N’Sync

Have I been writing about the usefulness of Roland’s SBX-1 sync box? It is the least blinking device in the short video above. The flat black slab to the left of the conspicuous “OK GO” sample box. In my current setup (always in flux!), it takes a midi clock from the TR-8 drum machine. The clock goes out over midi to the Doepfer Dark Time sequencer (doing nothing but blinking blue in this video…) and over a 3.5 mm jack patch cable to the Korg sampler “OK GO” version (I don’t hold with them, too generic, but I like the graphics!). The sampler has a sync input *and* output, so from there to Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1 capacitive keyboard’s clock input. That’s at the right lower position in the PB case of the modular synthesizer. KB-1 has a sequencer, too, so that is clocked here. Or I could sync the speed at which the arpeggiator runs. KB-1 has a clock output, too. So, on to the clock input of the very blinking Pittsburgh Modular Game System. Not only does it blink, it also plays aleatorics in the video. Still in sync! And the whole synced-up mess starts and stops with the appropriate button on the TR-8. Bpm, shuffle and flares are also governed by the drum machine.

I chose not to sync up the ruby Akai keyboard here. Instead, I wired it up to play one of the oscillators in the modular synth over gate and CV cables.

But wait, there’s more! The Roland SBX-1 also gets midi from the computer. So, using it’s gate and CV outputs I could play a midi file from my DAW.

If that isn’t universal and confusing, I don’t know what is.

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