Good evening to you all.
I’'m lucky enough to have added some great gear to my music room in recent months. However, as always, my way of working has been disturbed and I think I could do with the insight of others to give me some ideas.
So, my setup for a long period has been two Octatracks both connected to a Digitone via a Midi Merge. The outputs of the 3 machines go into my Allen and Heath DB4 and the 2 OTs are like two separate decks that play the individual elements of a track. I would mix one pattern into the other one for transitions. Everything worked well but I like boxes that make noises and that have lights so this has gradually expanded.
My setup is not the following:
Octatrack x 2
Akai MPC Live (Being delivered next week)
Roland TR8s (Coming in 2 weeks)
The problem now is that transitions are going to be a problem.
If I use the TR8s live, when I go to my next song it will jump when the pattern change takes place. The DB4 has a looping function but it is not super tight and it wanders slightly which make the transition a little untidy.
I don’t really want to record the TR8s into the OTs as loops. I like to be able to mess with the drum elements live and recording the loops into the OTs removes that freedom. I do, essentially, want to be able to perform live with 2 OTs, the TR8s, Digitone and the DB4. I’m just not imaginative enough to picture the best way to exploit the best live setup with this lot.
I wanted to get a drum machine that would improve the sound of my drums and with Techno being the genre I enjoy most, the TR8s seemed a good idea.
I think my setup is a dream for making tracks but I’ve complicated things for live performance which is my focus.
Any ideas are welcome.
Thanks for your time as always,