I'd be curious to know how fellow AMers are using this program - alone, or mainly in conjunction with other software. This happens to be my one and only music-making program, and I have learned a great deal and enjoyed myself immensely in using it over the past year and a half. (I'm not performing live, just composing things in AM for myself -- mainly rhythmic, beat-oriented music.) But I wonder how others use AM, especially for making loop-based music. Are you using AM to make sounds and loops that you then trigger or stitch/layer together elsewhere, in Ableton or on a DAW, for instance? Or do you use AM alone, both as a sound mulcher and DAW, or whatever the word is? Or what? I have a Lite version of Ableton (came with a cheap MIDI keyboard I bought) but have never really dug into it. Perhaps I should. I can see that Ableton does some things AM doesn't, but I am reluctant to make life more complicated. I also got a copy of Reaper, but again, I haven't bothered to fire it up more than a few times - even more controls and settings and concepts to learn. Am I missing something, limiting my horizons in some way? It's less product recommendation I am curious about than simply how people think of and apply AM, as just a tool for making and mangling sounds that will get used elsewhere, or as a self-contained instrument? Or something in-between?
So far, my main excursion "outside" of AM has been to record some sounds -- from a synth, say, or through a mike -- and then loop those in AM and see what I can do to them -- vs. just writing in Bassline, Arpeggiator, or 10Harms+SouthPole. One step at a time!