As things get colder in our Berlin corner of the world, we’re spending more of our weekends indoors - which, coincidentally, is a perfect reason to spend more time making music. So, happy Free Stuff Friday! This week, we’ve got an intelligent drum sequencer based on a formidable piece of hardware, some minimal techno grooves via a series of 808 loops, and a set of unique samples from the Australian Bush.
Beyond the Step
With an ear (and eye) towards functions off the beaten path, Mutable Instruments have won great acclaim for their instruments, sequencers, and effects. Grids, a Eurorack modular sequencer from Mutable, now comes to Max for Live. With options for probability-based (based on algorithms for generating desirable drum patterns) or Euclidean sequencing modes, Grids is sure to give you some inspiring results.
Groove is the Minimum
While the 909 might be the king of harder techno, when things get minimal and spacey, it’s all about those deep and hissy 808 sounds. For example, on Plastikman’s classic “Plastique”:
We’ve featured loads of classic drum machines and synths in Free Stuff Friday - but it’s equally cool to explore some more unusual and unique sounds. Australian artist LIF took a recent trip to the Australian bush and sampled the sounds of nature: rocks, ocean, and more. Preview the sounds below:
And...we’re done for this week. Time for us to bundle up somewhere warm and get cracking on a new masterpiece - don’t forget to share your free stuff with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and tag it #FreeStuffFriday.