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So in this video we are going to break down a Jupiter-Xm demo track that I made a while back.

I got asked by Roland to do a performanceusing the Jupiter-Xm at their launch eventin 2019 at Abbey Road Studios.

So I got a pre-production model of the Jupiter-Xm, because it wasn't released yet at that time,

andI tested it out. What I planned first was to doa performance,

where I would put the Jupiter-Xm as part of my keyboard rig,

but having it for a while I realized that I can actually do a track using only the Jupiter-Xm - and that is what I did.

The track consists of two differentparts - and of two different "Scenes".

So we have one main Sceneand one introductory Scene.

The main scene is based ona factory preset - made by Gattobus - called "Jupiter Edge", and it sounds like this.

So it's an I-Arpeggio, which handles the drums and bass,

and you have a kind of electric guitar type of sound together with the lead.

So I kept most of those elements, but I changed the lead sound, because I wanted thelead sound to be slightly different.

So I used my JX-8P - I had a lead sound that I liked from that one,

and I put that lead soundinstead on top of it, so we got something like this.

I've also now raised the whole pitch one semitone, just not to have it in C.

I thought thetune needs to have a slightly higher pitch, becauseit's anyway quite a melodic and kind of happy tune.

Of course, I'm limitedto just three octaves on the Xm, so I had to playfrom lower C to highest C.

So basically C is thenatural key to play in with onlythree octaves to use.

So that's the main scene, basically. Well, I can split it down for youmore.

We have the arpeggio that, as i mentioned, handles the drums...

... so the drums and bass, basically.

And again - if you play faster... it will respond to your playing.

Then I have a guitar [sound] as well, and the guitar is also handled by the arpeggiator.

So it's being arpeggiated together with the bass and drums

And I have the lead sound, which I showed you.

So that's a JX-8P lead sound. The fourthpart is an interesting sound, because it has...

...a split in it, so on the left hand you have a "sample & hold" type of baseline...

...and on the upper hand you have a pad.

And that pad has an additional element, which comes in when you play it long enough.

Here you can hear it coming in.

So all that adds up to the whole sound.

So that's the main part. The introductory part consists of a few different arpeggios.

One of them uses a Juno-106 sound.

This is basically just an arpeggio that goesupwards, spanning two octaves.

The second arpeggio uses a JX-8P sound.

It's the same arpeggio - it goes upwards - up was flowing...

...but it's half the speed basically, or even [less] than half the speed... goes on every fourth of thebeat, while the Juno-106 arpeggio goes on every 16thnote of the beat.

Then on top of those I'mplaying ... I'm adding the lead on.

So what's happening is basically that I have the arpeggio...

...arpeggios playing, and in the beginning I have to sync the arpeggios, because they ...

.. I mean, they will be insync, but they won't necessarily start on the firstnote that I would like them to start on.

So let'ssee if I can get the first note here...

Yeah, now I was just lucky that it happened to go on the right note.

I basically have everything silent and I pressdown a chord, and after that I start to add volume, and filter, and level.

Sorry, I'musing the pedal at the same time as I'm usingthe sliders.

So I have programmed the slidersto adjust cutoff on the sounds,

and the other slider addsvolume of the JX-8P part.

I have a foot controller as wellthat I use live, because live I wantto have my hands free for playing,

so I just use the foot controller.

and now, when I have played thisfor a while, I also adddelay and chorus for the Juno arpeggio.

and just at the point when I think "now is a good time", then I start playing the lead motif, which goes like this.

It's interesting how the arpeggios respond.

I mean, these are no intelligent arpeggios, they just go by themselves, basically - just normal arpeggios.

So if you listen to what's happening beneath, this is what happens beneath.

Let me remove the [lead]... yeah, sorry.

Then I can also adjust how the arpeggios play...

... by playing more legato or more staccato - then there will be like longer [or shorter] arpeggios.

Difficult to say now, but when you hear it in a context then you'll realize what they do...

Although, to be honest it can be quite difficult to know what actually is happening here.

But this is the basics of it - how it'ssplit down.

So we have the arpeggios going on the bottom, and by playing morelegato or more staccato I can impact how the arpeggios respond,

while i'm playing themelody on top of it. So that's basically [it].

and I have doubled the main lead, so I have a fourth part, which handles the bass.

So that's a slightly different sound. I mean, it's based on the same sound, but it's got a shorter tail.

For performing this tune live I'm using thehelp of a tablet.

So the tablet is connected to the Jupiter-Xm by Bluetooth.

Bluetooth is abit slow protocol,because you get some latency - actually, some randomlatency.

But it's perfectly fine for just doing things like switching on and off partsand adjusting faders.

The reason why I use thetablet was at the time when i performed the tune,

the unit was a pre-production model and I only had a beta version of the operating system.

So now I can do things already from thepanel, where you can you can adjust...

For instance, the level of the second synth arpeggio - part number three - can be adjusted by aslider.

I used to do it from the tablet but I can do it with a slider aswell now.

After the latest firmware update I can also switch parts on and off usingthe [panel].

So you can see on the screenup here that [for switching] the parts on and off

that I previously had to use the tablet for, I can now switch on and off from the from the panel.

Same thing with the arpeggio: I cannow choose which arpeggio parts to put on and off fromthe panel,

so you can actually adjust yourself how you want the the buttons to work.

So this is quite flexible. Thereare a few things that I still need the tablet for.

I have, for instance, a couple ofmacro buttons. So I have one "solo" button,

and what the solo button doesis that it turns off the JX-8P sound,

and it also turns off the arpeggiator for the distorted guitar,

so I can play it live instead.

There's one more important macro button, and that's the "end" button.

The end button switches off the arpeggios, it hits a kick, it hits the tom and it hits two orthree basic notes on different parts, like that.

So that's my ending sound and I needed to trigger it from here.

But the problem when it's by Bluetooth is that it's not so exact - I would like to hit on number one.

But it's like the latency is a bit random all the time.

So of course if you would like to do this properly, then you should have a cable connected,

so that you can actually trigger it like a MIDI controller. But as I mentioned bluetooth is fine

if you just do sliders and stuff, but for triggering I would probably use a cable.

Anyway, for the sake of demonstration we're going with Bluetooth right now.

And then I have a few other things that I do. I have one button...

... the "S1" button on the Jupiter-Xm, so when I press that

it advances to the second part - to the main part. So that's the way I can go from playing...

and ... and I can do that just by pressing the button while I'm still almost holding the...

keys with my left hand. So it's really convenient to have these

switch buttons up here so you can program them to do different kinds of stuff,

and in the intro part it's really handyto just be able to jump [to the next Scene] and go on with the tune.

So that's basically how I perform the tune live and next I'm going to perform it for you.

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