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Euclidean Polyplexor v2

8 Euclidean Sequencer Blocks to drive Polyplex

(9 Votes)
shawker
2.0 (Updated 2 years ago)
3.7MB
March 26, 2018
Reaktor 6
Instrument Sequencer

DESCRIPTION

This is a blocks version of my Euclidean Polyplexor ensemble. It doesn't have the snaps to keys capabilities that the original had, it takes up a lot of screen space, making the use of Reaktor panelsets a necessity, and the performance isn't as good (50%-60% cpu load) as the original. It does have accents, and the midi output problems from the original have been avoided by using salamanderanagram's Euclidean Sequencer blocks. I abandoned developing it a while ago because of these shortcomings, but decided to revisit it recently. I know some people like this kind of ensemble, so here it is, warts and all.

This ensemble doesn't make any sounds on its own, it just outputs midi notes. It was designed to be used with Twisted Tools Polyplex ensemble (available for purchase from the NI website), but can be used with any ensemble or VST instrument that uses midi notes as input.

It uses 8 Euclidean Sequencers with accents (by salamanderanagram) to send gates and velocity to 8 Midi Out blocks (by Emm@) which sends midi notes to the 8 pads of Polyplex. It uses 8 Triple LFO mini blocks (by Brett) to modulate the 8 Euclidean Sequencers. The Triple LFO mini blocks are wired to use the sine wave out ports, and only uses 2 of the 3 available LFOs, the unused LFO 3 is turned off in each. LFO 1 is slower than LFO 2, so it is used for Rotate and other dials where slow changes are desired. LFO 2 is a little faster and is used for Beat Velocity and Accent Velocity, providing a degree of velocity variation (humanization). The Shuffle control on the Utility Clock (+ or -) can be used to provide a little humanization to the timing. The VEL % dial on the Midi Out blocks can be used to adjust the overall velocity of midi notes for individual pads (instead of messing with the modulated Beat/Accent Velocity on the sequencers).

Setup instructions - 1 ensemble (Polyplex inside Euclidean Polyplexor)
Open the Euclidean Polyplexor ensemble, go to instrument view, import the Polyplex ensemble into it. Select Polyplex, go to properties, Connect tab. Midi in Internal has a select drop down, click it and select all 8 Midi Out instrument. You have to click the drop down 8 times to select all 8.
Connect the top 2 Polyplex outputs to the 2 output terminals. Update Panelsets 1, 3 and 4 to include Polyplex as suggested by the name. **Save as** and give it a new name. It will take a while to save, it now has the 500mb Polyplex ensemble inside it.

Setup instructions - 2 ensembles in a DAW
Load 2 instances of Reaktor, load Euclidean Polyplexor into 1 and Polyplex into the other. Then route the midi accordingly. This approach may give move flexibility for routing midi ins to whichever ensemble you desire.

Setup instructions - send midi notes to a VST instrument in a DAW
Load 1 instance of Reaktor and load Euclidean Polyplexor into it. Load a VST instrument, route the midi output from Reaktor to the midi input of your VST instrument. Use the Set Pitch knobs on the Midi Out blocks to set the 8 midi notes sent out.

Mods
salamanderanagram's Euclidean Sequencers with accents block - rearranged the knobs and made it a little smaller.
Emm@'s Midi Output block - modified so the default Set Pitch midi note number matched the default midi note that Polyplex is expecting. The Set Pitch knob can be used to set the midi notes between 0 and 127.

COMMENTS  (7)

Sam Cooksley
2 weeks ago
Is there any way of changing the speed like you can with a knob in the V1? Thanks
sander stedenfeldt olsen
1 year ago
Running it in Reaktor 6 as a "MIDI FX" in Logic pro x only gives me NoteOff messages... Any idea why and/or how to fix?
Phil Price
2 years ago
I want to give big kudos to Jim for this ensemble. I have this hooked up to Polyplex and it is just awesome. It will change my workflow and improve creativity. This is just great. Nice little attention to detail with matching the colours to Polyplex. Thanks Jim.
Rasmus Jakobsen
2 years ago
In the Setup 2 - it seems you need to set the clock to INT - then you can start it - and it runs - and without overloading the CPU as it does when I try to use Setup 1 (all within REAKTOR) - great - once you get it running :-)
shawker
2 years ago
Needs Reaktor 6.2.1, this may be causing the crash.
Cyber Wizard
2 years ago
Drag And Drop Crashing In Ableton 10 x64
Bob Swans
2 years ago
Lovely, I'm having fun sending this to my RYTM. Thanks
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