I have a question directly related to using Geist with a hardware controller and the possibilities within the mapping. I've looked all over the last couple of days but couldn't find an answer to my question. Already asked it here some place else, but no replies unfortunately. Hope you all can help me out.
I used to be a heavy Guru and lateron Geist user, till I decided to go with an all hardware setup. So I've bought a MPC5000, which is nice but it doesn't cut it. I do a lot of live performances with it. To be able to quickly skip between tracks and load up a lot of beats and samples is not working out nicely. SO I'm going hybrid now again, at least considering. Hybrid meaning: DAW (with Geist) + analog gear.
Geist would be controlled with a hardware controller of course. The thing that is holding be back is that I can't find anything about the possibility of a: mute pad mode. With the MPC you can mute/unmute pads on the fly when entering TRACK/PAD MUTE MODE.. also in this same mode I can switch between tracks and this way I can do a whole liveset full of different beats, muting and unmuting my way through the pads and tracks, tying everything together beat-wise.
Is there a way with Geist+hardware controller to do this? The only thing I can find is: engine mute mode. But that is not what I'm looking for it is specifically about: muting pads within an engine and being able to switch between engines, doing the pad-mute-on-the-fly thing.
I have already thought about a solution if this isn't possible: making different patterns in the same engine (one with kick off | one with open hihats on | one with open and closed hihats | one with everything one | one with just the kick) and then switching around these during a live performance. For example the Akai MPD232 can be nice for this using the smaller sequence knobs. The question I have regarding this 'plan B' is: it it possible to switch between engines and the buttons dedicated to the patterns automatically change to the patterns for the selected engine? So I can switch back and for between engines building up or building down the patterns (engine 1: only kick left > engine 2: hihat pattern > engine 1: kick off > engine 2: kick on)?
Whew, a big story. As you can see I'm on a quest. I would really like to get rid of the big, heavy and lumpy MPC5000 to get back to lightning fast Geisting again. Hope you can help me out!
Thanks a lót in advance