New here. Just bought a YARNS


#1

I just bought a YARNS. It is bloody brilliant.

I have hardly had to read any instructions and already have it:

  • cabled to Behringer D and 0-Coast
  • running counterpoint sequences to both (R1 and R2 yay)
  • synced to Digitakt and receiving tempo and start/stop messages

This is a lot of fun. What a great little computer masquerading as a midi / cv controller

Is there a limit to sequences beyond 64 steps, I mean, if I have 4 instruments connected do I get 4x 64 steps or is it 64 divided by number of instruments?


#2

You get 4 x 64 steps.


#3

That is awesome. I am loving this device so much.

Crazy flexibility.

Also, my cat is really enjoying the spinning top.


#4

Is there any reason i could not use multiple YARNS devices together? I imagine I would just set different midi channels per PART and it should be just fine. Yeah?


#5

Yarns is pretty flexible in this area and was kind of designed with daisy-chaining in mind, you should be able to set individual channels per part, turn on or off MIDI forwarding of each part, share polyphony across multiple Yarns, etc.

Check out 2>, 4>, and 8> layouts and “Output MIDI Mode” in the manual for details!


#6

Just wanted to chime in and say that Yarns is one of those modules that forever changed the way I use my modular. I only rarely use anything other than 4M mode, but I will never part with it.


#7

Yeah massively useful Swiss army knife. I am buying a Tonestar 2600 which has no midi module, so I just randomly searched MIDI TO CV EURORACK and found the YARNS and thought the sequencer was a nice add on feature. I did not realise how flexible it would be.

QUESTION - can I change the DEFAULT settings? I would make them

BPM External
PA1 - CH8
PA2 - CH9
PA3 - CH10
PA4 - CH11

Basic things like that


#8

Yep!

https://mutable-instruments.net/modules/yarns/manual/#saving-recalling-and-backing-up-programs


#9

Oh I am so sorry. I have read the manual but missed this part -

“When Yarns is powered on, the first program (P1) is always loaded. It is recommended to regularly save your work there.”

So that solves that question. Thanks for your patience.


#10

That’s why forums exist. I think only a small segment of the population can casually read manuals and retain all the information. The rest of us learn from exploration and friendly tips.


#11

Definitely! Yarns is deep, I think it’s the only thing in recent memory I’ve printed the manual for. Largely a waste of paper though, I learned a lot more just diving in and from posts here! Good to know there is a manual to reference though if you forget something.


#12

Thanks Robert and Brian. I am really happy with the Yarns. And a good support community as well as well written manuals is a great thing.

My first patchable purchase was an 0-Coast (outstanding), then a Behringer D clone (does what it should).

Then I bought a Lifeforms SV-1 and had a horrible experience with 2 different units not maintaining tune across a single octave even though a required fix was applied. That unit got returned (twice).

I am waiting on the Tonestar 2600 and also next week will pick up a Strymon Magneto and aa.1

After that I figure there will be a few more Mutable Instruments in the list. Maybe GRIDS and BRAIDS next.


#13

I am considering Yarns. I am a little confused about using two together. I’ve read the manual, so forgiv e me if this is a stupid question but what benefits do you get using two together? What options do you have using two? Thanks a lot…


#14

Presumably it would be to control more synth voices, for more polyphony, or maybe to have some extra channels of euclidean rhythms.


#15

I just moved all my mother-32’s into one case and I’m thinking of controlling them with my yarns. Does anyone know if it’s possible to change yarns’ cv output to -5 to 5V instead of the (I’m assuming) default 0-10V? Just skimmed the manual but couldn’t find anything that jumped out at me about scaling. Thanks!


#16

Yarns goes from -3V to +7V. It’s a hardware limitation – replacing resistors would be possible to shift or increase this range, but you would have to redo the calibration with a precise multimeter; and this will alter all features expecting 0V to be somewhere at 30% of the range (repurposing of CV outputs as gates, oscillators…)

You can use the transposition feature to shift things up and down. This should be enough for the Mother32.