Becasue I’m using the OT for improvisation with other people a lot, I don’t pre-plan very much. Since I never know when I might want to record something, instead of using thru machines for running synths into it I use track recorders and flex machines with a single record and play trig on step one of each pattern on every track that’s processing an external signal. That way any time I decide I want a loop of something, I can clear the record trig on that track, and because I always set the record time to the exat time of the pattern (usually either 16 or 64), the next time I hit step one the live input gets muted (because it’s no longer being recorded) and the recording of the previous cycle of the pattern starts to loop. Because I only have two or three things running into the OT for this setup (right now it’s a monosynth, a small polysynth and I’ll be adding a standalone drum machine in a few weeks when I have the money saved up) I’ll usually have two tracks set up for this for each external source, but without a record trig for the second one, that way even if I start playing back a loop on the first track, I can keep processing live input on the second track by adding a record trig to it at the same time that I clear the record trig on the first track. There are plenty of more flexible, elegant ways to do similar stuff but for my current project and setup this has been working the best right now.