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multicoloured step sequencer

January 26, 2012 | 2:17 pm

My plan is to build a custom step sequencer.

I like the look of live.step and live.grid, but the problem I have is that a note can only be one colour in live.grid, or one of two colours in live.step.

I plan to represent different types of notes with different colours. For example, imagine if you wanted to represent velocity by colour, and not by the height of a super-imposed ‘lollipop’ as in live.step. Another example would be representing different MIDI channels with individual colours – so you could send individual notes out to a choice of devices from within the same step sequencer.

The list goes on, but whatever the ultimate reason, my initial goal is the same – I want different coloured notes!

One plan of action is to take live.grid, duplicate it several times and then stack it on top of itself. I’d then set a different note colour on each grid.

Can you think of any more ideas?

I’m fairly new to M4L so I’m still not sure what’s possible and what isn’t, so if you think I’m attempting the impossible, please do let me know (and tell me why).

Thanks!


January 26, 2012 | 7:09 pm

Be aware that M4L cannot handle different MIDI channels. This limitation is imposed by Live.


January 26, 2012 | 10:41 pm

i don’t use M4L but you can set different images in matrixctl by creating/using a custom image. This would be relatively straight forward as long as you can be bothered to create an image of all the different colours you want to use.


January 26, 2012 | 11:00 pm

Thanks, both pieces of info are useful to know.


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