Voice Allocator / Note Hocketing / Analog Shift Register
Patching is all about creativity. You could simply mult your sequence across your rack or let Shifty spread the notes across time, holding, swapping and routing them. Queue up notes or CV for distribution to up to four modules and dive into the world of hocketing, shift registers and pseudo polyphony.
Shifty is a combination of four sample and hold stages, a sequential gate, and a sequencer controller. This collection of functions allows for some inspiring and useful utility applications, such as clock dividing, or control up to four voices with intricately evolving melodies or chord changes.
Voice Allocation Mode alternately routes incoming CV and gates to up to four voices
Shift Register Mode stores four incoming CV values and sends it to voices sequentially
Choice of four different voice order directions
Pitch outputs are driven by a precision quad DAC to avoid voltage droop
GATE input can be toggled between track or sample and hold
Manual GATE button for sampling/tracking and advancing the sequence
Manual RESET button and jack
One of the primary uses for Shifty is to take a monophonic sequence source and route each new note of the sequence to up to four different synthesizer voices in a specific pattern. In this way you can create pseudo polyphonic sequences since each voice can be triggered to play and sustain while the next voice in the sequence is triggered. Another term for this is hocketing.
The other main application of Shifty is to function as an Analog Shift Register. In this mode each new gate input received causes the current set of pitches to be shifted to new output locations as a new one is added and the oldest one is replaced. This can be an interesting way to create chords that are up to four stacked notes when used with a pitch sequence source that has a harmonious series of notes (e.g. a pentatonic scale works really well). Even just using two of the outputs will yield very interesting melodic interplay and is an excellent way to make a simple sequence much more complex and interesting.
In a more basic way the Shifty could be used as a simple Sample/Track and Hold module, a clock divider, or as a sequential gate.
The René music synthesizer module is the world’s only Cartesian Sequencer for music synthesizers. Named for the French philosopher & mathematician René Descartes, it uses his Cartesian coordinate system to unlock the analog step sequencer from the shackles of linearity.
Usage of boolean operations between trigger inputs.
Provides quantized voltages and also unquantized voltages at the same time.
Named for the French philosopher & mathematician René Descartes, it uses his Cartesian coordinate system to unlock the analog step sequencer from the shackles of linearity.
-Maximum amount of artist controlled musical variation, derived from minimum amount of data input
-ALL programming done real-time, programming of René is a key performance element
-Up to 4 clock inputs and 2 CV inputs may be used simultaneously to achieve complex, musical patterns
-1 Quantized Voltage Out (forced to programmed musical scales) useful for controlling pitch on DPO
-1 non-quantized voltage out, useful for controlling timbre or pitch throughout the system
-2 gate/ pulse streams, useful for generating Timing Events within a patch or to Trigger an Function Generator such as MATHS