I’m relatively new here (signed up last year but didn’t really post) and wanted to get some opinions about mixing with the Octatrack, preferably from users that use it to compose full tracks.
To give a little background, I actually bought an OT about a year ago from Sweetwater, but it was a “demo” unit that was basically DOA. The sample editor didn’t work, the unit often froze, and there were all sorts of random glitches (like some trigs would randomly mute for no reason). It took so long to get a replacement unit that I lost interest by the time it came, and sold it.
That said, I did use it for a few weeks, and despite the issues I’d say it was probably the most fun I’ve had using a hardware piece. The main reason I ultimately sold was the lack of individual outputs made mixing seem difficult/impossible.
Now, I kinda regret selling it so hastily, and am considering re-purchasing it and giving it a fairer shake (having a new working unit will hopefully make things easier!) I’ve also been watching lots of YouTube videos and listening to tracks made with OT, and some people are getting pretty good mixes going.
Thus, does anyone have general tips/workflows for mixing? Ie, is it better to pre-mix samples before importing them, or try and mix in the box? The latter tripped me up, because you only have two effects slots per track, so adding EQ and compression would leave no room for creative effects.
Any suggestions appreciated!