white whale

grid-enabled probabilistic live step sequencer

september 2014

retail price: $280
requirements: monome grid controller (see note below *)
format: eurorack
width: 6hp
depth: 40mm (“skiff friendly”)
power: 12v: 18ma, -12v: 17ma, 5v: 42ma (grid unconnected), up to 600ma (grid connected, see note below **)

white whale is the culmination of methods and experiments based on a decade of step sequencer design for the grid.

a monome grid is plugged into the front panel of the module, serving as a complete interface. the sequencer continues running when the grid is disconnected, facilitating both live performance and precomposed playback of generative systems.

a sixteen step loop is the foundation. 4 triggers can be toggled per step, along with two separate cv values. 0-10v cv can be dialed via a parameter knob, copied from other steps, and tuned up and down via the grid. a cv map mode is provided for creating scales, and preset scales are recallable.

a probability index is provided independently for the triggers and each cv channel. these can serve as step mutes (at 0 or 100 percent) or chance possibility per step (for fills, emergent melody generation, etc). each cv step can be set to have a choice of several values.

sixteen patterns are quickly accessible. for longer sequences these patterns can be strung together in any determined order, including chance possibilities between pattern selection.

sets of patterns are storable to internal flash memory for instant recall on power-up.

timing can be internal (controlled via a panel pot) or externally triggered. loop lengths and positions can be set intuitively on the grid.

many subtle additional features make this instrument incredibly versatile yet approachable, introducing possibilities far beyond the standard step sequencer.

full documentation →




meadowphysics

grid-enabled rhizomatic cascading counter

october 2014

retail price: $260
requirements: monome grid controller (see note below *)
width: 6hp
depth: 40mm (“skiff friendly”)
power: 12v: 18ma, -12v: 17ma 5v: 42ma (grid unconnected), up to 600ma (grid connected, see note below **)

meadowphysics facilitates the exploration of polyrhythms and rule-based sequencing, producing a wide range of emergent patterns.

a monome grid is plugged into the front panel of the module, serving as a complete interface. the procedure continues running when the grid is disconnected, facilitating both live performance and precomposed playback of generative systems.

as the second module in the grid-based eurorack series, this module highlights the ability to swap the grid between modules rapidly, patching the usb cable much like a 3.5mm cable. this module can be used in conjunction with white whale using a single grid gracefully.

the foundation of meadowphysics is an incoming clock which can be internal or external. seven additional counters can be cross-assigned with this clock to count down an assignable number of counts, which is the primary interface on the grid. when a counter reaches zero, the corresponding output is triggered on the panel. given a flexible assignment method, very complicated long-form mutating polyrhythms can be created intuitively.

in addition a series of “rules” can be applied at the zero count of each counter. the count length can be reassigned-- incremented/decremented, randomized, reset to last value, etc. a counter can have a rule assigned to change another counter's behavior. in this way long evolving patterns emerge.

very simple falling rhythms can also be accomplished in a very straightforward manner. a standard subdivided counter runs as a default behavior.

configurations are preset-able and savable to flash for later recall and instant resume on power-up.

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earthsea

grid-enabled shape memory pattern instrument

december 2014

retail price: $320
requirements: monome grid controller (see note below *)
format: eurorack
width: 6hp
depth: 40mm (“skiff friendly”)
power: 12v: 18ma, -12v: 17ma, 5v: 42ma (grid unconnected), up to 600ma (grid connected, see note below **)

earthsea is a platform for playing, looping, and manipulating control-voltage gestures, which may take the form of melodies and timbral transformations.

a monome grid is plugged into the front panel of the module, serving as a complete interface. looped patterns continue to run when the grid is disconnected, facilitating hot-swap connection to other monome-enabled modules during performance.

built upon a map of tones, the grid becomes a playing surface for melodies. the edge output provides various gating modes including a fixed interval and drone mode.

multi-press gestures invoke shape-memories. three channels of cv memory are set by turning panel knobs per shape. instantly recall cv sets with different shapes, or glide between them with independent slew per channel and shape.

patterns of notes and shapes can be recorded into a bank of sixteen slots. gate, retrigger or loop playback while performing additonal notes or shapes atop. recall previous patterns from the bank, or perform the bank directly. patterns can also be performed across the keymap with arpeggiate mode, shifting the root note and retriggering the pattern.

shape-memories and all recorded patterns are storable to internal flash memory for instant recall on power-up. eight full presets can be stored and dynamically loaded.

additional magic shapes for pattern modulations make this instrument profoundly versatile.

full documentation →




teletype

algorithmic ecosystem

shipping mid-june 2015

retail price: $480 (keyboard included)
format: eurorack
width: 18hp
depth: 26mm (“skiff friendly”)
power: 12v: 72ma, -12v: 12ma, 5v: none

teletype is a dynamic, musical event triggering platform.

scripts are assigned to each of the eight trigger inputs. herein you can set CV values (four outputs) and trigger gates (four outputs), with extended functionality for pattern manipulation, slews, randomness, sequences, basic arithmetic, stacks, delays, and much more. CV input and a parameter knob can be integrated into scripts, and an internal metronome makes for standalone self-running systems.

scripts are modified with a USB keyboard which plugs into the front panel. syntax is simple and easy to learn-- tutorials, video, and reference pages are available. teletype ships with numerous ready-to-run musically explorative patches. teletype runs without the keyboard attached-- you might treat editing as precomposition, or leave the keyboard plugged in for live coding.

pattern creation can happen in various ways, including a full-screen "tracker" mode which will be familiar to many.

remote control of monome trilogy (white whale, meadowphysics, and earthsea) modules is possible through a rear ribbon cable connection-- various parameters of these modules (such as playback position, sync, reset, and preset recall) can be scripted into the trigger inputs on teletype. note: free firmware update required for trilogy modules, and a pin header must be soldered on. header and cable included with teletype.

scripts are stored in internal flash. bootup and execution is instant. this is not a computer. it's a digital algorithmic ecosystem, thoroughly designed for the modular environment, with an 80's terminal sensibility.

full documentation →

walk

territory

shipping mid-june 2015

retail price: $140 (two footswitches included)
format: eurorack
width: 4hp
depth: 26mm (“skiff friendly”)
power: 12v: 12ma, -12v: none, 5v: none

walk is a foot switch controller with extended functionality.

each switch input has a momentary and toggle ouput. there is an XOR (one or the other) output, along with AND (both down).

modular play is wonderfully expanded when enlisting your feet: manually trigger clocks, gate signals with toggles, or hook it up to teletype for comlpex event generation. all while keeping your hands busy with knobs, cables, and grids.

full documentation →

switch

external power module and context switch for monome grids

january 2015

retail price: $50
format: eurorack
width: 4hp
depth: 30mm (“skiff friendly”)
power: passive module, requires external adapter (included)

switch adds an additional 5v power supply to a eurorack modular system specifically to power a monome grid.

the grid is protected against negative & over-voltage power supplies, while isolating the dynamic power requirements of the leds from the extant eurorack power supply.

with the grids power supplied independently, issues of high frequency noise and the large dynamic power draw of the grid are removed.

two usb ports and a switch are provided for rapid context switching between two monome modules. these ports can also be connected to a computer, which may be out of reach for a physical hot-swapping.

full documentation →


which grids are supported?

there have been many editions of monome grids over the years. white whale is optimally designed for late 128 (8x16) models that support variable brightness (2012 and on). smaller grids are supported, but pattern step lengths are adjusted. larger grids are supported, but presently the bottom half will not be used. mono-brightness grids are supported, but the data displayed will be less rich.

see https://vimeo.com/104940985 for a visual comparison.

 

can i use more than one module at the same time?

yes. with a single grid you can swap the usb cable between modules. operation on each module will continue with perfect timing. grid refresh is incredibly fast. patch usb like you would patch 1/8" cables.

power?

WARNING: if you disregard power requirements you may overheat and destroy your power supply and potentially damage other modules or the monome grid in the process. please contact us if you need help sorting out your power situation.

monome grids require a large amount of 5v power, which may not be typically available on all eurorack systems. be sure to check the ratings of the power supply to be used.

furthermore, eurorack power systems are not well designed for dynamic power loading. undesirable anomalies may be introduced in certain eurorack configurations when shared with a grid controller.

to solve this issue we've created the switch module which powers the grid externally. secondly, we've created ext5v, a small breakout adapter to separately power the grid controller. when using either of these, very little 5v will be used from the eurorack power supply (but note that it is still required). both require a separate 5v supply which delivers at least 1 amp on a 2.1mm center positive plug, which is included in each.

available via our retailers and also direct.

where can i see this in person?

we've chosen retailers who have a physical store where you can demo these devices. see the order page for locations.

 

is it reprogrammable?

yes. each module contains a bootloader which allows firmware updates without a programmer. see the documentation for more information.

 

is the firmware open source?

yes. see the documentation for links.