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  • in reply to: tap tempo choices… #2232

    I’m pretty sure I have written to the forum about this before; any case, here it is again. in my studio, I often start compositions using (gasp!) a guitar.

    I record a phrase into an electrix repeater, & then start to build up other parts using the other tracks in the repeater to record more guitar, bass, keyboards, w.h.y.
    then I will slave the sequencers to the repeater & begin on the step-sequence parts.

    the sequencers are- P3, doepfer maq, notron, octopus. depending which one happens to best suit what I’m doing.

    after I’ve figured the best tempo for the piece, I will lock it down & slave the repeater to one of the sequencers. the repeater’s own clock occasionally glitches.


    in reply to: Octopus dead after upgrade attempt #2681

    tonight I tried to go from 1.61 to 1.62 using a macbook pro with snow leopard (10.6.3), an opcode midiport32 & sysex librarian.

    of course, what happened next was dead octopus. y’all might’ve warned me! so anyway, here I am, back at the forum after months of silence to tell you this: you can fix the octopus with a macbook pro & these items:



    follow the usb pdf to the letter, except for this: you MUST change the "transfer convert" setting (in the "file" menu) to "binary data".

    be very careful not to make any typos.

    I believe- I could be wrong- that there’s actually a typo or at least a "different to how mine turned out" in the pdf itself; the very last listing of what the successful upload shows in the terminal when you ask for a flash-listing…. I have attached mine. in case it doesn’t attach, the entry that’s different is the memory address value corresponding to the actual elf file; mine shows the same number as the flash address, while in the pdf it’s a different number there.
    gabriel, do you know why this is? my octopus is working again, fwiw, a mere hour into the nightmare of no LEDs & me thinking the power supply had died.


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    Post edited by: duncandisorderly, at: 2010/05/09 01:18

    in reply to: ATA flight case for octopus #2395

    >>Please stay tuned, and please stay with us this time, will you..<<

    I’ll try! circumstances have change domestically…. bit harder to find the time for these things. noted re the flight-case; I’m guessing a return-to-manuf. option might be the way out for those of us who still want to take the things on the road.

    I still have my notron, & it’s mended….. :-)

    did you see my note elsewhere about the clock-through behaviour?


    in reply to: Tap tempo #1881

    I always use a tap-tempo device in my rig, because I often work with a drummer &/or guitarist, & need to be able to get the sequencer running at the arbitrary tempo of a "real" instrument being played.
    at the moment, I am having a problem with the octopus not correctly echo-ing midi stop commands when it is the clock slave. means I have to use a number of midi-merge boxes to achieve the ergonomics I’m after.


    the best, potentially cheap, tap-tempo device I can think of, besides the ploytech pedal, is any of the original korg electribe boxes (the ones without shiny metal tops & valves & all that). the tap tempo button is a nice big spongy rubber button that you can really pound on, & there’s a nice big tempo readout too. the clock is pretty stable.

    I have also used (& am currently using) the electrix repeater as a master clock; the clock is a bit jittery sometimes (especially if the repeater is doing a lot of processing) but seems to be ok once a tempo is established. the korg was better at tracking changes, I reckon.


    in reply to: ATA flight case for octopus #1909

    well, now that there is a pre-flightcased octopus available, is there the remotest chance of being able to buy the bits to retrofit this case to an existing classic?
    I asked for it ages ago….. :-)

    duncan (back again after a long absence!)

    Post edited by: duncandisorderly, at: 2009/06/12 22:39

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