Yarns with Ableton and Octatrack

Thank you for your help :slight_smile:
I wish I got the Yarns updated. Looks like it’s not something easy to do for a beginner.
Mine show 1 :expressionless:

Just follow the instructions detailed in the manual.

Trust me. I did it ;-).
I understand the general idea. I’m just wondering how can I do this :
“The SysEx data needs to be sent with a delay of at least 100ms between packets. As packets are received, the number on the screen is updated, indicating the total amount of data, in kilobytes, received. The firmware contains between 64 and 100 packets”
But I’ll keep looking for it !

It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

  • Download Elektron C6
  • Download the firmware syx file
  • Open C6 and load the syx file
  • Click on “Config”
  • Select the MIDI device and port connected to Yarns (MIDI Out)
  • make sure Delay (ticks) is 15, leave everything else at the default settings
  • close the Config window then click SEND. C6 shows the progress of data sent to Yarns. Once all data has been sent Yarns should say “OK” and reboot.

Thank you !!! Just did it and it works :slight_smile:

Hello Everyone,
I’m still learning the Yarns and I love it but I would like to play drums and VCOs with my Yarns even I’m already using two gates for the Braids and the Loquelic Iteritas. I have two ideas and I’d like to get your advice between the two solutions I have in mind :

1st Solution :

  1. Connect the Octatrack Out to the Yarns Midi In
  2. Connect the Yarns Out (Thru mode ?) to the Erica Synth MIDI to Trigger module (http://ericasynths.lv/en/shop/eurorack-modules/by-series/basic-series/midi-to-trigger-module/)

2nd Solution :

  1. Connect the Octatrack to a Midi splitter (http://www.midisolutions.com/prodthr.htm). One goes to the Yarns and the other one to Erica Synth MIDI to Trigger module

Trying to figure if I take the drums modules path or not.If you want to know what kind of music I would like to create, it’s techno / electro such as Surgeon, Jeroen Search, …

My actual rack : https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/594530
The rack I could get if I take the drum modules direction : https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/604876

Thanks for your time & help :slight_smile:

Your 1st solution is fine. I don’t see the need for a splitter. Yarns MIDI out will pass on messages it receives. Also a mult like MI Links would be very useful to send one trigger to several modules, or a clock divider/multiplier(like Temps Utile or others). For example you could send a copy of Yarns’ clock to Temps and you then have six individual trigger outs each with their own unique clock settings, all cv controlled. This is a little different than being able to control each percussive trigger independently from your Octotrack, but it’s super flexible and fun.

Don’t forget Braids has it’s own VCA and envelope generator.

And Yarns has oscillators too and 4T mode is great for percussive stuff.

Thank you !
I’ve saw in the manual " When set to THRU, all events received by this part are forwarded to the MIDI out without any processing ". So, if I understood :

A) Playing Braids with my OT :
Octatrcak Track 1 - Midi CH1
Yarns Part 1 - Midi CH1

B) Playing the Loquelic Iteritas with the OT :
Octatrcak Track 2 - Midi CH2
Yarns Part 2 - Midi CH2

If I would like to play - for example - a clap from the TipTop CP 909 :
Octatrack Track 3 - Midi CH3
Midi Out of the Yarns to the Midi In of the Erica Synth MIDI to Trigger module
And the TipTop CP 909 will be played thanks to my OT - Track 3

Is it as simple as this or did I miss something ? :slight_smile:

Thank you for the help !

No it’ll work just like that!

Thank you :slight_smile:

Make sure to also set the midi channel of your “MIDI to Trigger” module to channel 3 and to play the correct notes for each trigger output. :slight_smile:

Yes. Still deciding between the Midi To Trigger module or the Beatstep Pro for the drums.
The price difference with all I can do with the BSP Vs the module …

Hello guys. I have something strange with my Yarns and I wanted if you already know or had it too.
When I put Yarns in 2M mode, the LED of the 1st and 2nd row lights up so no worries. But when I’m in 4M mode, the LED of the second row doesn’t light up at every note and when it does, it’s not birght at all.
I still get the sound from the VCO so that means it works but I’m afraid it’s the 1st step of big prolem thank you for the help !


4M or 1M? Because in 1M mode, the second channel transmits the note velocity, so the brightness depends on the velocity.

I have this in 4M. I’ll check the velocity now. Thanks for the fast reply, really appreciate it :slight_smile:

I’ve just checked it. I did put the velocity on the OT at 127 and the LED flashes but the brightness is way lower than the ones from the other lines. I guess it’s all about voltage in the module ? :slight_smile:

It could also be that the Octatrack is sending a very short note?

I dont have this issue with the other track of the OT. Gonna check with another Midi controller such as the keystep.

Found it. Thank you :slight_smile: !!!

Hello guys,
I did read the manual but perhaps I’m missing something or also it’s not because of the Yarns but I’m trying to understand if I have to change something in the set up of the Yarns or not.
I’m playing the same sequence with Octatrack to play the Mangrove and Iteritas at the same time. I’m using the QUAD VCA from Intellijel and looks like sometimes a note is missing until I lower the volume of the second VCO. I’m trying to learn everything by myself and sometimes I just can’t understand. Here is a video : https://youtu.be/TW7wYNShTt0. Perhaps someone with more experience can point what’s happening ? Just a matter of volume ? :slight_smile:
Thank you so much !