How intuitive is Dark Time?

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How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by bhrama » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:26 pm

I'm considering getting a sequencer, and have looked at the Dark Time. I was wondering if anyone had some feedback on how easy to use it is. I'm part of a duo, where I play all beats + bass and/or melodies...so a need to free up my hands in some capacity to add depth and texture to our sounds. Beats roll on the Tempest, but I generally play leads/bass on the P5 or Voyager (MiniBrute when it comes). My partner sings and plays keys, but she has simple melodies and I need to carry the burden.

Is it good for basslines? <== main hope. How quickly can you load something up? Is it good for live situations?

I've never been in this small of a band, I don't use midi or sequencers, playing everything in realtime (except the Tempest) so these are new challenges. Any suggestions beyond sequencers are advised as well :D

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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by phesago » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:59 am

http://www.future-retro.com/orboverview.html

this has been my favorite sequencer so far. Pretty useful.

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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:22 am

bhrama wrote:Is it good for basslines? <== main hope. How quickly can you load something up? Is it good for live situations?
I don't think this is what you want. The Dark Time is for playing with, not for getting it to play back something else. There is no memory and you need to set each knob to the right point by hand.
I've never been in this small of a band, I don't use midi or sequencers, playing everything in realtime (except the Tempest) so these are new challenges. Any suggestions beyond sequencers are advised as well :D
I think it might be time to start using midi and sequencers.

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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by Syn303 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:20 am

Ahh the joys of analogue sequencers, tuning each note (pitch) in by ear, when we are mostly used to lcd displays telling us what note exactly you are selecting or is playing.

Get a midi sequencer...
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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:20 am

Dark time has a quantiser, so it's pretty easy. Just gotta get within 1/12 of a volt.

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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by Hair » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:07 am

bhrama wrote:How quickly can you load something up?
This is the biggest issue, I believe the Dark Time has no memory whatsoever - what you see is what gets played back, so in that regard it's intuitive, but won't do what you want.

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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by phesago » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:28 am

http://future-retro.com/orboverview.html

This is one h**l of a unit.

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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by meatballfulton » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:45 pm

If you want to quickly recall basslines as well as tweak them as they play, look into some of the low-end grooveboxes.

The Korg Electribe EA-1 can sequence two monophonic lines on independent MIDI channels. You can operate it both as a pattern sequencer (loops of up to 4 bars) as well as full songs (by chaining patterns). You can find them used for about $100. Just ignore the onboard synth engine, or use it if you like.

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The Yamaha RM1X can sequence polyphonically on all 16 MIDI channels. Again, you can make use of the onboard synth engine or not. About $200 used.

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Re: How intuitive is Dark Time?

Post by Carey M » Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Can the Dark Time quantizer do major/minor/custom scales yet?

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