DreamTnc1_drm), and gradually mute parts to thin out the texture and
round out the song. Then remove the part 5 drums in groove 8, the
part 1 bass in groove 9, the part 4 Clav in groove 10, and the Trance1
beeps in groove 11.
Tutorial 3: Ready for the Dance Floor
With the grooves in place, you’re set to turn your home studio (or club, if
you want) into a dance inferno. The key to producing this result is real-
time, tempo-locked triggering of the grooves we’ve just assembled.
1. Change grooves: Try out your custom groove box by clicking on dif-
ferent buttons in the Groove Picker. Thanks to the Change on Groove
setting, everything will sync up nicely. Move sequentially through
grooves to build up or remove parts of the mix, or try jumping through
the structure out of order for changes with more contrast. If you have a
keyboard, add an instrument on another part and jam over the top.
2. Thin out the mix: Try switching back to groove 1 with just the bass
for four bars (perhaps between grooves 5 and 6)—the sudden sparse-
ness makes for some dynamic contrast. Notice that we’ve covered our-
selves by assigning the Tempo Delay effect to the analog keyboard
patch. This traditional DJ trick ensures that when other parts drop out,
delay spills over the silence rather than the sound stopping abruptly.
3. Control grooves: If you have a MIDI device—a keyboard or any other
controller—you can use that instead of a mouse to control the grooves.
Just right-click on the button or knob in the Kinetic interface you want to
assign. For example, right-click one of the grooves, select MIDI Remote
Control, and click Learn. Press the button or key you want to use to
switch to that groove, then click Stop Learning. (Alternatively, enter the
information manually with Control Source, although Learn is generally
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easier.) Repeat this procedure for the other grooves, and you can “play
your grooves using your keyboard or other device.
4. Control a filter sweep: A must-have physical control is a DJ-style filter
sweep: it’s no fun with a mouse, but it’s perfect for a fader, mod wheel,
or (best of all) a knob. (See Chapter 7 for more on equalization and
filtering, but you’ll probably recognize the sound.) Select part 5 (the
Groove Player) and select Edit Patch. Right-click Audio FX and add a
2-band parametric equalizer: Effects > Project 5 > Para-Q. Increase
Gain 1 to 100%, then assign a MIDI knob or slider to Frequency 1
(right-click, select MIDI Remote Control, and follow the Learn proce-
dure in step 3). Now, using your knob or slider, gradually sweep through
the filter with this groove playing.
5. Play, record, share: Using the Song Arranger, it’s possible to paint
grooves into the arrangement with the mouse, but instead (especially if
your live MIDI controller performance is hot) click the Record button
in the Arranger or hit the R key before triggering the grooves. Click

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