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  1. Good type nerding. Century Gothic is to Avant Garde as Arial is to Helvetica—a filthy, horrible imposter.
  2. It's buggy and a lot of features are incomplete/missing. It is v0.1 though. Oliver said on Twitter that the plan is to have it be more capable than nanoloop2. Also he's going through the backers in sequential order, rather than going by country. I was backer #96, and the package was sent on the 27th of September.
  3. Finally got this today. It's very small and light. Firmware definitely feels very early. But I've still managed to get some good sounds out of it.
  4. Using Ableton as an example is a bit strange, especially since Max for Live is a thing. Yeah, it brings back memories of listening to Piezo on acid, super beautiful. Right? I'd be thinking, "man these guys really nail the Ae-sthetic"
  5. If this had been someone else's album, I still would have lost my shit over Metaz form8, at the very least.
  6. but theres not enough cOmPlEx BeAtS!!!!
  7. Most Ae songs are 4/4 and repetitive though?! A DAW is only as limited as you are. And I'd say Ae are pretty good at getting whatever the fuck they want out of pretty much anything these days; I don't think anything forces them to be more "traditional". Maphive6.1 is a good example of that—they used a very pattern-based sequencer (PMA5) to make one of their most proggy tracks.
  8. I'm enjoying the sound design much more than elseq and NTS, tbh. It's a lot warmer.
  9. Thanks for saying this, I've now realised I'm a total piece of shit for enjoying this album
  10. credit to bitroast for the idea
  11. Steve Reich vibes in n Cur imo I was expecting a Joy Division cover
  12. anyone else getting Brodels vibes from F7? Mostly in the lyric "With a sonic assault sidesteppin' you"
  13. Do you like The Brothers? I've been a big Autechre fan ever since the release of their 2001 album, Confield. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too ambient, too up-front. It was on Confield where Sean Booth's presence became more apparent. I think SIGN was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant Max/MSP patching of Booth and Brown. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of sampling craftsmanship, the sheer generativeness, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the reverb in Metaz form8. In this song, Sean Booth addresses the problems of abusive political authority. M4 Lema is the most moving IDM song of the 2020s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their synthesised drum hits are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Sean Booth's album with Mika Vainio and Kouhei Matsunaga, 3. Telepathics Meh In-Sect Connection, seems to be less commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like Mika And Kouhei And Sean. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Sean works best within the confines of Autechre, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Kouhei And Sean, a great, great song, a personal favorite.
  14. It's a real shame because aesthetically the OP-Z is perfect. And the sequencer is ridiculously powerful. But the sequencer doesn't mean shit when double triggering buttons prevent any deep editing of trig parameters; no matter how hard I was holding those trig buttons down, about 50% of the time it'd quickly retrigger while I was holding it, removing all of the parameters I'd been setting up. I'm honestly surprised this hasn't been fixed yet; it's such a simple thing to do in software. And 32mb or whatever of sample space is a joke.
  15. Or he just meant to say "acronym" or "initialism" instead and had a mental blank.. This is it for me. Also I have some fantasy in my head that the records will wear down a bit and start to sound like a well played 70s/80s synth album or something lol. Then again, I had that fantasy with Oversteps and I've only played it once. Could always flip it on discogs for 4x the price in a couple of years.. 🤔
  16. But the artwork has both a and e on it..
  17. Man I gotta stop reading this thread. So many conspiracy theories, even more than usual. It's a lush album. What I wanted from them. I'm happy. Metaz form8 is the lushest thing they've made in years. M4 lema is their best album opener since Altibzz imo. The artwork is sick imo. The a and e shapes overlaid. Love tDR's typography experiments. I caved and bought the vinyl after hearing it on the stream. So now I'll have both vinyl and CD..
  18. Yeah, I've been using it recently, mostly as a sample player in Reaper, finally, after buying it years ago. I haven't used the phrases much, but it's really nice to at least have Renoise instruments alongside the stuff I'm doing in Reaper. When I get back to making prog stuff I'll probably start using the phrases more for my leads and other things that benefit from the tracker workflow.
  19. Retroplug may end up being like that at some point. Not a standalone device, but a way to use up to 4 instances of LSDJ in a DAW with keyboard shortcuts etc. I think there's talk about making a M8 version as well.. early days though. I'm imagining a desktop version of M8 that can make song files that can be transferred to the device. Ultimately though, if you want a QWERTY keyboard in a tracker, just use a laptop with Renoise imo. If it's too small, a QWERTY keyboard is basically pointless.
  20. I still think the complexity/difficulty of using the OT comes when you try to do too much at once. If you take it slowly at first and just use it as a sample based drum machine before anything else, then add things as you need them, it shouldn't be too hard to grasp. If you try to handle sample playback, live sampling, thru machines, and MIDI control all at once, things can get super confusing if even one parameter isn't set correctly, especially if it's all coming from the same source.
  21. Of course you can have more than four notes in the pattern. The four note limit is how many can be in a chord (or arpeggio) per step. These notes can be anything, at any time.
  22. Yes, 4 notes max, per trig, per track. As for actually sequencing them, you have the base note, then 3 additional note parameters that are above or below (I think it goes below as well? I haven't played with it in a while..) the root note. So really it's more about programming chords than being a full-blown MIDI sequencer that will play everything back exactly as you played it. It's actually not that bad—if you know your intervals (root-3-7 for minor, root-4-7 for major etc.) it's pretty quick tbh.
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