Feature request - better finger drumming options in Slate
This request is mostly to do with layouts - everything already exists in the app, so really it's about having more options so that finger drumming is more viable.
So first of all I really enjoy creating beats in NS2, the way the live MIDI recording and the timeline both work makes it really easy to create varied and flowing beats - that's awesome. But to really have a natural feel (with varying velocities) I have to use my Akai MPD 226 controller, because the Slate pads don't have any velocity variation unless you are in single pad view.
So for times when I can't use my MPD controller (if I'm out of the house, on the train or whatever) then I would like to be able to finger drum on the Slate pads - but for me it doesn't work, for two reasons:
1) the layout
2) the fixed velocity in multi-pad mode
So firstly the layout: it's so close, but just not quite there. I want a full screen of square pads, but I can only have one or the other, not both together.
For example, I can expand the pads and hide the sample controls, but the pads are these thin rectangles that are not nice to play:
Or I can display fewer pads so that their shape is closer to a square, but I can't make this layout full screen:
The ideal layout here would be 16 pads in full screen (without that row of super-thin pads at the top).
Which brings me to the second issue: in single pad mode you can control velocity by how high up the pad you tap, which is great. But it only works in single-pad mode, so it's only useful for hi-hats. For kick and snare the way the screen slides around between pads is just too distracting for me. I think with 16 pads in full screen mode the pads would be big enough to support velocity in a similar fashion to single pad mode (obviously with less control but it should be good enough).
So to summarise: with 16 velocity capable pads in full-screen mode NS2 would be really great for live finger drumming. The current layouts just don't quite do it IMO.