A collection of unique sequencers capable of atypical rhythms, chainable into complex networks of autonomous activity, living off the grid or redefining grids readily, and performance-ready for live experimentation, the Complex Pattern Sequencer Assemblage is a toolkit for those who feel like their sequencers are missing a little something.
The Division Sequencer's 32 steps allow long sequences and rhythmic precision, but the most interesting feature is its adjustable downbeats. Activate steps on the top row (yellow) to define extra or fewer downbeats and to separate them with more or fewer subdivisions - downbeats with three steps between them now allow for triplets and five steps between downbeats creates quintuplet subdivisions for that beat, while having five total beats can put you in 5/4 time… and all of this allows for complex rhythmic variation with the easy of a normally rigid step sequencer. In addition, you’ll find deeper features for using triggers to jump around within a pattern or to switch patterns, buttons for tapping rhythms into lanes and for inverting selections, and more.
The Fractional Sequencer acts as either a quick and simple trigger sequencer or an infinitely chainable and branchable step sequencer with variable step subdivisions (not unlike the Division Sequencer) and tempos. Another great use-case is treating a unit as a gate-activated rhythm snippet - with another Fractional Sequencer (or other gate sequencer), a MIDI Actuator connected to a midi keyboard, or even just square waves from LFOs, you can deploy rhythmic snippets in complex ways, for a result that’s sort of like a hybrid between step sequencing and cue jumping on a turntable.
The Unquantized Sequencing Spindle establishes a continuous loop and uses dials to position moments along that loop, producing trigger pulses. Those positions are unquantized for free rhythmic latitude, allowing complex barrages, off-kilter hesitations, human-styled swings, and serendipitous patterns. Unlike merely not quantizing performances, this dial-based approach allows for patient refining and experimentation to support purposeful results that aren’t limited by reflexes and controllers. You’ll find jacks for changing patterns with triggers, for syncing multiple devices, for automating pattern length changes with glide for ratcheting, muting, and so on.
The Unquantized PITCH-Sequencing Spindle takes the same concept and allows you to specify notes so that your unquantized rhythms can also define melodies. The output pitch CV can also be unquantized (there is a quantize button that snaps them to standard equal temper tuning if you like though) for interesting detunings, cool non-equal temper tunings, and off-the-path melodies that are typically left to the imperfections of nonelectronic music. It’s also a great way to compose by ear and free yourself from your own cliches that habitually reemerge on a familiar keyboard.
The Micelle Note Sequencer complements the crew with quantized pitch sequencing, while also having a built in envelope generator so that various patterns can have different envelope characteristics. Jump between staccato and legato patterns, alternate slow attacks with fast ones, and make copies of patterns with different envelope characteristics for nimble variations.
The Gate ID Logic Executor and Recurrence Multiplier & Divider off useful sequencer utilities. The latter has an internal clock (you can use an external one too) from which you can produce clock pulses in multiples or fractions, and you can jump around the various definable factors using triggers for wild rhythmic potential. The former (the logic module) lets you incorporate decision processes in your sequencing (and elsewhere) and is especially useful for harnessing complex assortments of modulators and sequencers to cause other events based on the states of such an assortment. It monitors up to 8 inputs and delivers an output of high or low voltage (knobs allow you to set them) based on the status of these in reference to its switch/button settings.
By combining these various sequencers and utilities, you can produce both traditional and experimental rhythms and melodies. They allow for generative approaches and purposeful precision alike. The Complex Pattern Sequencer Assemblage is designed to push music a little bit out of the box.
Check individual modules for detailed descriptions.