I just got a Syntakt yesterday! While its internal sequencer is amazing, I’m trying to figure out how to play it from my midi keyboard (through my DAW using the Overbridge plugin, which they officially recommend as seen below).
I’m actually already familiar with the Elektron world and Overbridge workflow with my Digitone – and usually when I sequence or play the Digitone from my DAW (again via Overbridge), because I am not concerned with live performance, I usually just play or sequence one Track at a time, like a lead or pad or something.
If using the Syntakt’s analog engines for just mono synth I would probably do that same workflow (just select the respective midi channel for let’s say a lead or bass sound).
However, obviously drums are a different story. In order to play kick/snare/hat/perc/cyms from my keyboard, it’s not possible, because it’s only coming out of the DAW as a single midi channel. So yes, I can play just a kick, or just a snare, but not together.
I did figure out a way to manually enter notes in a piano roll and then I can select what midi channel to assign each note too, effectively allowing me to assign each sound separately but all within the same region (since you couldn’t have separate DAW trakcs running the same instance of Overbridge). This technically works but it’s pretty tedious switching channels on a note-by-note basis, and it’s not very creative for me to just draw in notes (when I’d rather play it like a drum kit using the keyboard or pads).
So I guess I have to figure out some kind of way to create a midi channel split on my keyboard…?
I do find it interesting that Overbridge literally recommends that you sequence from within the DAW, and not the other way around -
So if this the official recommendation, you’d think there would be an easier way within Overbridge to assign a key range per midi channel, or assign keys to different tracks, or something. I checked out the manual and tried a bunch of options but can’t figure out a workflow that makes sense.
For my DAW I use mostly Cubase, Logic sometimes as well. If it matters I’m on a MacStudio M2 running Ventura etc.
P.S. Interestingly, I own a Roland SPDsx drum pad which has 9 pads that, if I recall, can be assigned to separate midi channels. I haven’t tested it yet but I believe in theory it should work that I could play the Syntakt from this drum pad which will be fun! However, it’s not practical to travel with and it would be nice to figure out how to do it from a keyboard.