I don’t own a Hapax (yet! It’s somewhere between France and my house at the moment) but I have been using the Pyramid and Blackbox as core of my setup for almost two years. HA. I just checked, it will be exactly 2 years tomorrow.
Pyramid has definition files for each output channel. I try to change those as rarely as possible so I have a somewhat “generic” set of blackbox defs that work for me. YYMV of course and Hapax doesn’t have those definition files (yet? I hope).
My setup on Pyramid for Blackbox has 1 main Blackbox def file that is used any time I use the Blackbox with the Pyramid. It’s pretty simple:
The first 16 notes are named for the pads they trigger (PD01 - PD16). The next set of 16 notes are named for the sequences they trigger (SQ01 - SQ16). This “main” def could also have the 16 notes that control recording to a pad and the 16 for clearing a pad but I don’t do live looping. When I sample or multisample directly into the Blackbox, I do it with just the instrument and the blackbox. I’m honestly not good enough to do that sort of thing on the fly.
I also have 6 CCs defined generically as “MOD1 - MOD6”. Blackbox doesn’t have predefined CCs, it “learns” the MIDI CCs. Predefining these lets me set it up for each Blackbox preset easily w/o having to remember what CC I used.
In addition to this default Blackbox definition file, I have 5 pad-specific definition files that are not always used. Pad 5 is my “drum kit” track with a multisampled trap kit. I have 23 notes mapped there for the various drums, named so I can know what I’m playing. The multisample also has a few different velocity samples for some of those notes but not all, I trimmed it down as small as I could and still feel okay with the results. This pad-specific definition file is named “DKIT 05”.
If I have a specific playable bass instrument/multisample, it uses the pad-specific definition file for track 9 “BASS 09” which is pretty simple, nothing out of the ordinary.
Besides those two, I have 3 other pad-specific def files, for pads 06, 07, and 08. They’re named generically because they’re used differently in different songs/presets, as needed. Sometimes one of those pads will be a single sliced sample where slices are played via notes. Sometimes a multi-sampled instrument.
For the most part, I stick to the first generic file but the 5 single-pad files are always on the Pyramid so the blackbox always uses 6 of the Pyramid output slots. It has plenty so that doesn’t bother me. We’ll see how this translates to the Hapax.
I’m pretty sure the Hapax Drum functionality is going to be useless for me. I narrowed my drum kit down to 23 instruments. Not sure how 8 would be enough.
I play with the Blackbox by itself (almost by itself, it also requires headphones, a short cable, and a USB battery pack) and write sequences on the device that stay on the device, and trigger those via Pyramid. It happens less often than writing on the Pyramid but it does happen. I make music for fun and I enjoy sitting on a hammock or kicked back on the sofa, playing music on the Blackbox like a kid playing a Nintendo Switch (or Gameboy, when I was younger). The Pyramid is pretty portable but not quite that portable.
Not trying to derail the conversation. I’m really not sure what the Hapax + Blackbox setup will be, I’ll know soon. I do have a lot of experience with Pyramid + Blackbox, maybe some of the specifics above are useful to someone.
[EDIT:] I forgot to mention the recording aspect. I know you can record the blackbox into a DAW but I never have. I either record into a Zoom recorder and move those .wav files to Logic or (if I’m recording multiple instruments at once) I record into a Bluebox and move those .wav files into Logic. It’s just simpler for me. For some reason, I have an aversion to recording into Logic if the project wasn’t started in Logic. Most projects start on my Pyramid or Blackbox. If they start in Logic, the Pyramid and Blackbox tend to not be involved at all.