RE: [AH] totally insane!! system 700 sequencer

From charles graef
Sent Fri, Jul 11th 2008, 15:38

The Doepfer sequencer allows the CV or audio input to individual steps.  The
Analogue Systems sequencer has skip.  Would be nice if every sequencer had

Re the Roland, I should think it would be possible when using an external VC
clock with a row of sequencer CV and thereby halve a given step duration
with an octave increase in CV from that row, quarter the duration with a
2-octave increase, etc.


-----Original Message-----
From: alt-mode [] 
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 9:24 AM
To: Guy D2; analogue
Subject: Re: [AH] totally insane!! system 700 sequencer

Take a closer look at the System 700 sequencer and you will also see that
there is a "Analog In" jack on every stage.  Aside from adding a CV to an
individual step, this can also be used for sequencing between different
waves or sounds, much like the ARP 2500 Mix sequencer.  Of course, the 2500
mix sequencer has a few additional tricks up its sleeve too by mixing
multiple inputs but this is an overlooked function in the System 700

There are four "wishes" I have for the System 700 sequencer although they
will never come true:

1. A quantizer but this can be added with another module from a more modern
modular synth.

2. A "skip" selection for each stage much like the Moog and ASys sequencers.
This is probably the most important "playability" function for any step
sequencer.  It allows you to make many sequences out of a set of steps.  I'm
surprised at how few step sequencers implement this feature.

3. The CV out jacks should be on the left of the module and the clock inputs
on the right.  You need some long patch cords to go from the CV outs to any
oscillators when setting up the blocks in the standard configuration.

4. The ability to use the step timing functions mentioned earlier when
driven by an external clock.  This might require that the external clock run
at 1/32 note values but I could live with that.  The System 700 sequencer
has to be your main clock if you want to use the timing functions.


On 7/11/08 8:25 AM, "Guy D2" <> wrote:

> Numerology 2.0 can do this (easily). Mac only though... and v2.0 is
> still in beta, but nearing completion.
> I designed such a step sequencer in Reaktor -- I'm quite sure there
> are more like these done in Reaktor (or Max, etc...).
> The S700 sequencer was very handy for live use (big buttons, spacious
> layout), but apart from the step duration it wasn't any more special
> than say the nearest Moog step sequencer. There's a lot better
> hardware out there right now.
> -g
> On 11 Jul 2008, at 14:14, Christopher Winkels wrote:
>> Are there any good software emulations of this?
>> On 7/11/08, Andrew Scheidler <> wrote:
>>> For one, each step (there are 12 of them) has a "duration" selector.
>>> You can change a note from a sixteenth to an eighth (or quarter,
>>> half,
>>> etc) on the fly.  So your sequence can change from a 12/16 to a 13/16
>>> (by changing one of the sixteenths to an eighth).
>>> This is far cooler than you would expect  :)
>>> Drew
>>> On 7/11/08, gregory zifcak <> wrote:
>>>> for the uninitiated,
>>>> what's special about the sequencer?
>>>> ------
>>>> I really was quite impressed with the sequencer.  While the bulk
>>>> of the
>>>> modules are typical Roland (sliders -yuck- and sorely lacking in
>>>> multiples), the sequencer is
>>>> just sheer genius.  It is by far the best sequencer I have used and
>>>> probably the only reason to ever own one of these things.
>>>>  Cheers,
>>>>  Tony
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