Hermod has evolved a lot since it was first released, and it’s a really powerful sequencer, especially for live recording and looping. Especially now with the 1.50 fw Step+X shortcut to delete all notes in a track, I find it to be very immediate, and easy to use.
However, I feel like it could be better at sequencing drum tracks. Note, I’m talking about multiple drums’ data is being sequenced in a single track, where the sequenced data is being output over MIDI to a module like 1010 Bitbox or an external drum module.
To that end, I have a few drum programming related feature ideas:
Add a per-track setting that slightly changes how the 1-8 buttons work in Step mode. Right now, if there are no notes on the pad’s step, pressing a pad will add the selected pitch/velocity, and if there are notes, pressing a pad will remove all notes on that step. What if there was a mode where pressing the pad only added/removed the currently selected pitch, but left everything else? This would be incredibly helpful for programming and tweaking drum tracks.
Add an easy way to delete all notes in a track for a given pitch. For example, maybe I hold a button down and press a note. Every instance of that note in the track would be deleted. Or maybe you would first press a note (or select it with the encoder) and then press a button combo to delete that note. That would allow you to very easily delete all kick or snare drum hits on a track, for example.
I have other thoughts around these, but no concrete ideas:
- Per-drum (note) muting
- Per-drum (note) euclid pattern
- Performance “note repeat” mode (create fills by holding down a pad/note/CC message)
Do you use Hermod to sequence drums? If not, do you want to? I think there’s a lot of untapped potential here, and would love to hear from others.