One thing just crossed my mind:
Now that I have a lot of samples loaded on the AR, most of them being variations of the same thing (e.g. different 606/707/808/909 sample sets), I think I’ll try a new way next:
Make one “base” project that contains my frequently used sample kits.
Then save this base project to a new project when I start a new track, then load track-specific samples to that new project (e.g. processed loops and so on).
I really hope I remember to do that and don’t mess up my “pattern per kit” / base project (like last time cough).
@panelist: I completely agree, “preset” kits may not be the best solution, even if you made that presets yourself. Maybe the method I described above turns out to work better b/c it allows you to mess with the duplicated kits all you want without having to worry that this will affect other projects (i.e. this could work better than having actual global kits similar to “sounds”, a feature I never use on the AR).
EDIT: the more I think about this, the more I think that this is going to work. So to sum it up:
[li]Create a base project[/li]
[li]Assign a unique kit to each pattern (note by: In case an external sequencer is used later on, this also allows you to use the MIDI program change command (pattern change) to effectively change kits. Combine this with a very high AR sequencer tempo (300 BPM) . Setting the pattern length to 1 will result in a kit change latency of just 16 milliseconds!)[/li]
[li]Setup patterns/kits A01…D16 as favourite kit presets (606/808/…).[/li]
[li]Setup patterns/kits E01…H16 for imported loops[/li]
[li]For the loop patterns, trigger the sample per step and plock the sample start offset and LFO start phase, tweak it until the loop plays continuously (note by: this allows you to quickly shuffle a loop later on by clearing and/or copying steps)[/li]
[li]Use aforementioned LFO trick for sample start finetuning (do that for all kits/patterns, even if they only use synthesized sounds, samples may be added later on)[/li]
[li]Load base project[/li]
[li]Play with the kits/pattern “presets” and find something suitable to begin with[/li]
[li]Save base project to “my new track xyz” project[/li]
[li]Tweak the “preset” kits, exchange samples, …[/li]
[li]Import project-specific loops and assign them to the loop patterns[/li]
[li]In general, tweak everything so it fits the track[/li]