Hi Chaps, (Eric?)
I'm about to move onto the live circuit again for the first time in....ooh, about 15 years! We're trying to keep the numbers down for our cash stricken employers and are looking to trigger audio drum grooves to support a jazz trio (Bass, Piano, Trumpet). Essentially, we are attracted by the potential freedom of working with triggered loops, rather than having pre-recorded, fixed arrangements - so we can extend solos or bring other musicians in when the budget allows.
We've looked at various ways of achieving this with equipment/software we already have available and Stylus comes really close. It would allow us:
- limitless live drum grooves, fills and endings triggerable exactly on the next bar.
- to create our own suites and map them onto a controller.
But what we can't seem to do, is 'latch' the loops or simply switch each loop/key on or off, without holding everything down - therefore needing an extra pair of hands, which may as well be holding a pair of drumsticks!
Am I missing something? Is there a way to do this? When you audition loops in a suite with the mouse, this is exactly what happens (and the monophonic nature of it could be really useful) but why can't I achieve this functionality via MIDI?
It seems Stylus may be missing a trick here and needs a LIVE mode, rather like the beats mode on my Custom Proteus, where you can add or subtract loops from a groove with a single key press. The other issue is Tempo. Currently we would have to enter a new host tempo for every song. Perhaps a 'freewheel' mode is in order and a means of assigning STYLUS' tempo to a controller. I'm sure there would be other useful features I haven't quite discovered the need for yet.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Any other (inexpensive) software that can achieve this? Any chance of an update Eric? You're not busy are you?