Re: [AH] Doepfer Regelwek/Dark Time

From Nicholas Keller
Sent Fri, Jan 9th 2015, 21:19

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Do you have a regelwerk?  There aren't tons around for sale.  I have two MAQ=
s and the A-154/155(152,156) combo.  I like the MAQs for being 16 step (but n=
ot fixed) and for each row being independent (you can have one forward, one p=
endulum, one random), unlike the A-155.  The MAQs can make for some cool pol=
yrhythmic sequences, but to really push them to the limit, you need to send m=
idi messages to them while you're at it.  That really opens them up, but I r=
arely do that as it requires integrating with the computer. I usually just s=
ync the MAQs to the Machinedrum and leave the computer off, booting up only t=
o capture a good passage as audio.  If I do want to control it more delibera=
tely via midi, I have an Ableton Live file that has all the midi commands as=
 "clips" so I can have all the rows switch to random at bar 17 and back at b=
ar 19 for example, something that would be impossible to do via the front pa=
nel.  Here's a video I made to show that it is possible using this Ableton f=
ile to switch from forward to random and back again, restarting the forward s=
equence at step 1 (something the software guy at Doepfer thought was not pos=
sible). =20
https://vimeo.com/58943038
It requires a message be sent on step 1 of the forward sequence which sets t=
he first and last step to 1, then a message on step 2 that sets first step t=
o 2 and last to 16.=20

The A-155 is cool in that it has inputs for each step, so you can not only s=
equence fixed voltages, but you can also sequence modulation sources or audi=
o. It's fun to stuff an LFO into one step's input and quantize the sequencer=
's output, then for that LFO injection period you will get a burst of notes n=
ot likely in time with the sequence itself. Here are a few examples I made o=
f sequencing audio:
https://vimeo.com/68894557
https://vimeo.com/68914174

Dark time is cool for having built/in quantizer and being available as a sta=
nd alone box, but I don't think it has the analog control inputs available w=
ith the A-154 sequencer controller, but I could be wrong.=20

I'm off to watch Paul's video now...

Nick



> On Jan 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM, Paul T <FelixKrull2u@comcast.net> wrote:
>=20
> Speaking of wanting acid machines: do any of you fine folks use or have st=
rong opinions on the above sequencers? I do own an ARP sequencer and a Rolan=
d 104 and an Oberheim mini sequencer plus lots of monophonic analogs but am t=
hinking of joining the 22nd century such as it is. I do not really use compu=
ters much in making music at the moment so can I get much use out of the Reg=
elwerk as a sequencer and a fader/controller? Should I be thinking of other s=
equencers besides these? I've got a Garfield Mini Doc and several other sync=
hronizers and trigger sequencers. =20
>  On a related note: what's the best MPC in your opinion? I'm afraid my ide=
a of a sequencer is a Linn 9000 with all of the possible add ons. I hear Mr L=
inn has gone on to do other things besides the Linn.  :)
>  I'm sure what I should really be spending money on is getting some stuff s=
erviced at this point.
>=20

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<html><head><meta http-equiv=3D"content-type" content=3D"text/html; charset=3D=
utf-8"></head><body dir=3D"auto"><div>Do you have a regelwerk? &nbsp;There a=
ren't tons around for sale. &nbsp;I have two MAQs and the A-154/155(152,156)=
 combo. &nbsp;I like the MAQs for being 16 step (but not fixed) and for each=
 row being independent (you can have one forward, one pendulum, one random),=
 unlike the A-155. &nbsp;The MAQs can make for some cool polyrhythmic sequen=
ces, but to really push them to the limit, you need to send midi messages to=
 them while you're at it. &nbsp;That really opens them up, but I rarely do t=
hat as it requires integrating with the computer. I usually just sync the MA=
Qs to the Machinedrum and leave the computer off, booting up only to capture=
 a good passage as audio. &nbsp;If I do want to control it more deliberately=
 via midi, I have an Ableton Live file that has all the midi commands as "cl=
ips" so I can have all the rows switch to random at bar 17 and back at bar 1=
9 for example, something that would be impossible to do via the front panel.=
 &nbsp;Here's a video I made to show that it is possible using this Ableton f=
ile to switch from forward to random and back again, restarting the forward s=
equence at step 1 (something the software guy at Doepfer thought was not pos=
sible). &nbsp;</div><div><a href=3D"https://vimeo.com/58943038">https://vime=
o.com/58943038</a></div><div>It requires a message be sent on step 1 of the f=
orward sequence which sets the first and last step to 1, then a message on s=
tep 2 that sets first step to 2 and last to 16.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><d=
iv>The A-155 is cool in that it has inputs for each step, so you can not onl=
y sequence fixed voltages, but you can also sequence modulation sources or a=
udio. It's fun to stuff an LFO into one step's input and quantize the sequen=
cer's output, then for that LFO injection period you will get a burst of not=
es not likely in time with the sequence itself. Here are a few examples I ma=
de of sequencing audio:</div><div><a href=3D"https://vimeo.com/68894557">htt=
ps://vimeo.com/68894557</a></div><div><a href=3D"https://vimeo.com/68914174"=
>https://vimeo.com/68914174</a></div><div><br></div><div>Dark time is cool f=
or having built/in quantizer and being available as a stand alone box, but I=
 don't think it has the analog control inputs available with the A-154 seque=
ncer controller, but I could be wrong.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I'm of=
f to watch Paul's video now...</div><div><br></div><div>Nick<br><br><br></di=
v><div><br>On Jan 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM, Paul T &lt;<a href=3D"mailto:FelixKru=
ll2u@comcast.net">FelixKrull2u@comcast.net</a>&gt; wrote:<br><br></div><bloc=
kquote type=3D"cite"><div><div style=3D"font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;=
 color: #000000"><div aria-label=3D"Compose body"><span style=3D"font-size: 1=
2pt;">Speaking of wanting acid machines: do any of you fine folks use or hav=
e strong opinions on the above sequencers? I do own an ARP sequencer and a R=
oland 104 and an Oberheim mini sequencer plus lots of monophonic analogs but=
 am thinking of joining the 22nd century such as it is. I do not really use c=
omputers much in making music at the moment so can I get much use out of the=
 Regelwerk as a sequencer and a fader/controller? Should I be thinking of ot=
her sequencers besides these? I've got a Garfield Mini Doc and several other=
&nbsp;</span>synchronizers and trigger sequencers.<span style=3D"font-size: 1=
2pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style=3D"color:#000;font-weight:normal;f=
ont-style:normal;text-decoration:none;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif=
;font-size:12pt;" data-mce-style=3D"color: #000; font-weight: normal; font-s=
tyle: normal; text-decoration: none; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif=
; font-size: 12pt;"><div style=3D"font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; color=
: #000000" data-mce-style=3D"font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; color: #00=
0000;"><div>&nbsp;On a related note: what's the best MPC in your opinion? I'=
m afraid my idea of a sequencer is a Linn 9000 with all of the possible add o=
ns. I hear Mr Linn has gone on to do other things besides the Linn. &nbsp;:)=
</div><div>&nbsp;I'm sure what I should really be spending money on is getti=
ng some stuff serviced at this point.</div></div></div><div><br></div></div>=
</div></blockquote></body></html>=

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