taifun wrote:Really?!? How about different meters within a 4/4 pattern to create polyrhythmic sequences? I was on the verge of buying Geist because I was convinced it could do this... So, to drive the point home, here is my question: is it possible to have e.g. a 5/8 hi-hat sequence looping over a 4/4 beat?
Yes I believe you can do that. It's actually a lot more versatile than I made out with that statement, which I was just repeating from the manual. You can set the pattern lengths to anything you like, for instance you could create pattern lengths of 5 eighth notes and then trigger those patterns from your DAW however you like. However Geist does not adapt its display to different time signatures, i.e. the step sequencer's light and dark shading to indicate beat divisions. Geist's song arranger is also geared toward 4/4 time, I often just prefer to trigger the patterns via MIDI from my DAW though, it's a lot more versatile.
In addition, each engine has a speed multiplier whereby you can set its speed as a division or multiplication of the host tempo. So for instance you could set one engine to be 3/2 the speed of the others, or another one to be 2/3 the speed of the others. There's lots of potential for polyrhythmic weirdness, although I believe they should make Geist more user friendly for odd meters, and I hope they do in an update.
If you're creative you can do anything you like in Geist. I'm currently working on a tune that's in 6/8 in my DAW but I'm creating odd polyrhythms by working with 4/4 patterns in Geist. Best thing to do would be to download a demo and see the possibilities for yourself.