Parameter Locks are way cool, but i simply must explore the option of sequencing the Machinedrum with QY700 and the accompanying Groove designer realtime multi-shuffle potentials.
the Machinedrum works on four Midi channels; say it was selected to 1-4 …
Midi Channel 1 receives midi data for tracks 1-4
Midi Channel 2 receives midi data for tracks 5-8
Midi Channel 3 receives midi data for tracks 9-12
Midi Channel 4 receives midi data for tracks 13-16
thankfully the qy700 does multitrack recording … there is an option to check called “Multi” logically enough.
from the manual:
“If you are using realtime recording, you can use the
MULTITRACK feature to simultaneously record all incom- ing MIDI channels (1 to 16) onto the corresponding sequence tracks. This is useful when you want to record a multipart recording from a computer or another sequencer in real time.”
i don’t have a keyboard that has midi keyboard zones, but the OB6 does provide the Midi Omni/All option.
The QY700 does not offer multitrack recording in Grid Step record mode, so the Multi option does not show up.
By enabling the Record arm button, the various recording options appear. I select “Overdub”, and the Multi button appears.
I go to the Machinedrum and set the Base Channel to be “1-4”
Then go to the Global Mapping option, and set the Tracks to be trigged by four black keys per octave.
Track 1 is C#2 as that is the lowest possible when the OB6’s Transpose option is neutral zero.
Track 2 is D#2
i then skip F#2
Track 3 is G#2
Track 4 is A#2
those first four tracks respond to notes on Midi Channel 1
Track 5 is C#3
Track 6 is D#3
Track 7 is G#3
Track 8 is A#3
this second group of four tracks respond to notes on Midi Channel 2
Track 9 is C#4
Track 10 is D#4
Track 11 is G#4
Track 12 is A#4
this third group of four tracks respond to notes on Midi Channel 3
Track 13 is C#5
Track 14 is D#5
Track 15 is G#5
Track 16 is A#5
the last group of four tracks respond to notes on Midi Channel 4
the Signal Flow is with the Octatrack as master tempo/transport.
as the OT records audio tighter this way.
Octatrack-> QY Midi In A
OB6-> QY Midi In B
QY Midi Out A -> Machinedrum Midi In
QY Midi Out B -> OB6
QY700 Midi Out B is set in the QY Utility-Midi screen using the Echo Back option, choosing for the QY Midi Input B (from the OB6) to echo Thru to the QY Midi Output A (going to the Machinedrum Midi Input).
the Midi Control option on the Utility Page Midi Screen is set to Out A, B
so that means anything midi recordings on the QY700 Pattern Phrases or Song Tracks have the potential to play on their assigned Midi Channels and their assigned QY700 Midi Out Port A, Port B, or both Ports.
By setting the OB6 to transmit on all Midi channels, I now have the ability to play the Machinedrum from the OB6, either directly, or via the QY700 routing.
I may also record this by arming the Multi track record option.
But there is no individual midi track record arm button for the individual tracks on the QY700.
Thankfully, the QY700 is a 32 track midi sequencer.
arming the Multi record button will multi-track record to the first 16 tracks.
but not to the midi tracks 17-32.
so it’s a scenario of actually forgetting about using the first 16 tracks for anything but the Machinedrum.
as anything i play on the OB6 on Midi All channels is going to be captured by all 16 channels. I think.
But they are able to be assigned to any channel or no channel at all.
So i just use the first 4 tracks and assign them to Midi Channels 1,2,3 and 4.
Each of them has captured all the notes played by the OB6, but the Machinedrum will only respond to the notes it is interested in for each Midi channel.
so it works. without much fuss. although a lot of thinking required initially.
Midi Tracks 17-32 are then available for sequencing the OB6 and the se02. As with Midi Tracks 1-16, the outputs and ports are freely assignable.
This is all possible in Song Mode with Multi record option.
Pattern Mode does not offer the Multi record option although content sequenced in Song Mode might be saveable as a Phrase and brought into Pattern Mode … not sure.
The complex and nuanced Groove designer is available in both Song Mode and Pattern Mode.
Also, it is possible to loop sections of a Song in Song Mode, so that is pretty cool.