I gotta say it’s pretty flipping amazing. Not that there’s some kind of natural symbiosis between the two though. More that the Rytm is a shit hot drum machine and the Pyramid is a shit hot sequencer. I got them synced up easy enough (Pyramid has turbo midi - yeah!) and got the Pyramid doing scene switching (that’s kind of like pattern or sequence switching in Pyramid world but with parameter and sound changes bundled in if you want) and Programme changes for loading whole new kits and patterns all at once in time (that’s probably more for switching songs but you can use it for different parts of a song if you’ve run out of scenes within one pattern - not that I have yet.
I’ll probably put the Rytm pattern changes into a bank of patterns on the pyramid when I get to building out full arrangements. You can mute Rytm voices with CCs but I’ve not figured out a smart way to do this on the Pyramid yet… It’s too easy to just mute and solo from the Rytm but definitely need to get my head around it before i start putting full songs together.
(Haven’t got into pattern chaining on the Rytm even though it looks piss easy - will do that on the Pyramid when they fix the sequence chaining bugs in OS 3 - please please please squarp - I need to finish some stuff off now!!)
So the pyramid stays as the brain sequencer and does all my melodic stuff and the Rytm is just for drums.
I’m doing all my step programming in the Rytm, you can trigger notes from the Pyramid but the step sequencer and flexibility on the Rytm is soooooooo good. As are the conditional trigs that just bring patterns and fills a variations to life in such a beautiful inspiring way. Way more flexibile that the chance and probability FX in the Pyramid.
You only get one LFO per track on the Rytm, which isn’t a massive problem because you have so many options for automation of parameter changes and they are so quick to programme. But i like to work quickly and deal with detail later so it’s super convenient just having multiple LFOs available in the Pyramid in the FX that you can just chuck on to get a part moving around a bit without having the trig lock everything to steps on the Rytm. That’s pretty easy but sometimes i forget what I’ve automated or I’m not sure which parameter is doing what on what step. Plus it’s a drag having to delete parameter locks from a tonne of steps when you can have the convenience of just switching the LFO off in the pyramid.
You can programme performance macros to modulate a bunch of parameters all at once on the Rytm but I can’t say I’m crazy about the way you have to apply pressure on the pads to initiate the modulation. There’s a quick performance knob that does the job (once you’ve selected the performance macro you want to modulate) but with the Pyramid I can just assign the macro to one of the five performance encoders and it’s just there to modulate whenever without having to select the macro on the Rytm first. Plus you can tweak more than one macro at once if you like dialling and twisting rather than breaking your fingers on some rubber pads.You gotta press real hard to get the sweep up to full intensity.
All the Rytm parameters have CCs so you’ve got a lot of options for tweaking just from the pyramid via encoders and FX. I like to set up control only tracks on the pyramid too and just drop them in and out. If you want a CC that’s more than 4 bars on the rytm then you are in trouble. (Someone may correct me here with a workaround - there probably is one… it’s a very flexible, very powerful device.)
So, even though as far as I can tell after a couple of weeks fiddling the Rytm has very few limitations - the ones that might have frustrated me aren’t problematic as the pyramid can fill in most of the gaps.
Oh and the Rytm has ‘global swing’ which the Pyramid doesn’t so my tracks are bumping in a way that i was struggling to master on the pyramid. + Step sequencing drums on the Pyramid leaves a lot to be desired.
But I feel like I’ve only really scratched the surface of what the two can do together.
So yeah - very happy. Anyone that likes the Pyramid for its touch feely playability and button bashing fun would love the Rytm. And like the Pyramid, if you like your tracks to be always evolving, moving, doing generative stuff, a bit of controlled unpredictability or patterns and phrases of different lengths and stuff moving against each other - you would love the Rytm. They are very similar in that regard. They just want to be played…