Best videos explaining Parts

check out my last thread …it covers a lot about parts: Octatrack safe workflow with patterns

But then when I’m jamming on my pattern and make changes to track levels, filters, playback settings, whatever… When I switch to my next pattern where I use the same sounds/voices those live improv changes would be lost and my next pattern would revert to how it was saved, destroying my improv jam…

Also I like this little analogy, it’s more about the opposite, switching parts on a pattern:

Anyway, they’re crucial to my workflow, I’d love 256 but for me 64 is way better than 0… :slightly_smiling_face:


One simple use of parts is “part reload”… Save the part when everything is how you like, play the sequence and go nuts tweaking parameters… When it’s way out on the edge do a part reload and bamm, right back in the groove… Repeat as necessary… :slightly_smiling_face:


So, I take it there aren’t any videos that really get into Parts much then?

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Follow Merlins Guide one time and you know why and how to use it.

Sorry, I don’t know of any videos… :smile:
I typed this out already though so here it is… :slightly_smiling_face:

When you have a nice group of machines/samples/settings it’s often worthy to have a few patterns of variations or a progression of sequences that builds. The second pattern can have a different bass line but using the same voice, a different slice remix of a sample with a different order of slices and maybe some pitch locks and fx locks added, maybe you had a thru track going but you want to add a some sequenced fx and stuff to it, maybe you want your vocal sample to reverse, maybe add more hits to your drum tracks, maybe add some trigs to kick in a recorder and some to play the sample warped and sequenced. You make more changes to the third pattern, all on pattern level using trigs and locks, sample locks even.

By using the same part for these you get a nice progression and it allows you to mix(maybe your thru track was too quiet and you turned it up on pattern one, you don’t want it to jump back down on pattern2), add fx, change whatever settings you want like reverse the slices and filter the drums, and all your changes carry through the progression. When your progression is done after maybe two or five patterns or whatever and your tune is ready for more drastic changes, begin to use the next part for the next several patterns in a bank…

Even just the mixing part, having track volume changes remain when switching patterns, is crucial for live performance where you can’t stop, change the other patterns settings, and re-record… Same part for several patterns also gives you freedom to choose scenes on the fly, and not have them all switching up on pattern changes… Haha, I keep thinking of stuff, I guess I’ll stop now… :slight_smile:


Just a little video to help explain the relationship between Patterns and Parts on the Elektron Octatrack.

Working on it.


I wouldn’t say it focuses on parts specifically but this Dataline tutorial video on live sampling does showcase and explain some good uses of parts. Well worth paying for in my opinion.

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Is the Dataline video a tutorial or just him playing?

It’s a proper tutorial video. Not just the performance video.


Awesome. Thanks. I suppose I’m willing to pay for a new visual presentation. :slight_smile: If I can figure out how to download video on Bandcamp (new to me!).

have you seen the tutorial? is it worth it?

I bought it when I first picked up my OT. It was definitely worth the few bucks as a newbie. I’ll still refer to it sometimes when I don’t use my OT for a month or two.

Yes I paid for it. Definitely worth it, for me. There’s some good stuff on compression and gainstaging through the Analog Drive & Heat and the internal OT effects that I found very helpful.

Oops. That should read: 10.2 PARTS on page 52. Will fix. Thanks!


Well it is a looper…


Agree — that video is super informative. Worth every penny.

A good way to figure out some parts workaround is to analyze the PRESETS project and its patterns OT comes loaded with out of the box. That helped me understand them better in an ordered sort of way. They could definitely be used in a myriad of ways.

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@sellanraa try this one

Let me know if that helps.