New sequencer module: Stepper Acid

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New sequencer module: Stepper Acid

Post by ZoeB » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:13 am

My partner and I have been working on a step sequencer, and it's evolved from a simple homebrew project into a fully fledged product, due to be released in October. If anyone's interested, you can read about it on our website. Cheers!

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Post by milkshake » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:34 am

I'm interested!

Can you make a video on how to program it?
I see its designed with live performance in mind. Does that mean you can program it while running? And that it has memories?
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Post by roqeja » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:35 am

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Re: New sequencer module: Stepper Acid

Post by sonicwarrior » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:36 am

Nice but those tactile switches resp. their knobs look very tiny.
Dual microcontroller design ensures tight timing: one runs the sequencer, the other the front panel interface.
That sounds good, too.
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Post by ZoeB » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:48 am

milkshake wrote:Can you make a video on how to program it?
I see its designed with live performance in mind. Does that mean you can program it while running? And that it has memories?
We'll definitely make more videos showing how to use the various features. If we've done our jobs right, it should also be reasonably intuitive.

Yes, it can store up to 20 patterns, and you can program it while it's running. We made a special "detach" mode just for this, that's much easier to show than to talk about, so stay tuned. It also has mute buttons, which you can see Nina using in the video.

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Post by digable-me » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:10 am

Coooooooooool. :tu:

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Post by a100user » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:25 am

Nice work Zoe & partner

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Post by cgorsu » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:13 pm

Ooooh nice! Too early to ask about potential price?

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Post by ZoeB » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:18 pm

cgorsu wrote:Ooooh nice! Too early to ask about potential price?
We're still finalising the bill of materials. Once we have a price, we'll post it on our website. Stay tuned!

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Post by ignatius » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:22 pm

watching this topic! :tu:

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Post by maudibe » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:10 pm

Hi ZoeB - you need to get this up on Modular Grid pronto so people can lust over its sleek lines :)

Also more info on the site .... you are up on some stiff upcoming competition I think.... like the Audio Damage unit.

Does look really sweet though.

In the video are you using 1 sequencer or two? Just wondering as you have one in the rack and another proto on the bench.....

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Post by ZoeB » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:32 pm

maudibe wrote:Hi ZoeB - you need to get this up on Modular Grid pronto so people can lust over its sleek lines :)

Also more info on the site .... you are up on some stiff upcoming competition I think.... like the Audio Damage unit.

Does look really sweet though.

In the video are you using 1 sequencer or two? Just wondering as you have one in the rack and another proto on the bench.....

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Agreed about Modular Grid. I love that site! Nina's making a picture of the module for them as I type this. :)

I'm hoping all these different step sequencers will fill different niches. I think ours is straightforward to use and has some nice features geared towards playing live. Having more to choose from can only be a good thing for everyone.

In the video, Nina's playing two of them. The one at the front with the acrylic is playing the acidline, and the accent out is triggering a Tiptop Audio 808-style snare drum. The one at the back with the proper faceplate is playing the kick drum and closed hi-hat using the gate and accent outputs, and is the master clock that the acrylic one is syncing to.

We arguably should have made a demo that shows how you're supposed to use Stepper Acid to play a nice acidline with accent, but Nina really wanted to play some drums too, so instead we made a demo that shows a complete hack of how you're not really supposed to play it, but it works. :) After all, half the fun of modular systems is using them in ways they weren't designed for.

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Post by maudibe » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:36 pm

Sounded great - I like the idea of working drums off the accent - shows the potential if you don't have separate drum triggers. Nice.

Look forward to reading more about your module :)

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Post by ZoeB » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:45 pm

maudibe wrote:...you need to get this up on Modular Grid pronto...
Here you go!

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Post by Leonard de Leonard » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:13 pm

wow , Exactly what I'm looking for!

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Post by slow_riot » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:17 pm

very nice!

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Post by clusterchord » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:20 pm

lovely .. i'm interested. if its positioned well under upcoming Audio Damage seuqencer, it might be viable to get this. or both



just wish it had classic analog clock i/o, given that its an euro module, it goes with the territory in this modular world.

sync24 is okay, but its sort of a residue from XOX world of machines from 35yrs ago. to implement this with other sequencers and clockable modules in euro, we will need to translate the sync 24 into clock nad vice versa. that can complicate things in practice and require additional modules eating precious HP space.
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Post by cgorsu » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:11 pm

ZoeB wrote:We're still finalising the bill of materials. Once we have a price, we'll post it on our website. Stay tuned!
Cool, I'll keep watch...

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Post by sonicmayhem » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:02 pm

Yes -looks good indeed. Keep us posted!;)

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Post by windspirit » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:19 pm

clusterchord wrote: just wish it had classic analog clock i/o, given that its an euro module, it goes with the territory in this modular world.
Agreed. I just bought an autobot and while I am having a great time with it this is my main complaint. I was looking at this thinking that maybe it would fill that gap but I guess not.

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Post by maudibe » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:10 am

Presumably different clock options could be easy available?

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Post by ben_hex » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:18 pm

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Post by Bogus » Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:15 pm

Been waiting for a heavyweight step sequencer for a while now, I'm stoked for this to come out!

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