August 19, 2014

Notes In A Row...

by Chris Randall

The next big hardware product from Audio Damage, Sequencer 1, is about to go in to production (one could argue it has actually already entered that state, as the front panels were ordered and the 1st Article is being made). I've posted about Sequencer 1 previously here, and there is a lengthy thread (at the time of this writing 19 pages of discussion) on the Muff Wiggler forum here. There's no product page in the AD store yet, but that will be coming in the not-too-distant future, as soon as we have panels to do a proper product glamour shot.

Anyhow, the video above is the first of what will no doubt be many missives issuing from my office, now that the software is nearing completion. I wouldn't say we're at RC1 yet, but we're getting close; mostly just little esoteric things left. It is highly usable, and other than one major feature (the ability to update the OS from the SD card), it is actually shippable at this point. In the video, I'm demonstrating four key features: the ability to control Hz/V gear (to wit: the Yamaha CS-5), the live looping feature (functionally identical to the MIDI input feature in Replicant), the live ratcheting feature, and external sync (via Silent Way Sync and an Expert Sleepers ES-4, from Live.)

We wanted to do two things with this sequencer:

1. Take the normal concept of x0x note sequencing in the modular context and make it highly live-playable/tweekable.

2. Make a sequencer that could do the traditional Tangerine Dream/JMJ kinds of things one would expect, yet also be pertinent to modern-day electronic music styles.

That second one was inevitable, as Adam likes more traditional e-music, while I vastly prefer, as is apparent from what I make, modern house, minimal, and IDM. Making a sequencer that would please both of us was a difficult prospect, but we've managed it.

Here's a an ambient piece I did last week. Most of it is live tape manipulation, but the bassline is a four-measure pattern from Sequencer 1, and the percussion sounds are also triggered from the sequencer.

Anyhow, that's where we're at. Sequencer 1 will be US$599.00, and will be available starting in early October, direct from AD or via our many retail partners. This is the most ambitious product we've ever undertaken, and we're very proud of the result.


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Aug.19.2014 @ 6:18 PM
Super cool. Congrats! Wish I had a modular. One day...

Aug.19.2014 @ 7:43 PM
Looking forward to adding the Sequencer 1 to cart. Do you have an ETA drop date?

Aug.19.2014 @ 8:48 PM
congrats on getting there. really looks like a great sequencer. you guys have added in a lot of great features above and beyond. well done.

my hat is off :)

Aug.20.2014 @ 6:44 AM
Chris Randall
Put up another video last night, of the LFOs.

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Aug.20.2014 @ 10:05 AM
AD Digifilter eh? Sounds quite nice.

Aug.20.2014 @ 3:11 PM
Chris Randall
The Digifilter is an idea I've been working on for a while that hasn't really born fruit yet. The thought was to put a dozen or so filter topologies on the ad-ab-01 board, including some that simply weren't possible in analog. But it's harder than I thought it would be. The LPF is properly acidic, though. :-)


Aug.20.2014 @ 7:22 PM
Would such a thing ever translate into a plugin for us non-hardware types? I need to find more reasons to give you my money.

Aug.20.2014 @ 8:14 PM
Chris Randall
You don't need a reason. You can just paypal us whenever.


Aug.21.2014 @ 6:52 AM
Yeah, I set you up for that one. Seriously though, would a plugin version of Sequencer 1 ever be considered?

Aug.21.2014 @ 9:41 AM
Chris Randall
Well, on the one hand I agree it'd be fun. On the other, there's nothing in this unit that can't be fairly easily done in Live's normal MIDI editing and a simple M4L patch. I don't think it'd be a worthwhile product just for MIDI in a DAW.


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