Good points on the Slices v prep work.
In the workflow I’m trying to define for myself, Slices are defined as samples that belong together - such as variations of the same percussive hit or different velocities of a melodic sound (parameters other than those I would use on the other end of the sample, such as Level & Env - I mean, things like timbral changes that are velocity based, etc).
This way, a single sample chain is a one "unit’ with its own variations as a nice neat little package, for example. Oh, and with 64 slices v 128 velocity values gives me dang good control.
Then these can be Layered willy nilly, even separate sample chains as different Layers, which can be called up via MIDI or CV. Let’s say, I have my super hard Kicks as Layer 1’s, and more muffled, spongey ones as Layer 3. To ‘switch kits within kits’ I just have to send a different msg for switching Layers. Switching which sample chains requires popping out the SD card, granted…but I can still pack a bunch of different combinations of sounds in one Kit.
So, extending this technique, a Rample Kit contains 4 SPs, each of which contains 12 instruments (Layers) that have 64 variations of each (either modulations destined for increasing random variation or timbral changes destined for Velocity control). Or of course an ‘instrument’ can be a loop, of course.
I’d think this fits the OP case, and I’m only restating this for depth in the conversation and as support for others who look for an organisational scheme to approach their device.
And of course, because I’m an idiot.
Or rather: I have other things to focus on and I don’t like being bogged down by tech or setup overhead.
Speaking of tech/setup overhead - in my workflow, I don’t necessarily enjoy building/rebuilding sample chains which is a big negative for the OT for me. The OT is brilliant if it’s the brain of my rig, tho I can’t stomach the counter intuitive (IMO) Microsoft-esque menu diving. Mostly my issue is that I can’t just call up a patch from my external controls (Pyramid, BomeBox, kybd/button box) in addition to the substandard MIDI Sequencer.
Also Note: I’d swear I used OctaChainer for a test with the Rample for Slices. Does your second paragraph above insinuate OctaChainer doesn’t work for Rample files? Did I dream using it and actually make it with Ableton? hrmmm I’d test that this week but I’m off on a different project. I love the Rample because the learning curve is like stepping off the curb.
Wait…is that a bus…?