Been spending a lot of time with the octatrack over the last year and have become very comfortable using it. I do a lot of live dubby techno so the most powerful way I use the octa is as a super deep delay machine. As such I mostly use flex machines and track recorders and rarely save anything from the buffer. Buuuut since I’m a bartender in NYC I’ve found myself jobless for the foreseeable future and have set out to make an album-ish kind of long term project. Spent the last five days making complex samples all day and of course went — shit I have to use a lot more static machines. But in doing so I had an Aha! Moment — sample manipulation data is saved to the slots, not the samples themselves! It’s something I knew in theory before but never actually utilized the power of. Now I’ve got the same sample loaded into multiple slots with different loop points etc.
As I’m sure there’s a lot of us quarantined with time on our hands let’s all share some of our favorite epiphanies. Doesn’t have to be limited to long term users — but I think it’s inspirational to hear about people getting great results from the octatrack and still learning new things