MLRv is a great tool for live performance, as proven by a number of talented button mashers such as Galapagoose and Daedelus. It creates an immediate feedback loop between button presses and sounds that audiences just “get”. But if you’re only using MLRv for button mashing, you’re missing out on a ton of potential it has as a production tool that can be readily tied into your workflow.
Let me first back up and explain what I mean by workflow. Workflow is your
generalized process for creating a song. A typical workflow might be:
A) Record MIDI tracks
B) Arrange tracks
C) Add effects
So what makes the difference between an efficient workflow and an inefficient workflow? An efficient workflow allows you to go back to any earlier step in the process and make a change that flows down to future steps. In our example above, if I realize that a single instrument would sound better in a different register, I can update the appopriate MIDI track and, with minimal effort, I’m back at step D.
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