Note: I already asked this question on Elektroautos, but I think this community is also a good place to ask as we always have deep discussions.
If you could built your dream sequencer, how would it look and what features would it have? I’m asking to get inspired for programming my own sequencer.
Note that having ton of features doesn’t automatically lead to a better sequencer. Sometimes, if not most of the time, a limited feature set inspires you more to think out of the box.
A few questions to inspire your thoughts:
- How would you handle the balance between live jam/tweakability and deep programming? What’s more important to? You e.g. completely different on an Elektron sequencer which is very menu driven vs. a Cirklon sequencer, which has an encoder per step.
- What are your favorites features of each sequencer you have?
- Should it rather be compact (like Elektron sequencers) or big with a ton of knobs (cirklon or analog sequencer)?
- Should it have a display?
- Should it rather have encoder or Poti?
- What do you think of displaying the sequences as colored clips simliar to Ableton Lives Session view instead of having them simply numbered (e.g. A01 to G16)?
- What’s a feature you want and is currently not available in any current sequencer?
A few different concepts of sequencers. Note how each concept leads to different inspiration while using the sequencers.
- Elektron: Menu driven, but still very live tweakable. Modified Parameters get to assigned to specific steps (Parameter Lock)
- Cirklon: Very deep but also live jammable thanks to the encoder per step. Modified parameters get modified on all steps (midiCCLane)
- Analog sequencer: One knob per step. What you see is what you get. Limited sequencer tweak options
- Pyramid: Also very menu with tons of tweak options like midi effects
- Toraiz: Many features for live jamming with the sequences (like direction, speed, melodic control, groove bend)
- MPC: Next to the usual step sequences, it also has midi clips