Explaining by example:
I audition a bass sound - sounds OK but a bit lifeless (maybe my technique)
I switch on the (preset) arp.
Sounds great - not lifeless at all - plus a lot louder than when playing without ARP on.
I learn the pattern for myself and play manually but it still doesn't sound quite as good as the preset ARP.
When I create my own arp I can reduce the gate time (for the whole pattern) to make the bass sound "pop" a bit more - I thought I saw a demo with Blake where he varied the gate times across the ARP pattern to allow some notes to be longer and some shorter? Is this correct?
Sorry if I'm not explaining my question well - in summary I have read other comments where people have difficulty either playing manually or creating arps that sound as good as the preset arps.
Is it playing technique or arp programming - possibly both?