Mutable Instruments Stages


#126

I got excited for a moment and thought an update had been made! The difficulty of using the module due to this has caused me to shy away from a bit, which is a shame. Too frustrating at times.


#127

Unfortunately not yet. There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes right now, which is holding everything up. But it’s not being forgotten!


#128

Are people using Stages (or parts of it) as a sequencer? What’s it like?


#129

I’ve occasionally done some sequencing with it. It’s nice to have something with built-in slides, the option to loop sloping segments or substitute another CV for a segment, etc.

To me it’s better suited as a modulation sequencer than a pitch sequencer, but if you attenuate the output (it’s 0-8V) it’s more controllable.

It doesn’t have a reset, which I find pretty important at times. When I was beta testing I tried to come up with a scheme to suggest to allow resetting via a second gate input for that group, but it violates the basic rules of the module and I have to agree with the decision not to include it. You can manually reset by unpatching the gate and repatching it if you need to sync the beginning of a song for recording purposes, if I remember right.

I sometimes like using it alongside Marbles, clocking Stages from Marbles and then feeding Stages’ output to Marbles’ sampling input, so Marbles can act as a quantizer and shift register. With the right scale and Steps setting it’s nicely playable.


#130

I fequently use Stages for 2 and 3 step sequences. It’s a great way to kick out a looping pattern quickly.

It’s silly but fun to use the first channel as a voice and add an envelope and a short sequence with the rest of the channels. Hard to tune, but does a good job of showcasing its flexibility.

For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to get the release segement to have a satisfying decay, but otherwise I really like the module. It does so much that I think it’s easy to forget just how much it can actually do. It’s no Maths, but it’s a really efficient hole filler.


#131

For release/decay I usually start with the pot set fully CCW, and make it more linear if it seems to be called for.


#132

@grey @Starthief thank ye both. I have Marbles and was thinking about Stages with it. And I like the idea of a tiny slider sequencer, but by the read of it (also before your posts) that’s not perhaps Stages main concern.


#133

For a tiny slider sequencer, Lifeforms Micro Sequence seems promising.


#134

I had an idea this afternoon, and this is probably the coolest/most versatile thing I’ve done with Stages yet. Maybe it will give you some ideas?

Channel Settings:

  1. VCO A - looping ramp segment, slider to max, multed Marbles x2 v/o
  2. VCO B - looping ramp segment, slider tuned to your liking, v/o from channel 4 out
  3. Clock Divider - looping ramp segment, gated from Marbles t2, slider sets division
  4. Sample and Hold - looping step segment, multed Marbles x2 to level, knob sets glide, slider to minimum, triggered from multed channel 3 out,
  5. Trigger to Gate A - gate segment, slider sets level, knob adjusts gate length, triggered from multed channel 3 out
  6. Trigger to Gate B - gate segment, slider sets level, knob adjusts gate length, triggered from Marbles t1

Run the VCO’s into an LPG (@bmoren’s two-tone in my case) and open it with the outs of channels 5 and 6. Run Marbles how you like. Tune the VCO’s how you’d like. I tuned VCO B down for bass. Tweak these:

  1. Knobs on channels 1, 3 to complementary waveshapes
  2. The slider on channel 3 for clock of VCO B
  3. Knob on channel 4 for slew on VCO B
  4. Knobs on channels 5, 6 for gate length
  5. Marbles T bias left for more frequent VCO B frequency

I also ran them through Three Sisters High/Low for flavor using Marbles Y on frequency for funsies. Light delay and reverb. Fun times. (Recorded unheard. :P)


#135

perhaps a silly question, but is there a way to cv-modulate shape? i want to fall in love w/ this, but i also lust for cv-controllable lfo shape like w/ frames or o&c quadrature lfo modes.


#136

pretty sure you’d have to use two stages for a looping AR.


#137

I think you can hold the mode select across the segments you want to loop (they will start to blink). You can’t CV modulate the shape though.


#138

It’s been on my mind: The clockable LFO with the dyanamic waveshape morphing is pretty killer. I was wondering if I could get away with something else, and that’s a feature that would be sad to lose. That functionality would make a great utility module by itself. I do wish the waveshape could be CV’d, but it’s really dope as is.