Earthsea n00b users' group!


Ah! My link didn’t work. Wasn’t the best example anyway - I’ll get something posted in the next couple of days :slight_smile:


A short video following up my post form earlier in the thread :slight_smile:


External clocking is only possible if the Earthsea is clocked via the II connection to a Teletype. See the ES.MODE command.


Damn, I don’t have a Teletype and didn’t really want to go down that route for my modular. What a shame as that would make a huge difference in the ES integration and usability!


As an ES n00b I’d value sharing some patch notes here, to include a) integrating envelopes b) driving different types of modules with the three ES channels such as Clouds and Warps and c) performance tips. It’s a measure of the power of this instrument that it reveals itself both instantly and slowly.


it’s likely my most used monome module :slight_smile: so accessible yet deep. and the realtime input asks you to practice.

i’ve been enjoying patching the 3 cv channels to VCAs (1u tiles) and experimenting with different timbral routings of the main voice i’m using - ie. modulation amount on a TZFM patch and reverb send. then i’ll play a pattern very slowly with different shape memories on every note and an irregular rhythm. after it’s recorded i’ll start to speed up playback and see what strange new patterns are revealed.

make a bunch of these and start jumping between patterns.

Performing Modular Live

I love using all three cv outs to drive the different axes of the Piston Honda mk2 wavetable. Works like preset storage, whilst allowing for slow/controlled morphing.


Oh My God. I have a Cursus Iteritas arriving Friday and I think I just figured out what my Saturday will consist of! :grin:


Let me know how you go. I’ve been debating the Cursus, but was originally eyeing off a Loquellic.


I’ve been using the cv channels to tweak FM and different waveshaping / folding parameters on a DPO, but I like what you described more. I’ve used mixers and effects channels that way, but pulling it into the actual note gestures feels like next level Earthsea’ng. Very cool.

I’m new to the module, so maybe it’s still honeymoon feelings, but Earthsea feels like a really significant step forward in modular sequencers. Getting off grid timing, including CV gestures. It’s a shame its not in production anymore, would love to see the concepts be included in future monome stuff.

Earthsea means something


I absolutely love this module, I have been using the glyphs to switch up different sounds on the just friends (in oscillator mode) and it is just so exciting.


Any tips on tuning your oscillator(s) with Earthsea? The bottom most pitch on Ansible is 0v, which has been really helpful, is there a 0v pitch on Earthsea? I’m having trouble finding it. I’ve been tuning based on the root note position I’m interested in, but would love to be able to tune the oscillator without Earthsea sending voltage, and then know how that will relate to the grid.

Sorry if this is obvious, or if my description is naive…let me know if I’m missing something obvious!


According to my Mordax Data, the lowest pitch (key right of the portamento key) from Earthsea is also 0V (well it wavers between 0.00V and 0.01V which is probably close enough!). And it tracks nicely across the grid up to 4.11V.


Q: as far as I can see the CV slew isn’t applied when using the triples. This seems like a bug. Can others confirm this behaviour? (I think I’m currently running a debug build of the ES firmware with the avr changes).


Another tuning question, why does the root note position change in the harmonic minor scale v. major scale in the Earthsea docs,

I’m a very amateur “play chords around the campfire” level guitarist, so might just not understand, but shouldn’t the root note be the same location regardless of the scale?


Someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong but I believe those visuals are simply there to represent the general vertical/horizontal “pattern” of the various scales. I never took those to represent scales in the same keys - more just a general way to visualize the pattern of the scale so you can transpose it to any key you wish. The pattern stays the same no matter what key you base it in. The black boxes represent the root note. You can play any of the general patterns in the same key by making sure your starting place (the black box) is on the same grid button.

EDIT: studying these patterns would be a great way for anyone to transcend the “campfire” level of music theory - much easier, IMO, than a piano or guitar. Learning intervals is much easier due to the consistency the Grids layout provides.


I might not be understanding correctly (don’t have an Earthsea, anybody want to let go of one?) but can’t any note be a root? And the doc writer just happened to pick different locations to highlight when making the major and minor illustrations?

Ah, @bradfromraleigh’s reply came in while I was typing, sounds like we’re in agreement.


Ok…good…thought maybe I didn’t understand scales. Looking at it now, if they would have chosen the same root note for the harmonic minor as the major, they wouldn’t have been able to fit the left most scale notes in the grid. Makes sense.

For those of us that are doubtful about our music theory, it’s confusing :wink:

Totally on board with this. Thanks for the pointers!


One of these days I will try and program the various scales into key map presets but I don’t believe these are varibright? Ideally, would be great if these were implemented so scale and key could be selected but I know Earthsea is on the shelf now - still a great module :slight_smile:


This module is the best can’t we petition someone to help with devel? I know nothing how it’s created i am just drawn to it, i don;t know why. i think part of it is because i struggle so hard trying to figure it out having read through docs several times :slight_smile: