Makes sense. I’m still wrapping my head around how to best use it, but not because it’s hard to get into, but the opposite - there are so many ways this could work.
I’ve tried a few different approaches with it. First, just using the factory samples to create a few beats and loops. Satisfactory, but the sound engine doesn’t offer all that much in terms of variation, so the slightly stale nature of a kick drum on repeat eventually gets to you.
Then, I hooked it up to a Digitone and recorded some live loops, keyboard playing and stuff. Given that the Black Box can record long takes, I soon had a few minute long clips that I could slap on those above mentioned stale drums, and now we were getting somewhere. A 16 step drum loop combined with a 32 bar keyboard improvisation in a box this size, isn’t a bad prospect.
After that, it was Tempest time where I recorded one shots and loops from the Tempest into the Black Box through an Analog Heat. I meshed those up with the Digitone stuff and the on-board factory one shots, and things got very interesting from there.
Now, I’ve borrowed a Squid to see what that kind of sequencer can do to the Black Box, if I added nothing else to the mix. The Squid feels very funky, but I wonder if it’s overkill for what I want to do. But as far as getting things to swing and get out of control and still get you back to the safe zone in an instant, this one feels quite unique.
It would be a lovely rig, to have all your sounds in the Black Box and the song itself in the Squid, and nothing else. But we’ll see.