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  1. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    I have recently been thinking about how how to best implement sampled loops into the MBSEQ workflow. It would be great to have a type of track ("Loop Track" maybe) that automatically calculates a Pitch Bend value to offset the tuning of loops in relationship  to the actual BPM. Imagine you have some sampled percussion loops that are at 125 BPM, and you are playing at 128. In the Config Page of the "Loop Track", you can enter both the original BPM of your loops and how many semitones your sampler  detunes them in reaction to Pitch Bend. MBSEQ then calculates the needed PB value to send to the sampler patch so the loops are at the correct pitch (well, length, rather...). Something like :128/125=1.024, sampler pitchbends sounds 7 semitones, so PB value needed = XXXX  (I don't really know what the formula would be, I am sure TK could figure it out easily). That would be very handy indeed for all kinds of backing tracks!  Credit to whom credit is due: the core idea Sneak Thief already implemented in his live performance sequencer years ago (he demonstrated it to me once a couple of years ago).
  2. Recommend me a sampler

    Well, the Tsunami does work already, it's just much more limited in what it can do when you are only using MIDI commands. Most of the cool features are via serial, and routing is fairly restrictively set via the sample name. It also only responds to one MIDI channel, with PCs to switch "banks" of 128 possible assignments. I built mine into a tin box with 8 sockets for the outputs as a temporary solution. This Microgranny thing looks pretty cool, but probably more for experimental stuff, it's monophonic, too.  I just kinda like the idea of having everything centrally sequenced by the MBSeq, so I don't want to add other machines with their own sequencers, but rather a plethora of small modules scattered around it!
  3. Recommend me a sampler

    Hi Gerald, I guess you are right in pretty much all of your arguments. Its just that I don't really enjoy using the computer for making sounds so much - as soon as there's super precise control over frequencies and gain etc, I want to use it, and I get completely lost in all the options. I also don't use any sample libraries (except for your standard drum machine samples...), I mostly just sample from records or resample my gear.  Basically, I have this theory of the Digital Divide, that House and Techno (which is basically the music I make) really changed once people started to do most of the work in DAWs, because you can be much more detailed and have access to technology that before, only very few had. So the production value in music mixed in the computer tends to be much higher, but for me, there's a real lack of personality and excitement, which is maybe just my starry-eyed interpretation of the shortcomings of available technology. That is of course a gross generalisation, I am not meaning to say everything that's done on a computer is bad! But limitations spur creativity.
  4. Recommend me a sampler

    I do not now how to tackle it. ;-)
  5. Record replacing notes...what did I do?

    I had this happening, too. I was never able to figure out what led to this behaviour.
  6. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    Wouldn't just turning on all the steps be much faster than holding a switch for two seconds and then do something else? Disregarding for a moment the fact that the tact switches on my seq are not all responding the same (so one or two might not turn on), I can just run my finger over consecutive steps I want to turn on in one fluent "crescendo" motion. Also, "Fill" makes me think of "fills" as in "drum fills" -- you know, the kind of stuff you play at the end of a chorus / loop.
  7. Zero Circuit

    You are right, Interstellar was good, and I didn't find the music offputting.  But, back on topic, Peter, which part is played by the ESQ-M? I gotta say that sounds like a really tempting synth! Did you make a control assignment for your synth programmer for it?
  8. MIDIbox SEQ new frontpanel idea

    I am left-handed. I always thought the SeqV4 layout alright for me. On the other hand (no pun intended), the other machines I used the most are MPCs, and they (except for the 2000/2000XL) have the Menu section at the right, and that actually felt alright too. I must stress though that I am not really a keyboard player, I only ever write drums in real time, so the switching-while-playing argument doesn't really apply. I do agree that left-handed people are just so used to doing things with their right hand, not being given the choice (computer mouse being an obvious example), that they are more comfortable to do so. EG I hold my mobile phone in my right and write text messages with my right thumb.  At home I have the sequencer on the left and the mixer on the right, and that's the configuration i always default to. I think it's because like that, I can use my better coordinated hand to do stuff on the sequencer, like using the thumb to hold the menu key and index or ring finger to switch to a different mode or mute/unmute stuff, while adjusting faders/sends on the mixer. Now you really got me thinking if the example layout above wouldn't be better for me!
  9. Zero Circuit

      Hans Zimmer is really the worst thing that can happen to a movie.
  10. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    Yes, I am using the STM32F4  core. Thanks a lot!
  11. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    Hi, too bad about the Drum CCs. I reckon you wanted to implement it originally, TK, and that's why it says "TODO" where the "CC" entry of the other Track Types normally is... I just use a second track set as a CC track if I want to automate drums. Would be very neat though to have it combined though. Also on Drum Tracks, would it be possible that Transpose would transpose  +/-16 notes (or +/-8 if the Drum Track is set to 8 notes)? So you could quickly go through different banks of drum kits of 16 sounds each. I also started to put together a "cheat sheet" that lists all the key combinations and extra menus that are not immediately apparent. I think it would nicely compliment the Beginner's Guide on the Wiki. @jjonas, would you be able to create a Wiki profile for me? It's pretty much just info that is in the release notes, but organised according to the menu pages (and checked if still relevant).
  12. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    Cool, that is great with the counters. The Sync-dependencies-change also works. Thank you. It would be neat if on the Pattern screen, pressing Select plus the new Slot (also pressing new Slot, then pressing Select) would momentarily bypass the Pattern Change Considered setting and immediately select the next Slot as if Pattern Change Considered were disabled - say you have a drum break programmed on Slot 8, you can switch immediately by holding Select plus GP 16, then normally select the main pattern in eg. Slot 1 again, and bam, it comes back in on the 1 after 16 bars!
  13. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    Alright, I get it: for it to work reliably, you FIRST need to press Copy, then, while it's copying (and you are still holding Copy), you need to press Paste. The Patterns in the new Slots then get selected immediately, ignoring the Pattern Change Synchronization Option (3/25). Wouldn't it make more sense if that would be kept? Imagine you are wanting to make the copy-paste-and-switch-action after 16 bars of playing one Slot, easy to trip you out of the right counting like that.    While I was trying this out, I realized something else that seems counter-intuitive: With Pattern Change Synchronization on, you need to set Option 2, "Pattern Change Synchronization Change considered each XX steps" the same or smaller as Option 1, Track Synchronization Steps per Measure. That is unfortunate, as again, imagine you only ever want to change patterns every 16 bars (the max step number of 256), but you want that irregular 14 step pattern on Track 5 reset every two bars (which is why you set Track Synchronization Steps per Measure to 32). No luck, stuck on that pattern! So I would argue it would be better if these two were independent from another, meaning the Track Sync doesn't reset the Pattern Change Sync "step counter". If one were to compare  to Ableton Live, you can set the "Global Quantization" to be 16 bars, but each clip can have any length. It would also be great if these two "counters" would be included in the Step View (underneath the Pattern Overview Cursor maybe, as two lines filling up), to give you a "synchronization aid" if you've been jamming so hard you fell out of the count.  In the Root Menu, there is a Measure counter anyways, so what about refining this to be included in the Step View, too, displaying both "Total Measures Played" and "Measures Played since this Pattern Was Selected" - handy to see how long you have been on the same pattern. Thanks a lot for your time!
  14. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    There are no Song Mode events that allow to automate changes of Force To Scale and the Root Note, and also Groove settings.    Also, this:  doesn't seem to work here (STMF32F4). It does say it copies patterns to PRESETS on the screen, but when I then switch to the next Pattern position, it's empty. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!
  15. How do You play?

    Looks like you have been thinking about smaller luggage, too.