Hey all! Since its impossible to ask a “quick question” about the Octatrack
Im just going to come right out of the gate with a long-winded question. Apologies in advance because I’m sure its been talked about ad nauseum already but I couldn’t find it. So… i’ve been having a blast writing lots of fun little sequences on my op-z. One very fun thing I am often doing with it is programing lots of polymetric (or is it polyrythmic) sequences. Anyway - its at the point where i’m trying to record some OP-Z stems down into the octatrack for further mangling. An issue that keeps coming up is that most of my op-z sequences end up being loaded with odd steplengths that are usually greater than 64. As you would imagine on the op-z once you start adding conditional trigs to sequences that were already in divisions of 9, 11, 14, and 15 things start to get a little weird.
What I want to do on the Octatrack is to be able to record (lets say, as an easy example) a 96 step long sample. Now, yes, with QRec I can set the rec length to Max and manually hit stop somewhere close to the 96th step and it’ll stop it at exactly the right time. BUT most of the time I"m jamming away on the OP-z and can’t break focus in time to hit QRec again to stop. My dream is to just be jamming on the OP-Z and all I have to do is Arm the One Shot Rec Trig on the OT and it’ll record that perfect 96 step sample - starting on the 1 and ending at exactly 96. To the best of my knowledge - setting the rec track sequencer to half speed and throwing down a 48 step rec trig does NOT give you a 96 step sample, right? Also from what I can remember there is NO trig that you can put down that tells the OT to Stop Recording, is there? So how do I do this???
In case you’re curious as to this setup: I have the OPLab module in the OPZ so midi sync and sending transport controls is a cinch. Just throw a one shot rec trig on step one of the OT and as soon as I hit play on the OPZ the OT starts recording. I usually put my OP-Z on a Thru machine on track 5 with a neighbor on Track 6 and Set tracks 1-4 as flex recorders recording the output of Track6. This way I can jam around and pull samples freely across those 4 tracks. I can pull 4 samples before I have to stop - check to see if they’re cool, save, clear, and repeat. Its a pretty awesome way to work imo. Hoping i’m just overlooking some obvious solution.