- Ultralite MK4 (2018 version with the new ESS Ultra chip and 123dB DAC dnr)
- iMac i5 Quad w/ USB 3.0 SSD
- Strict Cable Organization
Resolving to stick with this for the next 3 years.
It can do everything I need and covers all the territory I should wish to cover. Ableton Live 9, Motu’s ultra low round-trip latency, and zero latency Kush + Audio Damage VSTs are really suiting my workflow.
Monologue is something I usually just jam on by itself, and come up with phrases and variations using the internal sequencer and motion lanes , which I sample into the OT or Ableton and build from there. No need to sync it, or have it sequenced by anything else.
My workflow is usually using Digitone as a bi-timbral synth box, sending both timbres hard panned out of each output, into the Motu --> Ableton.
Ableton is MIDI clock master, sending to Digitone, which goes out to OT MKII.
OT MKII MIDI tracks sequence Ableton Drum Racks. (this, I love, thanks to MIDI retrig, and setting up the Drum Racks to visually mimic the OT MKII MIDI track 2 x 4 column layout).
OT Audio Tracks are used for what ever weirdness I can’t achieve with anything aforementioned. Lots of scenes are employed. I have loads of sample chains in there, and not all drums, lots of Future Retro XS, Dinky’s Taiko bleeps and blurps.
Everything goes through the Motu Ultralight MK4, with only 2ms input latency, into Live --> Lots of Kush 458a, Waves API 550b EQ and other fattener VSTs that don’t add latency, some compression, and then out the Ultralite MK4 (another 2ms output latency) to the Genelecs and a KRK 10" subwoofer. The iPad acts as MOTU input level monitor.
Reaktor Blocks still gets used when I want to get all exploratory.
My previous computer was a 2008 Mac Pro and even though it was 8 cores with an SSD, it was just too long in the tooth to do a lot of realtime processing with ultra low latency.