Today I was daydreaming about what it would be like if we could somehow enter a mode on the 301 that lets us use its soft keys as assignable gate/trigger buttons similar to how the single button works when you select a gate/trig button on a unit. But for all of the buttons. This would make it possible to ‘play’ the ER301 on its own. I know that Brian’s intention is for it to be used with external controller modules but it would maybe be a nice addition especially when space is limited (e.g. in a live case).
2 ways how this could be implemented:
Similar to the extra pages on units built in the middle layer there would be a page with the gate/trig buttons of the unit which you could then trig by the individual soft keys. Or even better you could also set 2 values for a gain/bias control’s bias and toggle between the two via pressing a soft key
The soft keys could be available as sources for chains and therefore be mapped to all parameters as you which.
2b. the buttons could be set on a global page in the global menu and then assigned to units in the chains as needed. By entering the ‘performace’ Mode one could use them to ‘play’ the 301 and if one wants to go back to the standard functionality one could exit the ‘performance’ mode with the home button.
Another idea would be, to disable the button for control selection when editing a unit if the respective softkey is assigned to a toggle/gate control in the ‘performance’ mode.
I know it is probably a bit of a greedy request and Brian will probably be super busy as always but I just had to mention the idea since I think it might really help make the 301 an even better instrument than it already is.
What do you guys think?