Welcome to the One Box Challenge. In brief, the One Box Challenge asks forum members to choose a single “box” to make a song on. The purpose of the challenge is to challenge yourself by using just one groovebox, just one sampler, just one synth to make your song. This won’t be a competition with a winner.
For now, we ask participants to sufficiently limit themselves. Choosing a single groovebox style sampler like an Electribe, Elektron is great. For more powerful samplers like new MPCs and Maschine/Maschine+ figure out some limitations on track count and FX, maybe a single synth for sounds or samples only. For people choosing their DAW we think that using just one or only a few instances of a single VST instrument and very limited mixer/arranger track count with limited fx is a good start. Likewise if one wanted to use a single hardware synth for all sounds you might choose a simple sampler or very limited DAW usage for arrangement. The idea is limits. If we feel we need specific limitations in the future we can have that conversation.
Master bus polishing is encouraged; via DAW or otherwise.
Often there will be a theme to guide the vibe, mood, structure or genre of the songs we make. For now, I want to run a challenge about every eight weeks. Many of us are quite busy and can only snag an a few hours here and there. The challenge here isn’t time but rather gear. Everyone should post their song along with a few words about what you did, how you did it, your inspirations, and stating your own imposed limitations.