So I guess this is sort of a general seeking advice/experiences thread… I’m curious to hear people’s thoughts about currently available Monome offerings with respect to my current modular setup, but not limited to it by any means.
I guess this is my first actual thread? Brief backstory: I started off with an 0-Coast a couple years ago and subsequently dove too quickly into modular. Before long I had a Pittsburgh EP360 nearly full but with zero focus because I just let my GAS run crazy. I freaked out and sold the whole thing out of frustration, but ultimately realized I was too much of a fan of the format to totally stay away. I’ve subsequently come back bit by bit, and I have an 84hp skiff currently set up like this:
Despite being fairly cautious this time around, I’ve found I have the same frustrations, the bulk of which lie in sequencing. Arpitecht has been fun for creating melodies, even if I don’t have too much control over the actual lines. That said, I start running into problems when I start to look at incorporating something that’d be good for transposing those melodies within the small rack, like… say a Pressure Points or a Voltage Block (I had the latter and didn’t like it. Former is awesome but large, esp if you add Brains).
Grids has always looked beautiful but somewhat confusing to me, though the more I look into it and read tutorials etc, the more sense it makes. It’s sequencing functionality looks ideal. Also I like the fact that I could use it outside of the modular world. Teletype also looks very interesting, as does Ansible. With respect to all of these, I’d say one of the things that I find most impressive about what I’ve seen/hear people do on here with Monome stuff is the complexity of sounds and, for lack of a better word, narrative melodies (vs just stagnant/repeating) with relatively small skiffs. I wanna know more about how you do that!
With all that in mind, I don’t really know quite what Monome thing to zoom in on. I do know that I could get rid of a couple of my modules to make room for other things (Arpitecht and Spectrum could go without much sadness, for ex), so I’m open to all suggestions. A couple of notes about what I currently DO enjoy about my rack: Steppy is fun and very useful for programming specific rhythms. I have always loved Pam’s. Marbles is pretty wonderful. However, I could get rid of any of those if I heard a convincing reason why.
That’s a lot of rambling—thanks for sticking with me! I’ll probably think of more coherent things to say, but for now I think this should get the rough conundrum across. Now fire away