Shout out to Phil_Flood and other Dead Heads using BB. I’ve been a quiet forum member for years and at a crossroads with my workflow and hope you can answer some questions.
To answer my own question (spoiler alert), I’m thinking the answer is going to be ABLETON
How to you handle songs that have multiple parts that exceed what BB supports?
Let’s talk Terrapin, where you have:
- first verse with the odd timing of the C arpeggiated riff. da da da da da – da da.
- The you have the Fmaj 7th jam
- followed by inspiration
- followed by the D C Am outro jam
The point here is, the drum beats and time sigs are different and exceed BB’s ability to support as many parts are in the song.
While terrapin is a good example, the nature of grateful dead songs calls for improvisational interludes, that again, exceed the amount of parts BB can support. Another song example would be, music never stopped, or odd timing such as playin’ in the band, or lazy lightnin’
How do you handle these where you have control over each individual part that you can play as long as you want before manually, with the press of a pedal, navigate to whatever part you want?
Ironically, the Digitech Trio Plus handles up to 4 parts!, and with the extended foot switch you can navigate to the next part. The downsides being; you can only go forward with the foot switch, it is not Midi, and has a risky Save feature that can be easily overwritten by mistake; the micro SD card does not have a physical lock therefore it is possible to accidentally overwrite your saved songs. And, the drum samples are not preferred.
Fast forward to Ableton. It seems if each part is an audio clip, using Ableton’s ‘follow’ function and using a MIDI foot controller, you can navigate between multiple parts. This gives the band more freedom to jam on each part as long, and however they want. Using a VST like EzDrummer.
Again, the point here is finding a solution for something to handle multiple parts beyond what BB can, and the ability to manually navigate to each one, via a MIDI Pedal.
Thank you in advance for thinking about this. For those of us that understand the Dead repertoire, Bob weir tunes have odd time sigs too.