Yeah. I don't have a DAW that will support external plug-ins, and I'm not interested in paying that kind of $ right now. That's for later. Right now I want to work with a rhythm generator and sounds that I can essentially play along with as I move towards creating compositions around it. I produced soundtracks and songs in the past so now I'm trying to ease my way back into it.
To me it essentially means the standalone version doesn't work, and for kind of an absurd reason - lack of local looping playback. We know it can loop by simply holding down the desired keys. All you need is just to be able to lock the key. Remember I'm using this as a standalone, and I don't have an external controller. I'm using the controls provided in the standalone app, which means I'm pressing the key down with my mouse so I can't do anything else with it.
The other thing that I found extremely confusing is the nomenclature. There seems to be a phenomenon recently of developers attempting to be disruptive by seeking to redefine the space in their terms. A kit is a group of drums, also called a set. It can contain anything really but mostly kits fall along certain lines. What PercX is defining as a kit is actually a very specific arrangement of very specific patterns for that set (kit) of instruments.
It's a very interesting concept, and the algorithms PercX has for the many adjustments you can make including changing instruments changing patterns, etc. is really impressive. If I were a soundtrack producer I'd be madly in love with PercX because anytime I wanted I could dial up an impressive cinematic soundscape. Of course, I'd also have a DAW that would support it.
I've particularly enjoyed the kit generator, which has produced some interesting things but in a style of music somewhat different from what I've been imagining. And while I wouldn't mind working with some of these interesting rhythms, it's clear that it's going to take time and money to get to that point, and since I've already spent my spare time over the last several days trying to figure this out I might just have to cut my losses and just move one.
Back in the early "Pagemaker " days of the Mac, we used to joke that the proclamations of software updates at the time, (especially Pagemaker), "Bigger, More Powerful" should have come with an asterik "*Requires Bigger, More Powerful Computer" (which was actually true).
I bought PercX from a Facebook ad, probably because I had searched on "Rhythm Generators" before, but PercX should only be marketed to and for professional audio folks, where PercX fits right into their architecture. (Probably mostly soundtrack producers). It doesn't work as a standalone app, at least not for me.
I'm not trying to dis either PercX or its fans. Just telling my story here.