Dream Sequence Pedal Overview
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.
The pedal features Hologram’s proprietary Tap Tempo system for synchronizing these rhythms with other musicians, and a “Hold” sampler section that captures notes or chords to allow for unique harmony and drone effects. Dream Sequence also allows you to “automate” controls by recording your knob movements.
Dream Sequence uses digitally-controlled analog overdrive, tone, and dry mix controls at the output. This means that although your signal is passing through an analog drive section, the positions of these controls can be saved or automated as part of your presets.
After powering up Dream Sequence, flip the Preset Bank Switch to “User.” Begin with the Dry Mix control at 0 and the Subdivision control set to “8.” Set the Preset rotary switch to position 1 and use the Shape control to change the contour of the sequencer’s envelope. Turn this knob to the left to create choppy, square sounds, and to the right to create smooth, swelling sounds. Use the Subdivision control to change the speed of the pattern (beginning with 8th or 16th note subdivision may provide a helpful starting point for exploring the presets).
A pattern that sounds like a synth arpeggiator at lower speeds 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.
Next, flip through the 12 presets of the “User” Bank and experiment with different Shape and Subdivision values to get a feel for the variety of sounds you can create in this mode. Each preset contains a simple rhythmic pattern that can be customized to your taste with the Shape and Subdivision controls. For example, Preset 10 can be used to create a Tremolo effect, as its pattern only contains the “middle octave.” Use the Shape knob to control the waveform of the Tremolo. Presets 11 and 12 simply alternate back and forth between the middle octave and either Octave Up or Octave Down voices; if you increase the Subdivision value, the effect of these presets becomes more like vibrato.
Use the Drive and Tone controls to add distortion and filtering to your liking. Strum a chord and tap the Hold footswitch to capture a note, and as it sustains add a little of the Dry Mix control to play on top of the sustained sound. Tap Hold again to release the sustained sound.
Once you are comfortable with these controls, try experimenting with the “Factory” Bank. The “Factory” Bank does not make use of the Shape or Subdivision controls, but rather contains more complex, expressive rhythm/pitch patterns. You can create patterns in this style via MIDI in a DAW application like Ableton Live or Logic later, if you wish.
Try using the Tap Tempo to speed up or slow down the sequencer. You can tap as few as 2 times to set the tempo, but the longer you continue tapping, the more accurately Dream Sequence can adjust to your timing. You may even find it useful to tap throughout an entire section of a song that requires very precise timing. Because Dream Sequence doesn’t use delay, there are not discontinuities or “jumps” when changing tempo, so feel free to update the tempo as much or as little as you like.
This pedal is built to foster experimentation, creativity, and a nearly limitless level of customization. Knob movements can be recorded, presets can be saved, and seemingly simple patterns can be built upon to create complex, unique sounds that are all your own.
To learn more about the Dream Sequence pedal features, check out the full User Manual.