XOR Electronics - Nerdseq (Black)
NerdSeq is a multichannel tracker sequencer. The module utilizes a list view for noting down CV and gate / trigger signals. - The same concept is used by software like Fasttracker 2, Impulse Tracker or Renoise. Six channels with three outputs each are available. On top of that, there are four sample tracks plus (playback) effects. – A great addition for creating rhythms. Handling the module is easy as pie. A colored display shows notes, sequences and additional functions in a clearly arranged fashion. Thanks to the NerdSeq’s thought-through file management and lots of storage space, it is not only possible to save songs, but entire live sets as well. Polyrhythmic and aleatory experiments can be done in the blink of an eye. CV inputs allow users to influence the sequencer via other circuits. In short: The NerdSeq is a great composition tool for all kinds of music genres.
The NerdSeq is a sophisticated sequencer with tracker user interface. It features six “analog” channels. Each track comes equipped with the following outputs:
- Pitch CV output
- Mod CV output
- Trigger / gate output
The CV outputs can generate voltages in the range of -5 V to +5 V or 0 V to +10 V.
A Pattern can hold up to 64 steps. Besides basic note data, there are fine tune, step length, glide, quantize and groove options. Furthermore, the module offers retrigger and probability parameters.
On top of that, there are four sample tracks. A total of twelve audio snippets can be loaded and used in all playback channels. The maximum length of files is determined by the sample rate. For instance, at 44.1 kHz, the module can handle mono samples with a length of up to four seconds. Besides trigger commands, the sample tracks offer pitch and fine tune functions. Additionally, there are parameters regarding retrigger behavior, playback direction and playback probability. – Plus a distortion effect. Offset, loop and chord algorithms plus a lo-fi delay will be added at a later point. A sample pattern can hold up to 64 steps as well.
NerdSeq mixes audio material coming from two channels and emits it via a shared output. For importing samples, there is a micro-SD card slot at the front of the module. Song data is stored on the card as well.
A project file can contain up to 176 one-channel pattern. Besides basic note information, lots of additional parameters are stored per pattern as well. Automation features make it possible to generate modulation signals similar to material coming from a LFO or an envelope. Songs are arranged via a sequencer page. In detail, melodies, basslines, rhythms and so forth can be lined up in 255 columns. Alternatively, users can put songs together manually via the NerdSeq’s live functions.
External control voltages in the range of 0 V to +10 V can be fed to the module via four CV inputs. Thanks to routing options, the control voltages are usable in a multitude of ways. Additionally, there is a recording function.
The NerdSeq can be synchronized to other equipment via clock and reset connectors. There are both inputs and outputs. As a result, the module can be either master or slave. On the output side, several PPQN resolutions or the DIN Sync format are usable.
The NerdSeq can be expanded via a MIDI / gamepad module. It adds MIDI DIN connectors as well as a game port for Sega controllers.
Firmware updates will add new features.
A micro-SD card and a card reader are included in delivery.
Six pitch CV outputs
Six mod CV outputs
Six trigger / gate outputs
Four CV inputs
Two sample audio outputs
Clock and reset inputs
Clock and reset outputs
3U Eurorack module, 32 HP wide, compatible with Skiff cases
Power consumption: 150 mA at +12 V and 40 mA at -12 V