Marbles


#144

My goodness, it is like his masterpiece of module demonstration.


#145

Preordered from Detroit Modular this week. Pumped!


#146

@pichenettes do you have an updated date for the next batch of Stages and Marbles? Have them pre-ordered from two stores here Stateside :slight_smile:


#147

Current batch: now, I’m shipping some daily!
Next batch: end of September or beginning of October.


#148

Hi. It seems that only t1 and t3 outputs are affected by the changes of gate length and its randomization. The manual is not clear about this behavior but I realize the panel design makes it clear that the option is linked to t1 & t3. Still, I was a bit surprised.


#149

Yes, t2 is more like a “master” clock output.


#150

Could I just ask the experts on here: There doesn’t seem to be a reset anywhere… how would you go about syncing this to other sequencers? Thanks!


#151

You stop the clock from the other sequencer. Marbles performs a reset of all counters if the clock is interrupted for more than 4 seconds.


#152

Hi, not sure if this is a silly question but: the Bias CV input doesn’t track 1V/oct, does it?

I thought that would be an easy way to implement (a kind of) chord changes while staying in the same key. You know: instead of dialing the Bias knob to a note that is to have the highest probability, you could simply play it on a keyboard.

I’ve tried to test it by sending CV from a KeyStep but I got confused a couple of times with the tuning of my VCO, so I’m not sure my test was conclusive.


#153

No it’s not even reacting linearly.


#154

Well I use CV over bias for this purpose all the time and to my understanding it doesnt need to track v/oct since the outputs will be quantized anyway, no?


#155

Hm, yeah, it wouldn’t need to be very precise with quantization correcting the voltage. But during my confused experiment I had the impression that an octave on the keyboard didn’t even translate to an octave of “transposition”.° So even if a keyboard works as a CV source for Bias, it isn’t any more precise, musically, than any other CV control means.

But maybe your experience is different? Like I said, my test wasn’t very strict.

Edit: Or maybe you meant that, with quantization helping out, you don’t even need anything as precise as a keyboard to hit the exact note you want as the top of the bell curve? In that case I agree!

° I mean, of course, “skewing of the probability curve”. :slight_smile:


#156

Yup, the second statement was what i meant :slight_smile:

I also like to have it run semi-randomly and evolving while using bias CV to kinda push the melody up and down.
Its interesting as you dont really control the melody per se, more the movement direction.


#157

Hi! So wondering if there’s a way to use Marbles much a like a basic Sample & Hold, but where you can send it a single trigger from a drum pad and have it generate a single random event out of all of its outputs (t,y,x). Kinda’ like how you would use a trigger to advance a sequencer one step, but instead you are stepping Marbles’ magic!
The clock inputs seems to only play nicely with continuous regular triggers.
Thanks! :game_die::drum:


#159

You asked this on MW already, and the answers there are correct. Marbles won’t do what you’re looking to do because it expects a steady clock. You’ll have to involve a seperate sample and hold for on demand sampling. Stages would be a good compact solution. Plus you could get 3 other channels of utlity on top of the 3 sample and holds.

Alternatively you can wait for Marbles to open source and figure out how to modify the code to do what you want. Using a seperate S&H is probably a better solution.


#160

The X section can be stepped like that, but the t section cannot (as someone said on muffwiggler, the t clock input is more like an adaptive tap tempo).


#161

Cool, thanks!
I’ve actually been enjoying the glitchy stuff when irregularly stepping the t section.
Amazing module all around!


#162

Hey Grey, thanks for the tips. Definitely been drooling over Stages for a while now. I think I may need to pick one up soon.


#163

For all the Marbles fans:


#164

Hi there,
1/ is there a limit to the number of scale “variations” on the upper half of the Steps knob? I am programming a scale with 7 “steps” (7 different note occurence numbers) but the Steps knob only allows to select one of 5 variations.
2/ why do pots have such a large dead-band/backlash? this is true for all new modules, and makes fine tuning very hard; where can I adjust this in software?