This is an invitation to discuss Stylus, and if Mr. Spectrum (EP) would like to chime in, that would be a good thing. This is not a discussion of criticism, but a quest for information.
OK, I went to the Spectrasonics site and read all the material, listened to the demos, saw the Flash stuff and watched the movie, but even with a degree in computer science, I am not getting it. I kinda got it, but not enough of an understanding to risk any money because I know what I have. So, I need to be enlightened. It seems like it would be a useful thing, but the methodology escapes me.
It seems (despite the demos, which suggest it can do EVERYthing heard in the song), it seems to be a super-duper next generation virtual drum machine. Am I getting warm? I have questions:
In the video, the rhythms: were they loops? Were the loops/rhythm midi based? Were the rhythm sequences internal to Stylus or the sequenceer, or where they just loops? What is the role of the sequencer: trigger loops, play midi-based loops, what? The speed seemed to be controlled by both Stylus and the sequencer: were the Stylus rhythm speeds based on loops in Stylus? When you change the speed from the sequencer, what it is it controlling? Loops or sequenced internal to Stylus? What is the main way of programming rhythms: midi sequences, chopped up loops, what? Does Stylus support multiple instances, or is that even necessary? You do have access to individual percussion hits it seems from the demo: True? So you can sequence your own rhythms?
Anyway, the above is the core of my confusion.