I’m not ready to go to “big waste of time.”
I think it’s a ‘different strokes’ type of thing. Some people just don’t like ‘loops’ period.
I don’t know how deep others are peering, but I see a lot to like for a ‘glitch,’ dance remix use.
First, triggering the loop selection, triggering loops off and on and triggering the performance parameters from another midi track creates a high degree of predictable, repeatable control over the sound.
If you know how to make your own loops using Sony Sound Forge, you can take a vocal track, chop it to 4 or 8 bar acidized loops and then add other pitched material and tune to the same key as the vocals … and of course tune your master project to the same key.
Now two or three different drum loops for the ‘master track’ in each loopmash scene … using the same one each time for either verse, chorus, break, etc. … can provide great rhythm for your song. You can, of course, still lay your basic drums on top in the project tracks.
I think the thing is that people don’t focus on making subtle changes to different scenes reflective of the typical different parts of song structure. As in one for intro, two or three for verse, two or three for chorus, etc. Then using slight variations in the settings of the loops in each scene can create something evolving and coherrent … as opposed to trying to make 24 different disjointed scenes.
When you’ve got what you like you can now record the separate tracks out of the loopmash back into your project and then effect the individual tracks as you will … mixed back in with other project material.
If someone approaches it as a glorified MPC that’s supposed to produce some type of stellar beats … no thanks. But if it is considered a tool to create certain parts of an over all song … I think it can be very powerful.
But then … it may not be part of any genre you like.
All that said … it doesn’t deflect the understandable criticism that there are many more important things Steinberg could correct for the loyal.
But then, how many loyal are there as opposed to the masses with iphones?