I look at patterns as either another set of pads to program (and switch between) or as another part of a particular song.
So in a PROJECT
I have 8 blank tracks looking at me.
I don’t always need all 8 for a song, and sometimes I wish I had 16 (depends)
But I work it out.
For me the Parts/Patterns are as if I were working with an old school sequencer, like an mmt-8, where Part 1 had 8 tracks, and part 2 had 8 tracks and they were not related in any way.
So I can use parts/patterns in a number of ways:
Just the next section of pads for the next part of a composition or set
Song one used track 1-3
Song two uses only track 4
Song three uses tracks 5-7
Song four uses tracks 1-5
Song five uses tracks 6-8
Song six uses tracks 1-7
Song seven uses tracks 1-6
Load a new Project
Song eight uses tracks 1-3
Song nine uses tracks 4-8
In this way I can make the most of the live experience and never even look at song mode.
I see it as an old school way of addressing memory, and parts/patterns
It’s a little weird, because I never would have programmed an MMT-8 like this. If a song only had 3 tracks needing programming on a sequencer, I would have left tracks 4-8 blank and moved on to the next part for song two.
But because Hermod only had 4 per project, and Pyramid doesn’t use “parts” at all per se, I’ve learned to see my pads differently, and work quite differently than I did before. There are pros and cons to it.
For SEQ mode:
This is different than a live performance (for recording or at a gig) because a Sequence is something which has a different intention. I want to fully realize my composition, and make changes and address the details of transitions, and changes in the song.
So I use parts/patterns differently.
I program the basic song into the parts, and then in Sequence mode I create a sequence of these parts to illustrate the basic framework of my entire piece. You only get 8.
The Seq mode plays it back for me and this frees me up to do other things with my hands rather than muting and un muting pads.
So it’s still a very hands on experience for me.
I see a track as a “sequence”
A pattern as a “part” or a section.
And I see a sequence as a “framework” or structure.
This has helped me make the most of Hermod without struggling to force my old way of thinking and working into this new method of working.
I hope that helps you at the very least to see it a bit differently so that you can find your own way that’s best for you.