Post by keurslagerkurt on May 12, 2021 16:23:00 GMT
Got a big ambient patch set up today, using the new 'Five Steps' module I designed for AE Modular. I hope to release it somewhere this year!
It generates a stepped CV out of an input with five steps. Here a generate five Steps out of a Triangle LFO input. these five steps through the Quantizer fix the main melodies arpeggio. The module also has an input that transposes this arpeggio. And to top it off, you also get access to logic signals that are on or off depending on which step is triggered. Here these signals trigger the kickdrum and snare-like sound.
Okay! I think I get it! It's a stepped CV generator? This reminds me of how Ms. Vogelsinger is getting some of her sounds:
Yeah its a way of generating CV, in this case tailored for the AE LFO's specifically, but of course useable beyond that. Thats a very stunning piece by the way, wow!
To get a bit more in depth on the 'Five Steps':
It has four fixed voltage tresholds: 0.83, 1.66, 2.5 and 3.33V. These values are chosen because the AE LFO's go +- from 0-4V.
Then it outputs a CV as follows: it outputs your first dialed in CV if input is between 0 and 0.83V, it switches to your second dialed CV if the inputs between 0.83 and 1.66V and so on. Its a bit similar to the quantizer in that manner, but you have more control as you can set the CV's. (only constraint is that the CV's will always be rising from the first knob to the next, because they effectively 'add' to eachother, but if you input eg an RBSS CV input you can still get more complex, non-rising arpeggio's).
It also has a 'root note' cv input, the input here 'adds' to all the other CV's. So you effectively 'transpose' all CV's with eg 1V. Great for variation.
Then it has some extra outputs. Just like the Quantizer it also outputs triggers each time the output changes.
And it also has 4 extra outputs, linked to each of the four thresholds, that give a logic signal (either 0 or 5V) depending on whether the corresponding treshold is passed. So for example, in this jam i generate a high 'snare' sound on one note of the arpeggio, by linking the 0.833V threshold output signal to the trigger for an envelope. Each time this threshold gets passed in the up direction, the logic output goes from 0-5V and the ENV gets triggered. I trigger another low 'kick' sound by linking two of the threshold outputs through some gates of the logic module.
The module has a lot of 'common ground' with the Quantizer, but also some very distinct features that are a lot of fun to play live with & do generative stuff. I'm really proud of this one! I actually hope to be able to release this as an assembled module, but need to figure some stuff out for that first..