Hey you guys!
I’m on the verge of buying my Squarp Pyramid. I’ve been looking for
something like this for ages, and I’m very siked, however…
I am relatively new to synths/sequencers/MIDI/… I started playing guitar,
bass, and keyboards fifteen years ago but a couple of years back my interest
in synths and sequencers sparked when my childhood music (80’s, synthwave,
hi-NRG, new wave,…) came back into my life.
The idea behind the goal I’d like to achieve is to go play live all by myself,
using nothing but analog synths and drum machines, and the Squarp Pyramid.
I totally fell in love with this:
This guy is amazing. I’d like to achieve something like this, but I can’t afford
nor do I wish to carry around that much gear every time I wanna go play live.
I would rather program ALL the sequences going to my hardware through MIDI
at home, and just press PLAY on the Pyramid and the ENTIRE song gets played
automatically by the Squarp. The only thing I want to do live is turn some knobs
on my synths here and there (Cutoff, Modulation, Envelope,…), and play the hook
melodies live on a synth. I know it’s lazy and “cheating” a lil’, but keep in mind I’ve
been only noodling with synths for about three years or so…
Is this possible with the Pyramid? Can you program entire songs so you only have
to press PLAY after you’ve programmed the compositions at home? Can you automate
parameters from each individual hardware synth? I also read you can score songs
with the MIDI piano roll in your DAW and import the scores into the Pyramid? Has
anyone succesfully done this? Also, can you “recall” presets on analog synths i.e.
my Moog Grandmother? This synth itself doesn’t store presets, but I wonder if the Pyramid
can send out multiple parameter settings to the Grandmother at the start of a song?
I need some advice on other gear to pair with the Pyramid. Check out the clip I’ve
embedded. I’m looking for that sound. I’d wish to work live with maximum 6 hardware
synths/drum machines/samplers. Preferably less.
My gear now:
- Moog Sub Phatty
- Moog Grandmother (would prefer to not use this live)
Need affordable but quality recommendations for the following, preferably new (not vintage or discontinued). Again, check the clip to get and idea for the sound):
- Drum Machine (would love a Linndrum or DMX sound)
- Polysynth that stores presets (Juno 106-ish), any thoughts on the Nord Lead A1?
- Sampler (needed for one-shots and WAVs made in Cubase and stored in the sampler)
- A small, compact bass synth. Korg Volca and sorts are out of the question.
Help me out! Thanks y’all!