesn’t feel creative and involved.
I have a Korg MS-20 mini that I absolutely love. As a standalone machine, I have no trouble coming up with excellent melodies and patches. The real problem is integrating my MS-20 with my tracks on the computer.
The MS-20 can receive MIDI signals, therefore I can use Renoise’s Phrase Editor to make a sequence that I like. Renoise sends the notes to the MS-20 and it plays it accordingly. However I really dislike this platform for making sequences. The MS-20 is monophonic, and can’t interpret the velocity and after touch signal that are used in Renoise.
As of now, I come up with a melody, or whatever I want to do. I enter the notes in the phrase, and have to add and “OFF” note after each one to stop the envelope generator. It sounds like crap. Compared to the exactly the same notes on a CV/Gate sequencer, it just sounds loose. Another issue. For example I want to make some sort ofarpeggiated pattern that is faster than the master clock of Renoise, as far as I know I can’t bypass that if I’m using the Phrase editor.
Another issue the recording process itself. I connect my MS-20, setup MIDI, Make a Phrase I like, isolate one track, record a C note in that track, then go to the “Sample” and record the sounds synced to the pattern. I think that is just garbage. The sound quality suffers horribly when I record with this method specifically. When I simply tap a key on the MS-20 and record it, the quality of the sound differs considerably, but in both cases the volume of the sample is severely reduced and frankly nulls those raw and warm waveforms. I am using the “Line in” input on my motherboard, which has a good quality on board sound card.
I really looking for suggestions that do not involve purchasing equipment, but I understand that it might be inevitable.
Here are my questions:
Am I missing something? Making some newbie mistake?
Are there any better options besides purchasing a sequencer or MIDI/CV converter?
Some sort of better solution than Renoise’s Phrase Editor?