KOMA Elektronik Komplex Sequencer Meets Roland MC-202

 

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Here’s another look at the KOMA Elektronik Komplex Sequencer – introduced at the 2015 NAMM Show.

In the video below, the Komplex Sequencer meets a vintage Roland MC-202 synthesizer and a Korg Volca Beats. The demo starts with a straightforward 16-step sequence, but goes on to mangle it beyond recognition: Continue reading

Is The Buchla Polyphonic Rhythm Generator The Most Powerful Hardware Step Sequencer Ever?

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments introduced the Polyphonic Rhythm Generator – a high-end step 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.

Here’s an in-depth intro video from the NAMM Show, featuring Buchla engineer Charles Seeholzer. Note that the new Buchla sequencer is insanely deep, and this video digs deep into the many options that it offers:

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Social Entropy Intros Engine Multitrack Sequencer

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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.

Here’s a video overview from the NAMM Show floor by designer John Kimble. Continue reading