I'm new to this forum but I greatly value SOS as a great resource, I constantly come over here for info and help.
I have a question on the Roland MC50 Microcomposer sequencer. I'm considering buying it (found it for €50, not a big deal), but I'd like some info on it first. I gather it isn't pattern-based, but it's song-based instead, so it's more suited for fixed performances, although you can work around this by making short, looped songs and many different patterns on the eight available tracks.
Anyway, what I really want to know is how to loop portions of the song. According to the manual, you set locate points at the required measures, and then it loops the portion contained between the locate points when you engage Block Repeat play (by pressing shift + play, OTOH). My question is: how many loops can you make? Just the one? Or can you set different locate points in the song so that you can loop various portions of a song? I have a case scenario where there are three sections in a song where my band often ad-libs before moving on to the following pattern, another way would be to chain different songs, but I'd like to avoid this.
Secondly, how do you move between block repeats (loops) using a footswitch? There is a start-stop input and a punch in-out input, which one do you use? The manual only states that you can move between blocks by using a remote footswitch, but it doesn't specify how.