I’m Glenn Darcy vice president product management for our area today I’m going to be showing you a little bit about the beatstep Pro sequencers okay so in this video what are we just talking about the melodic sequencers right now I just have a bead step connected up to a computer issues in Ableton Live for simplicity sake here some melodic sequencers but they are there step sequencers that means that they’re quantized to a step you can have up to 64 of these steps that’s how long the sequence can be you can set different time divisions for how fast sequence plays back we’ll get into some of that but to start off quickly there’s two ways that you can input data into the sequence one is you can just enable buttons so we’ll hit play so every time it comes around its going to trigger where there’s a button on and then you can set the pitches via the knobs and these knobs are touched knobs so when I touch a knob you can see the value of what that knob is so here’s not twelve we touch it and it’s a c3 actually they’re all c3 so why are they see three well it’s because we cleared the pattern to begin with so two clear patterns start fresh press the shift button and hit number one its silkscreen clear pattern now we’ve got an empty pattern so let’s go on to make this sequence here real quick so like I said you touch the knob it’s going to show you the pitch and it’s showing c3 on that note c3 on number five so let’s go and change it and you can see as I turn a knob that it goes dramatically up okay this is because we have the scale of the knob set to chromatic how do you know this press the shift button and you can see the settings so up here is our scale buttons and silkscreen right there we say chromatic major minor Dorian mixolydian harmonic minor blues and then a user scale the user scales the scale that you can set up using the MCC editor down here you’ve got your playback whether it’s forward reverse or alternating where it’s going to go back and forth you can set what the time division is whether it’s quarter eighth sixteenth to 32nd so right now for ease and to make sure that I’ve got everything in the scale that I want I’m gonna go on and do shift blues scale and as I turn the knobs then I’m going to have these knobs are going to be restricted to certain ranges so the range is gonna be basically a blues scale so I’ll do number two here and you can see the notes are C D sharp F F sharp G a flat our a sharp is our B flat and C someone I go to turn knobs now I can kind of randomly twist them that’s the scale that I want to be there’s no such thing as a wrong so that’s pretty simple of how you use the knobs to enter pitch one thing that you can do is when you’re stopped when you go to turn a knob it’s going to output the pitches as you’re turning it so I’m gonna see what step 14 is

so you can see makes it no entering very easy I’m gonna clear the pattern and show you another way now what you can do is while you’re in the sequencer mode is I can enable record and when I’m recording now I can actually enter the notes by playing the pads here the lit up pads show the notes of a keyboard so I’ll stop it and you can hear them I can transpose it down octaves and the octave buttons will flash at different speeds based on the octave you’re on so now I can record it there’s a problem I don’t know where I am in the sequence I can see it but I can’t really hear it so if I start playing you can see I came in on one a little bit late because I didn’t really know where one was so we have a metronome we have a MIDI metronome so by holding shift and pressing the metronome button I happen to have a drum rack on this on MIDI channel 10 and it will output on MIDI channel 10 two clicks and you can hear it’s a little louder on number one because it’s set in a different velocity all the metronome settings can be set using the midi control center software as well so now I have a reference point and you can go back and re-edit notes just by playing them you know or I can turn off the chord I can go in and manually change them via knobs and of course enable/disable things I’ll turn off the metronome now that I have it so pretty simple one other thing that you can do is that when you’re playing it will also record the the time that you’re playing so that’s that’s a little bit unique so a lot of going let’s do stupid stuff you know pressing pads sometimes and pressing buttons you can get an interesting rhythm out so that’s one thing that’s fun about it you don’t always have to have the musical idea beforehand you can kind of let it come up with some musical ideas for you the next thing that we can do is we can edit velocity and I’ll show you how we do velocity let’s just make a simple simple pattern here again so I can have it active accentuate different two notes here so we go to velocity we can see this velocity is at 98 so let’s turn around oh we’ve got is we’ve got some old notes here so enable some different ones here so between thirteen fourteen fifteen we can look at what the velocities are that’s going to punch so you can hear 14s little bit muted so kind of take that the velocities down so pretty simple next you can edit the gate time so I can edit how long these sign notes are so

you have a percentage of whatever the tempo is so right now you can hear beat number one fairly long and on a lot of your sense I’ll edit the cents on here to just be sustained and not have a release on it so now you can hear it’s really short and one thing I can do is I can actually tie this to the next note so if we turn that note on I can turn this all the way to Ty and now it’s going to tie from note 1 to note to lengthen out note 2 as well so you can hear how that’s let’s extend the notes one more thing that you have here is slide and what it will do is it will slide one pitch to another now here’s the problem maybe doesn’t have a slide and you can’t use things like pitch Bend because it’s all based on you know pitch Bend the amount that is set on the receiving module so if a module only has it set to you know half step or a whole step you can bend it a little bit but it’s not going to give you like a real you know tb-303 type of slide what we do is we overlap the note so you’ll have a note on and then note off and then note on and off so if you tie them what we’re doing is we’re removing the note off and that second note on if we slide them what we’re doing is we’re overlapping it so you get note on note on note off that off so it forces the legato plane so like if you’re playing a keyboard and you play one note and before you release that you hit the next note and then you release the note its legato so if your synth supports a mono legato or a legato portamento then you can do slide via MIDI slide really works best with cv/gate out because then we can ramp up the CV and you can get that that 808 are the 303 type of a slide effect going on but what it will do here in MIDI is it’s going to just overlap the note on or off and it’s going to make it play legato okay I want to transpose this sequence how do i transpose it well you can hold down the sequence button and you see a note flashes not flashy notes showing the transpose so right now it’s it C was the default but now I can transpose it up a minor third and I can go up and on octaves now one thing if I leave this sequence now I go choose a different sequence it’s not going to store it the sequences have to be stored to have them stay in memory the way you save a sequence is you press the Save button and then you hit the sequence number you want if I wanted to copy a sequence I’d go save and then say copy the number four so I place sequence 1 now I go choose sequence for the same thing so that’s nice when you’re building things you can save it save a copy save it save a copy and then you can be editing and building as you’re going building up your sequences selecting the sequence something we didn’t cover you can do it by just choosing your sequence number here going up or down or you can directly choose it so if I want to choose sequence 10 I just hit hold sequence and hit number 10 and I’m in sequence 10 number 2 3 4 you can see the number change on the screen so that’s a way to directly you don’t have to sit there and you know press the button a whole bunch of times when way or the other you can direct select it to mute a sequence you hit the mute button it will

mute when you hit it will unmute on release so I press the button so it makes it a little easier for timing when you want to bring in mainly on drums especially on drums is when you want to drop something now bring it in okay so 16 step sequence that’s not not all that impressive so what I want to do is I want to set this thing to be let’s let’s make it even shorter let’s do something so I can hold the last step button here hit seven so now it’s a seven step sequence sixteen now one thing I do is using the last step button I can hit these buttons and you’ll see it’s flashing and say I want it to be four measures long I hit last step on 16 after incrementing it out now by pressing both buttons it’ll show me on the steps where I am so it’s here second Bank of 30 to go in 33 to 48 gone 49 to 64 background so we can quickly just up populate the sequencer edit notes as it’s going let it go turn off the metronome or shift tap tempo now you can swing the track if I want and I can swing all the tracks by just turning up the swing let’s go and make it just a sixteen step so you can hear the swing set but if I had two sequences going and we’ll make one here so now I’ve got sequence 1 and sequence to play in two different notes are two different patterns here but if I turn up the swing they both swing so what I want to do is I like this sequence to playing that’s straight but I want number one to swing so I can hit current track when I have the track selected so now you can hear sequence 2 is still straight and a sequence one has the swing if I hit sequence 2 you see the current track goes out which is kinda nice because what I can actually do is I can go in here and I can go set a totally different Swing value for that if I offset the global we will set the current one to 60 on this if I go over here and I offset the global by seven I go back and I look in here you’re gonna see it’s at 67 now so the global is additive to the other swing part but I can have an individual swing for each track by just setting them to current track so this one can be at 54 this one can be at you know 62 and that one can

be at 60 72 they’re all separate and you just turn them off if you want to mom now one thing that you have in the sequences you’ve got randomness so I’m going to mute out that so you can hear it’s pretty uh you’ve been hearing it over and over again so you know what this is I can add randomness to this track I can do it track wise or I can do it doesn’t matter because we’re only playing one so you have two controls you have randomness and probability the probability sets how often is the randomness is going to take place is it going to happen all the time errs are going to happen just every now and then the rounder and that’s is how random is this thing going to be is it going to vary the rhythm and notes greatly or what now to keep it in control the randomness for the notes actually only picks notes that are that are in the existing sequence so you know nothing that nothing that’s out here it’s going to it’s going to really change so we’re going to take the probability all the way up the system is always changing so you can hear the notes are changing and the rhythm is changing can the random mr0 go back to the now in turn the randomness all the way up so it’s randomizing velocity gates and which pitch it’s choosing well once again it’s only pulling pitches from this pool of what existing pitches are in the sequence so you get controlled randomness and that in the picture so from both of those all the way down and so that’s the random in the swing functions now I’m using this with a computer right now and so I’ve got this going to mini channel one on my computer I can change the MIDI channel on this by holding down channel and you can see I’ve got green and I’ve got red going here yellow red is the control mode so my green sequence is on one my yellow sequence is on – and my drum sequences on 10 so I can go put this on so one thing that you can use channel for besides just you know putting it on a channel and setting it and forgetting it is that if I wanted to I can have you know on one sequence have one setting and then when I go to change a sequence I can then change the channel as well and I can call up a different instrument via MIDI or something so there’s some other potential playing possibilities that you get on this we’ll go over here real quick and talk about the transpose link currently we’ll get these two going so I’ll transpose this I’m going on and save that sequence and it will save the transposition so right now if I transpose this you hear the number ones transpose event number two is not so sometimes you want individual sometimes you want the transpose to follow each other this C hit transpose lengths on and they’ll both follow each other so the transpose link I can link the transposition of both sequences with preset and pattern Lake I can link the two patterns so right now I’m transpose I’m hitting each one individually which is all fine and wonderful but sometimes I’ll set in one pattern on one and one on two and I want them all to change and the way to get them to all change together is using preset links so if any

one of these I change you see they all change together now there’s one setting that you have in the MIDI control center is that you can do this where they’re absolute so if I hit number two on this and I go over here and go number ten they all go to number ten so that’s absolute they’re all changing or you have a thing where you can put them into a relative mode so that if you know you had something like this where they’re all one apart if I was in relative mode with preset link and I hit this from seven to eight this one would go eight to nine so got nine to ten so it would keep their relative spacing between each other and shift that way most of the time I think though the people would probably just use it in the absolute mode so that’s the basic functions within the sequencer you’ll start to discover very quickly that there’s a lot of possibilities with all this between you know the link that you can have and having them play forwards or backwards or alternating or different tempos each one can have it it’s own time-division so this one can be in sixteenths and this can be in eighths and this is going to be in sixteenth triplets if you wanted or something between that between able to recall different different patterns maybe ones going on sequence on cv/gate and the others going out MIDI and the other ones yeah triggering some gate stuff in some sequence so there’s a lot of possibilities with this and we’ve only started to scratch the surface but hopefully that gives you enough that that you can start working that’s it be sure to visit our Toria comm go under the beatstep Pro product and check out the resources tab in the resources tab you’re going to find more tutorials tips tricks and other extra files that’ll help you use in your beats

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