arpeggiator

Dream Sequence Arpeggiator Patterns

Dream Sequence is built around a pattern-based rhythmic Sequencer that pitch shifts your instrument up or down one octave. This allows for unique Arpeggiator and Tremolo patterns at moderate tempos, churning, atmospheric effects at slow tempos, and wild Modulation effects at high speeds.

Dream Sequence has 3 Preset Banks: User, Factory, and Saved. The User Bank contains simple, customizable step sequencer patterns (modified by the Shape and Subdivision knobs), while the Factory Bank contains more complex, evolving presets. The Saved Bank contains 11 locations for saving your own presets and a Pattern Recorder (for creating your own patterns) in the 12th location.

To create arpeggiator sounds with Dream Sequence, flip the Preset Bank switch to “User.” In this mode, turning the Preset rotary switch cycles through the 12 step sequencer presets. Each of these presets represent basic, “building block” type patterns. These presets use the Shape knob and Subdivision rotary switch to customize their sound. Cycle through the 12 presets to get a feel for the types of sounds you can make with the User Bank.

Shape controls the contour of the waveform used by the User Bank’s step sequencer. At zero, it creates short, percussive sounds. As you turn the knob clockwise from zero to 50%, the decay and sustain of each note increases. At 50%, the waveform becomes a full square wave, with no decay. From 50% to fully clockwise, the contour begins to shift towards a “ramp” shaped wave; this waveform can be used to create “backwards guitar”-like effects, and is typically more effective when used with lower subdivision values (1/2 or 1/4, for example).

The Subdivision rotary switch selects the musical subdivision of the pattern sequencer. The subdivisions are represented as follows:

  • 2 = Half note (1/2)
  • 4 = Quarter note (1/4)
  • 4T = Quarter note triplet (1/6) 8 = Eighth note (1/8)
  • 8T = Eighth note triplet (1/12)
  • 16 = Sixteenth note (1/16)
  • 32 = Thirty second note (1/32)

By changing the Shape and Subdivision controls, you can achieve a wide variety of synth-like textures. A pattern that sounds like a synth arpeggiator at lower speeds/subdivisions often becomes an effect more closely related to vibrato or tremolo at higher speeds; ramp waves (Shape knob turned fully clockwise), for example, can create huge, atmospheric swells at slow speeds and gentle timbral shifts at faster speeds.

Adjusting the tone and adding a little distortion with the drive control can add a further synth-like quality to your sound.

Once you’re satisfied with the changes you’ve made, the positions of all controls can be saved into a custom preset and stored in the Saved Bank. Simply hold down the outside two footswitches (the Tap & Hold switches) for two seconds. When the lights begin to blink turqouise, flip over to the Saved Bank, choose your desired save location with the Preset Knob, and hold down the outside two footswitches for another two seconds. Now you will be able to instantly recall this custom preset.

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