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Quick easy bassline sequencer for live sets

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:44 am
by mudpeople
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I accidentally discovered that Venom VB303 outputs its sequences as MIDI. I told the developer and he said, 'It outputs MIDI?!'

Ive been looking for a simple sequencer for basslines, without any features except mono 16th note output with note-length control.

VB303 also has an auto-advance control like ABL2.

Turn off the audio, send MIDI to the bass, mute (if you like) 1st, 5th, 9th, and 13th steps. Activate 'alt prog'.

Click 16 times on whatever notes.

Bassline.

Re: Quick easy bassline sequencer for live sets

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:38 am
by Plasma Force
Kickass!

Do you think its better than The Roland Classic Joe?

Re: Quick easy bassline sequencer for live sets

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:08 am
by mudpeople
It wouldn't compare to a full 303 sequencer. Its an accident the thing even outputs MIDI, so not all the controls output correctly. For example, activating the Slide doesn't output a slide, instead it mutes the step.

The killer things are the length, and the little slider with all the letters, which lets you paste-to-all whatever parameter you like, making it easy to add accent to everything, change the length of everything, and octave. Also the - and + transposition controls are very handy.

Ive got Axis Mundi's Scale device rack in between my bass and the sequencer too which makes changing the key and scale/mode super easy, and sometimes just messing with those make the bassline sound more complex, almost like its intentional :P

The drawback of Venom as a sequencer is it only has 16 steps. But if you want to say add a dooDOODOO on the end of 8 bars you can make an 8 bar clip and enter a 7-bar-long MIDI note corresponding to the straight bassline with a single bar of another note at the end with the dooDOODOO in the Venom pattern. Pretty much the same sort of technique you would use to do the same thing in ReBirth ;)