This article explains how to create a semi-random melodic sequence using the Arpeggiator feature of FM8.
The example preset described here can be downloaded as attachment at the end of this article.
You may consult the KOMPLETE TruTorials video Arpeggi8 for a quick overview of the example setup described in this article.
- Load an instance of FM8 into your host application.
- The sound example in this tutorial is based on the preset Darkest. Load the preset from the dropdown menu at the top of the FM8 window.
- Open the Arpeggiator from the Navigator sidebar, and start the sequence with the On button in the Global section.
- In the Mode section, select Tempo Sync, and switch the note order to Wrap-, using the dropdown menu. This syncs the arpeggiator to the tempo of your host project and changes the order in which the sequencer will trigger notes.
- In the Tempo section, ensure that 1/16 is selected. This is the value of notes that will be triggered by the arpeggiator.
- Drag the Repeat Marker to create a pattern of 20 steps in the Pattern Editor.
- Play, record, or draw a single held MIDI note into your host application's sequencer. The Arpeggiator will trigger a repeating sequence of 20 1/16 notes based on this input.
- Increase the Accent parameter to value of around 105. Trigger accented notes by selecting steps in the Accent Row.
- Click the dice icon next to the Octave Row to randomise the transposition of notes in the sequence up or down by either one or two octaves.
- Tweak the Note Length parameter to alter the feel of the sequence. Shorter values result in a more staccato feel.
- Continue to tweak and adjust parameters to add movement and variation to the sequence. The dice icons on the left of the pattern editor provide a quick and convenient way to create entirely new patterns on the fly.