I am certainly not trying to come off like some know it all because if there is one thing I know, it's that I will be asking my next question all too soon. I thought it would be cool to share my recent approach to using the Stylus RMX plug in. Shamefully I have still not watched all the Stylus videos but I am constantly improving. So please understand this post is coming from a context that both hopes for suggested improvements as well as possibly someone like myself that is somewhat a novice at Stylus may in fact learn something.
I make no apologies for using Live 6.0, but I do sincerely apologize that I am familiar with no other host at this time. So please know that the following template is set up using Live 6.0.
I recently designed a basic Live 6.0 set template that I call the "RMX Think Tank" I have only used it for a few days and already I have enjoyed tremendous productivity as a result. It requires 9 midi tracks & two audio tracks. I typically start and work from the session view perspective in Live and this is how it's laid out:
The first two tracks starting on the left of the screen are audio tracks. Track 1 is for dedicated to audio input from the main Stylus midi track (Track 3) itself. Track 2 is for resampling. By turning up or down the Stylus Mixer, I can tailer what this track resamples with perfect duplication. Can you say "whack that sound menu sample Gomer!" ? Tracks 4 through 11 are the midi tracks used to host 8 of the Stylus midi channels. (I have heard that Stylus can actually do 16 simultaneous, but have not found out yet how, this may be a missunderstanding on my part however) What I have been doing since the "Stylus Think Tank's" inception is using the first 4 of these tracks for Suite Elements, the next 2 tracks host Sound Menu samples and the last two are currently being used for yet two more Suite Elements. In the future however, I can in my crafty little diabolic mind envision those last two tracks being devoted to my self generated imported Rex files via Recycle.
What this Live set format does is allow me to switch between Stylus as a resampled single tracked stereo Groove Module plug in, or by pre-loading files that are dragged into Live's tracks, I can sequence & mix these tracks & their contained beat file variations (enter chaos) to eternity. This being all the while I control both Live's mixer/effects as well as the Stylus mixer/effects via midi remote control to automate the live set as it records to the arrangement view format.
If the object is to provide a percussion landscape to improvise over, I am pretty much done after I save the set. Just pack up the laptop, hit the corresponding midi mapped "play" button on my controller and it's off to the races on stage or in the studio. If I want to add the arrangement set to a present or future composition , I render the arrangement to disc and add it to any session view at anytime.
Please let me kno what you think and what improvements or enhancements you would recommend.