I hope it’s not just me, but it seems to me that this post would have much less of a chance of coming across as hectoring or pedantic if it was in answer to a question about the relation of the poster’s work to jazz, instead of unasked for, in a thread about converting CV to MIDI.


Thanks chenghiz. I don’t take criticism to heart, whether warranted or not, so I didn’t take offence - but still, thanks. qwoned I am really sorry to disappoint. Please notice that I never claimed fluency. My work is sometimes based on jazz theory, as my chord-scale structures are derived from there, namely in one particular setup where my patching is more or less set in stone.

I guess the only link that would be readily available for you to dissect would be the only thing that actually has a relevant tag assigned to it: “Moondog inspired jazz”. If you don’t find it justifies the jazz title, then by all means, you are better suited to giving tags than I am; I was re-listening to Moondog for a while and looked into his methodology - so please feel free to let me know if I did it justice or not.

In any case, I’m not here to defend my work, but I will say that I fully acknowledge I have a long way to go before someone writes an academic paper about it. :wink: To get somewhat back into the CV-to-MIDI discussion, and seeing as you’ve raised a few points about areas were you’ve found the above links to be lacking in terms of practical attributes that would justify them as following a jazz formula (e.g. “microrhytmic modulation, complex hypermeter” etc. You even mentioned clave, which is funny as you will never find son clave playing on my ride), I’m happy to report that I’ve solved some of these problems in ways that I’m very happy with, at least for now. An example of a CV-to-MIDI solution on drumming would be one of my first etudes on drumming accents on the modular system (see last link). I have a bunch of etudes on different aspects but not all of them are online and not all of them are successful. As I said, still a long way to go but getting there! I should post more often, I mean the last post related to jazz studies was made years ago, but that’s besides the point. The links above can should serve as an example of how you can push a system to very diverse directions.

I see where you’re coming from qwoned. It’s helpful to know how people will scrutinize the music, so thanks for sharing your critique. Getting a “literary critic” to fact-check my naïveté invigorates me and reminds me what I’ve set up to do.

PS: Oh, and thanks for the Benadon paper! That will come in handy.

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Holy cow! New chord based CV to MIDI module coming from SDS Digital. Has some very cool tricks going on. I love weird gate-based sequencing so this is right up my alley. The demo at the end of this is really impressive. Sandrine makes some of the most unique designs in modular, I just love her stuff.


@qwoned I used a 192-2 for a short while, however was never satisfied that the timing of the notes it sent was tight enough. As mentioned above you need to be sure your sequencer sends trigger cv fractionally after note cv. The 192-2 works by updating the pitch information each time it receives a gate, kind of like a sample and hold.

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There’s another video of the Melisma, made by Sandrine, in case you missed it:

Feel free to ask questions that you might have about the module. It’s still not 100% there yet, but I’ll try my best to answer. :slight_smile:


This thing is going to be so much goddamn fun to control polysynths with. And perfect timing for me, since I recently decided to dedicate about 3/4 of my larger case to sequencing.

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I can’t tell you how happy I am that you like it! It’s a niche design for sure, but it’ll help integrate external synthesizers within the Eurorack system in a fascinating way. What with all the random and sequencing options (both CV and Gate) in Eurorack these days, the sky is the limit.

Melisma allows you to “preprogram” your progressions and move through them using gates/triggers. You can have different lengths of Root / Chord Type lists and then use your triggering to create progressions, or you can control everything via CV. There are lots of ways to go about it, and nothing requires deep menu diving.

To be honest I end up forgetting to patch the thing - it’s so fun to play by hand that I end up fooling around with it manually.


Sounds like exactly the sort of thing I’d get along with. The sequencing rig I’ve been putting together is all based on comparators and derivators fed by LFO’s and complex envelopes.

How involved are you with SDS Digital’s designs? I wasn’t aware that you worked with her on these modules.

I’ve only worked with Sandrine on Melisma so far (I’m the “K” on the panel), but it’s been very creative working with her, so there might be more things coming out of our collaboration. Admittedly, I’m a fan of her modules; she packs a lot of amazing ideas in each one, and even though that might seem a bit daunting at first, in truth they are all exceptionally clever designs - perfectly suited for performance, never limiting the user.

I have her RTM module heading my way as we speak (something for the Physical Modeling case :wink: ) and I’ve already thought of a lot of ways to use it.

The Melisma originated as an ideal solution to some CV-to-MIDI problems I’ve been having the past two years. The way I solved them left me wanting straightforward and more musical options. This is part of what I mentioned earlier when I hinted that each element pointed out by qwoned, can be conceived as patch problem to be solved. These ideas, in addition to the myriad clever stuff Sandrine casually brought to the table, are what Melisma is all about.


Melisma looks pretty sweet…Her whole vibe in general appeals to my 90s sensibilities. …if and when i go euro i mite just end up with one of these…Thanks for putting her on my radar

This cool thang however is more relevant to the buchla easel clone format zone im into and its even normalled to some of the 208 cvs…they have a standard 4U module too…im gonna get one as soon as I can spare some cash

I’m in the process of trying to sync Ableton, Eurorack, and an Elektron Digitone. The sync and latency problems are really bad at the moment. To solve this I’m trading in my ES-8 for a thunderbolt audio interface (8Pre Clarett) and I bought a Bastl Instruments Klik. (I was trying to avoid getting the ERM Multiclock because of the price.) So, my idea was to use the Klik to clock my modular, then sync my Digitone with a CV to MIDI converter. Then I stumbled upon this page and saw that the QuNexus works as a converter. That’s when I realized that my Arturia Keystep Pro has a CV Sync input. Can I plausibly do the following?

  • Audio clock out from Ableton into the Klik
  • Klik into my Eurorack system (Pamela’s New Workout.)
  • Clock out from Eurorack into the Keystep Pro
  • Keystep Pro MIDI out into the DIgitone

Is this a potential MIDI sync nightmare or something that can work? I’m assuming Ableton and the Digitone’s MIDI settings will have to be perfect but as of now I’m not sure what to watch out for.

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It’s pretty fine so far! It’s not perfect - Befaco markets this as freely assignable but it’s not the case, there are limitations which I hope will be lifted in a newer version of the firmware. Right now I’m finding workarounds outside the modular, but I’m taking note of what’s going on and will contact Befaco.

Other than that, I’m very happy with mine and, well, I should know, I have all of the options around to compare :sweat_smile:. The VCMC has replaced a C2M and a Doepfer a-192-2 in one of my live cases.

The UI is nice and the UX is not cumbersome at all, although sometimes I’m unsure if it’s me getting confused or if the module is not adhering to what it ought to be doing. That’s only when setting it up - I tend to experiment a lot with what’s available and don’t stick to normal usage.

That’s my 2 cents for now. I’ll be investigating more in the next weeks.


Nice way to control Norns params

Northern Modular does a MK2 run of euEM

Not only cool for Eventide gear… cheaper in pre-order, check it out!
I ordered already. :slight_smile:


looks very cool. Even without USB MIDI it seems quite usable.

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It’s CV to MIDI.
It’s algorithmic.
But is it jazz? :wink: