Topic: Wud Is Slice2Midi, and why shouldn't I use it?
Today I'm here to answer 1 simple question. Or 2 maybe ...
WUD IS SLICE 2 MIDI AND WHY SHOULDN'T I USE IT?!
If you're thinking TL;DR, skip to the part in "blue"
Well this can be answered very simply with a detailed explanation of what it is.
According to Ableton, Slice 2 Midi is a feature that was intergrated into Ableton that allows pitches of samples to be turned into seamless Midi data. If you don't know what Midi is let's just say it's a big file containing musical notes.
But our interpretation on this forum of Slice 2 Midi is a little different. Slice 2 Midi is a rather "noobish" way of making your own covers with less work. The process consists of taking a song maybe from iTunes or from the internet and cutting it up when all it's parts are completely mixed together. Now, why this is hated by everyone is because of the skill and effort put into the projects.
There is NO SKILL in cutting up samples from a mixed track and putting them in a drum rack,
ANYONE CAN DO IT.
So I think your rather convinced about that, if your going to get a launchpad you better make covers the right way.
I find the Launchpad as more as a live performance device for my own music, but lots of people also find it as a live device for making covers.
This is fair enough if you want to make covers. Most instruments are actually more used for making covers than making your own music.
But if you want to do that you should DO IT RIGHT.
And this is how.
First you want to download some stems. Unlike mixed tracks they are unmixed providing all the different song parts in high quality .wav files.
You get all of them in a zip file, you unzip it you get multiple audio files. You'll probably get some common files like the bass and leads and subs and so on. Oh, and one of the most important, drums.
This can allow you to slice up those stems and play each part with another hand, or even make a duet.
If you want you can even combine stems to make it easier.
So in conclusion, Slice 2 Midi is kinda acceptable for people starting out. But 2nd or 3rd cover try using stems.
To get you started here's a good website for stems : http://remixpacks.at.ua/
Would you like to know what #slicetomidi means?
I made a thread for that, check here: http://forum.launchpad-pro.com/viewtopic.php?id=4027