ReBirth for iPad

Uploaded by PropellerheadSW on 31.10.2010

My name is Kurt Kurasaki.
I run the site
Which was actually started all because of ReBirth.
These days I've been busy teaching Reason through Berklee College of Music
in their online curriculum.
I started using Rebirth in 1996 about the time when it first came out.
The moment I saw ReBirth on the iPhone I thought to myself
"I can't wait until it's on the iPad."
This is more than just the old ReBirth though.
They make use of the multitouch interface.
Anyone who's actually used a real 303 knows that you can really only do two knobs at once.
And not even that well because they're so close together.
Now with the iPad version we have multitouch so we can control two, three, four, five knobs at once.
It's easier to use than the real hardware.
We've been using computers for about ten years now for complete production.
We're in this era where people are just starting to get the idea
of doing a complete production in a mobile environment.
There is a challenge there.
The sharing feature is now expand beyond just ReBirth users
because there's an MP3 rendering engine.
So you can share it with your blackberry friends and your android friends.
Let them know what they're missing.
Let's look at the ReBirth interface here
and I'm gonna press play on the transport.
And you see the 303s,
the 808 the 909, the mixer controls, the pattern selectors,
compressor, distortion, delay, pattern control filter,
and then a master level.
A pattern in ReBirth represents a loop.
It's a basic element of your song.
It's just the one measure that cycles.
It's just the one measure that cycles.
It's just the one measure that cycles.
Over and over, it's the beat.
The easiest way to understand it is if you look at the 808, or you look at the 909,
you'll see 16 buttons on each one of these devices.
Each one of these buttons represents a step,
one segment of this loop.
Let's start with something slower.
We'll drop this to 92 Beats Per Minute.
Click on bass drum. Let's program a couple of bass drum events.
And then I can also control the selector here.
So we'll set it to snare drum.
Then we'll click on closed hi hats
and I'll put one on every eighth note.
And then we can dirty it up a little bit with some distortion.
We can go down to the 909. Select the hand clap
and we can add some delay to that.
Then you're done.
And you'll be surprised how many songs are actually not much more than that.
The 303 step sequencer works differently than the 808
because we don't have the luxury of 16 step buttons right on the interface.
Instead we have to scroll through each step by pressing the step or the back button
and you can see how the display number changes.
So we started with the silent default song.
So we have to go through first and start adding notes on each step.
You can see I'm just going through here and repeating this process for each of the 16 steps.
So if you play this. You'll just hear this repeating series of notes.
Now I'm going to go back into the step sequencer and disable
the notes on certain steps or put rests in on certain steps.
So we'll go to step four, step seven, step ten, twelve, sixteen.
Let me play this.
And now you can hear, there's a little bit of a groove pattern.
So, I'm gonna go through to different steps and program pitches.
Ok, so now we have added a few extra pitches in there.
I'm gonna transpose step one down.
And when I add that modifier it will transpose this first seed down an octave.
Then we'll go over to step nine.
And we'll transpose that one up an octave.
We'll leave it on step nine and then I'll add slide.
And so you hear the interesting little elastic pitch glide on there.
Lastly is our accents and what I'll do is I'll go back to step five and we'll add an accent.
And you hear that sharp pulse. We'll do that again for step 13.
So, there we have the basic pattern programing.
But it doesn't really get interesting until we start going in here,
...start changing some of these synth settings.
So, for each step of the pattern you have to decide whether or not the note is on or off,
whether it's sliding, whether it has an accent, and the pitch.
The acidy, elastic sound that makes the 303 so unique comes from using these modifier keys.
Here we have this song that I've been working on.
It's developed around several different patterns.
For the 303s and the 808 and the 909.
And if you look at the interface on the left side of each of the devices we have
a pattern selector where we can store and recall the loops we've programmed.
On pattern one we can store the main beat and when we get to a transition
like a fill we can switch to pattern two.
Let me show you how I'm going to arrange them in my song.
When I move from pattern mode over into song mode
the first thing I have to do is initialize the song from the pattern mode.
Now I'm going to record the patterns into the sequencer.
Here's my bass line section for the song.
So now I'm going to go and record some filter movements on this.
But you can go back as many times as you want
and make as many adjustments layered on top of each other.
I've arranged several different patterns in song mode
and I've also added knob and fader automation to the track
Now I'm gonna switch over to a mod.
Now a mod is going to change the graphics but more importantly
it's gonna change the samples in the 808 and the 909 drum machines.
So now I'm done with the song and I can let others listen to it by using the share feature
which allows me to post it onto the internet, facebook
or through an email where other people can listen to it
as either a ReBirth song file or now as an MP3.
It doesn't surprise me that ReBirth has had this longevity.
Everyone who's got a 303 is always going to love it until it dies.
Here we are 30 years almost after the 303 emerged,
28 years of the 808, 25 years of the 909,
and they're still in every peace of popular music out there.
I think we've seen this trend now where we have instruments that become classics.
Old Les Pauls, Hammond B3, Fenders, the Mini Moog,
and I guess ReBirth has reached that status as well.
Ten years ago, 15 years ago, people were saying "What?"
"Make music on computers? What are you crazy?"
It was cutting edge when it first came out and here we are at the cutting edge of a new emerging technology.
ReBirth is back.