so i have both Syntakt & Digitakt. for this example i have all my patterns programmed, and when performing songs, they play together moving through various patterns during the song.
currently i’m doing this manually, i have to remember which patterns to play and when to change them.
my question is : is there a device i could program a single button that would fire off the correct program changes to each device?
I’m imagining a song mode style sequencer where i would press VERSE 1 button for example, then i could press another button CHORUS 1 and it would send all my program changes to change the my patterns.
this way i still maintain some autonomy over when the changes happen, and its not programmed with a strict number of bars…
Upthread, I assumed @Peterjc was already doing this, which I why I suggested Chains for the arrangement. The combination of changing patterns in parallel across devices, and chains, lets you jam a song structure. Not saving is a feature, in that regard.
Thanks guys - not sure I understood your message when I first read it. So you can have one machine in a slave mode that follows the master? I guess that means both patterns that need to be played together are the same number, for example both C01.
When Elektrons change pattern, they (can) send a Program Change MIDI message identifying the pattern they’re changing to. You have to turn the feature on, choose a channel for the messages, and set the devices to send or receive. It’s usually in a menu labelled “MIDI Sync”, sometimes nested as “MIDI -> Sync”. Set your patterns up so they “match” (A1 with A1, B3 with B3), and you’re away. All the devices need a bit of warning about which pattern to change to, so the messages are sent early, and on [Stop] (so they’re matched when you next hit [Play]). Because of this, it doesn’t work in “Direct Jump” if your boxes have that. It works with bare patten changes, chains and Arranger/Song Mode (so you only need one Song, not one per device).
you have to turn the Chain off if you want to play one Pattern more than once. I think Elektron designed it to be quite ephemeral precisely so you turn it on and off a lot during a performance. The arrangement then becomes a facet of your performance
you have to make sure your matched patterns are all the same lengths, including matching longest track length+scale, CHNG and LEN properties in Advanced Scale mode… or they go out of sync. A1 can be different lengths from B3 tho’
Technically you need “only” a MIDI-source, which will fire more than one pgm-ch command to dedicated MIDI-channels by one “macro-button” pressed.
AFAIK this is quite unusual. Most MIDI sequencers have a single pgm-ch command combined with the change of a pattern. Many MIDI controllers I know have only one pgm-ch per button.
First device coming to my mind would be Behringer FCB1010. Each foot-switch can send up to 5 pgm-ch commands. There are 10 switches per bank and this should give some flexibility. But it’s a foot-switch device, though.
Second would be a particular MIDI-Processor, like the MRCC, which can take one MIDI command in and send different out after processing. I never tried to generate pgm-ch commands in the way you asked for, but a look in the manual should clarify this.
Third idea would be to check out devices from Faderfox. Maybe one of them might have similar functionality like the FCB1010. My UC4 has only one pgm-ch per button. Since there are many buttons a workaround could be to use pairs for two devices.
Probably a very expensive solution could be a MPC. Each Program can save one pgm-ch. If we combine “empty” tracks, programs, and sequence changes, we can have a mulit-pgm-ch per button in on the “next-sequence” page of the MPC … technically possible, easy to implement, but quite an investment …
wow so many things i’ve never heard of, its incredible what is out there. Actually that Behringer foot switch looks pretty cool! so many options.
regarding the two PC with s ingle button was before I learned about the MIDI pad controllers where i could press two buttons together, so that makes that task a little easier.
I am thinking just a fairly basic MIDI programable pad controller would do the trick, I like the way the Novation has a designer i can just drag Program Change widgets onto the pads, i can just build my layout how ever i like, that seems neat.