Posts Tagged ‘SC-88Pro’

[SC-88Pro] Kuusou Mesorogiwi (Mirai Nikki OP) (MIDI) (incomplete)

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Update: Please check FINISHED VERSION!

This is a MIDI I’m in the process of making for the Roland SC-88Pro. The song is 「空想メソロギヰ」 (“Kuusou Mesorogiwi”), used for the opening of the anime Mirai Nikki, originally by Yousei Teikoku. As you can see, I’ve still got a long way to go, but since I haven’t uploaded anything for a long time, I decided to upload this preview of sorts.

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As I’m making it for the Sound Canvas, I’m trying to take advantage of the various things it has to offer, such as a distortion insert effect with custom settings, cutoff frequency changes to make the down- and up-strokes of the guitar pick sound different, custom attack/decay/release times, and bank-changes for instruments such as palm-muted electric guitar and velocity-sensitive strings. Even though this sound module came out 15 years ago, it’s still quite capable of sounding modern. =D

I intend to continue working on this, although I’m having great difficulty discerning the individual notes of the strings, guitars, and even the drums, during the chorus. Also, I still have yet to start the bass, voice, backing vocal and “strange ambient sounds or maybe they’re just strings but it’s so hard to make them out properly” tracks.

[Quick test] Hardstyle sound attempt on SC-88Pro

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

I’ve been lucky enough to get this ~15-year-old Roland SC-88 Pro MIDI sound module, and I tried to make it play something a bit more modern-sounding than anything it was ever intended for (I expect).

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I could use an insert effect (EFX) for distortion to make the kick much better (it sure needs some work), but I can only use one type of effect at a time. So if I used distortion, I couldn’t use a compressor, which would make the snares and cymbals sound nicer. Such are the limitations of such an old sound module~

Even though this is just a quick test, although I ended up sending more complex MIDI messages than I’ve ever sent before – a SYSEX, NRPNs and many CCs to use chorus, cutoff filters with resonance, custom attack/decay envelopes, and set the pitch of a specific percussion instrument. Actually, this was more of a test for myself to learn to use such messages to control the SC-88 Pro. Now time for me to get back to reading the manual. ^^;