Long question here from a Squarp newb… be gentle and thanks in advance for the help!
Hello! I have a couple workflow questions concerning my live setup and integrating the squarp pyramid into it. Hoping you all can help me better understand if my assumptions about pyramid functionality are realistic and match my intended usage. I realize my setup may not be the primary intent behind the Pyramid.
A couple important details first:
- I perform songs of a fixed length which I have previously recorded in a studio with an actual band but I do not always have live support from the band for some or all of the instruments. I’m a singer when live so I can’t play it all! I don’t intend to deviate from the song structures much in a live capacity and merely desire midi playback.
- my thought is that if I have to gig solo, that I can export all the various instruments midi data, CC, patch changes, automation, etc from my DAW as several stacked, linear midi tracks / songs and use pyramid to “player piano style” automate and play certain instruments if they happen to not be physically operated by a band member. As I could do in a DAW.
- I do not initially intend to use pyramid for jamming or anything overly “on the fly” or for composition, but only midi playback of the various synths and other midi based instruments and effects.
- I do not want a computer on stage or to go the ableton route.
- if I do have live musician support, I would still like to use the squarp to control patch changes, some automation, or playback if excessive amounts of synths necessitate it, and to keep everything BPM locked via the midi data as generated from DAW.
Here is my intended setup / chain. (correct me if I’m wrong in my ideas)
- Exported stack of midi tracks from DAW per song, loaded to Pyramid.
-Assign all midi channels on relevant synths etc. to receive midi commands, tempo, and midi note info from pyramid.
- midi ports of Pyramid out to MOTU midi interface
- individual midi runs from MOTU to various synths and effect processors, daisy chained if and when necessary but I’m OCD and prefer solo runs when possible.
- every track / channel unmuted on Pyramid will play back at intended BPM as defined by settings exported from DAW and “play” the intended instruments in sync with one another such as if I were playing back a composed song within a DAW.
Does any of this sound correct?
Thanks for the clarification and help!