Apologies if this has been mentioned in one of 486 comments above - the AK/A4 is packed with features that are seemingly designed to allow the user a certain degree of freedom to reconfigure his/her workflow within the framework of its architecture, obviously the “backbone” of this design strategy in the depths of multi-mapping.
That being said, after looking into this carefully, I’ve finally concluded that Elektron decided to make Pattern Chaining and Song Mode rather inaccessible (remotely).
Via multi-mapping, why not have a way to trigger specific pattern chain rows (or song rows) when its applicable mode is activated (song or pattern chain)? Transpose, mutes, and long-form pattern variation and repetition information would be preserved, which is surely a massive convenience for both performance and quick-sketching. I’m no midi expert, so I’m sure someone will enlighten me.
…and I don’t feel like this is an unreasonable request. One would think that a company putting out a line of super sophisticated products would focus a little more on integrating the features that each shares.
Just shy of a rant…whew! …and who knows, I might
have overlooked a solution to this problem (I’m running an OT into the AK). I’ve read “rumblings” of the OT’s ability to send and receive SPP. However, in my attempts thus far…no dice.
Consider it either a feature request or if it turns out that Song/Pattern Chaining sync with Elektron boxes have been making love for years - for the love of God, can someone reach out and enlighten me?