Electronic Artist M4SONIC has become the latest Launchpad superstar, courtesy of YouTube…
It seems that YouTube has pushed another Novation Launchpad-based electronic artist into the spotlight, this time in the form of 21-year old Australian producer, M4SONIC. You might remember that last year, Madeon was amassing an incomprehensibly big YouTube following via his 39-track mash-up, ‘Pop Culture’. Whilst M4SONIC ‘s ‘Virus’ performance is based around Ableton and a Launchpad, there are some key differences- not least of which the addition of a second Launchpad (!) The result, however, is truly staggering.
Truly live, unsynchronised performance
Aside from the two-fold increase in Launchpads, there is a key operational difference in the way M4SONIC works when compared to Madeon’s ‘Pop Culture’. Whereas Madeon’s track is locked to session tempo, and uses the trigger mode to play clips, M4SONIC fires his audio clips in User 1 mode. In essence, he plays the two Launchpads as an instrument, with no synchronisation. So, if he misses a cue, or hits a wrong note, it’s just as it would be on any other instrument. He is playing the whole track live.
The extraordinary dexterity that M4SONIC displays when performing ‘Virus’ is something to behold. With each hand working entirely independently with such ease, you may have suspected that the Aussie producer has a musical background involving black and white keys. Well, you’d be right. According to his biog, he began his musical career playing classical piano. So, if you’ve been feeling a bit frustrated, working through the Hanon exercises, but with aspirations or creating music like Deadmau5, then it seems your efforts might serve you well… 😉
If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, visit one of our stores. Just about all of them have the Launchpad set up with Ableton Live, and available to try. If you’re ready to start mashing things up already, call our stores or customer service team (01925 582420), or order the Launchpad or Ableton online today.
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