The Skinnerbox DIY Step Sequencer

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This video captures an early demo of the Skinnerbox step sequencer, a DIY sequencer based on Arduino.

See the site (above link) for details.

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the 16×4×3 is a our brand-new diy chase-light step sequencer… based on the mighty arduino and works like charm! the sounds are mainly samples except of decaying SD/HH which are being generated in the luvly microtonic drummachine..this video is merely a technical demonstration and does not pretend to be musical in any fashion ;)

The Sequentix Cirklon Hardware Sequencer


Sequentix has officially announced the Cirklon – a new hardware sequencer design, with software based on the Sequentix P3, but offering improved usability and internal operation.

Price is expected to be under 1000 ukp.

Details and a demo video below.

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The user-interface is based around a 240×64 pixel graphic LED display, 19 rotary encoders with push-switches, 2 assignable knobs, 35 high-quality Cherry keys with integrated LEDs, and a further 35 tri-colour status LEDs.

Cirklon has 16 tracks, with 5 independent MIDI INs and OUTs to connect a large number of controllers and synths/sound modules while keeping MIDI latency to a minimum. There will also be USB MIDI, native CV/gate support, and a dedicated DIN sync output.

The 32-bit, 72MHz ARM Cortex CPU runs a proprietary sequencer engine to ensure optimum timing accuracy.
All MIDI ports are provided by hardware serial ports in the CPU core itself.
The CV/gate connectivity will be available in two levels – a pair of 12-bit resolution CV and gate outputs, or an external CV breakout box with a large number of CV outs (details to be finalised).

Pattern storage is comprised of 2MB battery-backed internal RAM and 512MB internal NAND flash, with a SD/MMC card socket for data backup.

Cirklon will go into production just as soon as we have finalised the design of the production enclosure.
We hope to start shipping in low volume in March.

Turn A $50 Bliptronic 5000 Into A Monome Controller

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The monome 64 music controller sells for $500 and is only available in limited quantities, which has limited its adoption.

This could change quickly, though.

Stray Technologies’ Wil Lindsay has created a working port of Arduinome 3.2 software, a Arduino-based monome clone, controlled by the $50 Bliptronic 5000.

It’s a work in progress, but it means that it should soon be possible to build a monome-compatible device for under $100.

Here’s Lindsay’s cost breakdown:

Total project cost:

Bliptronic: $49, Arduino parts, FTDI cable, etc.. at about $40 – though bulk ordering could get that price down significantly). I already had everything in my workshop. So… a <$100 mini_Monome? yep. I’ll have another in a couple weeks.

Let’s see who’s going to step up to the plate and offer a monome conversion kit….

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This is the first full running version of Monome software (via Arduinome ) running on my hacked Bliptronic 5000. More info at the blog at

Shipping News, By David Morley, Featuring The ARP 2500 Modular Synthesizer

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Shipping News, by David Morley – an ARP 2500 Modular synthesizer demonstration.

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Here is a demo of the ARP 2500 modular I made. No other instrument was used.
My objective was to show off the range of the instrument in a musical context.

Please visit and check out my other works and a better quality version of “Shipping News”

The video I knocked up in iMovie just in time for the oscars…

Multitracked in Logic 8. Mixed on my D&R Orion desk. Reverb came from my EMT 246 and an Eventide H3000 was used for delay.

The Europa MIDI Step Sequencer Looks Pretty Sweet (video)


Analogue Solutions’ Europa MIDI Step Sequencer and Drum Computer is a newhardware sequencer, designed from the ground up to be used with your MIDI synths, analogue modular, drum brains and drum machines.

Here’s a preview of the Europa step sequencer in action:

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  • Intuitive and simple programming procedure
  • No sub-menus or shift keys – one function per key
  • Simple to use – TR808/606 style programming.
  • Analogue features – analogue tempo clock, 7 analogue trigger outs, analogue sync signals
  • Live editing features
  • Transpose, Octave shift, Mute
  • Rugged steel construction.

The Analogue Solutions Europa Step Sequencer is priced at UK £499 (exc. tax and delivery). See the Analogue Solutions site for more info.

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The Sequential Circuits Studio 440

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The Sequential Circuits Studio 440 is a classic music production center from 1986 that combines the best features of drum machines and samplers, and has a crunchy 12-bit sound that people still respect:

If you combine a high quality digital sampler featuring individual outputs with a 50,000 note SMPTE/MIDI based sequencer, all you need to create a superior drum machine is velocity and pressure-sensitive pads. The 440 has eight, organizing its 32 sound samples into four kits and four banks over these eight sound pads. In addition, every sound has two sets of sound parameters that include sample play back direction, pitch-bend envelope, loop types, loop points, start point modulation, and the familiar VCA VCF controls.

The four programmable kits allow for infinite variations of the same sound by editing only the performance parameters. Performance parameters can be assigned to any pad and include sound number, pan, pitch, volume, and a choice of one of the two sound parameter sets. These performance parameters are easily edited in real-time, and settings for all eight pads can be stored and recalled instantaneously from any one of the kits. And since the alternate parameters can have individual start/end points for each sound, there are actually up to 64 “different sounds” available at one time.

Sequential’s factory library includes over 300 sounds, and is immediately available. In addition, any Prophet 2000 or 2002 sample can be loaded directly into the 440, so the actual number of sounds now available is too numerous to list. The STUDIO 440 is the ultimate drum machine.

The highlights of the Studio 440 are probably the analog lowpass filter and the 8 track sequencer, which can be used to drive external MIDI instruments. The biggest limitation, on the other hand, is the 440’s paltry 520kb of sample memory.

While these sold for 5K originally, they now sell for around $1,000.


  • 8 track sequencer
  • LCD display
  • 8 sound pads
  • Selectable sampling rates of up to 41.667 kHz
  • Computer assisted looping functions (including cross-fade looping)
  • Multiple sample locations for storing up to 32 different samples in memory at one time.
  • True stereo outputs (2) plus separate audio outputs per voice (8) for individual processing of each.
  • 32 levels of programmable panning per voice.
  • Separate analog and digital controls per voice, including fully sweepable filters and VCAs for modifying any sample.
  • 768K bytes on board memory with access to hard disks or CD-ROMs via the built-in Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI).
  • A 3 1/2 inch double sided disk drive
  • Real-time sample monitoring.


Lights and Music: The Harmonic Center of the Universe

The Harmonic Center of the Universe from Jesse Stiles on Vimeo.

This beautiful, meditative installation of choreographed lights and sound, by way of Rucyl and Saturn Never Sleeps, is the creation of Chris Harvey, Olivia Robinson, & Jesse Stiles. The Harmonic Center of the Universe evidently narrowly escaped destruction last year during a thunderstorm, but perhaps Art is as much repair as it is creation.

Artist Jesse Stiles specializes in such light shows. There’s a clear connection to the polytropes of Iannis Xenakis, with its own cascades of choreographed light – a reminder that lights can still have a place, even in an age of projection. He also writes experimental pop songs and does sound and music for IMAX films. (Yeah, Jesse, you’re someone we need to meet.)

Along similar lines, we saw the gorgeous balloon and music collaboration of Robert Henke and Christopher Bauder, ATOM, last year in Montreal. What strikes me about all these works it that the lit object and sound appear to fuse to an extent that these become either musical sculptures or a kind of sequencer in physical space. It’s remarkable that the digital can make musical structure more virtual, more invisible, or more physical – almost without consideration one way or another.

Native Instruments releases Abbey Road 60s Drums

26th January 2010: Native Instruments has introduced Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first instrument created in its collaboration with the iconic British recording studios. Recorded using sophisticated engineering techniques…

Bach Prelude No 1 On The Well-Tempered Novation Launchpad

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Sunday synth jam: Prelude No.1 in C Major (from The Well-Tempered Clavier) by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Novation Launchpad.

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The GorF MIDI Sequencer

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This set of videos offers a quick look at the GorF MIDI sequencer, an 8-step MIDI sequencer that’s available as a DIY project.

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This video is split into two parts and gives a demonstration and guide of the features of GorF.

It runs through the various modes and explains what they do and how to use them.

GorF is an 8 step analogue style step sequencer I built as a test tool for my projects and it quickly turned into quite a big project with a lot of people buying the kits