The Electro-Music forum has the scoop on a new synth DIY sequencer project, the Roland 100m.
It has step repeat switches:- [1-8] and gate mode switches:-
[off/single/repeat/long] for each stage, plus random & pingpong mode.
It is based around a PIC, so is software update-able.
I was inspired by watching a Youtube clip of the excellent
YMO in the studio circa 1979, where they demonstrated
the Moog sequencer on their track Rydeen.
Which used the step repeat function.
I went to China last year, and found some pretty obscure
8way switches, so I thought this would be a good use for them.
8 pitch steps can, if used carefully, make
pretty good 4 bar bass lines, by changing the length between
notes, and repeating some notes.
I was too lazy to use a decoder, so the PIC outputs BCD, which
is quite a waste of IO pins, but it keeps the board size small [no decoder chips]
It does have a random step mode, if that’s what you mean.
I keep wanting to add more features, but end up with having
to use “soft-selection” for modes, rather than nice big switches, which
is a shame . . .