PO-33 “Techno Trumpet Groove”

For this track I used this brass cut sample.

I wanted to use a trumpet sound and I also wanted to create a track with a higher BPM, so I started out with 160. Unsurprisingly this led me to create some sort of a techno track, but when I got halfway through the track changed into something slower (120 BPM) and different-sounding altogether. The mashup is kind of rough, but as usual – I like it :)

PO-33 Dump

Here are some loops created on the PO33:

And these are 32 step loops:

PO-33 First Attempt At Sampling

My newest Pocket Operator is one from the latest metal series – the PO-33 K.O! The nice thing about this one is that it’s has a sampler – you can record sounds (either melodic or drums) and use them for your loops.

For this first attempt, which I admit isn’t that great, I used a very short sample from the beginning of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” for the main sound. You wouldn’t know it from listening to the sample because I totally trimmed and distorted it, which is not really how you’re supposed to sample. But I just wanted to see how it goes.

PO Loops With More Than 16 Steps

The Pocket Operators have 16 steps per pattern (which I, for some strange reason, call a loop). Now that I have a little more experience with the POs I tried creating loops that combine two patterns to get 32 steps per loop. They’re not the greatest, but they’re fine for first attempts:

Here’s a minimalistic PO-20 32-step pattern. I really wanted to expand this with more sounds, but couldn’t figure it out:

And here’s a P-14 one:

PO-20 Dump

Sometimes, when creating a loop, the end result may sound good only during creation. On a second listen (or after) it might sound like a big mess. I realized that it may be important to include the steps it took to get to the final product just so that the ears can make sense of all the sounds playing together. Here’s an example. The last step of the loop progression is so noisy that without the steps to get there it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense:

And here are more PO-20 loops I recorded:

PO-20 Loop Dump

I’m dumping some loops I’ve created over time so that I can free up some memory in my PO-20.

Some of these I like more than others. A good loop, in my opinion, is one I can let play for a while and doesn’t bother me or, even better, makes me bob my head like I’m listening to a good track :)