Sequencer behaviour


Sequencer behaviour
« on: January 27, 2019, 03:11:05 PM »

What do the play / record buttons do when the sequencer is switched off?

I find it frustrating that I have to turn on the sequencer before I can play it.

Surely hitting play is enough to switch it on and start the sequencer? Or is there some functionality I am missing?

Re: Sequencer behaviour
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2019, 02:23:24 AM »
The play / record buttons don't do anything when the sequencer is switched off. You have to turn on the sequencer on to use it. I personally don't find that very frustrating.

Re: Sequencer behaviour
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 01:35:00 PM »
I agree that it's non-intuitive that the play and record buttons don't automatically engage the sequencer.

Having gotten used to how it works, it's less of an issue for me now - but it seems arbitrary and I still find myself forgetting on occasion.  Can imagine that there is some architectural reason it's structured this way - but if that reason isn't obvious from the users vantage point it feels less than coherent.

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Re: Sequencer behaviour
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2019, 12:11:04 PM »
I think it comes down to if you have another sequencer that sends a "play" signal over midi and you don't want a sequence to play you have the option to have it off. You can save the patch with it on or off so it shouldn't be a big deal imo.