Thursday, December 3, 2015

BOSS BR-800 Control Surface Set-Up

Setting up the Br-800 to work as a Control Surface is actually quite easy. So, why would anyone want to do such a thing? Well, as I near the end of a mix one of my favorite final embellishments that breaths life as well as energy into a mix is Automation. For those of who you related with that, you probably also know then that using a mouse to perform this task is daunting to say the least. It is less musical, it is less creative, it is less... well cool.

In fact, it has helped my mixes in the present to set up my Br-800 in Control Surface mode and just close my eyes with the faders resting under my fingers. We mix with our ears, not our eyes, and so this takes away that urge to "see" the mix get better. Not to mention, when the wife walks in you look really into it and seem (to the untrained eye) to be working really hard. Unfortunately, my wife knows that I am having fun rather than me fooling her into believing that I am "in the throws" of a complex situation. She usually just chuckles and walks away.

Now, if you are not doing Automation, you need to. If you are waiting on buying a Control Surface first, don't. I used a mouse for years and it works just fine, its just more work. Also as stated previous;y, it's just not as cool. Anywho, I was asked to create a video showing how to set the Br-800 up for this wonderful feature and so without further adieu.