There are a lot of choices during setup, so you have to decide how you want to use it. However, once you’ve set it up, you can save your configuration in a project, after which you just load the project and you’re good to go.
It is true that you can loop without the pickup machine, but the pickup machine gives you the ability to overdub, as well as the ability to sync the rest of the Octatrack to the length of the loop you just recorded.
From: Philip [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 11:24 PM
Subject: Re: Octatrack 1.2 -- a new looper
Love the features, but the setup seems pretty complicated and time-consuming.
On May 22, 2012, at 6:12 AM, Anders Bergdahl wrote:
There is a multiply so that you can first record one bar or so on a track then double or qaduble that. You can also set the slave tracks to be a multiply of the master track. You can sync to external source not sure how.. don't know if you can sync to sequencer.. As far as I undetstand you can create an empty loop if desired lenght and have all other loops + sequencer looked to that.. OR you could use a ordinary "flex" machine for synchronized looping.. I have been looping woth the octatrack with great sucess without the pickup machine..
> Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 15:58:40 -0500
> Subject: Re: Octatrack 1.2 -- a new looper
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Can you sync a pickup machine to a drum track? Or can you only go vice versa?
> There's no multiply function, right? The length is set for all tracks,
> and can't be adjusted per track?
> On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM, <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Here's a video demoing that.
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtXyfHP7LW8
> > Quoting Andrew Koenig <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> >> Elektron today announced version 1.2 of their Octatrack operating system.
> >> Among its many new features is the ability to use it as a looper: Any one
> >> of its eight tracks can be assigned a "Pickup machine," which allows
> >> real-time recording, playback, and overdubbing.
> >> When you've recorded a loop for the first time on a pickup machine, you
> >> can
> >> make that loop the tempo master, which means that all of the other tracks
> >> will be time-stretched to play in sync with it. That lets you, for
> >> example,
> >> record a loop with a live instrument, then later bring in a drum track in
> >> perfect sync with what you just recorded.
> >> Details here: http://www.elektron.se/products/octatrack