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Whew, last week was a a whirlwind of product announcements and news around the modular community, including new teasers from Audio Damage, Intellijel and others, a secret Mutable Instruments module and the news that Dave Rossum (founder of E-mu Systems) is getting into Eurorack module production.
Two weeks ago, we posted a number of new sequencer teases from various companies. Then last week, Kilpatrick Audio began its crowdfunding phase to raise money to produce their new Carbon Sequencer, a tabletop hardware device similar to the now classic Kilpatrick Audio K4815 Pattern Generator.
Carbon is a full featured Sequencer, featuring 6 channels of Sequences that can be programmed live or ahead of time, with built in Arpeggiation and SH-101 style Pattern Recording. The main interface includes a beautiful color screen which displays the current pattern as well as a minimized view of the other loaded patterns on the different channels.
Six metallic knobs adorn the surface of the device with control over Clock Speed, Gate Time and Pattern Start Position, as well as Transposition, Pattern Select and Length. The panel also features access to Tap Tempo, Swing, Pattern Direction and other Pattern Edit controls. The 6 numbered white buttons allow for quick navigation between the Patterns.
The back panel of Carbon reveals more about the intended use. In addition to the USB to PC connection (for syncing Carbon to a Computer), the USB Host input allows for external keyboards and controllers to be connected to Carbon directly with no need for Computer integration. Note in the demo videos, Andrew Kilpatrick is using a tiny Korg USB keyboard to record his sequences. As well, there is a MIDI Input for use with non-USB compatible MIDI keyboards or controllers, and 2 MIDI Outputs to send Carbon sequences to Synths, Drum Machines or whatever MIDI gear you may have.
What is likely of more interest to the Eurorack community are the CV and Gate outputs numbered 1 through 4 (unfortunately it seems you cannot use all 6 internal patterns solely for Eurorack Sequencing) as well as a Clock and Reset Out. Of course, you could always use a MIDI to CV module to make use of the last two patterns in Carbon.
Carbon may seem like a strange compliment to a Eurorack system, considering it resides outside of the case and does not seem to have any voltage controllable functions. However, it seems to be meant as a central sequencing source for your whole studio. And considering the quality and popularity of recent Kilpatrick Audio products, Carbon is bound to be something special!
What do you think of an external sequencer driving your studio setup? Let us know in the comments!
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