Each sequencer channel has its own pattern panel with 16 steps, each of which can have separate pitch, velocity, and note duration. The controls to the left of the tables set the base values for all steps. The pitch table transposes pitch by semitones, and the other tables scale the default value.

Pattern Panel
Pattern Panel

The table values are stored with the snapshot. When closing the ensemble, the current table values may still be saved with the ensemble, even if you have saved the snapshot. You can copy all the table data from one sequencer channel to another with the edit buffer.

A vertical green cursor indicates the current playing step. If recording is enabled, a blue cursor indicates the current step being recorded. In fugue mode, more than one different step may be playing at the same time, and the cursor indicates the most recently played note.

#STEPS (Patterns)

Sets the number of steps in the pattern. Adjusting this setting also changes the horizontal zoom of the pattern tables, so that only the number of steps in use are visible.

The instrument does not contain a setting to choose the first step in the pattern, because the patterns can be rotated.

Mouse Piano Keyboard

Displays and plays notes. Notes from the current channel are in green, and notes from other channels are in blue. The color intensity indicates the velocity value. If chords are enabled, there will be multiple notes displayed at each step. The displayed pitch values are after any transposition (by P.SHIFT, bar sequencer, MIDI transposition, modulation matrix, and/or pitch mapping).

When changing the pitch in the pitch pattern table, bar sequencer, or note filter, notes are highlighted in red for a short interval, indicating the set value prior to any other transposition or modulation.

P.SHIFT

Transposes the sequence up and down. The resulting transposition (and any other modulation) is visible in the on-screen piano keyboard.

Pitch Pattern Table

Displays and edits the main pitch pattern. Octaves are indicated with a heavier line. Click and drag a bar in this table to alter its value. The resulting table value (before transposition and modulation) appears briefly above the on-screen piano keyboard.

The table values are stored with the snapshot. You can copy tables selectively from one sequencer channel to another with the edit buffer.

VOL

Sets the main output volume, scaling the velocity for all output. Changes to this control affect the next notes from the instrument, not any current playing notes.

PEAK INDICATOR

To the top left of the VOL knob is a simple peak indicator. With the many modulations possible, it is easy to create an output range which exceeds the normal range of 0-1 for velocity. The peak indicator turns yellow when the summed output is likely to be above 0db.

CH.GAIN

Sets the base velocity for the channel, scaling the velocity of all notes from this channel by the indicated factor. Changes to this control affect the next note from the channel, not any current playing notes.

DMOD, VMOD

Select how duration and velocity modulations are combined. The options are:

  • MULT (default) - Multiplicative.
  • ADD- Additive.
  • SUB - Subtractive.

Modulation type affects modulations from the bar sequencer and other sequencer channels.

Velocity Pattern Table

Displays and edits the main velocity pattern. The velocity for each step in the current pattern multiplies the channel gain as follows:

Velocity Pattern Scaling

RowVelocity Scaling

Top

8x

Upper Middle

2x

Middle

1x

Lower Middle

0.5x

Bottom

0 (No sound output)

When drawing table values, the set value (prior to any modulation or scaling) appear briefly above the table, at its top left.

When the resulting velocity, after scaling and modulation is zero, then the step values for pitch, duration, and velocity are still sent to the modulation matrix. However, the channel itself generates no output note for that step, and generates no change in controller values (if the controller panel is on).

A vertical green cursor indicates the current playing step. If recording is enabled, a blue cursor indicates the current step being recorded. In fugue mode, more than one different step may be playing at the same time, and the cursor indicates the most recently played note.

DURATION, D, T

Sets the base duration of notes. When the duration is longer than the step length, the notes overlap. The instrument contains its own voice allocation so that all voice resources are optimally applied to the output.

  • In CLOCK, GATE, and FUGUE modes, the base tempo duration is a ratio of the tempo, as set in the trigger panel.
  • In STEP modes, the base tempo is a multiple of 1/4 notes (24 MIDI ticks).

Often duration sounds best with an unusual ratio. The duration list has more common ratios at its top, and less common at the bottom. The D and T buttons below the list scale the base duration as follows:

D (Dotted Duration)

Multiplies the duration by a factor of 1.5.

T (Triplet Duration)

Multiplies the duration by a factor of 2/3.

Below the D and T buttons, a text fields shows the base duration as a multiple of 1/96 clock ticks. The following table shows the duration factors applied to tempo, as well as note length in step mode, specified as 1/96 ticks.

Duration Scaling, by Setting

SettingScaleTicks
(Step Mode)
DURD,TRatioDiv

1/8

-

1/8

0.1250

3

D

6/32

0.1875

5

T

1/12

0.0833

2

1/4

-

1/4

0.2500

6

D

3/8

0.3750

9

T

1/6

0.1667

4

1/2

1/2

0.5000

12

D

3/4

0.7500

18

T

1/3

0.3333

8

7/8

-

7/8

0.8750

21

D

45/32

1.3125

32

T

7/12

0.5833

14

1/1

-

1/1

1.0000

24

D

3/2

1.5000

36

T

2/3

0.6667

16

7/4

-

7/4

1.7500

42

D

21/8

2.6250

63

T

7/6

1.1667

28

2

-

2/1

2.0000

48

D

3/1

3.0000

72

T

4/3

1.3333

32

4

-

4/1

4.0000

96

D

6/1

6.0000

144

T

8/3

2.6667

64

8

-

8/1

8.0000

192

D

12/1

12.0000

288

T

16/3

5.3333

128

5/2

-

5/2

2.5000

60

D

15/4

3.7500

90

T

15/6

1.6667

40

5/3

-

5/3

1.6667

40

D

15/6

2.5000

60

T

10/9

1.1111

27

4/3

-

4/3

1.3333

32

D

2

2.0000

48

T

8/9

0.8889

21

2/3

0.6667

16

D

1

1.0000

24

T

4/9

0.4444

11

1/3

0.3333

8

D

1/2

0.5000

12

T

1/6

0.2222

5

1/6

0.1667

4

D

1/4

0.2500

6

T

2/9

0.1111

3

The following table lists the available duration settings in order of their relative length, also indicating the number of ticks in step mode.

Duration Scaling, by Length

ScaleTicks
(Step Mode)
Setting
RatioDivDurD,T

1/12

0.0833

2

1/8

T

1/8

0.1250

3

1/8

-

1/6

T

1/6

0.1667

4

1/6

-

1/4

T

3/16

0.1875

5

1/8

D

2/9

0.2222

5

1/3

T

1/4

0.2500

6

1/6

D

1/4

-

1/3

0.3333

8

1/3

-

1/2

T

3/8

0.3750

9

1/4

D

4/9

0.4444

11

2/3

T

1/2

0.5000

12

1/3

D

1/2

-

7/12

0.5833

14

7/8

T

2/3

0.6667

16

2/3

-

1/1

T

3/4

0.7500

18

1/2

D

7/8

0.8750

21

7/8

-

4/3

T

1/1

1.0000

24

2/3

D

1/1

-

10/9

1.1111

27

5/3

T

7/6

1.1667

28

7/4

T

45/32

1.3125

32

7/8

D

4/3

1.333

4/3

-

2

T

3/2

1.5000

36

1/1

D

5/3

1.6667

40

5/3

-

5/2

T

7/4

-

2

2.0000

48

4/3

D

2

-

5/2

2.5000

60

5/3

D

5/2

-

21/8

2.6250

63

7/4

D

8/3

2.6667

64

4

T

3/1

3.0000

72

2

D

15/4

3.7500

90

5/2

D

4

4.0000

96

4

-

16/3

5.3333

128

8

T

6

6.0000

144

4

D

8

8.0000

192

8

-

12

12.0000

288

8

D

The duration table scales the base duration. When BARS are ON, the tempo for each phrase is also multiplied by its setting in the bar sequencer's tempo table. Additional duration modulation may derive from the modulation matrix.

MUTE

Turns note output off. When muted, triggers still advance the pattern (sending triggers, pitch, velocity, and duration values to the modulation matrix), and the pattern still sends pitch values to the controller output (if enabled in the controller panel). However, it does not send any notes to any of the outputs (preserving voices for other sequencers).

SOLO

Mutes the output of all channels except the current one. This is intended as a compositional aid.

All active channels are still running, so triggers and modulations still occur; only the output from other channels is turned off. When one channel is soloed, other channels still send values to the modulation matrix and controller outputs (if controller outputs are enabled in the controller panel).

Solo can only be set on one channel at a time. While a channel is soloed, clicking and dragging on the CHANNEL list lets you view the settings and state of other channels while the current one is soloed. Then, releasing the mouse while on another channel switches the solo to that channel.

Duration Pattern Table

Scales note length for each step in the current pattern.

The duration for each step in the current pattern multiplies the duration as follows:

Duration Pattern Scaling

RowVelocity Scaling

Top

8x

Upper Middle

2x

Middle

1x

Lower Middle

0.5x

Bottom

0.0625x

When drawing table values, the set value (prior to any modulation or scaling) appear briefly above the table, at its top left.

If the resulting duration is less than 0, the duration is clipped to a minimum value (the event rate period).

< > (PATTERN ROTATE)

Above the top right corner of each pattern table, these trigger buttons rotate the pattern steps left and right within the visible range, pushing the pattern round once each time they are clicked.

There are also two "<>" buttons at the top of the table section. These rotate all pattern tables at once.

Rotating a pattern can create some interesting melodic variations during real-time performance.

The rotation is only in the visible range, so by changing LENGTH and rotating again, you can shuffle any notes. For example, you can set LEN to 4 and rotate the first four pattern steps, increase LEN to 16 and rotate another portion of the pattern into the first four steps, decrease LEN to 4 and rotate the new first four pattern steps, and so on.

Reaktor's built-in data transformations are also available. For these, change to the table to SELECT mode from the context menu. See Reaktor's documentation for more information.

Version Notes

  • Modulation Type - Additional controls allow the selection of whether duration and velocity modulations are multiplicative (as in previous versions), additive, or subtractive.
  • Pattern Rotate - Previous instrument versions only had rotate for each individual table. v099 adds two more rotate buttons which change all the pattern tables at once.
  • Notes of Same Pitch - Overlapping notes of the same pitch have different behaviors, as follows:
  • In 08x versions, the old note is turned off briefly and retriggered. Duration is the same as the first of the multiple notes with same pitch to end.
  • In 09x versions up to 0.96, overlapping notes on the same channel are filtered.
  • In v.097 and later, the note is optionally retriggered, with duration set to the last of the notes of the same pitch to end. This is the most intuitive behavior. See the I/O options for more information on retriggering.