it’s been a couple of weeks since I got my electribe, thought I’d share an update-y thing
so far I’m really enjoying it! it’s making me realize that I was probably a hardware person more than I’d like to admit, considering that the idea of a box that I can just turn on to make stuff with has always appealed to me (gameboys, electribe, what I tried to turn my laptop into)
being a 400 dollar box means that I’m running into some limitations obviously! the biggest one that I’ve been trying to get around is pattern switching – the electribe can’t really handle switching between 4 bar patterns super well, and there’s an audible gap at the moment it switches, which isn’t great. it also has a voice limitation; the box says 24 voices, but some parts can take up multiple voices, especially if you’re having the part play multiple tones at once like chords and stuff like that, so I’m running into voice stealing/cutting out a fair bit
the weird thing is that both of these limitations kind of combined to create a workflow that I’m ok with? I basically write two sections into one pattern, having the first section be based on the tonic note of the key I’m writing in and the second section be whatever I want to move the bass note to (usually a 6th or something, I’m writing dance music) and mute those parts. then whenever I want to switch between sections I’ll just mute all of the tonic parts and unmute all of the other parts
it saves on voices per pattern, since I’ve essentially cut my voices in half, and it also handles the section transitions for me as long as I have enough fingers to hit all the buttons with! and if I want to do an actual section change I can cover up the gap with some master effect thing or whatever, so it’s not a huge deal
I did end up grabbing a raspberry pi to act as a usb host for my setup, since the electribe doesn’t act as one. so now I can sync my gameboys with the electribe and a microbrute with a korg km-404 mixer to put it all together woo
and the cool thing about the rasp pi is that I can actually run LittleGPTracker on it, which I can use as my sample player thing! I was planning on grabbing a volca sample as a drum machine sampler thing, but LGPT can do that AND handle other things. so it all worked out in the end, we lived happily ever after, etc.