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Tales from the DR-3 and the new song coming

I've been learning the ins and outs of the BOSS DR-3, and it's basically like learning a workstation synthesizer all over again. For some, that would scare the daylights out of them because it is a powerful drum synthesizer. You truly do have to program this thing to get it sounding the way you want.

The DR-3 does exactly what I expect a pattern-based synth to do. The hardest part was getting a custom kit together, but once I figured that out, the rest was fairly straightforward.

Every demo I've seen of the DR-3 is with people "playing" them in real time, but that's not how you get the most out of the unit. Step recording is the way to get things done. I'm not going to explain what step recording is, how it works and why you should use it because even if I did, nobody except synth guys would understand what I'm talking about.

I've actually thought about creating my own video series on how to program the DR-3, because once it's explained to you what step recording, quantizing, sequences, patterns and songs are all about, you can then make the thing do what you want. While the DR-3 does come with a tutorial video DVD, it's still not good enough because beginners really couldn't follow along with it all that well.

I'll put it another way. If I did a video series on the DR-3, a whole bunch of guitar players would probably run out and buy one because someone (me) finally explained in plain English how to learn the unit quickly.

Anyway, the DR-3 programming for the first song on it is done. The guitar tracks have to be laid down at this point, and that's going to be a pain in the ass because I have to video-capture myself when doing it so I can construct a video afterward of all the parts being played. I feel this is necessary because people like seeing songs played as they were recorded. If I didn't do the video-capture thing, the song would be done already, but I go the extra mile, what can I say. 🙂

I should have the song released by this weekend or maybe sooner.


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