Tempo Modulating Bundle

The BPM Follower is an LFO that adjusts in real-time to match the tempo at its trigger input, making its modulation flex with the speed of a performance or according to patterns sequenced with the included BPM SEQ. You can also just sync it to a steady BPM with the Sub Metronome or even temporarily connect the system trigger for a tap-tempo functionality. The BPM SEQ outputs tempo triggers that provide instant adjustment for modulation from the beat to triplets, eigths, and so on. It can drag or rush if you like, and you can use multiples to produce nearly undpredictable results that feel complex but nonrandom. Tempos can be established and subdivided with the Sub Metronome which will happily play maestro to the above units. Alternatively, the x8 Gate To Trigger module provides a way to feed alternative sources and those that were probably never meant to act as a tempo source. Use this team for more dynamic wobbles, more organic vibratos, and more varied tremolos or orchestrate sequencers to go in and out of phase, to grind against each other mathematically, or to shift abruptly.

See individual descriptions for more info:

BPM Follower

With a BPM calculation tapped from a trigger input, the BPM Follower can adjust tempo with your playing or sync to a wide range of sources to create both a set of subdivided tempo clocks that output triggers and also a full-featured LFO. It means that connected sequencers can bend, halt, and double-time as you adjust your playing or its LFO will respond to the ebb and flow of note densities. And, it can be calibrated to drag or rush alike.

The LFO can be biased so that it is centered anywhere between -5 and 5V, its magnitude can be adjusted from minuscule to a full 10V fluctuation, and it can follow sine, triangle, saw, and square waveforms. There are outputs synced to the beat, to eighth notes, triplets, and half notes, and they can all be used simultaneously for complex, rhythmically cohesive modulations.

BPM Sequencer

On the fly tempo changes, cycling variations of subdivisions, and quick control of dynamic tempo adjustments are made readily with the BPM SEQ. Either step through the various tempos with a step trigger or activate particular tempos at their individual trigger points. Odd step lengths can be set with levers and serendipitous surprises can be encouraged with complex inputs.

Use it to make LFOs less predictable, to make drum sequences more complex, or to guide modulation toward richer variation. With the Playertron Sub Metronome and BPM Follower, you can develop nonrandom, yet unpredictable behaviors that feel responsive to rhythm and alive with chaos.

Sub Metronome

It’s a metronome that outputs a clock trigger for syncing sequencers, the BPM Follower, BPM SEQ, and so on. It can detect the system tempo or it can be set with a slider, and in addition to outputting pulses on the beat, it also offers triplet and eighth subdivisions and half notes too. It’s excellent for running sequencers and LFOs at related speeds that cycle in and out of phase, for resetting LFOs to tempo, or for dialing specific tempos into devices that otherwise resist. Or, just wire it up to a drum for a click track.

x8 Gate To Trigger

Use the x8 Gate To Trigger module to control drums from alternative sources, to pull a signal from which a tempo can be determined, or to link modules that don’t normally communicate. It pairs excellently coming out of the MIDI Drum Trigger and sequencers that output gates or going into Misfit’s range of triggered drum modules and a range of Playertron modules, like the Super Needle Dropper, BPMSEQ, BPM Follower, and Rotator.

These eight parallel converters turn gate signals into triggers — whenever a gate opens or a signal over 0V comes along, a single sample 5V pulse is output without repeating until the gate closes to 0V and reopens. Converters are automatically enabled whenever the output jack is plugged in. With a small footprint, you can wire up complex assemblies without spanning beyond reach.