Octatrack Arranger Tutorial?

Hi guys,
I have looked through youtube and this site and haven’t found any good video tutorials on how to use the Arranger.

Anyone know of any?

Thank you!
-robbie

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Unfortunately not.

But there are quite some cool stuff in it. Pattern selection with start position, lenght and repeats. That can be used to chop up an pattern (ie a drumbeat) and build another one out of it. Remember that the fader position overrides whatever you´ll program in the Arranger, any mutes set in the Arranger are event mutes rather than audio mutes. There are workarounds for both however…

Unfortunately not.

But there are quite some cool stuff in it. Pattern selection with start position, lenght and repeats. That can be used to chop up an pattern (ie a drumbeat) and build another one out of it. Remember that the fader position overrides whatever you´ll program in the Arranger, any mutes set in the Arranger are event mutes rather than audio mutes. There are workarounds for both however…[/quote]
I think that would be very useful Elektron :wink:
Why not make a short video explaining it… we would all be very grateful! At the moment, at least I, am forced to kind of improvise and play the song through (live) and hope I nail it… I usually take 2-3 takes before I have it the way I like it but for more complex arrangements, unfort my hands dont work as fast!
Thanks,
Niko

Unfortunately not.

But there are quite some cool stuff in it. Pattern selection with start position, lenght and repeats. That can be used to chop up an pattern (ie a drumbeat) and build another one out of it. Remember that the fader position overrides whatever you´ll program in the Arranger, any mutes set in the Arranger are event mutes rather than audio mutes. There are workarounds for both however…[/quote]
I think that would be very useful Elektron :wink:
Why not make a short video explaining it… we would all be very grateful! At the moment, at least I, am forced to kind of improvise and play the song through (live) and hope I nail it… I usually take 2-3 takes before I have it the way I like it but for more complex arrangements, unfort my hands dont work as fast!
Thanks,
Niko[/quote]
Agree. Unfortunately, it´s beyond my control/influence. Everyone seems to work a bit differently with the Arranger, and its function/possibilities is such a general subject depending on how people works with patterns/parts in the first place.

For me, personally, I´m just using it most to build up small song structures (which themselves are projects for some explorations rather than ‘true’ songs). But, at least theoretically, you could actually use the Arranger as an kind of worktool for yourself. Ie, instead of building ‘song structures’ as I´m doing, you could set up ‘macros’ of consisting of patterns and their behaviour affecting incoming external audio (flex recorders). So whatever external material you put in, will be manipulated thru the patterns + Arranger.

Watch out for gbravetti to make one. At least that’s what was promised

Yes Gbravetti save us :slight_smile: ^^

I’m constantly browsing the web looking for this kind of helpful info. Nothing on youtube about the Arranger mode whatsoever.

It’s odd that is wasn’t included in the ‘Pro-tips’ nor 'Know-how" tutorials, as it seems like a pretty big (and deep) feature.

Maybe Cuckoo or Dataline or miketheman could put something together? Every little bit helps to wrap our heads around this lovely instrument.

Thanks

This isn’t the greatest video, but the Machinedrum’s Song Mode is essentially the same thing. I know I’ve seen a better video before, but maybe this will help:

Does it have to be a video? So many people just zoom past the obvious manual that’s here http://www.elektron.se/products/octatrack?section=downloads
It cost me $26 to print it in black and white and to laminate it. So now it’s much easier to read and learn from versus reading PDFs.

The arranger overwhelmed me. But the manual has ALL the info. Make some very basic patterns with synths and drums, like 5 or so, make sure they all sound different. Open the manual and try to arrange them and then watch them play and just mess around with all the arranger settings, like loops and repeats and silence places.

Does it have to be a video? So many people just zoom past the obvious manual that’s here http://www.elektron.se/products/octatrack?section=downloads
It cost me $26 to print it in black and white and to laminate it. So now it’s much easier to read and learn from versus reading PDFs.

The arranger overwhelmed me. But the manual has ALL the info. Make some very basic patterns with synths and drums, like 5 or so, make sure they all sound different. Open the manual and try to arrange them and then watch them play and just mess around with all the arranger settings, like loops and repeats and silence places.[/quote]
So many words for RTFM, but just as helpful.

I guess I won’t hold my breath…

My momma didn’t raise no rude asshole.

Besides I was speaking from personal experience. It took me 2 weeks to get it together and go to a print shop. What exactly are you looking for?

that would be so cool to be able to chain the 6 arrangers per project

My momma didn’t raise no rude asshole.

Besides I was speaking from personal experience. It took me 2 weeks to get it together and go to a print shop. What exactly are you looking for?[/quote]
:wink: The arranger was the last great unexplored area, until recent times. Yes all info is in the manual. YOU then need to experiment, and see what all the commands do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Just have pen and pad handy!

My momma didn’t raise no rude asshole.

Besides I was speaking from personal experience. It took me 2 weeks to get it together and go to a print shop. What exactly are you looking for?[/quote]
Ahem…
A helpful video tutorial on the arranger similar to the ones they have done on many of the other features the octatrack has. I have the actual printed manual. I have read it. But seeing the process makes learning easier. Call me lazy.
So with youtube having 50 different videos on the most efficient way to cut an orange, I am surprised that there is not 1 that shows some of the great capabilities of the arranger.
That way I can lie in bed watching a vid before sleep about how to better use the octatrack, like I did for the other features. Crazy idea no?

According to the manual you can have 8 arrangements per project - and you can chain them, but you can only chain 1 at a time… says the manual. But I haven’t tried it myself.

Ouf, I’ve been using Song Mode on the MnM for a long time to make my tracks, and I just recently got an AR. I oh so wish there were offsets/lengths available via the AR’s Song Mode.

As for learning OT’s arranger mode, just play around and experiment with it. It’s not really that much different from a tracker.

No I meant like what functions exactly you want to learn? There are:
-enable arranger mode
-edit arranger by placing patterns
-edit the parameters of the arranger (enable loop, silence, etc…)
And that’s really all I know or need because I am kind of a believer into the whole “music should be played live thing”. Call me crazy.

I detect a bit of sarcasm, I don’t know what caused it, I am genuienely trying to help. I never tell people none of that RTFM nonsense. Let me know what’s not clear and I’ll try to explain. That’s what the forum is for.

Can someone help explain offsets in the OT arranger. Does it start t zero?

Because say I want my pattern to start at step 2. I offset it by two and get weird timing issues.

Curious