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Viewing topic "A Song<>Pattern “trick”"

Posted on: February 13, 2020 @ 06:54 AM
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Joined  09-16-2010
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A recent post in the MOXF forum…
...reminded me that some users might not be aware of a technique that can be useful at times.

Most users are probably aware of the Pattern Chain function “Convert to Song”, the Song Job “Split Song to Pattern”, and that you can go back and forth between the two as needed. However, some of you might not know that there’s a way to use that capability in an unusual manner.

Let’s say you have a Pattern and convert its Chain to a Song. Once it’s a Song, the “Split Song to Pattern” Job allows you to determine which measures of the Song are to be split to a Pattern Section. That includes the possibility of copying all measures of the Song. In other words, one of the Sections of a Pattern can be what was the complete Song. If you copy the Song to the original Pattern, one Section can play what was the Chain.

You may be thinking “I don’t see an advantage to that, I can just select the Chain and play it.” Here are some possible uses for the ability…
1) Two versions of the chained Pattern can be stored in one Pattern. That is, once a Chain is converted to a Song and then copied back to a Section, the Chain can be edited to a different version. You’d then have the choice of playing the previous version (as a Section), or the newly edited Chain.
2) The approach in #1 can be repeated, allowing for several variations to be stored in a single Pattern.
3) If you run out of Song locations (OK, 64 are usually enough, but...), Patterns can be used to store complete Songs by “splitting” all measures of a Song to a Pattern Section. Of course, the track data won’t be there.
4) When a Pattern is assigned to a Master, if Play is pressed when the Master is selected only the first Section (A) of the Pattern will be heard. If for some reason you want to play the Pattern Chain directly from a Master, the Section created as described above can be placed in A. Of course, to retain the previous Sections they would all have to be moved up by one letter position first.
5) Multiple Songs could be stored as separate Sections of a single Pattern, as long as they use the same tempo and Voices for each Part.

There are likely other ways to use the concept. Naturally, storing a complete Song as a Pattern Section will use sequencer memory, so doing it might not be appropriate under conditions when such memory is near capacity.

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