I’m sorry, I did look at the link but only spotted the displays the second time I looked, after posting.
It would be great if they could somehow correspond to assignments on screen. Alternatively, I would love it if you could have, say, three separate “control layers” to switch between a la Arturia Keylab Mk2, I use this a lot. It solves the issue of needing faders for drawbar control vs volume level control.
What I personally use a lot is direct state selection for a specific rack (I have “main keys”, “layer/lead” and “bass” each with 4 presets I select from a row of drumpads), direct state selection for a song (1 through 5 should cover most things), and previous/next song. In my case it’s usually;
- Bass on upper, main keys on 88
- Bass on upper, main keys and layer on 88
- Layer/lead on upper, split main keys and bass on 88
- Bass on upper, vocoder on 88
- “special” (unique for that song)
This allows me to use the same template for every song. That in turn enables fast song switching, setting up a unique configuration for every song (within a limited soundset) yet always be two or three button presses away from any other configuration. Add faders for organ drawbars and a few encoders for fx and I can get almost anywhere quickly.
This is just the way I personally use Cantabile in my “main band”, but maybe it will give you an alternative perspective. The idea of working with a template is a great idea. I just can’t fathom ever using 8 racks and using so many “solo” buttons seems waste. How about one solo button and 8 buttons that directly select a rack for editing?