BR-864: Creating Patterns in Step Recording Mode

Tags: rhythm,pattern,recording,br-864,step
Use the following procedure to create patterns in the BR-864's step recording mode:

1. Press [ARRANGE/PATTERN/OFF] repeatedly until the indicator is flashing.

2. Press [PROGRAM].

3. Press [CURSOR] to move the cursor to "STEP", and press [ENTER]. "STEP" is displayed in REC MODE at the left of the screen. The recording standby screen appears in the display.

4. Use [CURSOR] and the TIME/VALUE dial to set the measure, beat, and click from which to start recording of the pattern.

MEASURE
This sets the number of measures in the pattern to be recorded. Valid Settings: 1-999

TEMPO
When recording, this sets the tempo for confirming the pattern. Valid Settings: 25.0-250.0
NOTE: * The tempo setting here is exclusively for confirmation of the pattern recording. This tempo is not stored in the pattern (you cannot make any individual tempo settings for the patterns themselves).

TIME SIGNATURE
This sets the time signature (i.e., the beat) for the pattern to be recorded. Valid Settings: 1/1-8/1, 1/2-8/2, 1/4-8/4, 1/8-8/8

QUANTIZE
This sets the resolution for the steps being input.
Quarter note (96)
Quarter-note triplet (64)
Eighth note (48)
Eighth-note triplet (32)
Sixteenth note (24)
Sixteenth-note triplet (16)
Thirty-second note (12)
Thirty-second-note triplet (8)
HI (1)
Numerals in parentheses indicate the clock. The lower the value set, the finer the resolution each beat becomes.

5. Press CURSOR [< or >] to move the cursor to "REC", and press [ENTER]. Step Recording starts.
NOTE: * You can also start recording by pressing [REC].

6. Press CURSOR [< or >] to move the cursor to the measure, beat, and click, then turn the TIME/VALUE dial to specify the time at which the drum sound is to be input.

7. Set the velocity (how "hard" the note is played) for the sounds to be input from the current point by adjusting Fader 1.

8. Input the drum sound. There are two ways to input drum sounds:

METHOD 1: Inputting with the REC TRACK buttons
Use REC TRACK [1/5]-[4/8], [V-TRACK] and [TAP] to input the drum sounds. You can switch the UPPER and LOWER drum sounds by pressing [RHYTHM PAD].

[RHYTHM PAD] Lit:
Enables input of the UPPER drum sounds.
REC TRACK [1/5] KICK
REC TRACK [2/6] SNARE
REC TRACK [3/7] CLOSED HH
REC TRACK [4/8] OPEN HH
[V-TRACK] CRASH
[TAP] RIDE

[RHYTHM PAD] Flashing:
Enables input of the LOWER drum sounds.
REC TRACK[1/5] CROSS STICK
REC TRACK [2/6] COWBELL
REC TRACK [3/7] TOM1
REC TRACK [4/8] TOM2
[V-TRACK] TOM3
[TAP] TOM4

METHOD 2: Inputting with the [ENTER] button
Press CURSOR [DOWN] to move the cursor to the matrix display. Press [CURSOR] to move the cursor to the intersection of the drum sound you want to input and the time at which you want it to sound, then press [ENTER]. The drum sound is alternately input or deleted each time you press [ENTER]. A "square symbol" flashes rapidly when you move the cursor to a point where a sound has already been input. When a drum sound is input, the display changes to a solid square symbol.
Pressing CURSOR [UP] in the top row of the matrix display returns the cursor to its original position.

INDICATED IN THE MATRIX
You can confirm the timing with which each rhythm instrument sounds in the matrix display. The "‹" mark in the lower part of the matrix indicates beat timing.
NOTE: * When a coarse Quantize setting is used, the "‹" mark may indicate half-note or quarter-note timing.

When using high-resolution Quantize settings, you may be unable to view the entire pattern, from start to finish, in the display at one time.

In such instances, a "RIGHT ARROW" symbol appears, indicating that there is material not currently displayed.

NOTE: * In this case, you can press [REW]/[FF] to move the location (cursor) in large steps.
NOTE: * You can press [REC MODE] during Step Recording to switch to Realtime Recording.

9. Set the tempo and Quantize values as needed.

10. Repeat Steps 6–9 as needed. Press [PLAY] to listen to the recording pattern.

11. When you have finished inputting sounds, move the cursor to “STOP” and press [ENTER]. You can also stop recording by pressing [STOP].