Using my floorboard controller and vanilla Ableton MIDI mappings, I've managed to figure out a way to juggle two phrases with loopers. However, the MIDI assignments are a pretty clunky. The basic idea goes like:
Button1: Plays phrase 1 (loopers 1 & 3), stops phrase 2 (loopers 2 & 4)
Button2: Plays phrase 2 (loopers 2 & 4), stops phrase 1 (loopers 1 & 3)
Button3: Looper 1 Big Button, record/play/dub -- bass
Button4: Looper 2 Big Button, record/play/dub -- bass
Button5: Looper 3 Big Button, record/play/dub -- chords
Button6: Looper 4 Big Button, record/play/dub -- chords
This works fine for simple stuff, but anything more than two loop phrases requires more button mappings by an order of magnitude, more foot dancing, and a lot more chances to gaff the loops.
Here's a demo of what I've got so far with the setup above. It consists of three patches, four loopers, and two phrases, and I think it works pretty well. The top buttons are the phrase switches (Button1 and Button2), the bottom buttons are the loops, (Buttons 3 through 6)
Since I can't assign multiple buttons to the same control, I can't figure out how to do three or more phrases with the loopers without busting out Bome's MIDI Translator to send multiple controller events per single foot pedal event... and anyone's who's messed with Bome's MIDI Translater knows that that's just an aneurysm waiting to happen.
I'm completely stumped on this one.
So, the question: Is there a way, with Ableton's vanilla MIDI mapping, without using clips (since clips lack overdub), to have three or more phrases mapped to a one-button-per-phrase loop triggering?
Also, if there's a good workflow for working with Bome's or a similar utility, I'm all ears.