artotaku wrote: ↑
23 May 2021
Nice little tip if you want to cram a long chord progression (e. g. 16 bars) into one single Sequences pattern by using trigger conditions and octave tranpositions to avoid layering notes so you can see them all at once (much less confusing).
Let´s say we have a chord progression spanning 16 bars in 3/4 time signature and one chord should be one bar long.
Even when setting the Sequences´ rate to 1/4 it won´t fit, there are just not enough steps to have them in one sequence.
So let´s split it up into two 8 bar sequences.
- Add the chord notes of the first 8 bars
- Add the chord notes of the second 8 bars but two octaves higher
- Select all notes and set the trigger condition of all chord notes to "Play every A:B" where the first 8 bar chord notes are set to 1:2 while the the chords two octaves higher are set to 2:1 so they are played mutually exclusive.
- Now comes the trick: Select tab "Octave" and transpose all the notes from the second 8 bars down by two octaves so they are in the same octave as the first 8 bar chord notes when played.
This is a good trick.
I do something similar to get two (or more) patterns out of one pattern page. Before the conditions were added, you had to switch to another pattern page to get any kind of variation. Now you can just put conditions on the notes and it can be like playing a entirely new pattern. You can also stack notes on top of each other (or use the octave transpose), with different conditions on each note. You can use the A:B to either skip or play on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th loop. There so many possibilities to be had from just one pattern page now. That's where Carly was getting the 2048 number from. 256 x 8. But I think the number of possible variations goes much higher than that number, since you can stack notes, transpose octaves, use other conditions, ratchets, velocities, etc. SO many possible variations. I'm not a math genius, but Robotic Bean probably are.
Conditions catapulted Sequences into the stratosphere.