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studio setup 2013

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 20 2013

a short overview on my setup for making electronic music

In my actual setup, everything that makes sounds comes out of ableton. so the video is more about controlling, than sounds or audio…

I use 2 Lemur parallel (iPad and Jazzmutant hardware), and get midifeedback on both. That means, changing values in any interface, will be reflected on all devices.

Isn´t so special? true, in days of networks it should have been standard…and I know there are some nice plug and play devices that are ultra coupled with software and for sure give feedback,… but between devices it is sometimes tricky.

I use at least 10 midiports to achive this on PC*:
*(it differs on mac, based on IAC and Lemurports)

active INs in ableton [track/remote]:

  • maple midi 1 = Jazzmutant Lemur, Midi target 0 out
  • loop midi 1 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 0 out
  • loop midi 3 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 1 out
  • loopbee = max/msp, Sequencomat [+sync in case of master]
  • Akai MPK 61
  • Arturia Analog factory
  • Tascam = as external gear: Doepfer Pocket Control DIRECT
  • active OUTs in ableton [remote]:

  • maple midi 2 = Jazzmutant Lemur, Midi target 0 in
  • loop midi 2 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 0 in
  • loop midi 4 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 1 in
  • This way, I got feedback on my Lemur. (While feedback on hardware controllers is not possible, misses motor encoders) ;)

    tonvibration studio setup 2013

    g*mat

    Sequencomat v3.4 – program change

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jan 14 2013

    I am currently working on an update for my Sequencomat,
    this short video gives insight into some of the new functions:

    The video shows in the following order:
    - setup CCs for program change
    - using right slider to set all values
    - set stepvalues, use random
    - program pattern chain
    - play chain and see blinking
    - see feedback on synth1 template (normal midimapping)
    - and overwrite it manually

    v3.4 update will be available february 2013
    links and info will follow soon…

    See topic at Liine: http://liine.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=2491
    manual of v3.3: http://www.tonvibration.de/SequencomatV3.html

    ——————–
    New features on Sequencomat v3.4:

    - Program change is now transmitted via ControlChange on Controller
    number 129. This means you can jump the sound stepwise if you like or
    patternwise, which leads to some new musical opportunities. Controlling
    the 128 programnumbers via the MultiSlider is not the best ergonomic
    solution, but shrinking the range helps a bit and gives more
    finecontrol.

    - Pattern chains (follow actions) can now be programmed total free,
    including iterations of the same pattern and jumps across patternbanks.
    Chains can be programmed on the fly during playback.

    - Saved patternslots are now highlighted. This feature is an ergonomic
    must have and was already integrated in v1 and v2 of Sequencomat (where
    pattern saving was done in Lemur, not in max), but I missed it in v3
    (cause now pattern handling was done in max and I have to fiddle out a
    appropriate method to do so). Actually this feature was the reason I
    started the update.

    - Patternjumping can now be done with next beat. Although I am quite
    proud that Sequencomat jumps pattern directly so you can play them
    like an instrument some users asked me for a function where
    patternjumps are done at the end of the beat. So I integrated a
    dropdown-menu where you can choose between direct pattern triggering or
    with next 1/2bar, bar, 2bars, 4bars.

    - Next pattern to come will blink. This gives a good visual feedback for
    above mentioned patternchains and triggering on beat. Blinking rate
    responds to 8th of actual bpm.

    - Shortcuts for 15 scales. Although you still can define your scales
    totally free by entering the halftonesteps, I added shortcuts for 15
    well known scales. Scales can be defined independent for track 1-4 and
    5-8. They are parts of the set (not of a pattern) and can not be changed
    during playback.

    - 20 colortemplates. I expanded the available colors for the surface a
    lot. That 20 color themes include 4 mainly grey templates and 4 user
    templates, that can be built individually.

    - Sets of Sequencomat v3.3 are compatible with new v3.4, but will miss
    the patlight-vector for highlighting saved slots, which can be built
    by saving the patterns in same slots with v3.4

    The update will be available in February and all users of full license
    will get a free update.

    Sequencomat V1 – re-release for iPad 2012

    1 Comment | This entry was posted on Mar 20 2012

    I re-released my SequencomatV1 for iPad:
    http://liine.net/en/community/user-library/view/223/

    Threat in Liines forum: http://liine.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=1225

    V1 was first released september 2009. I had only some minor changes on maxptach, but I resized the interface, try to make it a bit “clearer” and also added physics on the Velocity and Length MultiSlider for trackvalues. I also put some effort in writing a manual/documentation. It is attached in the zip as pdf and available online: http://www.tonvibration.de/extra/SequencomatV1_2012_manual.pdf. The manual also contains some scripting tutorials, because most variables are calculated on the lemur in V1 and only triggering of those is done in max.

    Naturally V2 and V3 of Sequencomat give more detailed control, but V1 with its direct controls has its own charme. A comparison of all Sequencomat sequencers is given in the FAQ of the manual. In common: Global values in V1 (Midichannel, grid, playdirection, steprange, startpoint) become trackvalues in V3; and track values in V1 (pitch, velocity, length) become stepvalues in V3. There is a video where I compare V1 (old legacy surface) and full V3.1: http://youtu.be/v4pdzmYzrxQ

    There is also a playlist (3 videos) that show functions of V1: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL55F20A2D3AFEA7AE (videos are also with old legacy surface, but demonstrate functions quite well)

    V1 is combinable with V3 and/or V3 lite. This can be done as different interfaces within one lemur project, but also on different lemurs (legacy/iPad). You just have to run both patches in max and set right IP and OSC for communication. For sync V1 and V3lite use rewire clock on both, cause it is the only clock V1 has. For sync V1 and fullV3, deactivate rewire and V1 will automatically follow V3 settings (it uses the same clock variable names).

    Enjoy!
    mat

    Ipad running Sequencomat V3 lite + full version

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jan 01 2012

    Here is a video showing Sequencomat V3 lite + full version
    running parallel on an Ipad via WiFi connection.
    Finally, it works ;)
    Before I had lag in feedback and even dropouts (only visual feedback, triggering was not effected)
    But changing the channel of my router helped a lot to get better feedback (as to be seen in the video).

    Using an ad hoc network instead of WiFi can make communication even more fluent and save.
    Well, I tested with Wifi and I am really impressed that it works :) great job, people at line!

    At the moment I am still testing SequencomatV3 for Ipad, have found some beta testers in the forum.
    In common all looks fine. seems that the knob object (used for BPM control and position) is somehow broken in Lemur 3.0.
    Unfortunately the Endless Knobs always fall back to value 0 if touched, which is no good idea for bpm. ;) So for the moment you have to set the tempo in once at the beginning. You can make small changes by using the BPMfine knob later…. If Liine can not fix that, I will enter another control typ for bpm and position.
    - The bidirectional OSC communication between Lemur and maxpatch was designed for ethernet connection on its original hardware Lemur. The full version of SequencomatV3 sends about 4000 values forth and back in realtime. On original Lemur that was never a problem (while internal 4MB memory sure was!), on Ipad it clearly depends on your network settings. Ad hoc works fine. But even wifi can work as shown in the video…. However: If lite version works, full versions works also and you can even run both.
    “Offical” release of full version will be early 2012 :)
    Read manual of SequencomatV3.

    Lemur goes Ipad

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Dec 16 2011

    During the last week I did some tests with the new Lemur for Ipad App from Liine. Great!
    Nearly everything works out of the box and colors and shapes on lemur look so bright…. :)
    Here is a first video:

    The app is out for about a week now and I ve already started to resize my modules to Ipad resolution. I will upload them soon to the new Liine user Library.
    Sequencomat is also working, here I show version 3lite. Well, visual feedback is less fluent as on original lemur as you can see in some parts of the video, but at all it works. Next I will try the full version 3.3….
    Nice to see Lemur living further on Ipad :)
    I attached a zip with all modules in the video and Sequencomat in the thread in the forum:
    http://liine.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=532
    Any feedback is highley welcome!
    cheers*mat

    Sequencomat V3 lite

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 23 2011

    is the little brother of the full version 3.3.
    It has less functions, but still a mighty stepsequencer and it runs paralle with the full version! (so full users got  now 14 tracks of stepsequencing)

    Setup of the new “lite” version is the same as on full version, but sets (and patterns) of lite version and the version are not compatible.  To run both sequencers at once, make one a midi clock master and the other a slave….. or slave both to another clock source.

    SequencomatV3_lite got:
    - 6 tracks with 16 steps each
    - 3 clock options (Midimaster, Midislave, Rewireslave)
    - independent trackvalues for timing, play direction, Midichannel, steprange, startpoint
    - stepvalues for octave, note, velocity, length
    - a global swing function
    - rollpad
    - 50 patterns to save and jump in realtime
    - set and patterns saved via max

    SequencomatV3_lite is available in the Jazzmutant user section…. for free!

    http://www.jazzmutant.com/lemuruser_moduledetails.php?id=210

    http://forum.jazzmutant.com/viewtopic.php?p=15654

    However there is still a noticable gap between free lite and paid full version.

    To mention some aspects:
    - 6 tracks vs 8 tracks on full version
    - no random step values at all
    - no step propability
    - a global swing instead a detailed swing independent on each track
    - no pattern chains
    - no exclude function
    - no autosave
    - only 50 patterns instead 100 patterns
    - only chromatic scale instead of free definable scales
    - no split of midiport

    …and much more
    To illustrate: While full version is 5.8 MB, the lite version is only 2.3 MB.

    Complete manual of full version and setup here.

    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