Energy strategy and 4 Decks x 8 Hotcues mapping for AKAI APC Mini

This is a hotcue strategy, including a 4-deck mapping for AKAI APC mini, to be able to create a special Techno set and energy flow. This ‘energy strategy’ can be applied for other genres too.
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This is a hotcue strategy, including a 4-deck mapping for AKAI APC mini, to be able to create a special Techno set and energy flow. This ‘energy strategy’ can be applied for other genres too.
The APC Mini I choose because I was looking for a small dedicated controller for this purpose.

When thinking of this hotcue strategy and mapping I had the following goals:

- To mix and create own compositions of unique parts of tracks
- To have direct control over these parts and the hotcues
- To be able to create a desired energy and flow by using what I call ‘energy tactics’

The eight hotcues are divided into three sound categories and seven energy tactics.
In the main picture I have put four hotcue divisions just for explanation.

Check the download for the discription with pictures.

1. Samples – Yellow – Hotcues 1 and 2:

Can both be Intro, Outro or to play at any good moment: Distinctive audio pieces of a track which ideally do not contain kick drums. 
Aim: “Tease” is to create atmosphere, to excite, surprise or confuse.

2. Breaks – Green – Hotcues 3 and 4:

Can be Break (3) or Build-up
(4): The Break, often before a drop. And the Build-up, often before the main drop.

Aim: “Break” is to give rest or draw attention. “Build” is to give rest and
create tension.

3. Beats – Red – Hotcues 5-8



Can be Intro (5), the main
parts of a track (6 and 7) or Outro (8):

Kick-drum(s), bassline,
percussion. Hotcue 5 can be not much more than a kick-drum. Hotcue 6 is a step
up and contains an extra bassline or percussion. Hotcue 7 is peak-time where
all instruments play together. Hotcue 8 is a step down again, usually towards
end of track.

Aim: “Kick” is to kick-start the
vibe of the beat.

Akai - APC Mini
Pro - Version 2.9Downloads: 1793
4 decks, 4 FX units
Author: MAARTONDate: 5-22-2018

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