For some reason that makes me smile. Like a cello is lurking behind a door waiting to jump out and surprise someone.
First off, great track! Really nailed that Clark/Warp vibe. Excellent arrangement and mix. No dead air in there at all.
I feel the same way about composing on these machines. Never have quite understood how to use them with Ableton. That is very tricky. As you mention, can take years of trial and error to find a good personal workflow. I'm glad you're exploring and honing in on a good one.
Again, same here. I like to jam. I like watching all these YouTube jams. It's great stuff. But I never feel comfortable releasing an unedited lengthy jam track myself. For some reason I have to have that timing down exactly like I want it. I admit, I'm probably just an OCD control freak and nobody gives a shit anyways, but it's just a personal thing.
One of my recent tracks (Invisible) I used this method with the Rytm. Just edited a bunch of jam parts down in Ableton into a somewhat tight song structure. Even though I had to do extensive clip editing due to latency and sync issues, it still felt like a fairly quick and enjoyable arrangement process.
Do you have to deal with latency/timing/sync issues when chopping and arranging MD recordings in Ableton? I think if I were to use this method more often I'd have to pick up some sort of sync box to stay sane. Maybe an Expert Sleepers USAMO or something similar. (Hmmm. But, if I had one of these, and ultra-tight sync, I could keep the Rytm rather fluid while composing melodies with soft-synths - no need to pre-record all Rytm parts and then layer soft-synths over it. I guess that deserves a big "Duh!!!" )
Anyways, nice song! Thanks for the write-up too. I love to hear how other people work.