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Sequencomat V3.3

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Aug 10 2011

Here is a new video about my Sequencomat – that Midi stepsequencer I made in MaxMSP for the Jazzmutant Lemur…. was about time – the last video is 9 month ago and introduced V3.2, while I release V3.3 in March…

Here I demonstrate some new functions in V3.3:

  • free definable scales, using a pentatonic based on D#
  • random on note
  • transpose (scale dependent)
  • color scripts, changing all control colors
  • autosave
  • and more…

For details see the manual of Sequencomat V3.3:

http://www.tonvibration.de/SequencomatV3.html

SequencomatV3 colors

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Jun 06 2011

During the last year I was so busy in adding new functions to the sequencer, that I forgot an important thing:
How beautyfull the colors of the Lemur are!

So I made a new Lemurmodule, where you can change the color of the controls with one click on a dropdownmenu. You got 6 predefined colors and you can even build your own color shade by only changing the color of some special controls in the Jazzeditor, then press a button and the colors are routed to all other controls (with same meaning) via some scripts.

You can learn more about Sequencomat colors here:
http://www.tonvibration.de/SequencomatV3_colors.html

The new Lemurmodule “SequencomatV3_3colors” works with the same maxpatch as normal V3.3.
You can use either the old standard Lemurmodule or the new one, but not both at once.
“SequencomatV3_3colors” claims 42% Lemur memory (1% more than normal module).

Pattern 00 – collection

1 Comment | This entry was posted on May 17 2011

Patterns:

snippets of sound by Sequencomat.

pattern_00 by tonvibration

Price drop on Sequencomat V3.3

0 Comments | This entry was posted on May 07 2011

New price for Sequencomat v3.3 = 99 Euro,-

see details in the manial of that midi stepsequencer I made in max/msp for the Jazzmutant Lemur

http://www.tonvibration.de/SequencomatV3.html

For the first year I kept a price of 180,- Euro, and I still think is worth it.

But time changes…. Lemur is discontinued and I got a new job – so less future development.

Good time to lower the price and see…

Love to all my users who just got the free update to V3.3.

best*mat

Sequencomat V3.3

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 26 2011

Hey, I made a new substantial update: Sequencomat V3.3

I got no video yet, but updated the manual with all screenshots:
http://www.tonvibration.de/SequencomatV3.html

Here is an overview about the new functions:

SCALES:
- till V3.2 the notes followed a static chromatic scale. Now you can define your scale on the maxpatch. You enter a keynote and the halftone steps based on that. There are shortcuts for chromatic, major and minor scale, but you can enter any halftone row you prefer! Even halftone steps above 12 (across one octave) will work.
- Octaves are now defined the same way
- The grid on the Lemurs MultiSliders will follow the number of notes/octaves you have defined. The script is triggered by the trackchoice button, so rechoice once before you get any changes.
- notes and octaves are labled depending on your scales/octaves
- The scales/octaves are splitted between track 1-4 and 5-8, so you can define them independent (usefull if combining a drumrack (chromatic) and melodic parts (e.g. minor))
- The transpose-slider on the roll container follows track 1-4
- scales and octaves are saved within a set

TRUE TRANSPOSE:
- till V3.2 transposing of notes and octaves was done on the Lemur, graphic based.
- now transposing is done in max (but still using the same pads on the same position)
- transposing follows your scales
- transposing works across octaves
- you can now transpose more than one track at once (multiple editing) and all will follow their notes (but you will get no visual feedback as always in multiple editing mode)

RANDOM-STEP-VALUE-SWITCHES:
- note and octave now got also that random switches you know from other functions in V3.2
- tip: while defining a special halftonestep more than one time in your scale, you can control the propability of that note in random mode
- delay now also got random switches. That means you can humanize your groove (or even parts of it)

NEW TEMPI:
- 2 new slow tempi are available: 1 and 1/2 step per bar (meaning 1 or 2 bars each step)
- they are nice for ambient settings, but more interesting for slow changes in MidiCC or in triggering other events (like effect on/off) by midinotes)

POSITION WHEEL:
- you can the songposition with a rotary encoder in the transport section
- this works during playback (will catch next quater note) or if stopped
- in rewire mode your daw will follow that position
- in midi master / slave mode only the position of Sequencomat will change
- this function is usefull on polyrhythmic patterns

AUTOSAVE:
- with “autosave” on all changes are saved automatically to the current pattern before jumping to a new pattern
- this will delay the patternjump a few milliseconds
- in combination with “autopatternchain” you can live edit up to 160steps long patterns!

NEW EXCLUDE FUNCTIONS:
- beneath single track also range functions for velocity, length, cc, delay and propability can now be excluded from loading
- this becomes handy, if you want to make a fade in of e.g. velocity on one or more tracks while a pattern-chain is running. Without that the range will always jump with the pattern to its saved values…

COMMON:
- unfortunately, sets of V3.2 and 3.3 are not compatible – paste V3.3 into a new folder!
- maxpatch now about 5.5 MB…. (wuff, again a big update!)
- pattern contains now 2000 values (250 each track, btw: limit of max “coll” object is 256)
- Lemurtamplate now only 41% because I managed to cut some functions and bring them into max instead (before the Lemurtemplate was 47%, and on V3.2 42%)
- still combineable with MU or other nice tools on your Lemur.
- still very accurate timing as shown in a new screenshot in the manual

Finally, V3.3 puts it to a max. It brings the idea of V3.2 with random step switches to all functions, adds free defineable scales and octaves and some other usefull stuff. At the moment I am not planning to do any further updates.

All users will get that free update soon (I just send a mail)

Sequencomat on CDM

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Feb 08 2011

Sequencomat got mentioned on the famous “create digital music” blog (CDM) – the cheerleader in electronic music.

I had an email discussion with Peter Kirn about Sequencers, especially on the Ipad, and their restrictions in communication and function. I mentioned that sequencomat will have them all for dinner ;) And Peter posted most of the parts of my email and also linked my videos.

Read it here:

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2011/02/does-sequencomat-for-the-now-defunct-lemur-trump-ipad-touch-sequencers-watch-it-do-ableton-analog/

In the comments you will see, that I got also some kind of trolls which do not believe in stability and time accuracy of my Sequencomat. Well, I can not confince him…but as he owns no Lemur at all it is useless anyway ;) However: I garanty good timing and that timing of the (free) demo version and the (paid) full version ist the same. Just test!

demo video v3.2 (random, propability)

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 26 2010

I made a demo video of  the new functions in my Sequencomat_V3.2. I recorded a spontanious jam so the music is a little …weird (?)….boring (?) (cause simple 4 on the floor)… strange (?) …whatever.

I start with simple a 8th baseline and the comments demonstrate the functions quite well:

  • random on length
  • CCs (purple)
  • setting CCs
  • use range
  • step propability
  • copy/paste track
  • change note/octave
  • using different instruments (via midichannel)
  • random on CC
  • (forgot to show) random on velocity
  • switching samples through octave on drumrack
  • create grooves / swing on HH (via delay)
  • adding 1 more instrument
  • save / load / jump pattern
  • XYpad triggering
  • step mute / demute

…well…a lot of functions I go through…hope you enjoy the video. All the best, mat.

See the complete manual of Sequencomat_v3.2 here.

end of lemur :/

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 22 2010

Unfortunately, Jazzmutant close its gate….

Due to JMs offical press release, they will sell no further Lemurs by the end of this year.

LEMUR via wikipedia:

Lemurs (pronounced /ˈliːmər/ us dict: lē′·mər) are a clade of strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar. They are named after the lemures (ghosts or spirits) of Roman mythology due to the ghostly vocalizations, reflective eyes, and the nocturnal habits of some species. Although lemurs often are confused with ancestral primates, the anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes, and humans) did not evolve from them; instead, lemurs merely share morphological and behavioral traits with basal primates.

the namesake of the product desribes the situation quite good ;)

  • they are endemic – so only rare, and never ment to rule the planet
  • have nocturnal habits…which matches some personal preferences

…. “Isolated on Madagascar with only a limited number of mammalian competitors, the lemurs did not have to compete with other evolving arboreal mammalian groups, such as squirrels. They were also spared from having to compete with monkeys, which evolved later. The intelligence, aggression, and deceptiveness of monkeys gave them an advantage over other primates in exploiting the environment.“… Read more »

Sequencomat V3.2

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 15 2010

Hey, I´ve updated the sequencomatV3.

V3.2 is a big update. I completely reworked the maxpatch and added some new major functions:

step propability

For each step on each track a propability can be set, if a step is played or not. More concrete it is a “unlikeliness” function, because, the higher the bars are, the more unlikely it is that a tone is played (of course only if it is activated in the stepmatrix) That way you can bring in some nice variation in the pattern. However, it might be disturbing if you have set a tone in the matrix and it is not played. Therefore I made an indicatorLED on the tracks mainmatrix showing if a tone is played or not.

8 CC attached to track

Now a CC is attached to each of the 8 tracks. Channel and Controllernumber can be set in a popup container (as shown above) and are saved within the pattern.

random step value for velocity, length, CC.

Small buttons below the MultiSlider set the corresponding step value to random, each time it is triggered it generates an new value and feedback on the slider. All stepvalues work within the range (left), so random is a bit more controlled than a pure 0-127.

The new functions are really fun. Unfortunately I have no video yet….but soon, I guess ;)

The size of the patch jumped from 2.0MB to 3.7MB and I am still fixing some minor bugs. But after all, it seems to stay stable….

Sequencomat V1 versus V3

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Aug 08 2010

I compare different versions of the Midi stepsequencers I have made in MaxMSP for the Jazzmutant Lemur.
V1 is a free module you can download from the JM user area: http://www.jazzmutant.com/lemuruser_m…
V3 is a paid module. You can get more information here: http://www.tonvibration.de/Sequencoma…
I cutted V2 in this comparison, which is also a paid module and lay somewhere in between, you can get more info here: http://www.tonvibration.de/extra/Sequ…
I do not cover all functions of the sequencers…. e.g. I do not mention the rollpad and random function (on both) or the CCmodule and groove tab (V3only). You can see more videos on my channel or have a look at my site: http://music-interface.com
I did a lot of work for free and shared with the Lemur community, it is just the more complex stepsequencer, where I charge money for. (btw: you pay for the maxpatch and support, you can get the naked Lemur template for free ;) )