New Octatrack owner here - I absolutely love it and can’t wait to start playing sets with it.
Currently, I’m working to compose totally new material within the Octatrack, doing all of my arranging and production in the box, for immediate playability in a live situation.
However, I also have some older songs I composed in Ableton that I’d like to bounce out to stems and playback in the Octatrack. These songs are not particularly “loopy” and have a lot of long effects tails that span across sections, so I’m looking for a semi-specific way to actually ‘play’ with these tunes live using the Octatrack.
Currently, my thoughts toward accomplishing this are to have 7 stems and a master for these tracks, each loaded into a bank on Static machines with one shot trigs on the first pattern, to start the playback of these long stems. I then want to use the additional patterns in each bank to sequence effects using Trigless Locks and play some parameters with the Xfader.
I’ve almost wrapped my head around this, but I’m unsure how to accomplish the following aspects of this:
I’d like to be able to keep the songs synced to their original BPMs, so I can change songs and have the BPM of the new song apply. I know many people use the arranger to do this, but I’m having some issues with the looping and ability to choose new arrangement slots on the fly. Currently, I workaround the arranger by choosing a new bank/pattern (new song), leaving bank button held to delay the pattern change, then popping the tempo option open, using Function (held) + Level to adjust the BPM and delay the BPM change until it’s ready to switch patterns, then release all buttons before the current pattern resets - if I time it right, the pattern and BPM changes in unison. are there any better ways of setting BPM changes on the fly? Maybe some tips for the usage of the arranger in this situation?
While I’ve worked out how to launch the long stems, I’d also like to implement “jamming” clips for each song in a separate pattern before I launch the main song structure stems, as to be able to do on-the-fly transitions between the songs. This is where the main snag applies. I’d love to be able to do smooth transitions between tracks while still implementing BPM changes at the proper time. I’ve thought about using the crossfader trick to accomplish the transitions, but was unsure how to resolve this technique alongside the BPM changes. Any ideas for this?
I guess I’m just looking for any insight or tips that may help me accomplish this. Overall, I want to be able to playback long track stems in sync, while still having flexibility to play around with effects and triggless locks, with the ability to do smooth transitions and BPM changes. This may be asking a lot, I realize.
Thanks in advance for any tips or points in the right direction!