Tonight I had a bit of a revelation.
I decided to sit down with my Octatrack and make some one-shot FX. Fun, quirky, goopy, squishy kind of FX. In the process of sound designing, I would come across multiple sounds from one sample that I was fond of. I then rolled my eyes because recording back into the Octatrack multiple times, saving each individual sound, naming it, etc. is such a pain in the ass that I nearly gave up then and there.
Then the obvious dawned on me: Why don’t I just record all these different one-shot variations into my DAW? Then I’m free to tweak and play and save as I go. And if I want these sounds in my Octatrack so bad, I can always just transfer via USB.
When I sit down with a box or a synth to experiment I tend to try and focus on the box itself; a limitations breed creativity sort of thing. But this was a clear example where if I kept going down the path of only using the Octatrack, I would quickly grow tired of the process and my ideas wouldn’t flow as naturally. It was honestly a bit of an internal battle for me to open up my DAW but I’m glad I did. I’m sure that seems very silly to some of you!
I’m wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences?