I have Shifty and it’s very cool. However, it doesn’t generate patterns as such, it merely takes a pulse as an indicator to a) sample the pitch CV in, b) send that pitch (and a copy of the clock pulse) to one of its outputs based on a kind of sequential switch, usually the outputs in order but in other configurations as well.
I have tried the following with varying success:
- Feeding Shifty some stream of gates that isn’t strictly a clock (e.g. a euclydian sequence).
- Using Shifty’s CV, but triggering the EGs using gates from some other source.
I’m now working on a variant of this setup but had to remove Shifty for a while to make space.
- Master clock Pam’s, sent to Marbles clock in. 3 channels of Pam’s generating euclydian patterns.
- Mult patterns to 3 segments of Stages set as “holds” as well as to fhe EGs (in this case 3 channels of Just Friends)
- Send Marbles’ 3 pitch outs to the holds in Stages.
- Take Stages’ outs to v/8 ins on two Mangroves and a Plaits. Out to VCA’s/LPGs to your taste.
- Hit run on Pam’s.
- Music comes out.
In my two to three hours of testing on Sunday it proved a more sophisticated system than Shifty alone, and very suited to arpeggiated melody.
With both configurations, though, I’ve struggled with a problem I’m starting to refer to as “the long and the short,” which means that it’s fine if I want to play chatty little arpeggios through an Optomix, but the moment I want to mix stacatto notes with infrequent legato notes (a pad, say) the system falls over somewhat,
Still working on it.