after a lifetime of resisting midi i have finally agreed (at the urging of my grumpy son) to leverage midi for live performance…but i still utterly refuse to use a DAW.
we use all pre-1986 gear live: sci drumtraks/sixtrak, roland tr-606/mks-50/jx-3p/CR-68/tr-77, a Yamaha dx-7, maestro rhythm king, and a commodore 64 (along with various guitars, pedals, tape delays).
per midi: the idea is to translate our 1-inch and 4-track arrangements into midi sequences/patterns/chains, then as we learn more about sequencers, exploit their full capabilities to improvise within, expand, and shift the songs live.
have learned the midi ropes with an sq-64 and a keystep pro. But zut alors! these contraptions can only chain together 16 patterns max.
we require a midi sequencer with CV connectivity, the ability to sequence 5-8 minute songs, then turn the songs inside out onstage.
a couple of edm friends recommended squarp. I’ve spent a week researching your company and your marvelous creations.
Your Pyramid seems to be the entry-level solution we are looking for…i prefer live keyboard sequencing (except for drum programming)…but have a couple of midi controllers.
but some friends and my son are urging me to buy an akai 61 workstation.
but between us…i really, REALLY did not like the look of akai’s contraption.
i tested one out. i have no hate in my heart, but if i did, it would be reserved for the akai 61. it. it visually presents as an aircraft carrier. akai’s promotional photography makes everyone who plays one look like they are going through a midlife crisis.
i far prefer the internal/external elegance of your Pyramid, and the potentialities of its polyrhythmic and Euclidean leanings (the Hapax seems a little beyond me at this stage - I’m just not educated enough to comprehend all those buttons in real-time.)
per my needs, your Pyramid almost seems too good to be true. please confirm your Pyramid is what will save me from that monolithic akai.