Crooked Sidewalks wrote:
I still feel like pressing play on the trackers isn't right... What options do I have?
Well, if you are in a situation where you are just going to "press play" on a PC tracker, then why not break it into parts and drop it into something like Ableton Live or (better still) Maschine and use a cool surface to control your sequencing with the laptop shut? It seems a bit silly when you have all that computing power to just hit play in a tracker and jump around. Especially if you've already rendered the Famitracker waveforms.
If you do keep it running in the tracker, you could potentially add "loop" points and choose when to break the loops or switch channels / parts on and off on the fly (which is what I do on the Amiga). I also channel split and put (in my case) CH 1&4 and 2&3 on separate channels of a Pioneer DJM800 which has mappible effects processor and dedicated pass filters. Or I use a couple of Kaos pads if I can't take the 800. Sometimes, due to the sound system, instruments need turning up and down to sit better in the mix on the fly too so it's worth keeping a listen to the track. :-)