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  1. On 11/5/2021 at 9:16 PM, organizedn015e said:

    Starts to sound pretty good around 1:13. Great vibe overall. My constructive criticism: The intro is too long imo and the hats seem a little loud in the mix.

    Hey man thanks for listening. Glad you dug it!!! Blessings.

    Anyone else yo?

  2. On 11/2/2021 at 12:55 PM, pokk said:

    Hey all

    I searched for a welcome thread but couldn't find one so assume creating a new topic is fine. Please move if I have missed something. I'm still reading through the guidelines.

    A little bit about my story.

    I have been making music since I was 10 years old. I started playing this old organ we had in our living room, taking the back off and look at the electronics behind, and the massive volume of it and the bass were pretty nuts. My older brother introduced me to OctaMED on the Amiga where I learnt to sample, and Music X (that bright pink and blue thing) where I learned midi programming JMJ tracks and making my own rip offs. I was big into JMJ as a nipper and Kraftwerk's Radioactivity LP.

    Like many kids in the early 90's I got caught up in the UK electronic music world, in all its forms, I guess always leaning more to Techno structures over breakbeat although I definitely did listen to a few key tapes back then. The late night channel 3 tv show BPM was a lifeline for finding some key music and labels, and although The Orb, FSOL, LFO were already in my mind, it was BPM and The Futureshock video (with those crazy bee eye glasses) where I found HIA and Ageispolis by Aphex Twin, but also Dave Angel, Carl Craig, Joey Beltram, Jeff Mills (although it wasn't until years later I knew this was his track on the show as simply listed as a white label) and a whole load of music.

    I lived in a seaside town of Swanage so basically there was nobody around that really did music when I was a kid, but eventually things moved in a direction whereby things become more well known, new generations catching up on the growing late DnB world, while perhaps I was stepping away from Warp a little bit preferring the freshness, challenging and discovery of earlier releases, over the more accessible (to my taste) stuff that came later. 

    12k/Line records and the whole glitch world from those early Mille Plateaux compilations grabbed my attention, a new challenging sound, and although I nearly had a few records out of hard techno in the 90's, I never really felt drawn enough to that world that always seemed already amazing without my needing to contribute my own music. This changed though, and later started working my girlfriend at the time (now married) on some minimal music mainly for Dragon's Eye Recordings, before later we started our own little experimental label, which I'm happy to chat about, but don't wanna spam, but that basically brings things up-to today. 

    I've pottered in and out of a few other forums, and although I've met some great people, never seem quite to find the right bunch, and that's probably ok, but watmm has been somewhere I have thought about joining for a looooong time and finally figured I'd drop in and see what's what. 🙂


    Great introduction. Really enjoyed reading that. Can relate a lot to what you wrote. Brilliant stuff!

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  3. On 9/12/2021 at 2:30 PM, thawkins said:

    I have had mine for a month and it’s super inspirational to fire it up and build some patterns and mess with the chord transpose feature and factory phrases.

    The onboard sounds are not super special but if you hook a velocity sensitive keyboard to it then you get way more nicer feel and can get a more expressive sound.

     I have made the last 3-4 tracks on my SoundCloud mainly by sequencing them on the qy100 and adding some finishing touches in Live.

    I am still in the process of learning the sequencer and how to make a song fully on the thing, at least arrangement wise.

    Awesome I'll check em out dude!

  4. 13 minutes ago, Grain Bastard said:

    I really like the 80’s look of this thing but what on earth were they thinking with the I/O on the sides - that kind of stuff bugs me.  ‘Oh, you want to put it next to something?…. I didn’t think of that…’

    So what is the plan with these machines? I have watched your DR-220A videos and I didn’t comment as you seemed really happy with what I’m guessing many here would say is a very limited drum machine. Are you collecting all drum machines or just specific ones?


    I will add that I consider collecting drum machines to be perfectly normal behaviour, as I currently have a Pulsar23 and a Machinedrum and thinking how nice that new EricaSynth Perkons would look next to them 😂


    Yeah dude I just like collecting them. Limitations are part of what I dig about them lol. Yeah I could get some bells and whistles piece of gear but I grew up in the 80s so these have nice appeal! I know they're limited to an extent but one day soon I hope I'll get them all hooked up in a studio space as at the moment I'm just short on space. The good thing is these do have Trigger ins or outs so you can interface them with other gear like the Volcas etc etc. I will try and do a proper jam session too and pop it up soon I hope!! Thanks. 😎


  5. 23 minutes ago, user said:

    Nice score! Building up quite the collection of lo/mid-fi drumcomputers there, TheBro. Could be neat to hear some sort of workout where they're all simultaneously playing same or similar patterns through a mixer of some sort on which you can ride the faders/pans/sends and maybe some cool phasey synergistic drum rompler magic will start to happen. 

    Always found that whole range of korg ddd stuff very attractive looking for some reason...

    Couldn't agree more with your sentiments!!! Will do a proper jam one day with my collection!! It's in good condition this Drum Machine though so I'm pretty chuffed. Thanks for the enthusiasm! 😎


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  6. On 9/12/2021 at 11:51 PM, BaggerMcGuirk said:

    I love fucking with delays in real time.  That drum machine packs a punch, as well.  Good stuff.

    Thanks dude. It is actually quite punchy although I was a bit tame with the delay mangling lol. Blessings.

  7. 1 hour ago, Polytrix said:

    Yeah thanks everyone. I think an M1 is like 900- 1000£ + at the higher configuration tho so I suppose the question is why do that if you can get a high end AMD/Intel tower for that price. Suppose it depends on the comparative performance of that chip in the long-run.

    Sent from my EML-L09 using Tapatalk

    There's some videos on the performance of it and it's immense!!!

  8. 15 hours ago, ArtificialDisco said:

    Lol, is that from Beep Street?

    Actually did he use a breakbeat for that? Doesn't sound like a drum machine.

    Great track. Your own drum programming is excellent. Cool melodies too over that busy acid line.

    Yeah Squarepusher used a breakbeat for that lol.

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