Hey all, I'm new here. Hi. I've been using Caustic for about three years. Wonderful app. I figured out something that might be useful to the Caustic community so I thought I'd share here. Maybe this has already been thought about but I can't find anything on it.
I apologize in advance if this doesn't make any sense, just tell me and I'll try to make it clearer!
Enter the 192nd note. It's never really called that - it's usually called a 128th note triplet. Three of which make up the value of a 64th note. Currently the 64th is the shortest time division you can directly create in a piano roll.
However I'm fairly sure the 192nd note is actually the smallest time division possible in Caustic 3.2. I think it has something to do with the shortest triplet note available (triplet 16th notes, or 24th notes) and the shortest, uh, non-triplet note available (the 64th note). 192 is the least common multiple of 24 and 64, so it's like a common unit of time for all possible note values.
I figured out that you can bump the start of a note forward by the value of a 192nd note by inching it forward three 64th notes and backward one 16th triplet. More explicitly:
- Switch the grid to 64th notes
- Drag the note three snaps to the right
- Switch the grid to 16th triplets
- Drag the note one snap to the left
Here is a run of six "192nd notes":
As you can see the notes kind of run together - you can't shorten the note duration past a 64th note. It sounds pretty messy. However you can make some other note timings with this knowledge:
64th note triplet: Forward three 32nd notes, back one 8th triplet
32nd note triplet: Forward three 16th notes, back two 8th triplets
And some tuplets, from which you can make interesting polyrhythms:
3:5 8th note tuplet (three of these notes have the same duration as five 16th notes): Forward three 16th notes, back one 8th triplet
3:5 16th note tuplet (three of these notes have the same duration as five 32nd notes): Forward three 32nd notes, back one 16th triplet
3:5 32nd note tuplet (etc): Forward two 8th triplets, back three 16th notes and one 64th note
3:7 8th note tuplet (three = seven 16th notes): Forward five 16th notes, back two 8th triplets
3:7 16th note tuplet: Forward five 32nd notes, back one 8th triplet
3:7 32nd note tuplet: Forward five 64th notes, back one 16th triplet
Here's a picture of all the tuplets in order:
Yeah so this is pretty insane but thought at least you might get a kick out of it. Let me know your thoughts!