Groovesizer Alpha – first taster

June 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Groovesizer is an arduino-based DIY 32-step sequencer / synth – the project is based around a custom PCB that in it current form features 4 rows of 8 tactile switches and leds – the final version will add a fifth row of buttons and leds dedicated to control functions. It features an embedded hackduino, an 8-bit DAC option, an LM386 amp output, MIDI in/out/sync and is configurable to work with some of the most popular existing arduino audio projects. Firmware can be updated from the arduino IDE, either via an AVR ISP programmer, or by flashing the chip on an arduino board and swapping it out. Furthest along in its development is the Alpha firmware which features a 3 oscillator monosynth. Other firmware will include the Bravo which borrows code from the Bleeplabs Bleepdrum https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11606 , the Charlie, based around the Illutron 4-voice wavetable synth http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-… , and the Delta, based on the original Groovesizer with the auduino synth engine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zsxWf…
The complete kit with PCB and all components will be sold for around US$100 – follow the progress on this project at http://groovesizer.com

Livid Base: Experimenting with Max for Live

June 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Livid started some experiments with Max For Live step sequencers and the Livid Base. These are extremely rudimentary, but because they can be accessed with Device control, they are very powerful and easy to work with. Control of these step sequencers is as simple as pointing the controller to the device using the Base Remote Script for Ableton Live 9 in Device mode. One you navigate to a module, it acts as a “super device” handing off the pads and sliders to the Max for Live patch. While these little toys won’t be a “final” product, we’ll have something for you to play with soon!

Medic Modules EKG (Elektro Kardio Gramm) Unique 8 Step Analogue Sequencer

June 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Whatever you do today – you must listen to this machine – awesome sounds !!!!

EKG Teaser! :)

…from Medic Modules

CV Out, Gate Out, Clock In, Clock Thru, Reset In.

Each step also has a unique Function control. Each step can be turned off, skipped, repeated or set as a reset point.

Proper video coming soon…

more info: http://www.medicmodules.com

Koushion controlling Moogs

June 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Experimenting with a few things here. Koushion step sequencer app controlling three Moog synths and a Moog MIDI-MuRF Moogerfooger. Drum track is from the Yamaha MO8 synced to the same clock. Koushion a MIDI step sequencer that allows you to easily program melodies and drum patterns using your existing hardware synthesizers, drum machine, or soft synths and samples in your DAW.

Learn more at www.experimentalsynth.com

Koushion MIDI Step Sequencer – NEW FEATURES

June 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Koushion was just updated, adding a host of new features that make it an even more powerful music composition and production tool. It now has eight independent layers, each with its own MIDI Channel, Scale, Octave, Clock Divider and more. Each layer can have a different number of scenes (up to eight), making long, evolving patterns possible.

It works great with external hardware synths and softsynths, as well as other iPad music apps. Use this link to download Koushion: http://appstore.com/koushion

Some extra footage from a video that ‘Experimentalsynth’ created for the Koushion Step Sequencer app.

MFB Urzwerg Pro & KORG Z1 in action

May 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MFB Urzwerg Pro step sequencer can act as a MIDI sequencer on four separate MIDI Channels; on this video, Urzwerg Pro is controlli four separate parts of KORG Z1 modeling synthesizer.

Video: SBC takes a close look at the new groove boxes from KORG – Volca boxes

April 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The three new groove boxes from KORG – the Volca boxes -  featured at MusikMesse
Run through of the capabilities and features

Steelberry Clones at MusikMesse
Copyright Stereoklang Produktion

Korg Volca official details

Volca Keys

Analogue Loop Synth

The ideal introductory synthesizer, with a simple – yet powerful – polyphonic analog sound engine and loop sequencer

The polyphonic synthesizer you’ve been waiting for

  • Three note true analogue synthesis
  • Voicing function lets anyone create sounds easily
  • Delay effect for even more sonic possibilities

Simple loop sequencer

  • Loop sequencer lets you record phases just as you play them
  • Motion Sequencer records knob edits in real time
  • Active Step function and Flux function to add dynamic change to your sequences

Convenient functions for tremendous ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere

Volca Keys is a long-awaited synthesizer that adds a new chapter to the long and storied history of Korg’s analog synthesizers. This 27-key analog lead synth delivers unbelievably powerful sound in a compact body. Starting with a filter section that uses the circuitry of the legendary miniKORG700S (1974), it delivers astonishing sound that takes full advantage of Korg’s half-century of know-how in circuit design.

With a simple structure that includes delay effect and a sequencer, it’s also an ideal choice for a first analog synth. It offers the richly expressive sounds that are distinctive of analog, providing the enjoyment of simple yet deep sound-creation. The possibilities are endless; you can use the three oscillators to play chords, use them in unison with detune to produce solid lead lines, or apply ring modulation to create far-out metallic sounds.

Volca Bass

Analogue Bass Machine

Powerful analog bass sound creation and an Electribe-inspired sequencer for the ultimate bass lines

Powerful analog bass sound

  • Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
  • Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
  • Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Slide function that’s indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps

Convenient functions for ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

Aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums; fat sounds that support the rhythm; funky sounds that generate a groove – the volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines.

Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation; it’s a great choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive; it’s also a powerful way to generate “free form” bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration.

Volca Beats

Analogue Rhythm Machine

Peerless beats generated by solid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style sequencer

Powerful analog drum sounds

  • Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines
  • Six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing
  • Maximum effect from minimal parameters – a unique advantage of analog
  • PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps.
  • Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you’re pressing

Convenient functions for incredible ease of use

  • MIDI In for note entry, plus external sync and control from your DAW
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

Even today, more than thirty years after the age dominated by analog synthesizers, we just can’t let go of the sound of analog rhythm machines. Those thick sounds have the power to stand up to guitar and acoustic drums, and are still indispensable for track-making or live performance. The volca Beats gives you those analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe; it lets you turn your inspiration into reality and generate beats with the best high quality sounds.

PureData Launchpad sequencer

April 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demo of a stepsequencer programmed with PureData and controlled by a Novation Launchpad.

First stage was a proof-of-concept with one track. Patch will be available soon at
http://pdberlin.hotglue.me/MalteSteiner
and used in my part at Restlichtverstärker concerts
http://soundcloud.com/restlicht

Little Rhythm Synth

March 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This little rhythm synth is a 4 step sequencer and NAND synth. Switches allow the user to turn steps on and off, in order to create simple rhythms. The knobs from left to right are: volume, tempo, pitch, and filter.

Casio: XW-G1 Step Sequencer fun

March 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A quick demo using the XW-G1′s step sequencer while showing solo synth manipulation.

The XW-G1 groove synthesizer is designed for the DJ and club performer providing an interactive step sequencer and a sample looper for digitally capturing performance patterns and external instruments.

Step Sequencer

Providing everything from pulsing dance grooves to animated synth textures and arpeggios, the Step Sequencer is the first of its kind. With nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, four controller tracks for adding panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts and eight patterns make up each sequence; the user can build and mix their performance on the fly. Sequences can even transpose live from the keyboard, providing a completely interactive experience.

Solo Synth

Utilizing Casio’s exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source, a six oscillator monophonic solo synth is just one of the amazing sound engine in the XW-G1. The solo synth has the power to deliver classic analog sounds and sounds with an aggressive edge unlike anything else. Two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM based oscillators, a noise oscillator and an external oscillator via mic and line inputs can be combined to make up a single solo synth tone. Each oscillator has an independent filter, envelopes, independent key tracking, portamento, two LFO’s and access to master resonant filter. With impressive modulation and control capabilities at your fingertips, the solo synth is capable of a wide range of sounds and expression.

Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer

The XW-G1 has powerful arpeggiators. In addition to typical arpeggio patterns, this arpeggiator can create polyphonic synth gated patterns, acoustic instrument emulations and is even fully programmable allowing you to create your own unique sounds. An additional phrase sequencer allows you to quickly capture any riff that you play on the keyboard and have it available on a front panel switch or triggered and transposed live from a range of notes on the keyboard. The combination of the Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer provides an endless array of sound possibilities.

Control

The XW-G1 has 4 realtime controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, along with 9 sliders to provide control over internal sounds and external devices. Through standard MIDI ports and with a class-compliant USB port the keyboard can be used as a controller for other instruments, including computer software and iPad® based software applications. It also includes an audio input allowing you to monitor an MP3 player, computer or other device without the need for a mixer.

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