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Analogue Solutions Generator

Step Sequencer
By Robin Vincent

Analogue Solutions Generator

At a glance the AS Generator looks like a conventional step sequencer, but there's much more to it than that...

If you are all about the polyrhythms and polymetrics of sequencer channel independence then the Generator is probably not for you. Instead, what Analogue Solutions have done is to create a playful space in which to manipulate multiple channels of CV within a single pattern structure. It's restrictive while being a whole load of fun. It begins with three channels of stepped control voltage but very quickly evolves into something less obvious and thoroughly creative.

First Steps

The first thing you'll notice is that not everything works as you'd expect it to. Patch Channel A to an oscillator and turn the knobs to set the control voltage in charge of the oscillators pitch. That's all normal, but it's Channel C that's lit up with the moving steps and Channel B seems to be denoting the step on/off state. Patching Channel B into another oscillator seems to behave exactly like Channel A, except that these knobs are lit internally and turning them or touching them doesn't appear to have any effect on the steps' status. Patch Channel C to another oscillator/envelope combo and you'll get nothing at all because the gate output is inverted and all the steps are lit. So very quickly the Generator raises three important questions: Why are there no lights on Channel A? How do I turn the steps on and off? And what are those weird looking triangles all about?

The Generator is not exactly what you think it is. Sure, there are three rows of 16 knobs and it can generate three channels of stepped control voltage to change pitch or modulate parameters within your Eurorack or analogue gear. But it's the relationship between these channels that makes things interesting (along with the input from the weird looking triangles). It's common to assume on first use that each channel will have its own length and pattern, but actually the Generator imposes a single pattern on all three channels. You have to think about it as generating a single pattern in three parts and once you've realised that the fog lifts and everything starts to fall in to place.

Looking a bit deeper then, Channel A is a good old‑fashioned,...

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Published March 2019