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Re: Threshold recording and the loop oriented drum machine

At 4:07 PM -0700 4/25/09, Mark Hamburg wrote:
>Does anyone know of a drum machine (or the software equivalent) that 
>will allow one to dispense with setting tempo and length and instead 
>let one do the following:
>1. Hit Record to prime the recording process
>2. Actual recording begins when you first hit a pad/note
>3. Hit record or overdub to end the loop

KCS Omega open mode (Atari software runnable on a win box using Steem 
emulator) lets you do this part. You can make as many loops as you 
like, but they won't automatically sync -- each loop will be as long 
as you play for. You can get as many loops going as you want and 
stop, start, mute and unmute them.

>Tempo can then be defined based on a fraction of the loop length 
>(possibly with some form of intelligent auto-detection).

Doesn't do this, You'd have to abandon the notion  of the software 
being aware of bars and beats and just think of it manipulating 
chunks of MIDI data.

>I've found that I can easily play a pattern and hit a button 
>essentially meaning repeat which effectively closes the loop. 
>Everything else is doable but takes more concentration on issues 
>other than the general flow of the pattern.
>I can do this with my EDP if I live with mono results that can't be 
>edited as MIDI data, but this seems like the sort of thing that 
>ought to be easy for a MIDI-based device to support. Are there any 
>that do so? Do I need to build my own sequencer -- I've really been 
>resisting writing my own music software since I spend my days 
>immersed in the software industry.

=I hear you on that one.



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