Just finished it and tested most things. Before I go to bed I wanted to push it out,
so that others maybe have fun playing with it.
We start out with a nice gif animation of the workflow:
This only shows how to generate random continuations of that simple bassdrum.
But imagine expanding that to other parts of a drum pattern. Just from two
variations of each drum pattern part you can create a very varied drum
loop easily. Same with melodies. It's a great way to get ideas and fill
holes in your arrangement or sections with at least something else than silence.
If I find the time and motivation I might put together a more throughout
demo of the tool. I also need to collect more experience with it myself, so consider
it an alpha/beta status.
Now some text from the readme file:
- Brings Ableton Live's "Follow Actions" into the Renois realm, becoming
a completely new tool and workflow for composition.
- Selecting "clips" of a pattern track by adding a special FX command.
- Fill empty areas, experiment around with your material, write
whole compositions based on chance by specifying "Follow Actions"
- All clip properties are saved in the song and will be available for
the next time you load it.
- Clips are not limited to a single track and can be used to generate data
for other tracks than they were originally placed on.
- Can be used for live performance and jamming by generating new pattern
data for a pattern sequence loop.
1. Select areas (be sure to include the fx colum that the mark should
go to) in the pattern editor, and mark them using the "Make Clip"
item from the context menu.
2. Go to the "Clip Manager", select the clip, edit properties and
add sensible follow actions.
3. Go into the pattern matrix, select some slots and go on "Generate from Clips".
4. Click on the clips in the clip matrix from the dialog that popped up.
This will generate output immediately and write it into the patter matrix.
* Hack Alert
There are two major hacks in this tool, that might be the source of many rough
1. Clips are marked using the Pattern FX command for the last DSP in your
DSP chain. This means, that clip markers will collide with very long
DSP chains (beyond 30 devices). There is no workaround for that currently,
and maybe never will be.
2. The tool creates a fake instrument in your instrument list. It uses it for
storing additional information about the clip properties (Name, Length settings,
Follow Actions and such stuff). You can move it around freely, but you are
better off not messing with it's sample or it's settings in general.
Oh, and DO NOT change it's name. The name of the instrument is the only
way for the tool to find it.
Please also read the Full README, it lists
the known bugs, recent changes and also poses as manual for the tool.
Download Link: com.renoise.elmex.ClipArranger.xrnx
Edited by elmex, 24 March 2012 - 13:08.