No Song-Mode=No go.GovernorSilver wrote:I think that's why some guitarists have been drawn to the Digitakt, because it's a sampling drum machine with trig conditions, which can add loads of variations to just one pattern.
But their hearts tend to get broken when they realize there's no song mode - pretty much have to run it in tandem with a sequencer that does have song mode, that can send the appropriate program changes at the right times.
For a unit this new and expensive that's a pretty weird decision IMO.
The Beatsstep seems to been implemented in every other setup on earth by the looks of pics and videoes online. Probably for good reasons.felixer wrote:best one i found is the arturia beatstep. lots of good random possibilities! pretty affordable too. and nicely/well made.
I dunno.. latly I've been thinking about just free myself of the stigma for "computer on stage". By the end of the day all these units are (weaker) computers. And tell me what's really the difference between a pre-sequenced/pre recorded tracks in a DAW on the computer - and a hardware sequencer, sequencing instrumets live..? There is no nerve or human variations of neither besides the musicians playing to the tracks.
Maybe the difference is sound quality - hearing the different synths, modules and drum machines playing live to the slave... I don't know as I've never played these instruments live.
Foot switches for control is an option that needs exploring.
These are just thoughs that have been surfacing the last days as a have been preparing drum backing tracks for a little outdoor concert for my band (the drummer is on holiday). Ableton Live's Warp feature with "Groove" is such a fantastic, powerful tool for adding intreresting humanization or what have you to drum tracks /sequenced tracks. The Ableton midi editor kinda sucks. But to treat audio with plugins within the daw gives way more possibilities than I can dream of with my limited HD effects units playing live.
I've also been looking at a dedicated hardware Sampler like the current Roland SP-404A for playing back these prepeared tracks, just to eliminate crashes and minimize possible breakdowns. There is some grumbling in forums about the SP-404A, but it's all greek to me as I never owned a sampler.
I really appreciate all the ideas and alternatives you guys have brought here. Good stuff! This is a great forum for knowledge (without the attitude that's so tiresome in other musical forums).
This fall/winter I really want to play live with my electronic ambient pop stuff. Such a fun thing to look forward to and I have much to learn. Get that new guitar, work on effect choices, programme drums and sequenced synths, pads... I might seek an experienced programmer for some help glueing it all together. This is so common amoung the pros before/during touring. As a hobbyist I need allies. Probably many of you do the same.