Einfacher aber genialer Sequencer – Kreative kurze Sequenzen und Variationen schnell gemacht

Tenderfoot Lattice SequencerTenderfoot Lattice Sequencer

Sequencer gibt es massig, auch solche, die nicht nur in eine einzige Richtung laufen. Aber die komplexeren „kartesichen“ Sequencer sind auch komplizierter.

Der Lattice von Tenderfoot ist ein 4×3-Schritt Sequencer. Er hat eine total einfache Logik, die jeder sofort versteht. Der erste Trigger-Eingang schaltet jeweils einen Schritt weiter und rutscht dann in die nächste Zeile und startet wieder oben, wenn der letzte Step unten rechts erreicht ist. Das ist natürlich offensichtlich. Aber es gibt ja noch drei weitere Eingänge und den Ausgang.


Es gibt zwei weitere Triggereingänge, die jeweils nur eine Richtung haben. Deshalb sind die mit einem Pfeil unterlegt, der entweder vertikal oder horizontal den nächsten Step anspringt. Damit hat man vier Schritte nach unten oder drei nach rechts Platz. Danach würde die Sequenz wieder dort ankommen, wo sie startete. Natürlich können auch beide Pfeil-Trigger-Eingänge angesteuert werden. In dem Falle würde links unten das diagonal liegende Poti als nächstes angesteuert werden.

Eine Sequenz oder eine Modulationsquelle?

Es ist also wirklich sehr einfach und es ist auch nur eine „Spur“ am Ausgang anliegend. Mit dieser Methode kann man jedoch mehr Abwechslung aufbauen. Wer nicht nur in Melodien denkt, kann auch so eine kleine Minisequenz als Modulationsquelle für alles verwenden, die an Instrumente wie Buchlas Music Easel erinnern. Sehr kurze Sequenzen als Ersatz für LFOs oder Hüllkurven werden gerne unterschätzt. Sie liefern Bewegung und sind mit 3 oder 4 Steps bereits ausreichend beweglich. Außerdem können ja auch hier die kurzen Sequenzen durch die nächste Reihe oder Spalte einfach und schnell abgelöst werden.

Preis und Idee

Mit $175 ist das Modul auch nicht unbedingt besonders teuer. Wem Make Noises Réné zu aufwendig und kompliziert erscheint, kann auch hiermit schneller mal Abwechslungen herstellen. 8-Stepper werden schneller „langweilig“, wieso also nicht nach Zufall oder nach bestimmten Kriterien oder manuell mal eben die Zeile/Spalte wechseln oder sogar auch mal diagonal laufen lassen?

Information dazu

Die Website von Tenderfoot bietet eine Anleitung, ein kleines Video und den „Shop“ an. Die Firma sitzt in England, es gibt noch ein ähnlich konzipiertes einfaches Modul, welches mit Tastern funktioniert.


Create motion-packed riffs, basslines & melodies with Cableguys ShaperBox

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Looking for inspiration? Check out Cableguys’ creative approach to designing unique modulated riffs with the ShaperBox effects rack. Beginning with a single-note sample, TimeShaper transforms the sustained note into a musical riff through pitch and time modulation. Next, a “secret weapon” technique: VolumeShaper‘s LFO rate is pushed way up into the audio range, adding gritty […]

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Puremagnetik releases Washout extreme phase and filter animator

Puremagnetik Washout feat

Puremagnetik has launched its latest audio effect plugin Washout, a multi-chained filter and phaser device designed to animate, modulate and mutate the audio you feed it. With up to 128 all-pass filter stages, and a complex modulation section, Washout can take your sounds out of this universe and back again with the turn of a […]

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SKnote releases UV vintage modulation effect plugin

SKnote UV

SKnote has announced its latest audio plugin UV, a model of a vintage modulation effect for guitar. The original Uni-Vibe circuit is based on a pulsating light bulb surrounded by four photo cells, modulating phases to create a unique combination of frequency-dependent tremolo, vibrato, chorus and flanger sounds. UV vibe is a component-level model of […]

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Pigments is a new hybrid synth from Arturia, and you can try it free now

Arturia made their name emulating classic synths, and then made their name again in hardware synths and handy hardware accessories. But they’re back with an original synthesizer in software. It’s called Pigments, and it mixes vintage and new together. You know, like colors.

The funny thing is, wavetable synthesis as an idea is as old or older than a lot of the vintage synths that spring to mind – you can trace it back to the 1970s and Wolfgang Palm, before instruments from PPG and Waldorf.

But “new” is about sound, not history. And now it’s possible to make powerful morphing wavetable engines with loads of voice complexity and modulation that certainly only became practical recently – plus now we have computer displays for visualizing what’s going on.

Pigments brings together the full range of possible colors to work with – vintage to modern, analog to advanced digital. And it does so in a way that feels coherent and focused.

I’ve just started playing around with Pigments – expect a real hands-on shortly – and it’s impressive. You get the edgier sounds of wavetable synthesis with all the sonic language you expect from virtual analog, including all those classic and dirty and grimy sounds. (I can continue my ongoing mission to make everyone think I’m using analog hardware when I’m in the box. Fun.)

Arturia’s marketing copy here is clever – like I wish I’d thought of this phrase: “Pigments can sound like other synths, [but] no other synth can sound like Pigments.”

Okay, so what’s under the hood that makes them claim that?

Two engines: one wavetable, one virtual analog, each now the latest stuff from Arturia. The waveshaping side gives you lots of options for sculpting the oscillator and fluidly controlling the amount of aliasing, which determines so much of the sound’s harmonic character.

Advanced pitch modulation which you can quantize to scale – so you can make complex modulations melodic.

From the modeling Arturia has been doing and their V Collection, you get the full range of filters, classic and modern (surgeon and comb). There’s also a bunch of effects, like wavefolder, overdrive, parametric EQ, and delay.

There’s also extensive routing for all those toys – drag and drop effects into inserts or sends, choose series or parallel routings, and so on.

The effects section is as deep as modulation, but somehow everything is neatly organized, visual, and never overwhelming.

You can modulate anything with anything, Arturia says – which sounds about right. And for modulation, you have tons of choices in envelopes, modulation shapes, and even function generators and randomization sources. But all of this is also graphical and neatly organized, so you don’t get lost. Best of all, there are “heads-up” graphical displays that show you what’s happening under the hood of even the most complex patch.

The polyphonic sequencer alone is huge, meaning you could work entirely inside Pigments.

Color-coded and tabbed, the UI is constantly giving you subtle visual feedback of what waveforms of modulation, oscillators, and processors are doing at any given time, which is useful both in building up sounds from scratch or picking apart the extensive presets available. You can build something step by step if you like, with a sense that inside this semi-modular world, you’re free to focus on one thing at a time while doing something more multi-layered.

Then on top of all of that, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Pigments is really a synth combined with a sequencer. The polyphonic sequencer/arpeggiator is full of trigger options and settings that mean it’s totally possible to fire up Pigments in standalone mode and make a whole piece, just as you would with a full synth workstation or modular rig.

Instead of a short trial, you get a full month to enjoy this – a free release for everyone, expiring only on January the 10th. So now you know what to do with any holiday break. During that time, pricing is $149 / 149€, rising to 199 after that.

I’m having a great deal of fun with it already. And we’re clearing at a new generation of advanced soft synths. Stay tuned.

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Positive Grid offers BIAS Pedal Modulation plugin for FREE (limited time)

Positive Grid BIAS Pedal Modulation Giveaway

Positive Grid has announced that it is giving away its BIAS Pedal Modulation effect plugin in exchange for a social share on Facebook or Twitter. The BIAS Pedal Modulation modeler features duo modulation engines, allowing you to mix time-based modulation and an amplitude-based sounds. Celebrate the Holidays with Positive Grid and get a FREE copy […]

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Save up to 64% off Kuassa plugins in 2018 Holiday Sale

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Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on Kuassa, offering discounts on the Amplifikation guitar amp series, EVE equalizer effects, EFEKTOR distortion and modulation plugins and more. Save up to 64% off Kuassa’s specialised digital guitar amplification and audio processing software range in this festive holiday sale! The sale includes: Amplifikation Caliburn, Amplifikation Creme, Amplifikation One, […]

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NoiseAsh releases Action Tremolo free volume & panning modulator

NoiseAsh Action Tremolo free

NoiseAsh has announced the release of Action Tremolo, an advanced volume and pan modulation system with a vintage analog saturation unit. The plugin is part of the Palmary Collection bundle. There are three modulation sources for both pan and volume controls individually: a custom shape envelope follower, the LFO with 5 waveforms, a 32-step sequencer […]

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Soundtoys Cyber Week – Up to 80% off EchoBoy Jr, Crystallizer & more

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Soundtoys has launched its Cyber Week deals, offering up to 80% off on selected individual plugins and the Soundtoys 5 bundle. There’s a whole new set of plug-ins on sale to celebrate the start of the holiday season! It’s the perfect time to add some wildly creative pro effects to your rig and bring your […]

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Escape vanilla modulation: Nikol shows you waveshaping powers

You wouldn’t make music with just simple oscillators, so why only use basic, repetitive modulation? In the latest video in Bastl’s how-to series hosted by Patchení’s Nikol, waveshaping gets applied to control signals.

A-ha! But what’s waveshaping? Well, Nikol teaches basic classes in modular synthesis to beginners, but she did skip over that. Waveshapers add more complex harmonic content to simple waveform inputs. Basic vanilla waveform in, nice wiggly complex waveform out. (See Wikipedia for that moment when you say, oh, well, why didn’t my math teacher bring in synthesizers when she taught us polynomials, then I would have stayed awake!)

Bastl unveiled the Timber waveshaping module back in May, and we all thought it was cool:

Bastl do waveshaping, MIDI, and magically tune your modules

But when most people hear waveshapers, they think of them just as a fancy oscillator – as a sound source. But in the modular world, you can also imagine it as a way of adding harmonics (read: complexity) to simple control signals, which is what Nikol demonstrates here.

That is, instead of Waveshaper -> out, you’ll route [modulation/control signal/LFO] -> Waveshaper in, and mess with that signal. WahWahWahWah can turn into WahwrrEEEEkittyglrblMrcbb… ok, okay, video:

Keep watching, because this eventually gets into adding variation to a sequenced signal.

You can try this in any software or hardware environment, but you do need your waveshaper to work with your control input. What’s relatively special about Timber in the hardware domain at least is its ability to process slow circuits.


You can also follow Nikol on Instagram.

But more of Deina the modular dog, please!

Tragically, while Nikol’s English is getting fluent, us Americans are not doing any better with our Czech. So, Bastl, we may need an immersion language program more than synthesis.

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