Let's say I have a pattern that repeats several times, but the first couple times it repeats I want to fade in a synth of some pads. How should I do this?
Right now I have the single pattern and the repeat patterns are aliases. But automating/fading in the first pattern affects the aliases, which I don't want. Another approach is to create a new pattern (non-alias) and paste the pattern matrix slots into it as aliases. That way the pattern can be automated separately while still having the components be aliases so that further changes later on affect all the patterns.
Is this how people usually do it? By creating new patterns instead of aliases, it seems to make things a bit more complicated (more things to keep track of). I rather just have 1 pattern, plus its alias repeats, with the ability to fade in or automate in a way that only affects the first instance of the pattern.
Unrelated question: In the sampler when using a scale the keyboard keys of that scale are shaded a different color. Where could I change the color of this? I can't seem to find it in the settings. The theme I'm currently using has the shading as a light gray which makes it hard to differentiate.