Mutable Instruments Grids Eurorack Topographic Drum Sequencer Module
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Take the user interface of an euclidean sequencer, a healthy dose of machine learning and graph algorithms, megabytes of drum loops, hours of intensive computations and you%u2019ve got a drum pattern generator like no other.
Grids%u2019 %u201cbrain%u201d is a map of the typical drum patterns used in (mostly electronic) music, laid out by similarity, trained on a large corpus of drum loops. The module can smoothly interpolate and navigate from one pattern to the other, at the whim of a knob move or a CV.
But Grids%u2019 knowledge of drum patterns goes far beyond what would be achieved with presets %u2013 given a position in the map, thousands of variations can be intuitively generated by controlling the %u201cevent density%u201d of each of the 3 channels (bd, sd, hh) %u2013 gradually moving from a sparse backbone to a deliciously rich pattern with ghost notes, rolls and fills.
Add CV-control on these parameters and you can add subtle or drastic variations to the drum pattern. If you don%u2019t want to waste a noise source or S&H for that, Grids has its own internal source of randomness that can unpredictably spice the pattern, in an always meaningful way.
Building the rhythmic foundation of your tracks with Grids is fun, surprisingly intuitive, with modulation and variations possibilities that will rapidly make you forget x0x-style sequencers.