Sequencer 3 is now fully operational (out of beta)! To celebrate, here’s a new thread and two patches!
First of all, thanks your help testing and your ideas to make the sequencer better! (Here’s the original thread in case you need it for something. ) Sequencer 3 started out being just about syncing sequences to clock and implementing MIDI transport control, but ended up with a new Aux Button-based function menu plus the abilities to overdub/undo and store fourteen sequences!
The first two patches to include Sequencer 3 are Basic Poly and Arpeggio Synth. https://patchstorage.com/seq-3-1-6-pack/ (UPDATED FEB 10!!)
They’re pretty straightforward which is why we released them first. There’s a lot going on with the new Sequencer. It will:
- Quantize your sequences to the nearest quarter note if you’re sending MIDI clock or have a Link session going.
- Store 14 Sequences
- Let you Overdub new notes on your selected sequence
- Let you Undo an Overdub if you make a mistake
- Respond to MIDI Transport Control
Before getting deeper into the features, it’s important to understand that the Aux button is the main controller for this module. Pressing the Aux button will bring up an on-screen menu with a list of functions. These functions correspond to the ‘black’ keys on the Organelle. So if you press and hold Aux, you can then press one of the black keys to choose that function. The C# key selects the top left function The order moves from top left to bottom left; then top right to bottom right. The Function menu can also be used to control aspects of the patch such as select waveform.
How these four features work:
1. Quantized Sequences
If you send the patch MIDI clock from external device, the sequencer will quantize the playback length to nearest quarter note of that incoming tempo. If you are not sending clock, the sequence is played back as you recorded it. The quantization happens during playback, not record. So:
- If you record a sequence without a Clock/Link present and then connect a Clock/Link and play the sequence, the sequence length will be quantized to nearest quarter note.
- If you record a sequence with a Clock/Link present and then disconnect the Clock/Link and play the sequence, the sequence length will be as you recorded it.
2. Store Multiple Sequences
You can save/recall 14 independent sequences! They are stored on the keyboard’s ‘white’ keys. To change the designated preset key/slot:
- Hold Aux and select a white key. A number (1-14) will then be displayed on screen to indicate this change and you can release Aux and key. If you hold Aux again, you will see that the function keys reflect that change. For example, if you set the record/playback destination to #7 (low B key) the sequencer controls along the left column will have ‘7’ as the prefix. If you change the sequence destination/slot, the prefix will change.
- Press Aux + Function Key 2 (low D# key) to Record a new sequence to your selected slot. The sequences are autosaved as soon as you end recording by pressing Aux.
The sequencer now supports note overdubbing! It works like this:
- Select your record destination from one of the 14 white keys
- Optional: Use Aux + Function Key 2 (low D# key) to Record a new sequence. Recording starts as soon as you play a note, send a note from external MIDI device, or turn a knob. Press Aux to end recording.
- When you’re ready to record an overdub on top of an existing recording, press Aux and low F# key (Function Key 3) to overdub. A three second countdown begins and then the sequence starts playing from the beginning and any new activity is recorded. Press Aux to end overdub. You may shorten the original by pressing Aux before the sequence loops. You may make the overdubbing longer than the original if you let it loop before pressing Aux.
Overdubs are saved when you end recording. You may overdub as many times as you like. If there is MIDI clock from external source present, the length of playback of overdubbed recording will be quantized to nearest quarter note. If no clock, playback length will be as you recorded it.
If you don’t like your Overdub, you can press Aux & Function Key 4 (low G# key) to undo your overdub. There is one level of undo and once you do it, the Function screen will say ‘Undid’. There is no undo the undo (redo).
5. MIDI Transport Control
Sequencer 3 will respond to the following MIDI messages:
- Start Message: Will Start the sequence from the beginning (even if you have already started it (kind of a rewind))
- Stop Message. Stops sequence wherever it is in time.
- Continue Message: Right now this message acts like a Start message.
Let us know how it goes!