I really know little about DAWs as I love being DAWless. My home setup consists of a Digitone, Digitakt, Typhon Dreadbox and a Keystep37. No MIDI hub or mixer. I mainly use my headphones from the Digitakt.
I love to play live at home and use all the patterns to progress though my tunes as there is no song modes on this kit and I wondered what I need to connect to my laptop and which DAW software? I do have a copy Ableton Live Lite 10 that came with the Keystep.
Ableton Lite is really good to get started. If you enjoy DAWdom, check out others (Bitwig (freshest vision) Reaper (budget powerhouse), so many)
You’ll need an audio interface (to get sound to and from DAW) with MIDI (to communicate to and from DAW) I always recommend RME: their drivers are the best in the business and build quality is top notch (used is absolutely still viable).
Or can’t you just use a USB with Overbridge which will interface the DT and DN (route the Dreadbox through the external inputs on the Elektron boxes). So 2 USB cables should do it provided you already have a computer.
In my case, I’ve suffered from “heavy” latency when using my Digitone as an audio interface between my DAW and my Octatrack (like ~90ms).
I considered buying an audio interface for sampling directly from DAW to my OT, but I have no idea if an audio interface at starter price would get me better results
OK, it works for many, but not for some which is a shame. I didn’t have any problems with either an old iMac or 2018 MBP so I guess he could test out how it works for “cheap as chips” and if it’s too laggy then consider a standalone interface.
To be more clear about the situation I’ve described : I got latency when using DN as an audio interface purely for receiving/sending sound/midi between an OT and a DAW, so without OB. But it’s way more fluid when I just want to use the DN input and record it through OB.
I never tried USB audio on Digis, because I sold one long ago, but if it acts as a generic audio I/O you should be able to change generic parameters such as buffer size, sample rate, etc on your computer… Also Asio drivers?
Every interface works like that. It’s not that they’re truly plug-and-play. You have to adujst settings depending on the type of work you’re doing.
If it sounds like I treat you as a noob, excuse me, I really don’t.
Yup, but I cant push settings as far as I do when just using asio drivers on my computer, it seems to consume way more ressources
It may be the source of the problem as I cant use the DN through the “Asio” menu (computer tells me that I cant use asio driver with it cause I may need more output or some nerdycomputy-shenanigans like this), but as a direct output but my post will be way more clear when I could add real and precise terms instead of approximation
To op: If you just want a song mode, you can send MIDI program change messages from digitone to digitakt to have a song mode, look for song mode hack here o the forum…
If you wanna try the daw, just use usb cable from elektron box to your computer and try class compliant audio or/and overbridge. There is an overbridge manual which shouls get you started. Just install the ableton version you got with keystep
So no need to buy anything at the moment…
Start with one box only and computer to keep it simple at the beginning and build up on it later, if you like it. With clever routing and use of the audio inputs of the elektrons you should be able to record everything without mixer.
Got a GeForce GTX 660, dya think that could make an interference ?
But ok, I’m as noobish as I could be with OB : just realised that it could be used to get sound out of my DAW… And that works perfectly with low latency.
Adding even more value to my DN, making it as awesome as I were dumb about it
Oh yes. It can and it probably is. It’s the Nvidia’s curse… I have RTX 3060, it absolutely influences my DPC metrics. There are new Nvidia drivers for so-called “content creators” that are more suited for audio, video work, but they degrade gaming experience a bit. However, if you want top-notch audio production environment, you need to stick to onboard graphics… It’s a shame, because many videographers also work with audio DAWs. And in general, you can loose your hair dealing with these things sometimes.
So yeah, even if you have top-notch interface such as RME or UA you can still have a pretty bad time if your PC is not “calibrated” properly and have compatibility issues between components.