Moved from Jamuary 2021 topic…
which evolved into a discussioin about eurorack…
Ive been meaning to do Jamuary but usually not possible as I have friends/family over for the new year - but this year of course that didnt happen … oh well good excuse for Jamming…
Frap Tools Usta.
I was craving a hands-on sequencer, rather than a grid/programming type (like the Hermod), I have to say it fills that role really well… things I love about it
- very quick to use, intuitive once you know it, great ui
- tracks are fully independent (scale, tempo, clock div, length)
- stages are a fantastic way to deal with time/rythm
- variation/probability are very integrated into the workflow… so pull you into using them
- ratchets and glide are also very integrated, Ive never used as much in modular before!
a few oddities/limitations
(this reflect perhaps something about what Ive done with hermod or was thinking about with Rene)
- when you select a scale - the encoders selection of notes is still chromatic, this can feel a bit off BUT it kind of makes sense since you might change scale.
- scale is per track global, not ‘per pattern’ , so for example you cannot program in song mode a change in scale. (you can of course, change scale on the fly thru the menu, very quickly)
- external clock/reset - can take a second to adapt to big tempo changes.
- compose mode , sets gate high… rather than trig when you change (small FR)
I guess they assume your using an ADSR env, but often I use AD envs so this doesnt work for me.
Ive sent a FR about this…
- Id love to have the ability to have variation on stage length. (feature request?)
- more (hardware) cv input, though that said Im not really using this much at the moment anyway.
that said, none of these is really an issue for me.
fyi… I was also considering the MN Rene 2 (you have Rene?)
What I like about the Rene is the concept of selecting a set of notes, and then Rene is skipping around this set…I also liked the idea of it being step based rather than clock based - it has no concept of a (tempo) clock.
Usta is different in this sense, as ultimately its tempo based, also we vary sequences by probability on stages rather then altering sequence order… I think you can get similar effects, but a different way.
The reason I went with Usta was more outputs, and I liked the way it does stages and variations.
thats said, Rene 1 can be picked up a reasonable prices, so might pick one up one day…
Overall, Im very happy with it…
perhaps the biggest issue is, now I’m getting serious GAS for some other Frap Tools modules…
(Brenso, Sapel and Falstri really are calling my name )