Malekko Intros Varigate 4+ Step Sequencer

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How To Build An Arduino Powered 8-Stage Step Sequencer

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Snyderphonics Manta Modular Improvisation

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New Elektron Octatrack OS is here, and trig conditions are awesome

Elektron have shipped their Octatrack OS 1.30B. Sequencer trig conditions, powerful rules that determine how sequences play, are here. And they’re wicked.

Normally, the way step sequencers work is, each step triggers a note, if a note is there, or doesn’t if a note isn’t there. Sounds obvious. If you watch a clarinet player reading a music score, they look at the page, play clarinet notes where there are clarinet notes, and play rests where there are rests.

But wait: a sequence is just a set of rules. What if those rules had conditions?

Lots of step sequencers allow chance parameters. So, if you set the chance to 50%, you get effectively a coin toss each time a step is triggered – and a 50/50 likelihood you’ll get a note instead of a rest.

Octatrack’s new OS, for both the MKI and MKII hardware, keeps running with this idea. You get trigger conditions for everything.

It starts with that conventional random probability condition (called “%”).

“A:B” sets the trigger to true every ‘a’ number of pattern iterations (number of loops), and then every ‘b’ iterations. So, let’s say you want a note to trigger every few loops, but not every single loop. Set it to N:8, and it’ll only play every eighth loop.

You can toggle (or latch) a FILL mode, too – then have that FILL mode trigger variations of a pattern.

You can set rules based on neighboring tracks. (NEI)

You can trigger something only once, then never again (1ST) – for one-shots, or something that happens only the first time a pattern plays.
You can set rules that are true/false base on a previous condition on the same track, too – if…then style. (PRE)

It’s crazy stuff – a whole generative world for patterns. And it’s another way to cure the tyranny of patterns that play OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY AND MAKE YOU FEEL DUMB AND BORED. We’re not quite in live coding territory here, but the simplicity of this set of rules is nice, too. It seems a clever way to build up basic song structures on the hardware.

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Moog Mother-32 Hands-On Demos

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Here’s how Bastl Instruments improved on their Knit Rider sequencer

While a lot of other modules are making sequencers that behave more like a computer, Bastl’s Knit Rider keeps to the hardware feel. And it just got better.

Apart from having one of the best pun names anything ever had, ever, Knit Rider’s appeal is being able to pack lots of complex sequencing features into a compact, hands-on interface – look ma, no display! So yeah, you don’t have a “tiny computer in a module” – though there’s an argument for that. You get buttons. And those buttons have sub-steps, so you aren’t stuck with 16-step patterns.

I asked the uncannily insightful Václav Peloušek for some insights into what’s new. They listened to their various friends playing this one, and adjusted. In a word: feel.

We especially focused on how the sequencer feels by adding swing and random variation of trigger length, and making the timing core very solid. The performance aspect has been always important for the concept of the sequencer, and while at first we focused mainly on the live sequencing, now we have adjusted the UI to also work well while being occupied by playing other instruments.

Sequencing is important. Through sequencing, we can make driving, exciting music, like … well, like… Hey, in reward for reading CDM, you know what? You’ve earned this. Let’s go.

$#(*&$#, yeah.

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Squarp have made a deep 8-track sequencer for your Eurorack

Squarp, makers of a high-end desktop sequencer, have now gone modular. The Hermod is a deep, patchable sequencer for your Eurorack – coming early 2018.

It’s likely the first of more of this sort of thing we’re going to see soon: pack a module with a powerful brain (ARM, the same processor architecture powering phones and tablets and so on).

The Hermod has patch connections to spare, whether MIDI, USB host, or analog voltage. And there’s a friendly-looking sequencer, with some computer-like functions – including real-time pattern effects.

Of course, the catch is you could take the $450 / 380€ it costs and, right now, pick up an audio interface that lets you interface a computer with the same. But then, all those connections could be handy – and it does look nice. Full specs are out now:

Core player

● Number of tracks: 8
● Number of sequences: 8
● Number of projects: unlimited
● Number of events (notes, automation) per project: ~40000
● Track length: 1/4 bar to 16 bars
● Recording resolution: 24ppqn
● Tempo: 40 to 250 BPM


● Maximum number of notes per step (polyphony): 8
● Maximum number of effects per track: 8
● Note pitch: C0 to B9
● Note velocity: 0 to 127
● Note width: 1/24th to 16 bars
● Zoom: x1 (1 step = 1 quarter notes) to x8 (1 step = 1/32th note)


● MIDI (to control Hermod with a MIDI controller)
● USB host (to control Hermod with a computer)
● USB device (to control Hermod with an USB controller)
● 4x CV in [-5V to +5V] (to control Hermod with CV/GATE notes, CV modulation, clock)


● MIDI (up to 8 channels)
● USB host
● USB device
● 8x CV out [-5V to +5V]
● 8x GATE out [0V to +5V]

User interface

● 16 backlit silicon button pads
● Menu clickable encoder
● White backlit high contrast LCD screen
● 8x RGB LEDS to display the CV/GATE voltages
● MicroSD card slot to save your projects and upgrade the OS (SD card included)


● CPU: 216MHz ARM Cortex-M7
● DAC resolution: 16-bit
● ADC resolution: 12-bit
● Width: 24HP (up to 30mm in depth)
● Requires a ±12V eurorack supply (consume 310mA from the +12V rail and 30mA from the -12V rail)

Hermod is engineered in Paris and assembled in France.

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Tired Of 8- & 16-Stage Step Sequencers? Check Out This Monster!

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How To Sequence Effects Pedals With Control Voltages

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