I’m struggling to find ways of dealing with anacruses, aka pickups, with the Pyramid. What I’m referring to is notes that are played before a bar line but sustained across it.
Say I have a phrase that I want to repeat a few times that starts a beat or two before a bar line (‘the one’). When I play/write the notes in, the notes that begin the phrase are at the end of the final bar, and sustain beyond the ‘end’ of the bar (let’s say of an 8 bar phrase). If I’m just jamming the tune, I simply unmute the track just before the first note of the phrase (so in the final bar of the previous block of tracks). The track repeats, with the notes that span the bar line playing out for their duration.
However if I then want to make ‘Sequences’ (in the Pyramid’s definition) and have the whole tune simply play out, I’m struggling to find a way to get the phrase to start at the beginning. As I understand it there is no way to offset the start of a track within a sequence, and in all my attempts so far to find a way around this I end up with the ‘pickup’ notes being cut off at the start of the next sequence.
Playing/writing phrases that run across bar lines is something that I find myself doing a lot, and isn’t exactly uncommon in music in general (it’s a fixture in Latin music, for example, so by extension not unusual in House) and isn’t a problem in a DAW. Maybe there’s something I’ve missed in the Pyramid workflow? If not, how have other Pyramid users got around this?
Right now all I can think of is to compile the Sequences, and manually unmute any pickups/mute the phrase at the end of the last repeat, before it gets to the pickup at the end of the last bar. I’m hoping there’s a better way that I’ve missed.
Thanks for any help on this, it’s not the easiest thing to explain so I hope I’ve made some sort of sense. Happy to try to clarify anything that doesn’t.