I think it might be of high value for those that are more immersed in Pattern Editor to share their Pro tips here. Now that Pattern Editor is more mature in it's development cycle and very practical, it might even intrigue more people to leverage it if they can see the more nuanced capabilities of Pattern Editor.
I'll share a tip and ask a question.
Tip: Creating a giant pattern part across an entire song and then splicing it at the points where you need a variation is an efficient workflow to structure the song's rhythm quickly.
Question: Is there a way have Midi notes fire together? I want different drum samples to fire together, but they are on different lanes of the pattern editor. It doesn't seem that you can edit multiple lanes together.
Not generated any interest yet, eh? Well, I'm down. Pattern editing is a game-changer as far as I'm concerned. My biggest complaint about most DAWs is that they don't have a way to effectively enter a drum track. My all-time favorite DAW is Orion by Synapse Audio because it totally integrates drum patterns into the workflow making it sooooooooo much easier to put a working song together quickly.
Unfortunately, they stopped updating it back in 2016 so I had to find an alternative. I tried Studio One a few years ago, but it didn't really inspire me so I wound up getting a MacBook and using Logic and GarageBand for the last few years. GarageBand has a pretty solid Drummer feature that helps with song creation, but I find it to be a bit lacking as well. I was using Hydrogen to create a MIDI drum track and then importing it into GB, but it doesn't support tempo changes on import, so I had to do a lot of tweaking to get the drums sounding passable. Plus, having it on a laptop that is separate from the computer I'm on otherwise doesn't make for the best workflow either.
So I decided to give Studio One another shot and I'm making a concerted effort to get to know the whole Pattern system. The potential is enormous and I think I can make it work, but there's one issue that's currently preventing me from putting my first song together. What would that be, you might ask? I can't figure out how to insert a new pattern into the timeline at the beginning of the next measure.The only way I've found to insert a new pattern is to drag it onto the timeline or click on the timeline and insert a new pattern. But I haven't found a way to insert it so it doesn't throw the timing off. I'm sure there's a way, but I haven't found it yet. Any suggestions or solutions would be greatly appreciated!
realto619 wrote I can't figure out how to insert a new pattern into the timeline at the beginning of the next measure.The only way I've found to insert a new pattern is to drag it onto the timeline or click on the timeline and insert a new pattern. But I haven't found a way to insert it so it doesn't throw the timing off. I'm sure there's a way, but I haven't found it yet. Any suggestions or solutions would be greatly appreciated!
Some keyboard shortcuts to try:
(Ctrl+Shift+P) inserts a fresh pattern on the highlighted track where your cursor is
(Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys) nudges the pattern based on bars
You could also try turning off Snap to Grid by pressing N and then dragging the pattern part you've inserted to where you want it to begin. The Snap options can be customized by exploring the drop down menu below Snap.
Also, if Snap is turned off and you press D (to duplicate) after highlighting a pattern part, it will place a duplicated pattern part up against the end of the current one. (I think this is what you're looking for)
It sounds like you work with specific downbeat placement... Are you using a grid based (click track) approach, or a more feel based non-grid approach?
Thanks for your reply!
I just figured out how to nudge a pattern left and right, but it looks like your suggestions should give me even more flexibility to insert a pattern at the correct spot. I'm going to do some experimenting and see how they work shortly.
Actually, I just tried the Duplicate option and you are indeed correct: that's essentially what I was looking for. Thanks so much!
It sounds like you work with specific downbeat placement... Are you using a grid based (click track) approach, or a more feel based non-grid approach?<= I'm not sure this is the answer you're looking for, but I would characterize my approach as grid-based.
I like to create a complete (or at least as much as possible) drum track before laying down any audio tracks: I like having a defined starting and ending point so that I stay focused. The songs I'm working on initially are fairly well thought-out. I have the verse, chorus and bridge already written and I'm ready to put down the initial rhythm guitar and bass line. Once I have something that I'm satisfied with, then I mix it down to a track so I can start working on the vocals. I start on the melody first. Then I try to come up with a topic to write about and then I plug in words that match the melody. That's the process that I've used successfully for years and I'm anxious to get back to it and start churning out some songs. I have the music for about 5 solid songs ready to go.
Does anyone know of a way to use the Pattern editor with other instruments besides Impact? The Impact samples, IMHO, all basically suck, But I have plenty of other instruments I can use, like Battery, that have a ton of awesome samples. The problem is that it seems like the pattern editor is not available, so you have to rely on the antiquated piano roll editor. I could painstakingly go thru and set it up, but after just have gotten used to - and loving - the Pattern editor functionality I'd like to continue using it.
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