Long time off and on dabbler in Sonic Pi here. I’ve committed to a 2hr seminar for some high school students in March, so time to pro up a bit.
I noticed a drum pattern technique in this DJ Dave performance that I don’t recall seeing before. I’ve read about rings and ticks but never seen a string used as a ring, or used to create drum patterns.
live_loop :met do
define :pattern do |pattern|
return pattern.ring.tick == "x"
live_loop :kick, sync: :met do
with_fx :bitcrusher do
sample :drum_heavy_kick if pattern "x--x--x---x--x--"
Coming from more of an Ableton background, it resonates with me as a nice way to pattern different drum samples, change them up live, etc. I’m wondering if this technique is documented anywhere? Is it common? Is there a ‘better’ way?
Nope, not really. It works, but it’s not an ‘official’ Sonic Pi technique
There are a bunch of people that use this idea - whether it’s common is harder to answer
I’d say at least that it’s popular with folks that want to work with a more visual style of pattern representation.
Well, there’s no right or wrong here… it comes down to personal preference!
There are a handful of interesting ways based on the same idea that other folks have used to represent grid patterns - here’s a few more: