I’ve been using Ableton for ages, along with my Elektron boxes, but I recently got a Push 2, which is amazing.
This made me wonder if you have any tips and tricks for mimicking Octatrack features in Ableton, especially with the Push. Sometimes I don’t want to switch on my Octatrack just to sample something to screw with its pitch and rate with p-locks.
I know Ableton and Octatrack both have their own strengths and weaknesses, but this is just about neat tricks for doing Octatrack stuff in the DAW.
I’ll start. Live flex-style capture works well by putting a looper on the track, then dropping a Buffer Shuffler 2 after it. This can do live, randomized slicing of your audio loop.
Buffer Shuffler is just as good on regular clips, too.
Another one: I have a nice Max midi sample and hold device. Place it before a Simpler, and you can use it to map it to any parameter to randomize it. It’s triggered by incoming midi notes, so it works exactly like the Octatrack LFO’s Hold trigger.
One more. I have a rack with a Simpler (usually in slice mode), and a Pitch Mod device after it. Two macro knobs are mapped to the Simpler’s transpose, and to the Pitch device’s pitch. If the Simpler doesn’t have warp enabled, then the transpose works like the Octatrack’s Rate, although it doesn’t go backwards.
I have these as little racks so I can easily drop them onto a track. Works a treat with Push.
Ok, one more
To make Push p-locks more Elektron-like, hold down the Push pad for the step you want to lock, then also hold another pad, later in the pattern. If you then twist a knob to lock a parameter, it will span the entire space between the two held-down trigs.