Social Entropy Intros Engine Multitrack Sequencer


At the 2015 NAMM Show, Social Entropy introduced Engine, a new hardware sequencer for pattern-based music composition and performance.

Social Entropy is known for their drop-in CPU mods that bring updated sequencing capabilities to the Roland 303 bassline synthesizer and the Roland 606 drum machine.

Engine is multitrack hardware sequencer, that builds on their experience with 303/606 sequencing, and is designed for creating both melodic and percussion patterns in a compact tabletop unit.

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M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro Combines Drum Pad Control & Hardware Step Sequencing


At the 2014 NAMM Show, M-Audio introduced the Trigger Finger Pro, an advanced performance pad controller with onboard sequencing and software integration.

Trigger Finger Pro is a portable, 16-pad (4×4 configured) instrument with onboard sequencing. The Trigger Finger Pro draws from its predecessor’s performance pad roots, but features significantly improved hardware design and additional features.

The Trigger Finger Pro comes with Arsenal – a virtual drum machine app that can be used within your DAW or standalone. Along with AIR Drums and Hybrid 3 plug-ins, Trigger Finger Pro includes 8 GB of ready-to-play sounds, loops, one-shots with content from Black Anomaly, Prime Loops, Toolroom Records, and more.

It also offers an onboard step sequencer and hardware MIDI out, so you can use the Trigger Finger Pro to sequence hardware synths in sync with software beats.   Continue reading

The RP Electronics SEQ12 Matrix Sequencer

The RP Electronics SEQ12 is a hardware sequencer for MIDI Data.


  • A streamlined User interface, powered by 219 illuminated Buttons
  • 12 Tracks, each playing one of 16 Sequences
  • Tracks can be monophonic, polyphonic or special drum mode
  • Special Views for Notes, Chords, Modulations, Velocities, Accents, Drums, Shuffle etc.
  • Free chains of Sequences, organised in 8 Parts of a Song
  • 2 free Controllers and Shufflepattern per Track and Sequence
  • 3 Outputs, 1 Input – connect a MIDI keyboard or Controller for realtime recording
  • 32 Songs storage in internal Memory, SYSEX backups
  • Everything is visible and editable while running the Machine

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Gotharman’s Little Deformer

Here’s a quick look at Gotharman’s Little Deformer – a new granular effects processor with sampler and sequencer.

Gotharman’s Little deFormer combines a granular effects processor with special effects like TimeStretcher, Step-Granulator and PitchShaper. It also offers more usual effects like Reverb, delay, distortion, compressor, filters and bit manipulation, with some special parameters, with a 100 minutes sampler and a step sequencer. A MIDI Note Randomizer is also included.

The 4-note polyphonic sampler makes it possible to record your own samplings directly from the 2 audio inputs, or re-sample it’s audio output. Samples are stored in Flash Ram for instant recall, without any loading times. Up to 100 minutes/999 samplings can be kept.

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Digital Enhancement – The Antique Music Box Sequencer

steampunk music sequencer

Reader Martin Bircher sent word of a new interactive sound installation, Digital Enhancement.

Digital Enhancement consists of an electrified Symphonion Brevet No. 28 music box, a synthesizer, an amplifier and four headphones.

The Symphonion musical box dates back to the beginning of the last century and its mechanical workings are combined with digital technology to convert it into a MIDI sequencer.

The original music, embossed on steel plates, can be played on the synthesizer, which is programmed to mimic the sounds of the Symphonion. In order to operate the sequencer, a hand-cranked dynamo serves as a remote control.

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