ScuzzyEye wrote: ↑
14 Jan 2022
That neatly brings us back around to the start of this thread. What could be possible with a Recycle 3 / REX3 format.
ReCycle 3.0, who knows, hopefully one day. But REX-3, well I've hoped for that for some time.
Digging through the archives, I found this which I wrote back in 2013, which was an exploration of what MIGHT be possible with a REX3 format (and also a new REX player to support the new features). Not sure any of it still applies but is still interesting.
Multi-Track REX files
Especially valuable with drums, allows you to sample the overheads, room mice, bottom snare/outside kick, etc and have them available to the user. Up to 4 (8?) stereo pairs can be embedded in the REX3 files.
Slice tagging and a player that can sort/group tags is useful for assigning slices to separate outputs. Tagging each Kick slice allows a workflow where you select all slices with the Kick tag, assign them to their own output or change any settings, then do the same for snare, side stick, hat, toms, etc.
8 tags are available for slices, and 8 tags are also available for any additional "tracks" with multi-track REX files. Tag names are user definable in ReCycle.
Some grooves are tempo dependent, some are not. But even simple patterns can't be stretched by large amounts and still sound right. By supporting multiple tempos, REX loops can become more natural sounding when shifting tempo far away from the original tempo
Duple & Triple REX files in one REX3 file
For each tempo, you can create a separate 3/4 or 6/8 version of the loop and embed it in the REX3 file.
Of course, to use these new features we need a new REX Player.
Dr Octa Rex v2
Multitrack REX player
REX files with multi track data will allow you to "re-mix" the loops, especially useful with live drum loops. Electronic loops can also benefit by using the additional tracks for effects, alternate processing like compression/EQ, etc. 4 (8?) faders with solo/mute gives you on board mixing capacities.
Tagged REX files allow you to select all slices with the same tag. Multi-track tags allow selecting all of one track type. Tags for slices and tracks can be used together, to select all kick's room microphone tracks, for example. This is useful for quickly assigning all the kicks to a separate output, and all the kick’s room mic’s to another. You can also use tags to select slices for ‘group’ editing of filter/adsr/levels etc.
REX files with multi-tempo data will allow the player to automatically select best loop for the current song tempo, and the loops will automatically switch if there's a tempo change. This feature can be turned off if it's not desired.
Manual or auto duple/triple selection for REX3 loops that support the feature. This allows you to choose a custom 3/4 or 6/8 version of the loop when working with those time signatures. This sounds more natural than editing the 4/4 loop for ‘triple’ meters.
8th and 16th note shuffle, with percentage amount and ability to use the global shuffle. Groove templates can also be applied to the REX player, meaning you don't have to go "to track" first.
16 stereo outputs, to support multi-track REX loops
3/4 and 6/8 “triple” meter support, with auto meter mode available as an option.