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5.4.1 Step Controls


The Step Buttons (01-16) can be used in various ways, depending on the selected operation mode.


Normal (Trigger):

Click the Steps to turn Triggers ON/OFF.

An enabled Trigger means: the sample will be played at this step.


Note: Use Level/Accent Fader to adjust Sample Output Level/Volume.


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Accent & Velocity:

In the world of Drum Machines you’ll come across two main ways to add dynamics to the sample levels, Accentuation & Velocity.


Accentuation has two sample levels, normal and accentuated. The loudness of the two levels depends on the accent amount (see Chapter: Accent). In many cases, especially when creating basic beats, Accentuation is the fastest way to apply dynamics to the sample levels.


Velocity on the other hand allows you to set a specific sample level for each Step independently. This gives you a much wider range of dynamics, but it can be more time consuming to apply the levels.


Note: There’s no “better” or “worse” method, both have their advantages. It’s more a matter of your personal taste and what serves your personal needs in a certain situation.


The Main Drum Machine provides both, Accentuation and Velocity. You can use either one of them or both in combination.


Accent:

Click the Steps to turn Accents ON/OFF.

An enabled Accent (in other words an accentuated step) means, if a sample is played at this step (e.g. 07, 09), then it’s played at a higher (or lower) level than on non-accentuated steps. The level of an accentuated step depends on the Accent Amount (which goes from -100 to +100). Accent Amount > 0 plays the sample louder, Accent Amount < 0 plays the sample less loud (also known as ghost notes) in relation to the regular non-accentuated steps.


In short: You define one accent amount for a particular track in a pattern, and you enable/disable the Accentuation per step.


(for further details see Chapter: Accent)


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Velocity:

Velocity allows you to set a sample level from 1 up to 127 for each Step indepentently. This gives you a much wider range of dynamics, but it can be more time consuming to apply the levels.


In short: You define an independent velocity (playback) level per step. (for further details see Chapter: Velocity)

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Note: Click the LED below a slider to show its current value (without the risk of changing it).


Micro Step:

To get the most possible timing variety/dynamics, you can move each drum machine step individually towards the next regular Step (forward) by 1-31 micro steps (every step has a total duration of 32 micro steps). Setting a value of 31 to step 01 means that step 01 will be fired one micro step before step 02.


You can use Micro Steps to create totally asynchronous drum tracks, but also to apply individual shuffle settings per track (and even per step). And as a matter of course, the regular shuffle/swing feature can be used in combination with the micro steps.


(for further details see Chapter: Micro Step)


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Note: Click the LED below a slider to show its current value (without the risk of changing it).


Step Condition:

With Step Conditions you can add a lot of variation to your Drum Patterns. You can apply a conditional rule to each enabled step. Instead of just firing the step, the sequencer will evaluate the condition to determine whether the step should be fired or not. If the condition is true, then the step will be fired (the sample will be played). If the condition is false, the step will be suppressed.


(for further details see Chapter: Step Condition)


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Note: Click the LED below a slider to show its current value (without the risk of changing it).


Step Edit Mode:

In Step Edit Mode you can select a single step and edit every automatable parameter (fader or button) for this particular step. You can use the Step Edit Mode to edit recorded automations as well as to step- by-step create new parameter automations.


Click the Steps to select a particular Step to edit.


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Note Edit Mode:

Click the Steps to select a specific Note for the selected Track.


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Note Edit + Step Edit Mode:

1. Enable Step Edit and select the particular step you want to edit (like explained above).

2. Leave Step Edit enabled and enable Note Edit as well.

3. Click on the Steps to select a specific Note for the currently edited Step.


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