New Music Download: MG3 Pattern Generator and How-To

In this exclusive article, learn how to get a new piece of software that allows you to create completely original midi/audio patterns with fractals, numbers, text and graphics. Best of all, we teach you how to import it into Reason. Only on internetdj.

Posted by Michael Bordash on Sat Feb 7, 2004

Introduction to Mg3

The Mg3 theory is based Around A Piece of software called "Musical Generator 3" (Mg3). It was created by A company called Musoft-Builder. Here is the short layout of the program. You take text, pictures, fractal art, numbers and then use snippets of the pi series to create Midi Files. The result can be used in any audio program that supports Midi Files. You can choose the tempo, the key signature and scale that the Midi will follow, as there are 32 built-in scale patterns: major, minor, & exotic scales. You can even create your own custom scales; you choose the duration of the notes, speed and style (e.g. legato and staccato). In order to really understand all of the functions, go and download it at: (Free download!).

Part 1: Creating the Multi-track Pattern
Now that you went and downloaded MuSoft, let's create a simple 4 track Midi File. For this track we will use white noise, Text, & 2 Pi Equations. In the first page of options, choose white noise under the 1d Tab, then click on the tab called Data, click on the Big T tab (this is the text tab for your text). Type ďA lesson in experimental Midi". Hit return. Notice that you now have a file that says text next to the white noise option. Now click on the pi tab to show the huge differences. Click pi and type the number 25. Then hit enter. Click the pi tab again this time type in the Number 353 and hit enter. Notice the huge differences in the wave form.

Tip: on "Text", if you type the letters a-z in alphabetical order, it follows a scale.

Now that you have 4 Patterns created, add them to the track. Click on ch.1. When its highlighted, click on the note tab. Notice it gives you a few Options. Click on vector. Notice your list pattern appears here. Choose "White Noise". In this example, we will leave the other notions alone. Now do the same for ch.2-4. Add the next pattern in the vector section. The layout should be as follows:

ch.1: white noise, dur: 8
ch.2: text, dur: 4
ch.3: pi, dur: 16
ch.4: pi(1), dur: 32

Now, go back and highlight channel 1. When you have it highlighted, this time click on the duration tab. This controls the duration of the notes in this given channel. Default is #4 or 32nd notes in music theory terms; the larger the number, the longer the duration. Change the #4 to #8. Skip ch.2, we will leave it at #4. Go to ch.3, change to #16 (half-note) and change ch.4 to 32 (whole note). Look at the layout example above, it should match if you have done everything right.

Now that you have the channels laid out, its time to take a look at a few other options. The tempo is, by default, 256. This usually is way too fast for most producers and artists, so move the slider up and drop the tempo it to 140.

Now we will alter global settings for this example. Click on scale and change it from major to minor, we will leave the style alone and leave the tonic at "c". That means this track is going to be in the key of C. The last major option you have is choosing the number of measures. For this example, we'll leave it at 10.

We're ready to save this example as midi. Under "file", "save as". Name it and save it to your desktop or your music folder. Make sure you select "midi" as the save file type. If you did right you now have a 4 track midi file song.

Part 2: Choosing your Weapon
Like I said before, you can use any program that supports importing midi files, like cubase, reason, pro tools or any module that can play back a midi file. This lesson will cover FL4. Each program has their advantages. I support Fl4 because you can Import midi and send it to any VST or Dx Instrument. The process can sometimes be a little time consuming, but worth it if you have a favorite VST sound you can't live without. Reason 2.5 is great for creating beats, using Rex Player. I'm personally a huge fan of the subtracktor & the scream distortion. Also, copying and pasting of the midi files and layering different sounds is much easier in Reason than FL4. The remainder of this article will only cover Reason 2.5. I'll leave FL 4.1 for next time.

Reason 2.5
Reason, as you all know, is now an industry standard all-in-one software rack. You will need the full version of Reason in order to import midi files. Setup your screen so all you have is a mixer. I recommend creating this as a template for starting all songs. That way you can just pull it up and have a clean slate to work. Start by importing the midi file you just created in Mg3. Notice that each midi track is added to it own channel. Next, create a Rex Player in the rack. Click on the "Slice to Midi", it should light up. Now go to the first midi track and click on the empty box. Notice you have to choose mixer or Rex1. Choose Rex1. Now do the same for each midi track that you have in the song. Make sure you click on the "Slice to Midi Button" on each Rex Player.

Congratulations! You have just used Reason's Rex Player to create a unique and complex rhythm pattern.

I hope this gave you all a little insight into the world of Mg3 theory and how to incorporate the resultant patterns into your production methods. I will address Fruity Loops and other production software in a later article. Please let me know if you found this article useful and be sure to upload the results of your own experimentation to InternetDJ!

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