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Use the Auto-Clone Bars feature on the Position Controls

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:13 pm
by planet-h
The Auto-Clone Bars feature is maybe one of the most powerful functions in the G-Stomper Step Sequencers.

We all know the situation, when you start with a 1 Bar Pattern to create the first loop. Then you change the length to 2 or 4 and add some variations, and finally you change it to 8 Bars and add again more variation.

Usually at this point, then when your Pattern is 8 Bars long already, you want to change something on all bars, add some accentuation to the high hats for example. On most Drum Machines the only one way to achieve this, is to change the high hat sequence manually on all bars, which can be quite annoying if you have to repeat it over and over until you have all 8 Bars changed.

With “Auto-Clone Bars” feature you have to change the sequence only on a single Bar while “Auto-Clone Bars” clones your changes to the other Bars.

Note: Enabling “Auto-Clone Bars” has only an effect, if the Pattern length is greater than 1 Bar.

Click the Position LEDs to turn “Auto-Clone Bars” ON/OFF.

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If you don’t want to see the confirmation dialog again, enable the „Don’t show this dialog again“ checkbox.

Once the „Auto-Clone Bars“ is turned ON, all automatically cloned Bars are marked with the letter “C”.

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When you now change the Sequence, in fact Steps, Notes or Accents (Parameter Automations are not included), then your changes get automatically cloned to all “C” marked Bars.

Auto-Clone Bars Clone Rules

Even if auto cloning sequence changes to all other bars is a pretty nice thing, it is not always the most suitable behavior.
More usual is the situation that you want to clone your changes to every 2nd or every 4th Bar, or even better to most suitable Bars (from the rhythmical point of view).
Therefore the “Auto-Clone Bars” feature has multiple Clone Rules to choose from.

Long click the Position LEDs to show up the “Clone Rule” selection dialog.
Then select your Every 2nd from the dialog.

Once you changed the Rule, the “C” marked Bars change in the Position LEDs

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All >> Clones to all other Bars

Every 2nd >> Clones to every 2nd Bar

Every 4th >> Clones to every 4th Bar

Intelligent >> Clones dynamically depending on the currently edited Bar/Position.
Bar 1 : Clones to all other Bars
Bar 2, 3 : Clones to every 2nd Bar
Bar 4, 5, 6, 7 : Clones to every 4th Bar
Bar 8 : Does not clone at all

Note: With the Intelligent Rule, you have the full freedom to start straight away with an 8 Bar Pattern, without having to change the Pattern length multiple times during the creation process, and without having to copy a single step manually to an another bar.