Thanks for the advice.
But I don’t think participating in “battles” is going to work for me when I can’t manage more than a simple 4 bar loop with sloppy drum tracks.
The “work flow” of this thing is just too limiting in my opinion just due to how I’m used to making music.
The only way I can ever see myself making anything of any real value on this is if I could see how someone makes a track from start to finish using only the op-1.
That way maybe I could take a few points and apply them to my own ideas.
My main roadblock are the tape system with the sloppy way you have to bounce things back and forth and to the album and back and turning on and off the “ear” function and after doing all that you have to try to memorize where and what all the parts are back in the tape deck it just gets too sloppy. and then there’s the sequencing, or more accurately near lack of one.
I know a lot of folks say “use the endless sequencer” but it’s just too cumbersome not being able to SEE the steps for me. It’s near impossible to get anything more rhythmic than a simple arpeggio on that thing. Am I missing something here? Is there a secret math sequence you have to do in your head in order to get triplet notes and the like using the endless sequencer? If so that would be a little more helpful for programming the drum tracks at least.
It gets very discouraging trying to lay down a rhythm track for your song with such hardcore limitations as no triplets in the included “sequencer”. I can only spend about a half hour recording it, erasing, recording again, erasing again just trying to finger drum my way to a drum track that has the timing I WANT it to have before I just get bored and shut the thing off. If they would have included at least a rudimentary form of soft record quantize in there, a step sequencer or piano role of some sort then maybe I wouldn’t feel like this was nearly $1500 of wasted potential.
Now all that being said I LOVE humanization and a ‘loose feel’ to my tracks but I like it when I have control over how much or how little humanization I can have. Unfortunately I can’t have the finger drumming skills of Jeremy Ellis with near perfect timing.
Look ultimately I’m more than willing in fact I’m eager to discover ‘the secret’ to finding a working flow to this thing, or why would I bother coming in here and wasting all this time to beg for help on figuring this out?
I guess I just need to see a functioning workflow for moving parts around in the tape and arranging them.
And a workflow that’s more conducive to anything other than just 4/4 with the endless sequencer as I feel those are the two elements of this device where they really missed a huge opportunity for reaching a wider musical audience.