Social Entropy has announced that the Engine, a new hardware sequencer for pattern-based music composition and performance – is now available.
Engine is multitrack hardware sequencer, that builds on the company’s experience with 303/606 sequencing, and is designed for creating both melodic and percussion patterns.
Here’s a video overview from the NAMM Show floor by designer John Kimble.
Here’s a video demo, via ripe909:
Here’s what they have to say about the Engine:
ENGINE can be used for sequencing MIDI based devices using standard MIDI or USBMIDI, and with an optional 16 output CV expansion board, ENGINE can interface with modular synthesizers and other analog devices.
ENGINE can sequence eight simultaneous tracks. Timing for each track is independent, with only a shared master clock across patterns, allowing simultaneous patterns of varying lengths and meters. Each pattern can be up to 64 steps in length with eight timing scales, multiple levels of shuffle, directions and the ability to skip individual steps.
Up to 16 patterns can be chained for extended length sequences.
ENGINE contains 512 patterns which can be either synth (melodic) type or drum type. Synth type patterns allow for polyphonic programming with dedicated accent, slide, delay, repeat and transposition and also include a built in arpeggiator. Drum type\ patterns allow for eight instrument polyphony, with dedicated accents, delay, per instrument repeats, instrument muting/soloing and a drum roll mode.
The sequencing engine supports simultaneous grid, realtime and step recording.
Allowing realtime performances to be captured with the built in mini-keyboard or via MIDI controller. In addition, the arpeggiator, drum rolls, slides, accents and
transposition can also be recorded directly into a sequence in realtime.
Functions like copy and paste, randomize, rotate and reverse can be applied to entire
patterns or to individual drum instruments. All operations can be performed without
stopping the sequencer. All settings are stored in non-volatile memory.
For constructing songs, snapshot and song modes allow the current state of all tracks to be captured and recalled with a single button press. 32 songs can be recorded in realtime or by step programming.
Six general purpose controller knobs can be mapped to any MIDI controller message
and MIDI channel, or follow the selected track. This makes it possible to tweak devices directly from ENGINE. The knobs also control an interactive MIDI effects system that add ratcheting, delay, velocity and gate offsets per track.
The optional CV expansion board (available soon) adds sixteen analog outputs that can be used in multiple modes to provide pitch CV, gate, triggers, clocks and auxiliary
voltages. A hardware slide circuit produces smooth CV output for programmed slide
events. CV voltage range from -3V to +7V with +10V gates allows full range control over analog devices. The CV expansion also allows ENGINE to function as a standalone 8 channel MIDI to CV converter operating in either monophonic or polyphonic mode
Synchronization can be via internal clock, MIDI clock or DIN sync (master or slave). MIDI System Exclusive support allows pattern data to be dumped to external devices for backup or sharing.
USB connectivity via an isolated USB port eliminates grounding problems and is also
used for easy operating system upgrades.
The Social Entropy Engine is available now for US $665. See the Social Entropy site for more information.
via Tom Rossi