Probably 16-2-1

Type: Module

Category: Sequencers

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

Manufacturer: Monkey Business Audio

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Is it a sequencer? Is it a switch? No - it's Probably 16-2-1 !

Probably 16-2-1 - a 16-step sequencer / 16x1 switch hybrid on steroids

Also available as part of the Probably Bundle

Combine the best features of a 16-step sequencer with those of a 16x1 switch, throw in a few extras and there you have it: Probably 16-2-1 is a 16-step sequencer that lets you sequence not only constant CV, but any signals you like. 6 different playback modes plus the ability of manual intervention will leave nothing to be desired.

Global features

All input jacks are black and all output jacks are silver for instant recognition.

Trigger Input

A step can be triggered by external CV through the trigger input jack (voltage >= 2.5V) or manually with the trigger button

Mode

Select the playback mode

  • Reverse: Playback starts from the last active input and goes down to 1, then starts again at the last active input
  • Forward (default): Starts at input 1, goes up to the last active input and starts again at 1
  • Random: Selects a random input depending on distribution settings
  • Ping Pong Exclusive: Starts at input 1, goes up to last active input, then goes down again, e.g. with 4 active inputs, playback order would be 1-2-3-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-3-2...
  • Ping Pong Inclusive: Starts at input 1, goes up to last active input, then starts at last active input and goes down to 1 again, e.g. with 4 active inputs, playback order would be 1-2-3-4-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-4-3-2-1...
  • CV: Selects an input by incoming step CV depending on distribution settings

Reset Input

Send a reset signal through the CV input jack (voltage >= 2.5V) or manually with the reset button. It has the same reset behavior as Cherry Audio's 8-Step Sequencer, i.e. if a reset signal is received (either through the input jack or the button) the sequence will restart with the next trigger. A reset will have no effect in CV or in Random mode.

Step CV

When playback mode is set to CV, you can control the "playback position" through this jack. It expects a voltage between 0V and 5V (like Cherry Audio's 8x1 Switch). By default (all distribution values are equal) the voltage at which a transition from input n to input n+1 happens, is n*5V/(number of active inputs). This behavior can be changed with the distribution knobs.

Offset

Add an offset voltage to the CV Output through the input jack and with the knob.

Gate

When the gate button (the red one) of an input is activated, a trigger and a gate signal will be generated when the input gets selected. When the gate input jack is empty the gate time can be set in a range of 2 to 8192 ms using the knob. When the gate input jack is connected, the gate time is controlled by pitch CV following the 1 V/octave rule. The gate will be opened for the duration of a single cycle at the corresponding pitch, where a 1/16th note at 120 BPM equals about -3.03135971V. This allows for tempo-synced gating. When gate length is controlled by pitch CV the gate time knob will set the duration of the gate in % relative to the received pitch, i.e. if a pitch for a 1/16th note is received, a value of 50% will open the gate for the duration of a 1/32nd note. At 100%, two consecutive gates will be considered "legato", i.e. the gate will stay open.

CV Out

Main CV output.

Trigger

When the gate button (the red one) of an input is activated, a trigger and a gate signal will be generated when the input gets selected.

CV Inputs

Input CV

Set the CV for each step with the CV knob. The voltage ranges from -5V to 5V. External CV can be fed to an input through the CV input jack. If the CV input jack is connected, the CV knob acts as an offset to the signal from the jack.

Distribution

This setting is only enabled in Random and CV playback mode and it is a relative setting rather than an absolute one. If all distribution values are equal then all steps are equally distributed. i.e equally probable. In Random mode, If one distribution value is twice the value of that of all other inputs then that one will be twice as probable. The same goes for CV mode, if one distribution value is twice the value of that of all other inputs then the range at which that input will be selected will be twice as big. An example: If you have 4 inputs activated, the first 3 distributions are set to 50% (default) and the fourth is set to 100% then the resulting probabilities will be 20% for the first 3 and 40% for the fourth input. When in CV mode, a Step CV from 0V (incl) to 1V (excl) will select input 1, 1V to 2V input 2, 2V to 3V input 3 and 3V to 5V input 4.

Active Button

With the Active button you can determine the number of steps in your sequence. When an Active button is toggled off, that input and all after it are deactivated. When it is turned on, that input and all inputs from 1 up to that one will get activated.

Gate Button

Determines whether gate and trigger signals should be generated when that input gets selected.

Select Button

Selects the input. Manual selection works in all playback modes and overrides the automatically selected input. Triggered playback will continue from the manually selected input when the button is released.

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