The Step Sequencer consists of 64 steps and you can select a set of 4 steps by using the left/right buttons on the keypad. The selection window updates automatically as you use the cursor keys and you have instant access still to 4 steps at the same time, including gate 1and gate 2 tracks.
To draw the steps use one of the 4 encoders. Each encoder corresponds to 1 step in the selected area. To change the selected area, use the left and right buttons on the the keypad.
The 4 encoders’ push function can be used to turn gates on/off for gate track #1 and the 8 soft key group can be used to turn them on/off for both gate track #1 and gate track #2. Each time a gate for track 1 (blue) or 2 (yellow) is on a small block is drawn under the step.
To go back to the main settings of the step sequencer click the left key.
Step Sequencer Parameters
Tem: tempo. By turning the 1st encoder you can change the tempo of the step sequencer.
ClckD: clock devision. You can divide the internal clock by a value which of course impacts the tempo of the step sequencer.
PLen: pattern length, limit of the sequence length (default is 64 steps).
StLen: step length.
StLs: step levels. You can change the step levels to quantize the step sequence (i.e. limit it to 4 values above and 4 values below zero). Default is 1024.
P: patterns. Each step sequencer can have 64 patterns (from 0 until 63).
Step Sequencer Settings
Int Clk: you can use an internal clock or drive the sequencer using an arbitrary signal as a clock. Instead of using the internal clock you can also use another module, such as an LFO, and use its frequency to change the clock.
Int Sync: sequencers which run independently can be synced using this option.
MIDI Sync: sync the sequencers to the incoming MIDI clock signals.
Tap: you can also set the tempo by clicking several times in a row on tap.
Reset you can undo the value received from using the “tap” button by clicking Reset.
Restart: restart the step sequencer from step 1.
copy/paste: Patterns can easily be shared between step sequencers by using the Copy and Paste button. To copy a pattern to another step sequencer, you first click “copy” after which you can go the step sequencer which you’d like it have copied to. Make sure to select the pattern number of where you’d like it to have copied to and click “paste”.
Step Sequencer Inputs / Outputs
A Step sequencer can be modulated in duration, tempo, and clock:
- Step Seq: Duration
- Step Seq: Tempo
- Step Seq: Clock
The step sequencer has one output level and 2 gate outputs
Step Seq => Sampler => Output
Load 2 samples into sample slots 0 and 1. Trigger the first 2 gate inputs of the sampler using the 2 gate outputs of the step seq, while the step value output of the step sequencer can be used to change the pitch of the sampler. The resulting signal is sent to the output. The 2 signals sent from the sampler to the output module are automatically summed because they are sent to the same input.
Enable Inputs Enable Outputs
Step Seq / Gate1: SAM: Gate1
Gate2: SAM: Gate2
Out: SAM: Pitch
Sampler SAM: Pitch Out1: Out:In
SAM: Gate1 Out2: Out:In
Output Out:In /
Note: Don’t forget to disable “auto” in the sampler, otherwise the pitch signal applied to the pitch input of the sampler will be ignored by the sampler.
Drive the step sequencer using a square wave LFO, by feeding the output of the LFO into the clock input of the step sequencer. The gate outputs of the step sequencer can then be used to trigger the gate inputs of a sampler. Gate 1 of the step sequencer is used to trigger the sample loaded into the first slot of the sampler. The step sequencer also has a step output which is used to change the pitch of the sample via the pitch input of the sampler.
LFO -> Step Seq -> Sampler -> Output
Enabled Inputs Enabled Outputs
LFO / Square: STE: Clock
Step Seq STE: Clock Gate1: SAM: Gate1
Out: SAM: pitch
Sampler SAM: Gate1 Out1: Out: In
Output Out: In
- You need to disable “IntClk” of the step sequencer. Otherwise you’ll be using the internal clock of the step sequencer .
- To change the pitch of the sampler using the step values of the step sequencer, make sure to disable “AUTO” in the sampler. Otherwise it ignores the incoming pitch signal.