Rack Extensions for Propellerheads Reason
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RACK EXTENSIONS FOR PROPELLERHEAD REASON
We love patch cables. The back plane of Reason is the place for creativity and magic. Our Rack Extensions is our humble contribution to empower all experimentalists with more flexibility and tools for the exploration of Sounds!
Please note that this is a FREE rack extension!
Which is at this time (Jan 2nd, 2014) maybe not so obvious from the Propellerhead product page, and we have noticed some strange behaviour when you hit the 'BUY' button; e.g. you get ModStepper into your shopping cart, check out, download ok, but the product is confusingly still stuck in the cart...
The ModStepper lets you switch any selector from any pair of keys on your midi keyboard.
Now you can easily select between filter modes, waveforms etc. of your favourite devices from your keyboard. Just tap e.g. key C#0 to select previous and D#0 to select next. You control the ModStepper with any gate or trigger CV input signals, which you typically get from MidiTapper devices, but Kong or Thor can also be used, and maybe other REs too. With up to 32 steps, you can even find it useful to use ModStepper for continuous knobs and faders. However, if you want to get a continuous change on continuous parameters, you should check out the twin device ModSweeper.
Yes, it's one more of those CV devices and, yes, it will make it easier for you to control important parameters in your rack setup. Aimed especially maybe, at musicians who use their Reason in live performance situations.
ModStepper primarily targets modulation of stepped knobs, switches or faders, but can also be used for continuous controllers.
This is a CV transformation device which typically takes pulse and gate signals on the inputs and generates a steady signal level on the outputs.
TYPICAL SETUP, FRONT
TYPICAL SETUP, BACK
The typical use of the ModStepper lets you switch any selector from any pair of keys on your midi keyboard. You can control the ModStepper with any gate or trigger CV input signals, which you typically get from MidiTapper devices, but Kong or Thor can also be used, and other REs too, like VOLT SL-1. The MidiTapper, however, is especially well suited to use all the features of the ModStepper, with it's Tap and double tap outputs. The output CV can go directly to the modulation socket of the selector, if there is one. If not, you use a Combinator CV input and route this in the Combinator programmer to affect the target selector, as is shown in the pictures above.
Check out the video for how to setup ModStepper for typical use, using MidiTapper as a source for the trig modulation inputs. And if you are an experienced CV and cable user, I'm sure you can find other interesting ways to use this device!
There are three up/down pairs of buttons/inputs, which move the out level in different amounts, and one knob to specify how many steps there should be on the output between 0.0V and 1.0V (for the unipolar output).
Up and down buttons/signals:
to immediately move the outputs to full low or high end level.
Activate both at the same time to move output to mid point.
to move the output one step at the time.
The step size depends on number of steps.
to move in larger steps. 1/5 of the full scale to be exact, 0.2V on the unipolar output.
The ModSweeper was developed mainly as an extention for the MidiTapper, so there is, or will soon be, be a bundle available, including MidiTapper and ModSweeper.
For those of you who have already bought the MidiTapper, there is an even better offer! Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, from your own email address so we can keep contact. Tell us when you bought MidiTapper, and whether you live in Europe, North America or elsewhere. We will give you a free ModSweeper in return for your effort! =)
NUMBER OF STEPS
Defines how many steps there are from end to end on the outputs. Available numbers goes from 1 to 32.