The French company Twisted Electrons is known for its slightly different Synthesizer or sequencers concept. The ThearpSid MKII is a crazy SID based Synthesizer, ACID8 is a TB-303 oriented acid synth with an 8-bit oscillator core, the AY-3 a chip tune Synthesizer or the latest release, the Crazy8 sequencer that allows you create 4 polyphonic MIDI tracks with chords and different time signatures/tempo for each track.
The developers are already full in development for their next different but super exciting new product. Based on the same concept as the Crazy 8, the Crazy8Beats is a new MIDI & CV rhythm sequencer that allows you to create very versatile and complex drum sequences.
The new Crazy8Beats is powered by an good selection of MIDI and CV connectivities: 2 MIDI out, MIDI in, 8 triggers and 8 CV outs gives you everything you need to connect and sequences different electronic instruments at the same time. The additional cv modulation per step and MIDI CC per step gives you a powerful tools to bring life to the beats. So you can change per step a specific parameter and create quick very complex and different sounding drum sounds per example. On top, you have velocity, swing per track, probability and an interesting beat auto-remixing feature.
The feature list doesn’t stop yet. Than you have different clock rates per track that means each track comes with a dedicated clock divider or multipler. Another cool and useful feature is the way how you can work with the patterns. Crazy8Beats gives you 16 patterns per track and the patterns can be changed per track or all at once). A clever feature that simply the live playability. Change the hihats and toms per example without changing the kick and snare in the sequence.
Did I forget something else? Oh yes, it comes with pattern chaining, 4 play modes per track and the must have features: MIDI clock in/out and trigger sync in/out.
- 21 port connectivity
- 2 MIDI OUT
- MIDI IN
- 8 triggers
- 8 cv outputs
- cv modulation per step
- Midi CC per step
- Swing per Track
- probability and beat auto-remixing
- real time beat recording
- drill fx
- different clock rate per track (clock divider / clock multiplier per track)
- 16 patterns per track (can be changed per track or all at once)
- pattern chaining
- 87 LEDS
- 4 play modes per track
- Midi clock In/Out
- Trigger sync In/Out
All this is currently in development and available before the SuperBooth 2018. (03 – 05 May 2018) A pre-sale starts before christmas.
The exact price in €/$ is to be announced but the developer wrote us that the price will be approximately the same as for the Crazy8 sequencer (255€ without VAT)
More information: Twisted Electrons
Patterns PER TRACK is something I’ve been begging drum machine and sequencer makers for years!