Mixer Mode: Busses
(Internal mixing stage for Banks and/or freely assigned Sample/Live Loop Track groups)
I don’t know if anyone has suggested this, but here’s an idea for utilizing the S2400 at the internal digital mixing level.
The Bank button advances from the present bank through each letter, A-H. (Alternately you can hold Bank and press F1-8 to access Banks directly.) And each time Bank is pressed, the active Sample, Live Loop, or MIDI Tracks populate Pads/Fader Channels 1-8, right?
This is awesome for browsing each lettered Bank in detail, and I don’t want to change this functionality at all. But the function of the Bank button, if I understand it completely, is simply a direct means of cycling/selecting through/among them, and this made me think: Is there a Shift-Bank function? (My firmware is not up to date, so I can’t be sure.) If selecting a Bank presents a Mixer Mode for the Tracks within that Bank, what about an overview of the internal, digital “gain staging” the sits between the Track level and the physical Output level?
For instance, toggle Shift and press Bank to access “Mix Buss” mode. This would display Pads/Fader Channels 1-8 as Busses 1-8. By default, all the Tracks in Bank A are routed through Buss I, all Tracks in Bank B through Buss II and so on. So by default, each lettered Bank would correlate to each Roman numeral Buss – Bank B to Buss II, etc. But any Track in any Bank can be manually routed through any of the 8 Busses. (Obviously this only applies to the Sample/Live Loops, as we are dealing with the internal digital audio signal flow.)
Any Track in any Buss can either be assigned directly to a physical Output (Main 1-2 by default) or via Buss I-VIII (1-8, however they are counted), and each Buss can be independently routed to any (pair of) Output(s). Faders, Mutes, and Solos when in toggled into Shift-Bank “Mix Buss Mode” apply Busses 1-8, you get the picture, right?
To reiterate, basically just another layer in the signal flow of the digital audio gain structure, as I said, between the Track level and the Output stage. The only reason I even thought about this (aside from the fact that I love bussing in my workflow in general) is because I was watching the video manual v2.0 and thinking about the S2400 for stand-alone, ad-hock, DJ-style mixing of up to 16 stems, in either mono or stereo pairs.
Does this make sense to anyone else? Has it been suggested? (If so, moderator: I trust you to relocate this to the appropriate thread.) Is this already a function? Or am I misunderstanding the internal audio path architecture?
Sorry, I often find my assumptions about the audio engine/sequencer to be ill-conceived or otherwise incorrectly understood. And I’ve been away from closely following S2400 updates or the forum for a while…
Anyway, I thought this idea might be helpful or insightful, if it actually makes sense to Brad, Mickey, and Vlad in any way. I think some implementation of this concept, if not already available or coming down the pipeline, might be a really powerful if not necessary feature in light of the (evidently) upcoming Filter daughter cards, for example. But I don’t feel I have really delved deep enough into my S2400 (and need to update firmware) to know if such an idea is even possible, so this is more of a thought experiment than a feature request.
Cheers all, Big Up the Isla community.