Dr.Itch (to scratch)
Now that Reason 5 has audio input (and sampling) it makes sense (to me) to have a Dr.Rex-like device for auto sampling and delta playing of raw samples.
Remember when some sort of Tape Reel device was being requested to be added to Reason for a track-like audio recording device in pre-Record 1.0 days ?
Well, with audio input, a cv triggered sampling aka audio buffer device (current 30sec sampling buffer would be fine, IMHO, although it would allow for longer samples through sample loading, just like current samplers) could be added to the rack.
This would enable an automation based or CV triggered based sampling and then playing of audio snippets sampled on-the-fly while the track is playing, from either external or internal real-time audio feeds, just like what we can do now with the current sampling feature.
A "touch-based" display (like Dr.OctoREX) of the audio waveform being played (loaded or just sampled on-the-fly) where the playing "head" or cursor would be center fixed, allowing the wave to slide left/right as in forward/backward (never used Traktor, but from some videos, I think it would look a bit like that).
So, live scratching (recordable as automation data) would be easily achieved by dragging that wave left or right either with the sample Playing or Stopped/Paused.
MIDI controllers with a X/Y pad could take advantage of one of the axis for this or DJ-style plate MIDI controllers that send a Delta stream of +/- values could also take advantage of this.
Also needed on the front panel:
This configuration would allow us to use this device just like an effect box. As an example, up to 30sec of Tape-like Delay effects would be possible (with random jitter injected into the Delta Play knob CV input), superseding but not replacing DDL-1's 2sec audio buffer.
These are the basics of Dr.Itch cv triggered sampling, delta speed sample playing device.
Heck and, pursuing the All-in-One philosophy, that display could also have a Spectrum analyzer or Spectrogram view mode, while we're at it
It would also be a good opportunity for mp3/ogg import (can't hurt to ask).
Examples of CV inputs:
Beat detection CV output would also be a cool bonus to have on such device, even more if either based on the playing sample or real-time audio input. This paired with a global CV input for Tap Tempo (in the Hardware section) would be... erm... killa
I'll try to revise and think more thoroughly on this suggestion to at least make some sense technically, so future updates to this post should be expected.
Last edited by Koshdukai; 2010-10-08 at 16:37.
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