Kit + keyboard mode = :´(
Is there a specific reason why hitting "keyboard" in a kit does nothing? I mean, you'd think triggering (and recording/copying/slicing) samples in real time would be the no-brainer use for a 128 pad grid. Is there something at the core of the hardware or firmware that makes this seemingly basic thing (equivalent to what the keyboard button already does on the synths) impossible, or is it just that the idea somehow hasn't come up, or it did and then was promptly forgotten as other, more exciting ideas came up? It's felt like a glaring omission ever since I bought my Deluge; something I've spent the last three years gradually, begrudgingly, coming to the realization that I regret spending that much money on, which I really wish I didn't have to say, because in theory, there's so much that's great about it, but I never use the damn thing, for this one reason. Trying to finger drum or trigger slices on a vertical column of 8 just feels...wrong, when practically every other sampler I have ever used (except for the Beat Thang, but don't even get me started on my frustrations with the Beat Thang) has at least a grid of 16...and there are 128 beautiful pads just sitting there to the left, and a keyboard button that does nothing.
Every update over the last three years, I've been hoping to see it added. It seems like such a small thing that would make such a huge difference. I assumed it would be there already when I bought it, but apparently one shouldn't assume obvious things based on what one has been informed that the keyboard button does with regard to the function of the 128 pad grid, and I've kept checking the website for updates every month, while my Deluge mostly just sits there, barely used, gathering dust. I had almost given up when, today, I saw in a random Youtube comment (on a video about a competing groovebox) that 4.0 was out, so I rushed to download it just to see if this one thing had finally been added. It has not. But a bunch of other, much weirder features have.
I don't get it. Is it me? Is my brain broken? Is my perception of what's obvious completely miscalibrated? Am I the weird one for thinking adding all these random fancy features is putting the cart before the horse when basic functions like keyboard mode for kits haven't even been put in place yet? Don't get me wrong, I respect the Deluge and everyone who's worked so hard to make it, it's a beautiful piece of gear that can do a lot of weird things, but...it feels like the priorities on these firmware updates are completely backwards. Literally. The sequencer can play patterns backwards now, and I still can't use it for basic live triggering of more than 8 one-shot samples. That's not even enough for a morning zoo sound board, let alone making music. I have never once in my 20+ years of making electronic music thought to myself "I really wish I could reverse this hi-hat pattern with the push of a button". I have however thought to myself "I really wish I had a portable sampler that could have 128 one-shot samples and slices at my fingertips". I thought the Deluge would be that. It certainly looked and sounded like it to me. But maybe I'm insane.
I still hold out hope that some day, this basic functionality will be added, and that's the day it'll probably become one of my favorite pieces of gear. Until then, it's an expensive paperweight that gaslights me, that I occasionally turn on and try to find any musical use for, only to find myself frustrated and turning it off again.
The untapped finger drumming potential of this thing is absurd. Or maybe I'm absurd. And I'm sorry. I really don't wanna be that person who comes here just to rant about how subjectively useless this objectively amazing piece of gear is to me, but I don't know what else to do. A sampler that small, with that many pads? Who wouldn't want that? If I knew I couldn't use them, I would have saved my money. I don't want to wish I had, but I do, and after all this time of owning this thing, and seeing that it can play hi-hat patterns backwards before it can do the most obvious thing one could possibly want a sampling groovebox with pads to do, I had to let it out. I'm sorry.
I would say I want my money back, but I'd buy it all over again if this one feature was added. It's the dealbreaker, and I only found out after making the deal, and then - perhaps stupidly - I thought there's no way it's not gonna get sorted out in the next update. Or the next next update. Or the next next next update. Or the one after that. Or...
I'm gonna regret posting this, aren't I?