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Appendix A. The ReBirth of Cool - Pg. 400

Selecting different sounds in the 909-drum machine is different, but also very simple. Just locate the sound that you want and click on it to begin programming a pattern for it (see Figure A.6). Figure A.5 The TR808 drum module is simple to program and sounds just like the real thing. Figure A.6 The TR909 drum module has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, like the capability to create a rhythmic flam effect. But Wait . . .There's More! ReBirth also contains a few extras that will help liven up the mix. Effects from filters to delays will brighten up any techno masterpiece. The distortion (see Figure A.7) ranges from "subtle" to "down and digitally dirty" in a heartbeat. Included in this effect are an Amount knob and a Shape knob. They change the amount and characteristics of the distortion drastically. Additionally, the distortion can be assigned to more than one synth or drum machine. The compressor (see Figure A.8) can be used to help the dynamics of an entire mix or just fix a single synth or drum machine. It includes a Ratio knob and a Threshold knob to shape your compression curve. The delay (see Figure A.9) is a simple yet effective addition to help make your tracks a bit more "ambient." It is automatically synchronized via the ReBirth master tempo and can be used either in straight notes or triplets for that good old swing feel. The PCF, or pattern controlled filter, was added to version 1.5 in 1998. As shown in Figure A.10, it can be used as a low pass or band pass filter and has 54 possible pattern combinations. As with the delay, the PCF tempo syncs like a champ. The only downside is that only one of ReBirth's synths or drum machines can be assigned to it. Figure A.7 ReBirth's distortion effect can give you that Nine Inch Nails sound you've been looking for.