I am considering buying the DT to use alongside Live. I currently love using Live’s session view to make music. I have searched these forums and seen that people have problems triggering a pattern change on the DT using clips in Live, as the MIDI message is sent when the clip launches so the pattern change is delayed.
I have been thinking about this issue because I would really like to know that I can integrate the DT into the session view of Live before buying it. My idea is - instead of using Live to trigger pattern changes on the DT - to use the DT to trigger scenes in Live (like the Novation Launchpad or similar devices).
Scenes can be triggered by regular MIDI controllers such as a MIDI keyboard. Using a slider/knob you can use CC to select which scene you want to trigger, and a MIDI note can be used to launch the scene when that MIDI note triggers. This just has to be mapped in Live (I have tested this and got it to work fine).
This is where I need help because I do not own a DT and don’t know if this will work. I have read the manuals thoroughly but you never know 100% until you try:
- Using a spare MIDI channel on the DT, put one note on the first step of each pattern and set its trig condition to be “1st” so it only triggers the first time. This note will be mapped to the scene launch button so that when a pattern change occurs on the DT the note triggers and a scene is launched in Live.
- Using the same MIDI channel on the DT, any CC value is set in each pattern. This will be mapped to the scene selection value so that when a pattern change occurs on the DT the CC value selects the correct scene in Live (pattern 1 selects scene 1, pattern 2 selects scene 2, 3 selects 3 etc.).
- In live, set the global quantisation to “None” so that launches happen immediately and there is no delay (or a tiny delay?) after the pattern change.
If this is correct, it would hopefully allow pattern changes on the DT to act like a Launchpad and control the scenes in Live, so when pattern 1 plays scene 1 plays, whilst still allowing the DT to act as a drum machine/sample player. Ideally I want to multitrack the 8 audio tracks on the DT into Live using Overbridge, so I can use the DT as a drum machine and I can use Live to play other instruments and to perform effects processing which I cannot currently do with hardware.
Do people think this will work? I would massively appreciate it if somebody could test it for me and give a definite answer, but I understand that people are busy. There may be a simpler way of doing this, and if there is then hopefully this post will spark that idea in somebody else and they can share it. Thanks!