The SEEDS is a complex powerful 8 bit oscillator and can be used as a complete synthvoice.
Probably the most interesting thing about modular synthesizers is how we can try new things and get unexpected results. This is especially nice in live improvisations, but modular synthesizers can be a bit slow, there. Patching up about four or five modules to get a simple melodic sound takes a lot of time when you have a musical idea right now it would be nice to get a basic sound more quickly, that you could then extend.
Another question is where one would start setting up a modular system. It would be nice to be able to get a single module that can create an interesting sound that any other module could add something useful to. From both of those perspectives the Seeds should make sense, at least to some people.
On the sound-design side you might notice some 90's popular music influences.
There are two reasons for that. First of all; those sounds are a natural match for the rather modest (8 bit, 16MHz) Atmel chip on the Arduino Nano we're using. That music was made using digital synthesizers using the processors available at the time, and those had to make the most of the chips available at the time, which were quite comparable to the Nano. The second reason is that those sounds are a lot of fun. Once that link became clear it became more a of a guiding principle than a potential problem; it seems more sensible to lean into such links than it is to resist them.
What is the VOLTAGE RUNNER? The VOLTAGE RUNNER is a complex sequencer module for non linear sequencing. It is made as an add-on for the TTLFO but also works really good with any other cv source like an ADSR.
Basicly the VOLTAGE RUNNER is just crazy sequencer which is not your average step sequencer! It runs on an incoming voltage instead of a clock signal, that's where it's name comes from.
The VOLTAGE RUNNER is a voltage adressing sequencer which decides which step is playing on the incoming voltage. But as that still is not enough for making a usefull non-linear sequencer I added some very important features to make it a very versatile sequencer in combination with the TTLFO.
What does it makes so different than a normal sequencer?
1: no clock input but a voltage input
2: CV controllable start point en CV controllable play length
3: two play modes for the play length calculation
4: possibly one of the few sequencers to do real controllable ofbeat sequences
5: offset input makes it possible to use it as arpeggiator
6: step 8 can be step one and it just counts on via step 1
7: the sequences are not limited to clockpulses and makes it suitabe for experimental improvisations
8:... there is a lot more I can say about it but it is time that I should grab my camera one day to show all the possibillities
... oh and it is very small for what it all can do!
Overall the VOLTAGE RUNNER makes a great tool for a new way of sequencing on a nonlinear way.
4 CV inputs
- CV input for step select
- CV input for offset
- CV input for Start point
- CV input for Play length
- CV output (adjustable per step)
- gate output (selectable per step)
- trigger output (linked to the gate output and selectable per step)
- pulse output (gives a pulse out on every step change)
A little more about the two play modes:
There are two play modes available on the module which are actually a little hard to explain by text. The two modes makes the sequencer doing different calculations with the chosen Play length in comparison to the full Play length of 8 steps. In mode 1 the sequencer will play the same step length of each step like they would be if it was playing 8 steps but repeats the steps till it played 8 steps. In mode 2 the step length will change accordingly to the chosen play length. This means that the steps will be longer if the Play length is shorter.