I would appreciate any advice/thoughts on the following.
I’m looking at either the DS1 or Alias 8 for my Ableton projects that will work alongside Push and will let me mix tracks and control certain parameters of my hardware synths that are hooked up to my midi interface. For mixing duties, I need something that would let me have control over sessions running over 24 channels and have 4 sends plus 1 pan per channel. Also, I have 4 hardware synths that I would like the DS1 or Alias 8 to control.
Both the DS1 and Alias 8 look great, but they way I see it, both have great stuff and confusing stuff…
DS1- the great stuff
- Best for traditional style mixing duties. It has 5 knobs per channel and this is great as I would have instant control over 4 sends and 1 pan per channel.
DS1 - not so good stuff
- As far as I can tell, there is no ability to bank to another midi channel. If I wanted to use the knobs and faders to control the parameters on my Electribe EA-1 on say bank 4 and my Roland SH32 on bank 5, and have the ability to effortlessly go back to the original main mixer mode, can this be done?
Alias 8 - the good stuff
- This has 16 banks, therefore I think I would be able to use each bank as a set of controls for my 4 hardware synths AND be able to switch back to bank 1 for mixing duties whenever I need.
Alias 8 - the confusing stuff
- If I use the Ableton script that Livid has made for the Alias, what is the best way to set up send C and D? Could this be done somehow in the first bank, or would I have to open bank 2 and map all of the knobs of to each send C and D across the 24 channels?
I have spent a good while looking at the different Livid videos on Youtube and trying to find info on the internet…so any thoughts would be great, thanks all:-)