TomViolenz wrote:For delays and especially the sample decks it seems rather important, especially if I sampled something I played a while ago and want to bring it back in.
Is that not problematic for you?
And I'm not just playing reday made tracks, my set is rather a constant struggle against chaos, so I really don't feel like I need further techical imprecissions to make my set interesting.
I'm a huge Kaoss Pad fan (I own and use 6 of them), at times I'll run them sync'd via MIDI clock, at other's I'll dial in a common multiple/division of the tempo I'm working with. They stay in sync rather well, with the exception of a few scenarios:
The most notable being that the drum programs drift rather quickly when held on. The solution for this is to resample the desired drum loop to one of the 4 sample banks.
The next issue is that when building up layers with the sample banks, there is no way to guarantee identical start positions within your loops. What will normally happen is that all your loops will sound tight and correct when you originally sample them but if you restart the loop timing, using the "Align" function (holding 'shift' + pressing 'tap/range'), it will re-trigger all your loops at their individual start points which normally don't correspond to the original groove. The results are disastrous to say the least. However with that said, I have found that I can often recapture the original groove by adjusting the start time of each loop. The problem is that this solution doesn't lend itself to live performance, but is perfectly suitable for production.
If you aren't too concerned about the timing issues when dealing with loops I have found that the tempo sync'd FX are generally not an issue, even when left running for a prolonged period of time.
In general I've found that you will either love using a Kaoss Pad or hate it. They have their quirks, but I feel that's part of the charm. Also I've noticed that most people don't seem to use them to their full potential. They are a great tactile FX pad for live use, but they really start to shine when you start using the resampling features, and allow yourself to get lost in recursive and derivative loops.