OCTACHRON Manual

Table of Contents



Connecting OCTACHRON

Use OCTACHRON standalone via MIDI

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

To use OCTACHRON in standalone mode please first start the software instrument you want control with it (e.g. Ruismaker). Or if it is a piece of hardware, connect it to your iPad or iPhone via a MIDI/USB cable. In OCTACHRON then press the button “MIDI” in the top right and select your instrument under “MIDI OUT”.
 Then continue with the chapter MIDI Mapping below.

Use OCTACHRON in AUM

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

In AUM just create a MIDI track, go to „Audio Unit MIDI Processor“ and select OCTACHRON from there.
Then press the curved arrow icon in the top right.

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Connect the audio instrument you want to control via the MIDI routing dialogue. Then continue with the chapter MIDI Mapping below.

Use OCTACHRON inside Cubasis, Logic Pro and other iOS DAWs

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Inside a DAW please first select the track with the instrument you want to control with OCTACHRON. Open “MIDI Effects” there, tap on “Tap to Add Effect” and select OCTACHRON. Then continue with the chapter MIDI Mapping below.


Presets Menu

User Presets

Load and save patterns and songs you created.

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MIDI Mapping

Map your tracks to the MIDI notes your instrument uses.

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Apps

Load one of the many mapping presets we created for several iOS drum machines.

Hardware

Load one of the many mapping presets we created for several hardware drum machines.

User

Load any mapping preset, that you saved yourself with the SAVE functionality below. You can also share every preset from there.

Customize

Create your own MIDI mapping.
This duplicates the functionality from the track and modulation settings and gives you an overview of the whole mapping.

Generate Scale

Generate note scales for melodic instruments.

Save

Save the current MIDI mapping settings as a new mapping preset, that then will appear under USER. You can find a nice overview of the current MIDI mapping in the CUSTOMIZE menu.



Global Track

A few MIDI mapping presets also contain an additional track labled "Global", e.g. the Korg Gadget Gladstone preset. You can use these tracks to control global CC values of that device. For that purpose you can either fill the hole track with steps or activate the option CC ON EVERY STEP in the Sequencer Settings.

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

NUMBER OF TRACKS AND HIDING THEM

By default every MIDI Mapping preset comes with the number of tracks this drum machine typically uses. By pressing SHIFT and the eye icons though, you can hide tracks you don’t need. And if that’s still not enough, you can also customize the absolute number of tracks and their appearance via the Sequencer Settings.

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Standalone controls


OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Play/Stop

Plays and stops the sequencer. Patterns are always played from the beginning.

BPM

Just swipe the BPM control left and right to adjust full BPM steps. Tap on the arrows to adjust the decimals. Or just tap on the number to put the BPM in numerically.

Link

Synchronizes OCTACHRON to other instruments in your network via Ableton Link.



Step Editing Grid

The step editing grid features 8 tracks. Each controls a drum voice or an instrument note. They can be addressed separately by MIDI note and channel.

Grid View

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Just tap on the steps to set and delete them. You can also set several steps on a track by swiping over them. By setting a step on a track, you also select this track for modulation. You can also select a track by tapping on the left column of it. And you can also mute each track with the mute button.


Smart Randomizer and Mutation

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Tap and hold on an empty or already filled pattern alias and tap on “Smart Randomize”. Via a smart algorithm OCTACHRON will create a random new pattern, which is based on a standard house groove. Just tap “Smart Randomize” again to get a new pattern.

Randomizer Settings

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Via long press or shift + tap on a track on the left column you can adjust the randomizer settings for each drum voice or instrument note. You can go back to the pattern overlay again then and press "Smart Randomize" for a whole new pattern. Or you randomize each track by just hitting "Apply" here.

Density

Adjusts the amount of randomly set steps per track.

Randomness

Defines how much randomness is introduced to each track. It is ranging from more 4-to-the-floor rhythmical to complete random, always respecting the density parameter.

Mutation

Randomly plays additional steps in your track and also randomly leaves some set steps out.

(This duplicates the probability setting in an even easier and intuitive way. Though if you want absolute control, you can still use the probability setting too of course.)


Track Settings

Via long press or shift + tap on the left column of a track you also find more settings.

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Move X

Moves steps of this track on the X axis.

Clear Row

Deletes all steps set on this track.

Settings

Sets the name of this track, its MIDI note and channel and sends a test note to check if it works right.


Modulation

Modulation is another key feature of OCTACHRON. Just tap on a track to select it for modulation. On the bottom of the screen you will then find its modulation view.
To use the interface more efficient, you can show and hide the modulation row via the “MOD” button in the top right and also customize its size with its handle on the bottom left.
Tap on the dropdown on the buttom left to open up the modulation selector. Just tap anywhere on an entry to select it.
On the right column then set the amount of each modulation parameter for each step.

Basic Step Modulation

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Set the velocity, step repeats, probability and trigger condition for each step.
“Trigger Condition” only triggers the step of a repeating pattern, that is set here. So for example “1./2” only plays the first set step within two repeats. “2./3” only plays the second one within three repeats and so on. This is useful for example, if you want to create little variations of a pattern without having to create a complete new one.
Row length allows you to change the length of each track independently from the others and create polyrhythms.
By pressing SHIFT while dragging one of the controllers, you adjust the value for all steps together.

CC Modulation

OCTACHRON MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

CC Modulation shows the parameters that your specific instrument allows you to modulate. To select a CC parameter for modulation, just tap on it. Also make sure to activate it to apply the modulation. If you make changes to a parameter, it is activated automatically.
Again by pressing SHIFT while dragging one of the controllers, you adjust the value for all steps together.


Mutation of CC Parameters

And to go even one step further, OCTACHRON also allows you to let velocity, step repeats and all CC Modualtion parameters mutate:

Mutation of Velocity and Step Repeats

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Mutation of CC Parameters

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 MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Just tap on edit on each modualtion parameter or long press on the selected dropdown value in the bottom left to call up the edit dialogue. Here you can easily set the mutation chance and range for each parameter.
Also use the edit dialogue to reset your basic step modulations, to change CC addresses and names and to activate or deactivate your CC Modulations with the toggle switch in the top right.


Song Mode

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 MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Above the step editing grid you find the song mode. You can chain up to 8 patterns there, multiply them and change their order. Activate the song mode with the “SONG” button on the top right. The patterns are now played according to their current order and set number of repeats. By tapping on a pattern alias you select it for editing and make it play next. Via long press on an alias or shift + tap you get the pattern tools dialogue. Via drag and drop you can change the order of the patterns, also while the song is already playing.

Pattern Tools

  • Set number of pattern repeats in song mode.
  • Copy pattern
  • Paste pattern
  • Clear pattern
  • Create a random pattern (Also see chapter Smart Randomizer and Mutation)
  • Move steps of a pattern on the X and Y axis.



Sequencer Settings

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 MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - Sequencer Settings

Tap on the grid icon to call up the sequencer settings.

Number of Steps (1-32)

Globally sets the number of steps of your patterns. The default number is 16.

Clock Divider (1-16)

Clock divider is a factor, that allows you to speed up or slow down the tempo relative to the host tempo. The default is 4. So reducing it to 2 for example will play your rhythm in half-time compared to the default.

NUMBER OF TRACKS (1-16)

Sets a custom number of tracks. Default is 8 or the default number of your loaded MIDI mapping preset.

COMPACT MODE

Makes your grid appear more compact and less likely to scroll on the left side. It is activated by default. But if you need standard tap size grid tiles, just deactivate it.

Instant Pattern Switch

Makes the pattern change instantly, when you cue it manually - as opposed to the default setting, where the sequencer waits until the last pattern has finished playing.

CC on every step

If activated, instead of sending CC messages only when sending actual MIDI notes, OCTACHRON will then also send CC messages without any active steps. This comes in handy, if you want to control an instrument parameter without sending a note.


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 MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

Swing (50-100%)

Globally sets the amount of swing for all tracks and patterns.

Swing Grid

Defines which notes are affected by the swing setting. The default value is 1: every other note is affected. That means 1 straight - 1 delayed. Changing the setting will play 2 straight - 2 delayed, 4 straight - 4 delayed and so on ...

MIDI

Sets one global MIDI channel, which overrides all individual channel settings.



External Control via MIDI

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 MIDI Drum Sequencer (AUv3) for iOS - MIDI Setup

OCTACHRON can also be controlled via external MIDI messages. This is useful, if you want to control OCTACHRON via external controllers or through other MIDI software. In this interface you can not make any changes. But it shows the MIDI notes you have to send to trigger the functionalities.

Active

Basically mutes OCTACHRON alltogether. So if Active is off, OCTACHRON will not send any MIDI messages.

Mute

Controls muting individual tracks.

Pattern Change

Controls changing patterns using MIDI messages.