BIPOLAR step OFFSET adjustments to dramatically improve the step sequencer in unquantized use cases
This is a suggestion to include BIPOLAR step OFFSET adjustments to dramatically improve the step sequencer's usability for unquantized recording use cases.
Now that I've had more time to experience the intricacies of the hybrid step sequencer / PRV design, I realize there is a very significant problem with the way the system is currently implemented:
Traditionally when a user interacts with a classic step sequencer (think 808), the user is typically content with midi events that are either lined up with the grid, or late relatively to the grid. In that sense, the current way Drambo step sequencer is implemented does the job
Because Drambo offers UNQUANTIZED live recording playback in the context of a step sequencer, what inevitably happens is that some notes played live by the user will be EARLY in relation to the grid. Because steps currently do not offer bipolar OFFSET adjustments, the implication is that any "early" event in relation to the grid will be assigned to a previous step entirely with a near maximum offset value!
From a "music making" conceptual logic standpoint, it doesn't make sense musically for a user to have to account for the technicality that a note is not "in time" just because it came in 10ms before the beat (for example) and therefore belongs to a separate earlier step entirely.
Despite the fact that a sequence I organically played live might sound good musically,
it unfortunately becomes a chore to use the step sequencer in unquantized recording use cases because I find myself constantly copy pasting steps and destroying offset data just so that I can "rectify" things
and get the sequencer to present data visually in a way where I can understand the "timing" logic of the step data that I'm seeing so that I can then manipulate that data in a musical/logically comprehensible way with copy/pastes etc.
This issue is a direct consequence of the current unipolar step OFFSET adjustment design.
Elektron machines offer bipolar step offset adjustment AND live recording capabilities, and it can clearly be experienced by contrast that it resolves the issue completely. Their sequencer is however more limited in some aspects compared to Drambo which offers a fully featured polyphonic sequencer with a much higher resolution similar to what someone would expect to find in a DAW Piano Roll view sequencer.
I think it's evident that switching to a bipolar step OFFSET design is the right approach, otherwise there really isn't any point to being able to access the PRV and the step sequencer in parallel if the hybrid system is impractical to use, which sadly it currently is for unquantized recording use cases.