Great to see this addressed in 2.3. I know a lot of people were looking for a way to skip through sequence chains or start a song part way through and have it play through to the end.
I am experiencing some erratic behaviour though. Anyone else successfully using this new feature/bug fix?
Last night I was finding that the “play from” position (like a play cursor, if you will) would get stuck on a certain sequence and wouldn’t skip forward via the PLAY/Restart key. Left alone, Pyramid would play through the troublesome sequence and into the next and after that would let me skip happily from one sequence to the next, even jumping from the last back to the first at the end of the chain. But every time, on that one particular sequence it would get stuck and refuse to jump forwards.
I thought it might have been something to do with a cluster of long tracks around that point in the sequence set to re-latch / trigger mode. Was Pyramid not letting me skip on at that point as one of the tracks in the sequence was longer than the programmed sequence length in the chain and Pyramid was determined to let it play through the 8 bars I’d told it to play through?
I was getting tired and frustrated by this point and wasn’t minded to do too much analysis. So I just deleted the long tracks in question and re-saved the project.
Then when I tried to skip through / re-start part way (using the PLAY button as before) I found that Pyramid didn’t want to let me do this at all, the play button would only play from the start of the selected sequence, there was no skip through function at all.
I did a little cry. Turned it off and went to bed.
Am I missing something fundamental here? Is it me or Pyramid? Or is anyone else experiencing buggy behaviour here?
As far as the 2.3 fix/feature goes: I sort of liked the way it worked…when it worked. But I did think it was a bit of a half measure as far as a solution for users who want to easily navigate through a sequence chain. For me, this is the real DAW killer. A great machine for jamming and experimenting is one thing. For the same machine to provide navigational/orientation functionality commensurate with DAWs for people that like linear sequences and like actually finishing definitive versions of their songs makes a massive, massive difference.
It would be nice if you could swtich from Seq Perform mode to Seq Play mode without stopping playback* and then use 2nd+Main encoder or 2nd+ < or > to scroll backwards and forwards in time through the chains in the sequence.
In this view, the display could potentially show a much longer chain across multiple display lines (rather than the single string it shows when you are building/editing your chain) Once you select the point in the sequence chain you want to start from. Releasing the encoder or 2nd button, Pyramid would then commence the sequence chain from the selected point as per the bar/beat launch settings that govern general sequence switching.
*I accept that this might not be possible as Pyramid would not neccesarily know where in your sequence chain you wanted to start from IF the active sequence occured more than once in your chain. (I guess you would have to build in an option to rejoin the chain at the first or last occurence of that sequence or force the user to choose the re-start point before switching from Perform to Play)
Any thoughts or feedback on this people?