Friday, September 11, 2015
The Complete Unknowability of Pickup Machines
I've been working with the Octatrack's pickup machines lately - this is the part of the Octatrack that wants to be your looper. Or my looper. During my first go-around with the Octatrack, it was the Pickup Machines that threw me off the couch, stepped on my head, and spit in my gaping mouth (or at least that's how it felt).
But now I'm more comfortable with the machine, and have decided to tiptoe into the P.M. neighborhood again to see if I'd get beat up. Luckily, a lot more Elektronauts postings have shown up since I first tried, and I've learned that One2 is my best friend, followed by LEN = off. If you aren't an OT-head, that won't mean much - but it should tell you about the level of obscure that exists with this thing.
So what I'm finding is that, if the sequencer is off, and my LEN settings are all off, and I use One2 for the input triggering type, I can record all sorts of different loop lengths. But somehow, magically, the system adjusts everything for me, giving me nice hospital corners for looped content - even if that's not what I wanted. I want messy, dammit!
I just ran across this posting:
...and it gives yet another alternative for odd timing loops. So I'll give that a try. I do notice that if all the LEN setting are off, the whole idea of master and slave tracks goes bonkers in kind of a good way, and the result is pretty cool (if rather straight-forward); I did a hell of an interesting track last night with the input being only a running podcast. Capturing and looping little phrases turned out downright spooky.
So my work continues, but at least I don't feel beat up. But if you are an Octatrack user and know of a good way to deal with odd length loops, please drop me a line!!!