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Re: AW: LWL (looping with laptops) - MIDI-programmable drum sequencer

>> I can't answer for external MIDI editing options as you're
>> requests are not very detailed. You will have to go to each

On 7 jan 2006, at 20.25, Rainer Thelonius Balthasar Straschill wrote:

> Ok, I'll try to be more specific:
> Imagine a drum pattern sequencer grid with a certain number of rows  
> (each
> one corresponding to a different instrument, or more technically,  
> each one
> sending a different MIDI note) and columns (each one corresponding  
> to a
> specific point in time, e.g. to a 16th within a a two-bar-pattern  
> (giving 32
> columns).
> Now, instead of say using the MIDI editor of Live! and adding and  
> deleting
> notes by clicking, I'd like a pattern sequencer which allows me to  
> do this
> completely MIDI-controlled.
> Think of an "editing cursor": by sending e.g. MIDI CC#30, I can  
> move it
> along the horizontal axis, by sending MIDI CC#31, I can move it  
> along the
> vertical axis. By sending MIDI CC#32 (or a MIDI note, or whatever)  
> I can
> either add or delete a note.
>       Rainer

Well, I don't know of any sequencer that will let you MIDI control  
such detailed levels externally. The closest would be Numerology, I  
think. A new version, 2.0, is due any week now and this will have a  
completely rewritten engine. Numerology is OS X only (don't know  
which systems you prefer). It's drawing on classic modular step  
sequencing from the days before MIDI and in many ways when this  
paradigm is combined with todays MIDI control it will let you do  
things that are not implemented in Live (because Live is targeting a  
broader user base). In Num you set up as many drum sequences you  
want. 16 or 32 steps initially, but you may also assign a mod wheel  
to the last step and change the length of the sequence while it's  
playing. What happens then is that the last notes will not play and  
the sequence receives a new rhythmic feel. But there are global  
parameters for "Accent"  (falling differently on certain beats within  
a bar) and "Groove Clock" which shifts every not played back with a  
small amount to create a swing feel. These global accent and groove  
clock parameters can be assigned to MIDI faders as well and "played"  
when huge MIDI sequenced arrangements are performed. Totally cool IMHO.

Oh... back to the question if you can "create" and "delete" notes  
within a pattern. Yes you can, in a way. Imagine a pattern sequence  
of 16 steps. In Num each step represents an optional note to be  
played and is graphically presented as a fader with a handle. When  
the handle is in at the bottom no note will play on that step in the  
sequence. If the handle is at top of the fader a note will play with  
full velocity and if the handle is in the middle a note will play  
with mid velocity. Right now, while I'm typing, I'm doing the test to  
MIDI learn the eight faders of my microKONTROL keyboard to the first  
eight fades of such a "Control Sequencer" and its working just fine.  
So with this method I can do what you ask for in Numerology. A MIDI  
controller with buttons sending "on/off" type data (CC 1/128) could  
be used as on/off buttons for each note in a sequence. Then you could  
"tap dance" your fingers to create and change the sequence. Another  
step sequencer can be set up to control the pitch of the notes.  
Ouch... I can't rewrite the complete manual here.... ;-)  For more  
info check out http://www.five12.com/. BTW, some ppl on this list do  
stuff with Numerolgoy.

You can also assign buttons for muting sequencer modules, the  
possibilities are quite endless. Numerology is for users that have an  
idea of what to do with it - it's not something to "plug in to".  
Numerology is also a host application that can host synths and  
samplers, but there are no built-in sound possibilities. The upcoming  
version is said to support ReWire, so it can be synced very tight  
into other DAW applications, to be used as a kind of "modular MIDI  
sequencing performance instrument".

Speaking about ableton live: you can set up many tracks and sequences  
with only on note in each, as a workaround to MIDI control those  
notes aŽla "on/off".

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen
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