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Getting more mileage out of Grids Modular Synthesizers
Old 15th February 2018
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Getting more mileage out of Grids

In another thread one of you guys mentoned something about eventually getting sort of bored with the fixed set of patterns Grids is capable of, which is making me a touch leery to get one.

I'm wondering what other modules you could put after it to get more variations, such as Branches or the like.

Are any of you doing that sort of thing already?
Old 15th February 2018
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For what it's worth, if you have Ableton & Max For Live, there's a M4L version of Grids. It's obviously not a replacement, but it's a direct port of the module code into a max device and might give you an idea as to how you'd like using one.

I've been playing with it the last couple nights, sending patterns to my drum brute and using a Midi LFO to automate the fill rates. I don't have any drum modules yet but being able to experiment with the software makes me think I may want one one of these days.
Old 15th February 2018
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I usually use Grids on top of a programmed beat. Depending on what you have and how you route things, maybe a gate sequencer. Asides from some LFOs or modulation sources, there’s more than enough in that box to keep you happy.
Old 15th February 2018
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I've been playing with it the last couple nights, sending patterns to my drum brute and using a Midi LFO to automate the fill rates. I don't have any drum modules yet but being able to experiment with the software makes me think I may want one one of these days.
Mind posting some of that? I'd like to hear it.
Old 15th February 2018
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I'd be happy to, but I haven't been recording. I'll record a little tomorrow night and post though.
Old 15th February 2018
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Grids is very cool, especially at first. The patterns it are neat and it's easy to add variety with the trigger controls and chaos knob. It does get a little stale using it that way after a while, though. Void's suggestion is a good one and one I'd like to try myself. What I've been doing make Grids earn its worth is to do the Venetian Snares thing, and send it bursts of triggers so that it acts kind of like a spastic drum fill machine. Also, I've found that using it to trigger melodic sounds instead of just drums is great for getting some interesting melodic patterns. This was done with an SMR getting played with Grids:

Old 17th February 2018
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Grids is very cool, especially at first. The patterns it are neat and it's easy to add variety with the trigger controls and chaos knob. It does get a little stale using it that way after a while, though. Void's suggestion is a good one and one I'd like to try myself. What I've been doing make Grids earn its worth is to do the Venetian Snares thing, and send it bursts of triggers so that it acts kind of like a spastic drum fill machine. Also, I've found that using it to trigger melodic sounds instead of just drums is great for getting some interesting melodic patterns. This was done with an SMR getting played with Grids:

That was cool.

What's an SMR?
Old 18th February 2018
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I generally use my grid only for trigerring envelopes or to sync LFOs - which then modulate OSC/Filters in a very musical way...
Old 20th February 2018
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That was cool.

What's an SMR?
4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator

Prettiest lights in euro as a bonus!
Old 20th February 2018
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4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator

Prettiest lights in euro as a bonus!
It really is a beautiful module. Now that's one I've been having trouble getting more mileage out of.
Old 20th February 2018
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It really is a beautiful module. Now that's one I've been having trouble getting more mileage out of.

You see them for sale used, A LOT!
I think they are hard to use. A lot of the large 4ms modules seem to be...
Old 20th February 2018
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You see them for sale used, A LOT!
I think they are hard to use. A lot of the large 4ms modules seem to be...
Can't speak for all 4ms modules, but I know with PEG, it's a super powerful module, but it requires a lot of CV/clock/trigger going at once to make it do the amazeballs stuff. My Atoner and Noise Swash see next to no usage.
Old 20th February 2018
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You see them for sale used, A LOT!
I think they are hard to use. A lot of the large 4ms modules seem to be...
I sold my SMR after a few months. I found it very difficult to use, personally. It wasn't that I couldn't take the time and learn it, I just really didn't want to. That module was the one that turned me off to complex systems where you can only tell what is going on by referencing LED colors and patterns. F that sh1t, it just isn't for me. Unfortunately that means pretty much all of their new modules aren't for me as well. That's ok though, just differing philosophies of what modular is. Again- nothing bad to say about the company, I dig my QCD and kind want some of their other clock utilities (and a PEG)...More power to 4MS for whatever they do, great company.
Old 20th February 2018
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That module was the one that turned me off to complex systems where you can only tell what is going on by referencing LED colors and patterns. F that sh1t, it just isn't for me.
Sniff...sniff...are we long lost brothers???
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