Cheers! I´ve got a bit of dilemma and I hope that someone could give me some advice.
So, I´ve been collecting some gear for a couple of years now. I have tried a multiple different dawless setups, usually with some sequencer and 2-5 hardware synths and drumboxes. Some of the setups I have liked – others not so much.
Now I would like to start to concentrate on one permanent setup of gear – maybe 3-4 pieces, that I would learn inside and out and would start to finally make some finalized songs with that gear. The main goals are:
- To learn well 3-4 pieces of gear
- To finalize songs using that gear
- To use the setup for live jamming
- To have minimal(-ish) setup for live gigs (at cousins weddings etc.)
At the moment, my best pieces of gear are Octatrack, Access Virus TI2 and Dreadbox Typhon. I aim to make some techno, dub techno and trance.
So, the question is: What is the best way to utilize mentioned gear in my setup? My options are:
Octatracks sampletracks for drums and oneshots and OT´s miditracks for controlling Typhon and TI2 in multitimbral mode. (OT + TI + Typhon), or:
OT´s sampletracks for sampled stems, chords, arps etc. sampled out of TI1 (and other synths) and OT´s miditrack for Typhon AND some third piece of gear for drums (Drumbrute, TR-8, Model:Samples or DT)?
Pros for first setup is the utilizing the great FX´s of Virus TI. Pros for second setup are the possibilities for sample mangling.
So should I use my OT as a midi sequenced and a drum machine OR as midi sequencer and sampler for stems…? Which way it would be utilized best?
Or maybe you propose some other ideas? Besides gear mentioned above I have also Minilogue XD, Monologue, Roland SE-02 and Wadorf Blofeld…