Vince Clarke Intros Imaginator Eurorack Pattern Generator

Synth-pop pioneer Vince Clarke, in collaboration with Analogue Solutions, has announced the release of the Imaginator VCX-378 – a new module that he describes as ‘a practical writing tool’ that can generate musical patterns, based on user-controllable variables. Continue reading

The Wooden Audio Sequencer


The Wooden Audio Sequencer is a tangible music controller, created as a project by Ernest Warzocha, Jakub Wilczewski & Maciej Zelaznowski for the Physical Computing and Creative Coding course at School of Form.

The custom controller follows the standard timeline, with individual rows for instruments played. The are IR reflective sensors in each hole. They read the color at the bottom of wooden discs so the sequencer can play more then one variant of sound. Continue reading

BeatStep Pro Updated With ‘Wait To Load Pattern’, Pattern Chaining & More


Arturia has released a free update to the BeatStep Pro that adds user-requested features, making it, according to the company, ‘more powerful than ever’:

  • The sequencer has been enhanced with quantized pattern launch and pattern chains;
  • Parameters can now be edited for all steps at once; and
  • An improved song position algorithm keeps BeatStep Pro synchronized at all times.

Here’s what’s new in BeatStep Pro firmware version 1.3: Continue reading

Buchla Polyphonic Rhythm Generator Hands-On Demo


At the 2015 NAMM Show, Buchla kicked off this year of amazing step sequencer releases by introducing the powerful Polyphonic Rhythm Generator.

The Buchla Polyphonic Rhythm Generator is a high-end sequencer that is one of the most complex and powerful hardware step sequencers ever created.

The new sequencer is:

  • polyphonic – it can sequence three lines, completely independently;
  • polyrhthmic – it can be used to create complex rhythmic patterns, and includes a powerful Euclidean pattern generator; and
  • polymetric – it can create sequences of different lengths, syncing them either by a shared pulse (creating cyclic interlocking patterns), by a shared down beat (creating complex time signatures) or they can run completely independently.

At the time, we were able to get an deep overview of the sequencer by Buchla engineer Charles Seeholzer, but not a demonstration of the sequencer in a musical context.

Now Buchla synthesist Todd Barton has filled that gap, with a series of videos, embedded below, that are an unofficial ‘video manual’ for the Polyphonic Rhythm Generator: Continue reading

Zaquencer Multichannel Step Sequencer Updated

ZAQ Audio has announced that the Zaquencer – custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that turns it into a multi-channel step sequencer – has been updated.

The Zaquencer is a custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that will turn it into a standalone  MIDI step sequencer. Developer Christian Stöcklmeier explains that the Zaquencer is not a preset but a new operating system for your BCR2000, effectively turning it into “a whole different device.” No PC is needed for operation after the initial firmware upload.
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