Hm, I don’t get it. So if you’re not duplicating any pattern, how are you working? Do you copy and paste every single track from one pattern to another? That’s very awkward, but I assume you know that. And yes, all tracks are active, but not all tracks are filled with instruments, there are a lot of empty tracks. I was talking about tracks filled with instruments, that’s what I’ve meant when I was talking about “active tracks”.
Well, I do. You should bring more stuff.
This is a small part of how the matrix looks in my recent song Night Sky:
Very interesting to read your thread about pattern matrix @TNT and @Jek !
Actually, I would have never imagined that it would be possible to actually finish a track without using the pattern matrix, since I tend to work closer to what you explained @TNT .
Out of curiosity, did you come from a Sequencer DAW background before starting using a tracker ? I feel that maybe, the “need” of using this pattern matrix may come from my sequencer background.
I’ve never used a ‘DAW’ come from FT2 background, where best practice was (at least according to beatmax tutorials) to not duplicate any page, change at least volumes, or panning or effects column slightly, so ‘muting’ tracks was something I tried to avoid.
Me? No, I was using trackers ever since. This is my story. I started making music with the first tracker ever.
Without anything else than I-blocks.
I don’t mute tracks, too. You will never find any Xs in my matrix. This would only worsen the overview. But duplicating a pattern doesn’t mean that you’re keeping the pattern’s content exactly as it is. Of course you change it according to your song buildup and/or song structure. You just need to duplicate a pattern to avoid laborious work, just like copying tracks. The pattern matrix allows you to work way quicker. Building a song is just getting simplified, no more and no less. As I said, it’s all about the overview. All you need for a quick buildup is this and of course this, too.
actually I find it pretty useful to cut out looped samples without creating a new pattern afterwards, with just a OFF command to stop it. Also pretty useful to cut all effects before a drop (reverb, delay, etc…) or anything
Yes, maybe, but on one hand I never use any loops and on the other hand it’s the same amount of work clicking on the duplicate symbol in the pattern sequencer and setting a note off at the beginning of a track than clicking on the track you want to mute by pressing return. The difference is that you’re losing the overview if there are too many Xs in the matrix. I need “black blocks” aka empty tracks in the matrix to keep the overview. I couldn’t work with all those Xs. I think muting tracks in the matrix is pretty useful if you’re playing live. But if you want to create a song it’s pretty messy.
on the 80 slot, without those Xs, I would have some patterns with just an OFF button (especially the growl track that contains a vocal scream I looped to make it kind of “infinite”).
That may be just me, but I don’t find it that easy to differenciate a pattern with no note data from a pattern with notes. I feel like you need to focus more on the actual pattern to see if there is any note data in it, than just not seeing the color, does that make sense ?
EDIT: yeah, my screen resolution is pretty small so that’s not that easy to see my tracks names
I think it’s absolutely clear and pretty easy to see on first sight, because there are no horizontal stripes within that block. So it’s obvious that there aren’t any notes within that block. But your method is ok, too. You’re having Xs on empty blocks, so no problem at all in terms of the overview. That’s something else than muting tracks containing notes or if you’re having one pattern and you’re building your whole song out of this pattern just by muting tracks. But I’m a huge fan of clean stuff, so any X in the matrrix is one too many in my opinion.
I started from the default theme so perhaps not. If I had ever seen a theme similar to mine, do you seriously think I would’ve even bothered to post it here. But I do love the hand holding, you guys could perhaps get a room.
Next I will probably post a track which has many, many notes and chords that have all been already used many, many times before and then we can, perhaps, figure out where I stole those, too.
If you say so, it must be so. Do test it all you please, not my problem. As per requested, I’ll leave and never come back because that’s the only way people like you can ever be anything, anywhere; living on a small island with your idiotic small views of the small world you live in, praised by the rest of the idiots who have never seen the rest of the world either. Oh look, a rainbow. Perhaps it’s the same rainbow as the previous one because they all look the same to you. Now, every time you see a rainbow, you remember me but I won’t even remember your name.