Confused about drum sequencers

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Ninjamarsh
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Confused about drum sequencers

Post by Ninjamarsh » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:46 pm

Hi,

I am looking to expand my beat-making capacities from the piano roll in Live, but finding a suitable controller has been hard. Currently I have Volca Beats, Trigger Finger Pro, Arturia SparkLE, BeatStep Pro and MPD226/232 (at a stretch). Trigger Finger Pro was my original plan, but many people say that the support and software updates are non-existent, then I thought about the BeatStep, but found that it could only sequence one sample at a time, making it useless for drums.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by prebentious » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:59 pm

get push

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by Ninjamarsh » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:09 am

prebentious wrote:get push
Wanted to, but money is an issue and my options are all about the same price.

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by h:nez » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:31 am

i have a beatstep pro.
it has a dedicated drumtrack and 16 pads. you can assign a midi note number to each pad and sequence the pads in the drumtrack (in principle the drumtrack consists of 16 tracks). so you can sequence 16 different samples, f.e inside a drumrack.
i use it to sequence an external drum synthesizer (vermona drm) and it works very well that way.
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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by Stromkraft » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:19 am

Ninjamarsh wrote:
prebentious wrote:get push
Wanted to, but money is an issue and my options are all about the same price.
Are you saying you think an original second hand Push won't be fit for the job? IMHO uou're obviously wrong and need to rethink your dismissal.

I have an original Push and I deliberately didn't get a Push 2. Some people are reselling still.
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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by jlgrimes » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:55 pm

Ninjamarsh wrote:Hi,

I am looking to expand my beat-making capacities from the piano roll in Live, but finding a suitable controller has been hard. Currently I have Volca Beats, Trigger Finger Pro, Arturia SparkLE, BeatStep Pro and MPD226/232 (at a stretch). Trigger Finger Pro was my original plan, but many people say that the support and software updates are non-existent, then I thought about the BeatStep, but found that it could only sequence one sample at a time, making it useless for drums.

Any help would be much appreciated.

I have Maschine Mk1 and it works pretty good with Live. That said I have been keeping my eyes on Push.

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by timday » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:22 pm

There's a launchpad remote script called I think Launchpad95 that lets it work like Push. It isn't so slick in a lot of respects and you have to learn it but the drum step sequencing works pretty well.

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by Ninjamarsh » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:53 pm

Stromkraft wrote:
Ninjamarsh wrote:
prebentious wrote:get push
Wanted to, but money is an issue and my options are all about the same price.
Are you saying you think an original second hand Push won't be fit for the job? IMHO uou're obviously wrong and need to rethink your dismissal.

I have an original Push and I deliberately didn't get a Push 2. Some people are reselling still.
Sorry, not trying to dismiss anything. I wanted Push, and it is very suitable for the job, but the price in the UK is not in the same bracket as the options I had already listed. :)

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by Ninjamarsh » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:56 pm

timday wrote:There's a launchpad remote script called I think Launchpad95 that lets it work like Push. It isn't so slick in a lot of respects and you have to learn it but the drum step sequencing works pretty well.
Wow! Haven't seen that before. I'll give it a go as I have a Launchpad. :D

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by Ninjamarsh » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:58 pm

h:nez wrote:i have a beatstep pro.
it has a dedicated drumtrack and 16 pads. you can assign a midi note number to each pad and sequence the pads in the drumtrack (in principle the drumtrack consists of 16 tracks). so you can sequence 16 different samples, f.e inside a drumrack.
i use it to sequence an external drum synthesizer (vermona drm) and it works very well that way.
BeatStep Pro sounds like a good idea, but can you use it as a midi controller to sequence drum kits in a DAW, so that you don't need an external drum synth?

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Re: Confused about drum sequencers

Post by Ninjamarsh » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:37 pm

timday wrote:There's a launchpad remote script called I think Launchpad95 that lets it work like Push. It isn't so slick in a lot of respects and you have to learn it but the drum step sequencing works pretty well.
Just gave it a go and it is amazing. I can see what you mean by it not being slick, but the functionality is really good. I don't need a sequencer now, so I think I'll pick up the MPD218/226, for the pads and the mixer controls. Thanks!

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