Okay, I’m proper mindf*cked right now. I watched the Octatrack tutorial that distinguishes between parts and patterns, and how you copy A1 to A2, then change A2 from Part 1 to Part 2 to be able to alter the samples on A2’s 8 tracks. Also read Merlin’s notes on this question. From these, I was easily able to figure out how to do this.
But, very quickly afterward, I realized I still wasn’t understanding something fundamental about parts and patterns. Let me try to describe my confusion in as easy a way as possible. (*I’m super new to the Octatrack. I’ve made 2 tunes now, so I understand the workflow of sampling, loading samples, and tweaking them, but I’m not on the same level as most of you who are about to reply; which means I’m not going to be on your level with terms, so clarity here in the written response is of prime importance: what may be second nature to you may seem like esoteric engineering speak to me haha.)
The way I understand the above is that if you wanted to have each pattern with its own set of samples (on the 8 tracks), each pattern needs to be set to a part. While watching the video and reading Merlin’s guide, the way I understood this is that A1 would be set to Part 1, A2 to Part 2, A3 to Part 3, and A4 go Part 4. But what about patterns A5, A6, A7 and A8? In the parts menu, there are only 4 parts.
Can someone help me understand how I make it so that A5, A6, A7 and A8 can have their own set of samples? Am I missing something here?
I have a Digitakt, and each pattern easily gets its own set of samples without having to deal with parts. And there is no menu diving. So what’s going on above with the Octatrack that is confusing the hell out of me?
IMPORTANT NOTE: I’m not asking this question because I need to solve a live performance problem—that is, switching from pattern to pattern, each with its own variations. What I like to do, based on how I work with my Digitakt, is this: I like to create a new project and on the first pattern, I’ll write one song, and then on the next pattern I write another song. I like to copy one pattern and paste it to another pattern slot, and then tweak it until it’s an entirely different song. Don’t ask me why I do this. I just do it. haha