I’m trying to add a bit of functionality to my setup and I would appreciate your thoughts / advice!
I have a Digitakt (mostly drums), Digitone (mostly melody), Octatrack Mk2 (mostly bass) and Analog Four Mk2 (mostly melody). All of this goes into a Mackie 1202 VLZ4 with the main outs of the mixer going into a Zoom H6. I take the stereo audio file from my H6 into Live to limit, etc. I’m not strictly DAW-less by any means. I just find I enjoy making music outside of my DAW and I like the Elektron workflow, in particular.
I don’t do much live type stuff aside from the cross fader on the OT. I program patterns and let the machines play once I’ve programmed things.
What I’m missing is the ability to do is add some dynamic EQ between, say the drums and bass…have the bass duck a bit when the kick hits. I was thinking I could record each machine separately then use Pro-Q for dynamic EQ between tracks once they’re in Live. I was looking at hardware solutions, but they’re pretty pricey and would involve a decent amount of plugging and unplugging boxes. But open to that too if I’ve missed something!
So, I was thinking I would have Ableton as the clock so I don’t have to muck about with lining tracks up after the fact. I could trigger my Elektron boxes – even use Overbridge on DT, DN, A4 if I like – and then do some work in Live after the fact. Where I’m not quite sure is MIDI. I don’t have a separate MIDI interface to connect Live to by external gear. I was thinking I could connect, say my Digitakt via USB and then use MIDI thru to the rest of my boxes to get clock and transport signals. But I don’t think that can be set up (USB > DIN). At least not for the OT? Is there a way to connect Ableton to my Elektron boxes, so everything is in sync? Or do I need to buy a MIDI box?
What about the Overbridge Hub? If I connected that to my computer…would Live see all of my Elektron boxes and be able to send MIDI to them all for syncing? I know the OT doesn’t do MIDI over USB, so I could connect that one machine to one of the other boxes via DIN?
I thought, since I was going down this route, and if I can get it to work, I could maybe pick up an Analog Heat too and run audio through it to Live, on the way in…mess with things a bit.
Anyway, if anyone has a similar set up, I would appreciate hearing how you’re handling this. I will experiment and see what I can come up with and report back as I make progress.