This is my setup. It was pretty much just Ableton Live and MIDI controllers a little over a year ago. I used to think hardware was elitist, and part of me still does, but it’s much more fun and challenging. And it really encourages depth of understanding your tools which is my jam. It feels much better than having a billion software options that you’re only vaguely familiar with. I don’t really gas anymore and feel very fortunate and I intend to keep this setup more or less unchanged for the next 5-10 years. We are all lucky to encounter such well designed tools as the Elektron boxes.
It’s conceived of as a sort of modular system with the OT/A4/iConnectMIDI4+ at its center. These are ziptied together in place and mounted to a piece of wood which can be moved around as a single unit. Everything else can move in and out freely as needed, just plug in the labeled MIDI cable and audio into the A4 or OT CD inputs.
In its default/full-on/at home form this is the routing:
Modular goes into A4 goes into OT AB inputs.
Ensoniq VFX-SD + Volca FM + guitar goes into Helix and Helix + Voicelive Play goes into OT CD inputs.
OT cue goes into modular inputs if I’m feeling saucy.
iConnectMIDI4+ is strapped down beneath the OT/A4 and is the heart of the MIDI routing.
Novation SL Zero MKii provides in depth hands on A4 and OT control through 8 templates I’ve honed over the past year.
The only change is that this week I’m swapping my Focusrite Scarlett 18i8, analog mixer, and patchbay for a simpler setup that’s just a MOTU Ultralite Mk4 which will also let me automatically multitrack what goes into and out of the OT while simultaneously acting as a hardware mixer. Additionally, it will let me seamlessly inject Ableton sounds into the OT or vice versa with no fuss or unplugging.