Re: [AH] Is there a hardware sequencer that supports playing the same se

From john mahoney
Sent Wed, Jan 21st 2004, 22:53

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Zoran Bosnjak" <>
> Hi John,
> this is what I did at home yesterday:
> I use Cubase VST sequencer. I created this 16-step sequence that I also

> heavily modulated with FM, until it sounded right. I recorded this, and
> started playing the same thing with different filter/FM settings/envelope
> lengths, but also moving the sequence in 1/16 x N increments, until I got
> the second sequence that, due to relationship to the first one,
> the whole mix very nicely (in both rhythmic and timbre sense). I believe
> this relationship is truly worth exploring.

Hiya, Zoran. I agree, it sounds worth exploring. But hey, I like sequencers.

I picked up some used Doepfer clock modules -- one clock sequencer and 2
clock dividers -- with the intention of linking multiple sequences at
different clock multiples. They are still in the box, though. (I need a case
and power supply, mumble mumble...) I only have one sequencer but I'll fake
a second one with my Mono/Poly's arpeggiator, at least to play with the

> Hardware sequencer would speed up the process described above, and it is
> worth saying that I always look for opportunities to beef up my modular,
> excuses to spend more on modules :-)

Use whatever excuse you need! :-)

I assume that you wish to avoid programming the same sequence onto 2
devices. If not, then just get 2 Miltons. (*That* should satisfy your need
to spend more on modules!)

The Milton can play sequences in random order, but not randomly AND
sequentially at the same time. Unless you add some sample & hold units, VC
A/B switches, and... maybe a gate delay, and... maybe more. It's a kludge,
but I'm thinking that you could *multiplex* the Milton. Here's the idea:

Let's call our 2 channels R and S, for Random and Sequential. The clock runs
at double speed. You have both random (R) and sequential (S) "step selector"
signals to feed the Milton. Every other clock pulse flips between the R and
S inputs, and simultaneously switches the pitch output to one of the 2
sample and hold modules -- these have to hold the pitch while we make the
Milton process the other channel.

The R & S pitch signals (from their respective S&Holds) would share one gate

Oh! You don't need a gate delay, since the gate signal looks the same at
every beat -- unless you plan to have different durations at different
steps, or maybe if you want to skip a beat. Your implementation may vary.

I don't see why this wouldn't work, as "double time" should still be within
the Milton's speed limit. Thoughts, anyone? (Peter G?)