Micelle Note Sequencer

Produce pitch cv as well as envelopes with the Micelle Note Sequencer. When note values and envelope characteristics can be specified for each individual pattern, we can form self-contained musical phrases, and this sequencer is built to encapsulate both of these aspects of a note.

Like the primordial membrane-bound proto-lifeform of its namesake, the Micelle Note Sequencer encapsulates note patterns with an envelope. Steps are activated with a button and notes are specified with the dials above, while an attack/hold/release envelope is also uniquely set (bottom right) for each pattern. By pairing melodic sequences with envelopes, patterns more closely resemble musical phrases and vary accordingly.

Alternatively, you can minimize all of the envelope settings to output triggers or extend the hold setting to get a gate outputs, providing a lot of flexibility in how rhythm is derived from the sequencer. You can even ignore the rhythm altogether and use the 1v/oct (pitch cv) output alone.

On board, you’ll find a clock output and a “start trig” output for syncing other devices, as well as a gate input (triggers work as well) for advancing the steps either manually or via an outboard clock. CV inputs for selecting, advancing, and backtracking the pattern help you automate pattern changes. You can also use CV to reset/pause/run and to modulate the envelope characteristics.

You’ll find interesting possibilities for generative music too — envelope characteristics can be modulated, gate/trig signals can be used to advance steps, and pattern selection can also be automated by trigger signals, allowing for mid-sequence changes for combined results.

A simple setup would entail connecting Micelle’s 1V/oct out to an oscillator and the env out to an amplifier (whose input is fed from the oscillator and whose output leads to the main out). Activate steps with buttons and turn dials to select notes and you’ll have a melodic loop in no time. Try connecting the gate input to the main gate source (from your midi keyboard) to manually step through your sequence and consider how you might get complex rhythms by connecting this input to other step sequencers to give each step different lengths. Try modulating the hold dial for interesting phrasing. Put another, asynchronous clock on the >>> input to advance through phrases mid-step for a hodgepodge pattern cobbled from others.