hmmm... something like this, for Reason 4.5 ?
This picture is just an alternate take to the need for more available generic controllers on a Combinator.
So, instead of expanding a fixed number of knobs and buttons, if the Combinator had a 2nd rack, one could add to it some generic controller devices as CV generators (or any other device to be kept in line-of-sight while the other rack was closed/hidden).
It also suggests some other utility devices like patchbays, to make some connections more tidy (making available a list of labeled connections while hiding all the cluter of the destination or origin devices using those connections).
And speaking of CV generators, maybe Reason 4.5 could finally have a Virtual Keyboard ? Just another CV generator
Besides that, I also have to say this:
Last year, I suggested that Reason was lacking a good Arpeggiator, and now R4 has RPG-8. Thank you
It's still limited. I thought that the "Insert" section would be programmable too, but no, one can only choose from presets.
Right now, RPG-8 only lets programmable rhythm patterns, excluding note-order patterns (like what the "Insert" preset modes do). RPG-8 v2 could use that upgrade
I also suggested that Reason was in need of a CV processing unit, and R4 now has Thor, a CV - Audio rerouting/conversion beast (besides being a Monster Synth and an Audio processing machine aka Effects device). So, again, thank you.
With Thor, now we can convert Audio into CV values and vice-versa through the rerouting matrix.
As an example, audio can influence an OSC pitch (live audio, if using the ASIO4ALL audio input "hack").
Reason also needed a MIDI-to-CV and not only RPG-8 does that, it also introduces the notion of PolyCV (basically MIDI note data on a CV wire) proving that this notion doesn't shock Propellerhead Software (and that's a good thing).
So, if PolyCV is possible, one of my old suggestions makes sense: a need for a EnCHORD/DeCHORD device. Something that makes it possible to encode various CV note data into one single PolyCV wire and the reverse, decode out of a PolyCV output (like RPG-8 when off) to various single CV wires.
For instance, through this device, one could encode 3 matrix patterns to play 3 note *CHORDS*. Another example would be to further process each note captured by the RPG-8 in off mode.
And I can't forget my suggestion to the much needed Transpose parameter in the Combinator. Besides the obvious uses, now one can spread various ReDrum machines across a MIDI keyboard, if needed, not having to deal with NN-XT sample - note mapping. Also useful to relocate the note range of a Dr.REX, if needed.
*phew* sorry for the long post ;P
zoom that picture to 1516x1600
EDIT: Just replied to a PM with something I've said already on other related posts and threads, but I think it should be added here too, for completeness.
Last edited by Koshdukai; 2010-11-01 at 20:09.
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