I’m thinking about getting a Pyramid into my set up ; but as much as the next guy I don’t like unpleasant surprises and wanted to get some feedback on some functionalities prior to buying. Also I’m French so I apologize in advance for all the misspellings et mistakes.
I’m basically a guitar player surrounded with synth and try to operate everything by myself. My live rig includes Electron Analog Rhythm and Analog Keys (using their internal sequencers), a small modular set up and a couple of other synth that I play live (when I’m not busy with the guitar). As most of the time I’m doing guitar parts, I have a midi floor controller that I use to take care of pattern changes, mutes… that kind of thing.
So my first question is really simple. I saw in its MIDI implementation chart the Pyramids’ tracks and sequences can be launched remotely via MIDI CCs. How does it work in real life? is it an instant change or does it wait for the next bar? Or as tracks can have some wacky length does it wait until the pattern/track ends? Is it a global setting or a per-pattern/track/sequence thing? (sorry I haven’t wrapped my head around the terminology yet)
My second question is about sequencing Program Changes. Some songs I have right now have some pretty long pattern chains, which for now I take care using a pre-recorded song mode (and a tricky button tap dance). As rewriting all the pattern would be a pain in the @$$ (I’m using some Electron features like conditional trigs…) I’d like to sequence the pattern changes. Would it be possible using a Pyramid? I’ve read than it can sequence PCs but are there some limitations? Ideally I’d like to have a pattern running and when I press a button on my floor controller the complex chain begins.
Finally I’ve read in the MIDI implementation chart the the Pyramid receives transport. I assume that like most machines it’s receiving MIDI RTM and not MMC but has anyone tested this? It’s some key feature for me as while playing something just on the guitar I sometime use a floor controller to tap tempo and launch the synths.
Thanks fo your answers