There’s something that I really think could help doing crazy things with samples, and it is to be able to draw / automate their loop points.
I am not sure this can be done right now … I have been looking and messing with all the meta* devices that allow for automation and modulation and whatnot, but I have failed at finding any that lets me change on the fly the start and end points for a sample.
I know it is relatively ‘complicated’ and non-obvious – i.e. if you select a destination instrument and it’s got more than one sample you should select the sample you’re going to alter with that device, I guess.
But it would allow for some funny/crazy micro music stuff, I think.
An example of how it would sound: just load a sample, set it to loop forwards (or ping pong, forwards gets brighter results) and play a random key… then just move the end/start points at your will. The closest they are the wicked sounds you get. Granted, you can then stay with the final result, but the fun is in being able to change that dynamically, and possibly several times during the song.
I have also tried recording this and looking for some hidden pattern effects but they are pattern effects… not sample/instrument effects and I can’t find anything relating to this.
Now just go and tell me that’s already implemented … and make me happy by telling me how to get that result!!