Im just about to get an Octatrack and have been thinking how best to integrate it within the Squarp Ecosystem.
I know there are quite a few great posts on here about this integration, which Ive enjoyed reading (thanks to all for sharing) … so this is kind of a summary of how I think others are suggesting to setup.
so I wondered if the following is reasonable, or if Ive misunderstood something.
- pyramid main sequencer (for both other instruments and eurorack)
- hermod midi/cv interface, and clocking and ‘midi effects’ etc
- octatrack looping/sampling/audio effects … possibly percussion samples
- Octatrack <- DIN IN/ MIDI A- (*) - > Pyramid
- Pyramid <- USB midi -> Hermod
- Pyramid MIDI B -> midihub -> other synths
- Pyramid clock master … (turbo midi to octatrack?)
- audio : octatrack to/from to eurorack
- audio : eurorack final mix -> output
I suspect I’ll use flex machines with neighbour to do the loop recording/layering side.
(I’ll test pickup too… so I have that as an option)
I plan to use resampling quite a bit, for layering.
I also plan to record quite a few sample on octatrack from modular for ‘one hits’, esp. for creating percussion library.
my understanding from ‘issues’ reported on forum:
trig slices : trying to trig slices via midi, can only be done with delay (unacceptable),
so my plan is for Octatrack to have its own sequencing… Id guess I might sequence it from pyramid for one shots (but seems unlikely)
so the setup is going to be multiple sequencers that are sync’d, a bit of a pity to not have centralised sequencing (on pyramid) , but on the other hand this way allows me to leverage octatrack sequencing features.
this leads to usage of patterns…
patterns: I need to review posts, Ive seen some issues with pattern changes - but I think this mainly seems to be around changing (midi) banks? if so I’ll try to stick to simple program changes.
(*) if I have issues surrounding midi, Ive an option to router midi via midihub, which can do midi processing.
Im still testing clock sync from pyramid to hermod, using both midi and cv,
pyramid cv for clock seems tighter than usb midi, but hermod seems to introduce a small delay if you use with a CV clock input - compared to clock coming from usb midi.
Ive yet to test if the same is true for clock input into pyramid.
if this is tighter, then I could move hermod to become the clock master.
(but that feels a bit strange if most sequences are coming from pyramid)
that said, I believe the clocking I already have seen feels acceptable, so its more refinement than an ‘issue’.
does above seem reasonable?
any suggestions? tips?