Allow us to have the ability to use a "free grid" when using the step sequencer in the pattern menu instead of the shift option.
Let me expand on the above:
If you're working in the step sequencer pattern view to shift a note you would need to first select that pattern and then using the shift parameter draw in the negative or positive shift of that note.
There are a couple of problems with that method of doing things:
There is no visual indication if a note is shifted or not unless you've selected the shift menu for that pattern and even if you do it that way you can only tell if a note is shifted for only one pattern at a time!!
If you played something live, there is no visual feedback to check how in time that was and what is shifted, everything looks snapped to the grid which is only lying to you because everything appears in time (unless you're using a 1/32 length but even then you will have troubles)
If you playback what you played live, you will realise that there are shifts and then you would need to go through the shift parameter for all the drums you've played and check them one by one individually and re-adjust them to your liking (not quantise since you want to keep some of the shifts) - this is really time consuming and non-intuitive, instead of being able to tell immediately everything that is shifted and being able to move it on the spot for each pattern I want without individually selecting it and going in to its extra shift parameter.
This really doesn't make sense to me. From a design perspective I understand why shift is on that menu grouped with everything else,since it's a drop down menu with adjustable parameters BUT no one else does it this way for the reasons I mentioned earlier.
If you check Abletons piano roll or FL Studio's piano roll (where you could layer drums etc), they all have the option to automate and adjust velocity,automation etc beneath the piano roll such as with Geist's sequencer, however they don't have the shift built in below pianorolls, they have it merged with the piano roll itself and if you adjust your grid to be none then you can move the notes freely left and right out of the grid and when you play something live even if you had a grid set, visually you will see where your shifts occurred unless you quantised.
I realise the examples I gave are piano rolls but if you're using ableton with a drum rack the piano roll essentially becomes your sequencer as you dont have pitches (simillar to geist) and this feature is super useful in that case as well.
It's the same with FL studio, there you can quickly pop your drums on the step sequencer (where you do not have pitches. Then, if needed you can click pianoroll on that drum pattern you had drawn and it will convert it to the piano roll where you would be able to shift them left and right.
I understand that Geist is a step sequencer and not a piano roll but this feature can be in sequencer and will increase productivity.
My suggestion for this problem:
1. Have a length option of None (that doesn't really make sense here as it;s more of a grid setting but since there are no grid options in geist it might need to be grouped there.
2. If there's a shift applied to a note in the sequencer, visually shift the note to where it should be, giving you instant feedback. This way people who are used to using the shift option can still use it if they want to and it would get better for them as well and for everyone else who doesn't want to use that option, they can shift them manually in the grid!
3. If you record something without quantisation, visually shift the notes if they were not in place to where you played them. So in other words, when you play something have geist visually represent to you in the actual sequencer without selecting the grid option where your notes are, even if you've set a grid already and it's fixed.
4. Give the option to freely move the notes left and right on the grid so they're easily re-adjustable, for the whole sequencer and for only selected patterns.Things can get really interesting here since in geist2 you can have patterns in ployrythms and having the ability to shift the notes for the polyryth, tracks easily will produce interesting results.
Last edited by Vuccappella
on Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:56 am, edited 3 times in total.