... an Alesis DataDisk that he loads 3.25" floppy disks into; I've attached a picture of his tower of equipment and what each part does...
I'm curious to know if there's anyone who'd be able to help me get all of his sequences transferred to something like Ableton Live ...
Alesis DataDisk stores and plays back MIDI SysEx data and MIDI sequences.
When your DAW application is able to record and play back SysEx data (and MIDI sequences) too, you can sync DataDisk via MIDI-clock to your DAW application and record all the content of the floppydisks,- each file,- one by one and store to your DAW machine´s drive(s).
For direct import of the floppydisk´s content, you might need some older computer w/ internal floppydrive and a floppydriver like Omniflop supporting vintage floppydisk data formats,- and AFAIK, doesn´t work w/ USB floppydik drives.
We´re talking PC, not MAC.
and have it using the same sounds as he's used to.
The SysEx data files representing the "sounds" work only w/ the related hardware modules.
In software you´d need VI-plugins (VSTi / AU etc.) emulating the hardware machines accurately and being able loading SysEx files,- just like what is p.ex. "Dexed" for the vintage Yamaha DX7 or "PG8X" for the vintage Roland JX8P.
You might come close to the Ensoniq ESQ-M w/ S.Kullman´s SQL8
I don´t see you can replace the other modules in the tower w/ software, except loading SysEx from DataDisk into the modules and do sampling sessions w/ "Sample Robot" or such, automaticly (well,- half way ...) sample each single preset of each hardware module to get some "software-ROMpler" playing back the sounds of the hardware module´s presets being used for the MIDI sequences.
... but I'm looking for a way to keep the flexibility of having the sequence and sounds in an editable format.
I have Abletone Live, a Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen), and a USB floppy disk drive...]
See above ...
You might be able to record all the data from DataDisk´s MIDI Output in realtime,- for the MIDI sequences feeding MIDI-Clock to it´s MIDI input, doing the necessary ajustments, then record in sync into Ableton Live.
Do you have a DataDisk manual ?
Just google,- it´s there on page 1 already.
Since you might have to do all in realtime,- be prepared for some time consuming work,- especially when the sampling sessions w/ Sample Robot
come in addition.
But when you decide for such tasks and invest in Sample Robot or comparable software, you should get flexible, editable results.