My short answers is to either record loops into my DAW and create an arrangement, either from scratch or from ideas Ive recorded while jamming or do a multi track recording of like 20 minites of jamming and chop out the best bits.
I also like to just record the whole thing live quite often, then do minimal edits.
No. I dont record directly to a sampler. Typically for me it is eaiser to work with the aduio on the timeline. If I were to need a the notes ina loop sliced up, I would rerecord the notes/chords/drum hits as one shots.
There really is no right and wrong here. When I started I sent MIDI to hardware. This has a lot of drawbacks to do with timing/midi latency.
These days I am true "hybrid." I have a three stage process.
1) I do a bunch of digital sound design in the DAW. If I want to make a new kick with 3-4 layers or whatever, I do it in the DAW so I get it exactly how I want it. I don't want to do that kind of detailed digital stuff in H/W.
2) I send the sounds out to an MPC 1000 (ie a sampler). (So yeah I'm gradually building a bigger and bigger home-made MPC sample library). Then I do, say, 75% of the tune using a H/W sequencer, practically all the arranging (I trigger a few synths and other stuff with the MPC).
3) I perform into the DAW, using it like a fancy tape player, just feeding it all the audio. I do mixing and fine editing in the DAW (after pretty much all the arrangement is done).
This sounds complicated but I really like working this way. The main reason is this. I can perform my tunes very organically from stage (2), and still have an "album version." And yeah, this is exactly what Ableton Live is for, but I never got on well with it. I know people really dig it, but 1) I don't like using laptops on stage, and 2) I prefer not to produce in Ableton. The MPC has an immediacy which I've never experienced with a laptop/controller setup.
@jbv: yeah, I'd prefer ITB mixing as well. Just gives me more tools to work with. The tricky thing is, though, that I'm limited in I/O channels. If I want to side chain my kick, for example, I can think of a few options: sample the kick and add it to a kit ITB; record separate audio track for kick only and process later, sample a few loops for kick only and process ITB. The drum part is actually the most straightforward, due to its repetitive nature. I'm leaning towards sampling loops and do the rest ITB.
The A4 has great Overbridge integration, so here I'm leaning towards a hybrid approach of program change and MIDI tracks for some of the tracks on the A4.
The Octatrack will be more heavily involve real time interactions, as would be the case for FX OTB.
It's all a big step up in complexity.
Techno starts with a capital 'T', as in TB-303 and TR-808.
Well I guess each sequence is a program so sequence 1= program 1 in midi code sequence 2= program 2
(Not mpc programs ie collections of samples) so if you are on sequence 1 and trigger a program change from you daw to 2 sequence 2 will launch.
I have been trying this from push so I can arrange using clips and some of those clips just contain a program change message. It's been a mitigated success so far but I am trying it out.