i'll add this to the manual as well (and will try to make a demo video this weekend). btw, also added a quick start section yesterday https://github.com/scanner-darkly/monome-mods/wiki/Orca---manual#quick-start, and hoping to go over the rest of the manual this week to make it a bit more clear and use consistent terminology.
so here is what you need to do:
leftmost column - track parameters
- [row 1 | divisors] set to 1, 2, 4, 8
- [row 2 | phase] set all to 0
- [row 3 | reset] set all to 0
- [row 4 | chance] set all to 0
second column from the left
- [row 2 | triggers and weights] select this page, the right 8 columns in the bottom 4 rows are track weights, set them to 1, 2, 4, 8
third column from the left
- [row 1 | rotate scale seq] double press to clear the rotate scale sequencer
- [row 2 | rotate scale seq] double press to clear the rotate weights sequencer
- [row 3 | mutate seq] double press to clear the mutate sequencer
- [row 4 | global reset] double press, this will reset all internal counters to 0, not really needed but do it just in case, and set global reset to 16 - again not strictly needed but this will allow you to use rotate/mutate sequencers later
at this point it should step through notes 1-16 consecutively. you also want to make sure your CVs use all 16 notes - this is done by selecting all 4 tracks for each CV in the 2 righmost columns, top 4 rows https://github.com/scanner-darkly/monome-mods/wiki/Orca---manual#cv-a--cv-b
so now whatever scales you have selected for CV A and B become your sequences. let's talk a bit about scale editing. the scale edit page button is [col 2, row 1]. one thing to remember - single press on the scale page button turns the CV preview mode on and off. CV preview mode is where it just keeps playing the current note (sometimes it's easier to edit this way), so if that's what you're hearing instead of a full sequence just press it again.
on the scale edit page in the 4x4 note block on the left you should now see it stepping through all 16 notes. now you can edit your sequence, it's like a vertical piano roll with 4 notes available for editing at any given moment. switch between the groups of 4 notes using the 4x4 note block.
since you have 16 scales available per each preset, this means that you have 16 sequences which you can assign to either CV (or both)! there are 64 presets, so you can have up to 64x16 = 1024 sequences in total, all storable to flash or USB drive. to select a scale press the scale edit button and while holding it select a scale in the bottom 2 rows, the bottom row is the scale for CV B and the one above the scale for CV A.
once you are comfortable with the above try some fun things:
- if you only select tracks 1, 2 and 3 for a CV it will only step through notes 1-8. if you double press track 4 in the CV track selection it will now step through notes 9-16 instead (press it again to deselect). if you only select tracks 1 and 2 it will only step through notes 1-4.
- you can also use global reset to shorten the sequence to any number of steps between 1 and 16
- remember you can easily copy and transpose scales. so you could create a sequence, copy that scale to another, transpose it and assign it to CV B. now CV B plays the same sequence as CV A but transposed. you can also copy to another preset and then transpose, so now you can easily shift the whole sequence up and down by simply choosing a preset. this is a good way to use it as an arpeggiator (especially if you use teletype to switch between presets).
- try changing track weights and see how it affects the sequence
hope this is not too confusing! the scale editing page might need a bit getting used to but once you figure out how it works it shouldn't be too bad.