Developer Julien Bayle has announced a new sequencer for Ableton Live, The Protoclidean Sequencer.
The Protoclidean Sequencer is based on the Euclidean algorithm, one of the oldest mathematical algorithms known. The algorithm offers a simple way to distribute a particular number of objects inside a particular number of slots.
In musical terms, it lets you distribute a particular number of notes into a particular number of slots. This form of distribution is thought by some to underly many of the most fundamental rhythms across musical traditions.
For a deeper look at Euclidean algorithms & implementation into music, you can read this article: The Euclidean Algorithm Generates Traditional Musical Rhythms, by Godfried Toussaint.
The Protoclidean Sequencer lets you easily create sequences using odd or even number of steps, without the need of creating a lot of clips with different size in your Live set. You can also play live with it, using the banks storage/load feature.
See the video, embedded above, tor a demonstration of how this works.
- 8 independant channels
- step number + number of notes + offset + pitch + velocity for each channels
- accurate synchro to Live transport
- scaler helper to choose a scale across each channel
- GM Drum-map mode with the 8 first standard MIDI Drum map notes accross channels
- notes randomizer with min/max limits
- all parameters are auto mappable to any control surfaces compatible with Live
- built-in help