This is something that has annoyed me a bit in the Elektrons - if you have a four bar long loop, and you’re working on the 4th bar, you can’t just choose to loop that 4th bar, you need to spin through the entire cycle to hear the fourth bar.
Ableton’s Push has this feature very well implemented - you can easily decide which parts of a loop/clip you want to loop, which therefore, in my opinion, makes piecing parts of a loop together faster and more intuitive.
Ideally, it would be great if you could for instance decide to chain bar 4 of pattern 1 with bar 1 of pattern 2, for instance - which would make transitions flow better.
One workaround could be to simply copy the last page of a four bar loop to the first page of the next pattern, and adjust the first pattern to contain only 3 bars, for instance. Rinse and repeat. There are lots of workarounds involving copying and pasting patterns/pages, but in the end, copying and pasting patterns around can become a bit messy, so it’s not the ideal solution.
But the reason I’m starting this topic is - would it be impossible with the current structure of the Elektron machines to achieve this through some OS update? I can imagine chaining bar 4 of pattern 1 and bar 1 of pattern 2 together being a bit of a hassle, and something that has do be done by simply copying - but the ability to loop just one bar of a loop, for instance, surely that should be possible somehow?