allright, again sorry for taking over this thread, but I still have issues.
(copy&paste from electribe-forums)
I've found my method for multitracking a performance like this with the esx. it takes forever, but it should open for a whole new mix:
my track consists of 7 ESX patterns and 2 Monomachine patterns.
What I did, was to make a blank pattern on the ESX to record each instrument seperately.
first, I copied the bassdrum pattern from pattern 1 and pasted as part 1 in the new pattern.
then, I copied the bassdrum pattern from pattern 2 and pasted as part 2 in the new pattern.
you get it from here. The new pattern consisted of 7 bassdrum loops, so I just wrote down the song progression, in this case: patterns 1-7 was to be repeated, respectively: 4,3,4,3,1,1 and 4 times. meaning I'd loop part 1 4 times, then mute it and unmute part 2 three times etc etc.
this took a while, but atleast this enabled me to have the seven variations of the bassdrum patterns recorded as one audio file (much better than recording each loop and copy/pasting them)
..it goes without saying this took a while (some 4 hours yesterday), but now I should be able to get what I want (a clean sound).
however, still two major concerns.
First, it's hella hard to line up the wav's so they sync exactly like they should. after moving the wavs around and adjusting painfully small things (like moving the loop 1/128th note further/closer to the start line etc), it still sounds a bit awkward. like there is applied swing with different swing settings on each part. so, still working on that.
the second concern, and this is a biggie, is that the noise filter in reaper eats almost the entire sample before it is quiet. As I have been multitracking this thing, this means I have 17 parts, all including the ESX noise. it's driving me nuts, as the only reason I've spent probably close to 15 hours now on this was to get QUIET recordings.
I think this means my ESX is on it's way out of my studio. I'll keep it for live shows, but if I can get enough to buy that damn Machinedrum soon, there won't be much use for the ESX, recording-wise.
anyway, if anyone has a solution on how to make the noise go away without filtering away half the original sound, I would be forever grateful. I'm on the brink of giving it all up now, which is crazy considering the insane amount of time I've spent on this.
if anyone has Reaper (Yatmandu, I'm talking to you ), I can probably send over the reaper-files if you want to have a look at what I'm talking about ?
please save my ESX from the inevitable fury I'm going to have to get out soon....