Recently I’ve been doing some custom units with my ER-301 and different real instrument samples to create some kind of a “Kontakt Library” for the ER-301. My goal was to create a polyphonic instrument (at least 4 notes) with 2 different layers per note, to allow the sound of each note triggered to continue without stopping. That gave me a total of 8 samples that could be playing at the same time. Let’s say that you play a 4 note piano chord and immediately a second 4 note chord … The notes will ring without stopping. If you play a third chord it will make the samples from the first one stope, but as I’m not going to play the too fast I have enough time for the first chord to “die” by itself.
That was easy to do with the ER-301 and the Joe’s Bespoke units, but the problem I’m facing is that the samples I’m loading into the buffer are so heavy (in stereo, one single file of 88 piano notes with sustain and 24bit/48 kHz reach a total of 389 megs) so I can only load 1 single layer. On the other hand, the CPU load is bellow the 60%, so I have room for other tools, like feedback looper or whatever. The problem is the RAM memory. Of course I could use mono files instead of stereo files, but I would like to have them in stereo as to have the highest possible quality.
Probably following this “DAW less” way of thinking has lead me to a nonsense point, were I need to think if it’s reasonable to trigger library sounds from the ER-301 instead of using a computer for this. I have a Deeper A-192-2 to control a Volca FM synth externaly, but it only gives me 2 notes with CV 2 MIDI control over GATE, CV, VEL, and CC. So here comes my questions:
1- Thinking about the possible or not future updates, is the RAM memory of the ER-301 upgradable? Let’s say, to reach 2 or 3 Gigs?
2- If using the computer for this is the best option, do you know any module with up to 4 notes CV 2 MIDI converter? There are a lot of MIDI 2 CV modules (I own the POLYEND) but not so many with CV 2 MIDI. With just 3 CV’s per note will be great.
3- If not available … let’s say that I buy a second A-192-2 module … Will a Midisport 2x2 unit combine the 2 separate signals or channels from each module into one single USB cable into the computer, and trigger the notes inside the computer?
All this thing started after buying a Teletype, which has give me the ability to create scenes to generate aleatoric and random music. I’ve done similar things in MAX, but this time I would like to control everything from my modular instead of from my computer.
Any tips or help welcome!!!