Over the years, I’ve curated and categorized a collection of loops (mostly stems) of various sub-genres of clubby dance music, such as hard grooving house, tech house, nu disco, funk, etc. Some of the material is original from my own songs/loops, some is curated from libraries that I like, and some is sampled directly from my music collection.
I spent time over the past few days picking some “best of” loops from this collection and then further processing and organizing the content to optimize it for the Digitakt, including folder organization, collapsing most of it to 16bit mono, splitting a few true stereo stems into L/R mono pairs and other tweaks to make this stuff more easily searchable and usable on the DT.
I also set up some pre-defined “loop” tracks with LFO, pattern length and other settings optimized for different beat lengths so I can basically copy/paste these pre-made loop tracks anywhere in a project and then just replace the sample/sound at will.
This is turning into quite a playground, being able to quickly add loops at-will to any pattern, easily mixing and matching with sequenced parts at any (reasonable) tempo.
Doing all that prep work was worth it for the pure fun I’m having now with this additional capability and ease with which I’m putting together some new live set material.