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Some unusual workflow tips
- Create presets named "01 Color", "02 Color", etc. It doesn't really matter what they sound like, but it's probably best to zero the master volume in case you accidentally hit audition on one of them or something. Put them all into a song and change the colors so they're all different. Save this and use it as a template to start with instead of a blank song.
Why? Deluge won't let you use color 12 until you have clips using colors 1-11. But I like to be able to color code my clips in whatever way I choose. Also, this opens up using some of the other tips below...
- Now that you have all these otherwise useless instruments in your song, use them as dividers in song view. I like to put all the clips for an instrument next to each other in song view; I can tell those apart by color, whereas I can't tell one instrument from another. I don't forget which order my instruments are in though, because I do it consistently (drums, sub, bass, pads, arps / leads, fx). Section dividers between instruments mean I can pretty easily tell what's what.
- In arranger view, I didn't need the dividers because there's only one row per instrument, and since I keep my instruments in the same order as I do in song view (with the kind of music I'm making, the arranger view for all my songs ends up looking like an airship from Super Mario Bros 3 ), I don't have a problem telling them apart. BUT... I just realized I can create a clip instance the length of the entire song as a visual divider, and then use the other color "instruments" below/above there as tags on bits of my song! Like, a red clip can mean "something sounds bad here", green can mean "need to add an element", etc. Or you could use them as visual "cue points" for where to start playing with <-> + Play.
- I haven't even tried to use this yet, but it's possible to draw or to write small amounts of text using the Deluge's pads. This might be just a gimmick, but you could at least use it to get the preview when loading a song to show whatever you want. If you really wanted to go crazy you could draw something with the color "instruments" in arranger view, scroll that part into view, turn on Cross-Screen, and have a drawing that scrolls while you play the song.
Anyone have other weird / probably unintended but useful ways to use any of the features?