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Hardware Sequencers

Gerry Havinga

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Re: Hardware Sequencers
« Reply #80 on: March 15, 2019, 01:10:02 AM »
Last December I purchased the Manikin Schrittmacher as I ran out of patience and time waiting for the Cirklon. I have been on the waiting list since December 2017, so it will happen, just me having a buffer overflow of a 64 bit patience counter  ;) and really wanting to start building a live setup.

My objective for this year is to create a live set, with a few tracks that span an hour and a half (or more). Programming the sequences using the Schrittmacher and the Digitone (its sequencer playing the inner voices and a few external synths) with some "live" playing the Rev2 from my side.

I now have a few months elapsed time "gigging" in my studio and it is slowly starting to happen. I only have a few hours a week to practice, but that is enough to get a good feel for combining both sequencers with external synths (no computer!).

I will keep you all posted with regards to my adventures, mainly for composing and playing live.

Moving away from the "serial" and pattern based workflow, composing in Bitwig, to a "looped" workflow, composing and playing the Schrittmacher, has been a very interesting experience. Much more difficult to change my mind-set than I expected. But great fun though.
DSI Prophet Rev2 and Evolver desktop, Waldorf Blofeld, Roland System-1, Korg Microstation, Nord Rack 2, Akai S5000, Dato DUO, Elektron Digitone, Deepmind12D, Schrittmacher, Bitwig v1 and v2. Daw-less...

https://soundcloud.com/user-252754541
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Gerry Havinga

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Re: Hardware Sequencers
« Reply #81 on: March 16, 2019, 02:07:54 PM »
Beginning of a new track, continuing to experiment with the Schrittmacher and the Digitone sequencers.

https://soundcloud.com/user-252754541/live003

Recorded in one take, directly into Bitwig. I realised one handy trick is to start the Schrittmacher, putting Bitwig in slave mode so it starts recording as soon as I hit play and starting the Digitone on an empty pattern (silence). This allows a restive start and I have the time to switch lanes / patterns on/off at leisure.

Schrittmacher is the master clock and sequencing layer A of the Rev2, patch is mine, relatively simple unison brass patch. No external effects. Digitone is clocked and started from the Schrittmacher, but note and CC receive is switched off for this project. Digitone plays three internal tracks, factory presets slightly tweaked.

I can feel my workflow starting to become stable. Most difficult part is limiting myself to which synths I will take on the road and which sequencer is driving what. Obviously while performing there is no time for much tweaking and corrections. I will have to keep it simple and keep the focus on playing, controlling the sequencers and modulating parameters.

The Schrittmacher does have some serious limitations, such as no clock on MIDI out B ....... But the circular, looped nature of the lanes affecting each other is amazing. For sequencing the Rev2 I use 4 lanes for the different patterns, only playing 8 notes. I use an add track to modulate the note values by octaves up and down, running at a different speed. I use a length track to modulate length of the notes.

I am still experimenting with the Schrittmachers encoder in global mode. I have one encoder controlling the Rev2's master volume (CC 7), this works well.

Great fun!
DSI Prophet Rev2 and Evolver desktop, Waldorf Blofeld, Roland System-1, Korg Microstation, Nord Rack 2, Akai S5000, Dato DUO, Elektron Digitone, Deepmind12D, Schrittmacher, Bitwig v1 and v2. Daw-less...

https://soundcloud.com/user-252754541
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1QKocb4H6mNRVJ01qyqd