Morning all. I’ve now had my Digitakt for a week or so - I switched from a Digitone which I struggled to program myself even though it sounds great - and I’m having a blast so far. It’s the most “immediate” fun I’ve ever had with music after years of DAWs and software.
I’m trying to experiment a bit with improvisation and come up with some techno/electronic music from nothing. When I say “nothing” I have to load some samples in first but I’m trying to avoid pre-programming patterns and making songs by pattern switching and rather just see what comes out in a continuous flow without stopping the machine playing.
I have had a few ideas so far of how to make variations and how to do things like load a bunch of kicks/hats/snares etc so I can easily just switch sample on the fly. Also, I’ve tried loading one-shot samples that have timbral change over time so I can then make a short staccato sound (like a pluck) from a longer sample and then manually move the start point or use the LFO to get variation over time. Another good one is that if you lay down trigless trigs you can sort of “queue” a pattern idea in silence and then overlay actual trigs on top and they will then start playing.
Does anyone have any more ideas for how to improvise “from nothing” with just a Digitakt? Or ways to make variety and progression without using pre-programmed patterns or loops? I sat down this morning and before I knew it half an hour had passed without pressing stop and I had some enjoyable noisy techno going on, but I felt a bit blocked in terms of making things progress and have more variety.
Thanks in advance - really loving the supportive and collaborative nature of this community.