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Zip oLeighter

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Maximum length of a song
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:11:43 pm »
Hi everyone,

Am I missing something, or is it true that you can only program a song as long as 2 measures times 64 steps? (Without resorting to exporting)

If this is true, my #1 wish is that number be at least doubled.

My #2 wish is song pointer from host to song mode.

My #3 wish is that the pads could be recorded as MIDI notes in the host.  I would really like to be able to play a song with simple patterns, but then arm the track Spark is on and play the pads to add fills...

Cheers! Zip O'


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Re: Maximum length of a song
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 08:18:05 pm »
hi - as far as i'm aware, a song = an arrangement of 64 patterns total. A kit/song can have (pre 1.5, haven't played with it yet!) 64 total patterns.

a pattern can have 64 steps total. at 1/16th note resolution, that's 4 bars per pattern.

so the max steps a song can have is 64x64=4096
so 16 beats per pattern x 64 patterns total = 1024 beats.

At 120bpm that's an 8.5 minute song.

Now, I agree that as far as songs go, this is an arbitrary limitation and I don't see why it isn't limitless, or simply keep the same 4/8/16 theme going and allow pages for the songs.

But via midi control / interface or simply not using the song too (using it more as a performance tool) you can make infinite length songs.

One thing that might be interesting is if the idea of "song" was replaced/updated with an idea of "pattern groups."

For example, Say I have a1a2a3 as one group and b1b2b3 as a second group and i want to switch between those groups easily. That would be far more useful as a performance tool than the song scheme.

basically we have songs with a rigid limit. what we need are "sub songs" aka pattern groups and "super songs" aka pages/groups of songs.


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Re: Maximum length of a song
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2012, 08:41:56 am »
this is a good idea indeed.
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