I’m new to the forum and have not purchased a pyramid yet but will soon.
I’ve been producing music for just a year starting from scratch on an iPad. No computer or hardware.
I went as far as I could go and found that trying to do the whole kit, especially sequencing, arranging, editing and parameter automation, became a nightmare because of the touchscreen limitations, midi routing, and screen switching. Not to mention crashes and app compatibility.
So I realized I either needed a computer and Ableton Live or…something else. So I looked about and discovered the Squarp and the Deluge and the Carbon etc. etc.
The topic at hand is my most crucial requirement. That deterministic sort of workflow that is more programming and arranging than performing was paramount to me in the beginning because of the scariness of the uncertainty and wild unboundedness making music and also because I can’t perform flawlessly and am a perfectionist and wanted to draw in that filter sweep and that drum fill and edit it all all perfectly before I record. But as I progressed I became more tempted and enticed by the advantages of having motor skills and being able to perform. It’s more fun, it’s tactile and engaging, and…it’s faster than programming! But often you make happy accidents that were never recorded.
Here you discuss Deluge’s song mode as having elements with its upgrade that lend itself to song arrangement that the Pyramid lacks.
I’m wondering, since I don’t own one, if you can tell me what these features in the Deluge can do that the encoders, the patterns within a given track, and sequencer mode turning effects on and off with encoders can’t. I thought that you could chain the sequences together with their own custom patterns (32 possible) in th4 tracks, as well as record CC AND effect automations per pattern with the Track FX (like randomizer on or off). If I am not mistaken, doesn’t this render an arranged song with no performance required? I’m missing something since you’re saying Squarp should take a look at something the Deluge is doing in this regard.
Do you mean to say that with the Pyramid to press play and record an entire arrangement or structured song with all its nuances, fills, effects and automations more performance is required vice the Deluge, which you can now program in a way that is like a DAW where you can program everything pre rendering and not have to turn a filter knob or hit a repeat button as it records?