UPDATE: Gross Beat^16 FLEXI v.1.2: A 16-step sequencer for Gross Beat slots

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Tue Mar 22, 2022 4:34 pm


UPDATE: Gross Beat^16 FLEXI v.1.2: A 16-step sequencer for Gross Beat slots

UPDATE: Gross Beat^16 FLEXI v1.2 adds a choice of two awesome new GUIs by cowpatmat and by WhiskeyPriest. Thank you very much! Moreover, the map has been simplified by omitting 3 modules.

Expanding on Gross Beat^16 (viewtopic.php?t=275768), Gross Beat^16 FLEXI allows to freely create chains of any of Gross Beat's first 16 Time and Volume slots in any order and length. Envision it like a 16-step sequencer for Gross Beat slots to form longer and more complex glitching and gating patterns.

Use by designing custom curves in each of the Gross Beat slots, chaining them together, and then playing and looping the sequence.

Chain lengths can be set anywhere from 1 to 16 chain links. For example, a chain might look something like this: Slot 7, 1, 7, 3, 4, 15, 15, 12. Four different link sizes (lengths between 0.5 and 4 beats) can be chosen.

Setup: Load Gross Beat^16 FLEXI as a Patcher Effect into a Mixer Insert in the same way as you would the native Gross Beat. Open the Gross Beat GUI from the Map tab. Generic curves have been pre-loaded, but any curves can be drawn, loaded or pasted into Gross Beat's first 16 Time and 16 Volume slots.

Moving slots around in Gross Beat: You can grab slots with the mouse, holding the CTRL key on the typing keyboard and dragging the slot to its new position. Be aware that this will change their slot number and alter the entire chain sequence. If dragging to a higher position, the slots in between will each be moved downward in number. If dragging lower, they will move up.

Operation: On the Controls tab, select chain length (1-16 links) and manually assign a slot (1-16) to each chain link (1-16). It is advised to at first choose short chain lengths, e.g. 2 or 4, then slowly increase the numbers. Set the time (number of beats) that each link is played with the Link Size slider. Set the 'On/Off button' to 'Off' to bypass the effect altogether. Also, it is recommended to leave one slot for each, Time and Volume as a 'neutral' curve, i.e. a flat horizontal line at the top of the curve editor that acts like a bypass. By default, this can be found in Slot 1. Use the buttons on the 'Reset / Randomize' tab for quick (bulk) slot selections.

'Polyrhythmic' chaining: This is possible between the Time and Volume by choosing different chain lengths for each, adding variety to the chain.

A slot is normally played from its beginning for the duration of the selected Link Size. However, if the subsequent slot has the same number as the previous one (example: a chain of Slots 7,7,7,5), the slot keeps playing until arriving at a new slot number. In the example above (7,7,7,5), if link size was set to 1 beat, it would play Slot 7 for 3 beats, then continue to Slot 5 for 1 beat. The same applies if '1' is selected as the chain length.

Playback of the chain always starts at Link 1 and then continues to the next link (Link 2,3,4 etc.) until the number of links chosen in the 'Chain Length' dial is reached. Thereafter, playback loops back to the beginning, i.e. the Links 1,2,3,4 etc. are played again. Any slot selections made for links beyond the chain length are ignored. Please keep in mind that the source audio needs to be at least as long as the chain to play the sequence in full.

All controls can be automated for further variation.

Feedback and comments are always welcome.

Have fun!


GUI by cowpatmat:

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GUI by WhiskeyPriest:

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Last edited by Alphagem-O on Sun Mar 19, 2023 5:11 pm, edited 3 times in total.

Thu Mar 24, 2022 2:27 pm


Re: Gross Beat^16 FLEXI

v1.1.1 has been updated to v1.2. Download links...
Last edited by Alphagem-O on Sun Mar 19, 2023 2:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Thu Mar 24, 2022 9:31 pm


Re: Gross Beat^16 FLEXI

Update: V1.1.1 fixes a bug that occasionally ca...

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