Rocking out with Drambo
I post this as a little appreciation and perhaps for someone to stumble upon on the internets for a perhaps less usual usage of Drambo.
Finally have been able to get back to playing some rock and roll (ya vaccines). Had my first practice with Drambo last night.
I am mainly singing and playing bass. But what an amazing time to be alive that I can have this tiny rig that does more than a wall of samplers, sequencers, synths and effects of my youth.
I also wanted to remark on how easily I got all this together. You expect any app with the complexity of Drambo to have some learning curve. And I'm sure there are ways I will use it that I haven't figured out yet. Granted I have pretty advanced understanding of effects and mixing, know Ableton well, and have a middling understanding of modular environments.
But for the purposes I used it initially to add to the rock and roll rehearsal last night, I probably spent more time modifying this cymbal stand to be a nice table for the setup than I did learning how to:
-set up samples for finger drumming with effects mapped to knobs
-add some synth voices and modulate some parameters that the au3s don't natively let you modulate
-set up a spoken word sample with pitch bending and combo filter wankery (xy pads)
-sequence some randomized but in key backing drones
-set up some of these things into different patterns for different parts of the song
-hide stuff to make perfect little live Compact view performance boxes
-all w/ tap tempo from my Akai to keep in line with the drummer
Simply, Drambo uses conventions that are intuitive. I didn't read the manual. I understand what most lol of the components are suppose to do and once I had read the basic 'cables are usually automatic, stuff flows left to right' I intuited the rest.
I've only had Drambo a week and it was already a delight to the band.