Update: MonoParaSteppa v1 – more goodies

After some positive feedback for the beta version of MonoParaSteppa, there is an update for the parameter modulation device. Besides bugfixing, the main changes are the introduction of a beat detection mode and more extensive monome support.

With Beat detection, a new modulation step is executed upon detection of a beat. Of course, this can be adjusted per parameter and allows for activation of audio or midi devices which need explicit triggering (e.g. stutter effects). The sensitivity of the beat detection algorithm can be adjusted globally by setting the minimum velocity (the slider in the left section, below UDP settings). Beat detection mode itself can be activated with the toggle on the right side of each parameter area.

The other changes are mainly related how the device can be controlled with the monome. There are four different modes now which are all activated with button 1 of the control row (row 8):

  1. Sequence Mode (default mode, no LED)
  2. Function Mode (short press, LED is on)
  3. Value Mode (button press longer than 1/2 sec, slow blink)
  4. Range Mode (button press longer than 2 secs, fast blink)

In Sequence mode, all 6 sequences can be edited directly on the monome. Changes in the device are reflected as well, and all monome sizes are supported (you might need to adjust the step length to take advantage of a 128 or 256). The sequence to be shown can be chosen with buttons 3-8 of the bottom row (control row).

In all remaining modes,all parameter/sequences is represented by columns 3-8. In Function Mode, it is possible to alter the sequence drastically. The buttons of each column are mapped to the following actions (in order).

  • up: move the whole sequence up by 1
  • down: move the whole sequence down by 1
  • sort asc: sort the sequence ascending
  • sort desc: sort the sequence descending
  • scramble: change the order of the sequence steps randomly
  • random: generate a random sequence
  • continous random: generate continously random values
  • random timing: use random timing intervals between steps

In Value Mode, each column displays the current value of the parameter whether the sequencer is running or not. If not, you can change the parameter value manually via buttons 1-7 of each column. The buttons of the control row can be used to start/stop the sequencer.

In Range Mode, the modulation range (the range which the parameter value can have) can be adjusted per parameter via buttons 1-7 of each column. In order to define whether one wants to adjust the min or the max amout, the buttons of the control row can be used. If not pressed, the lower boundary will be adjusted when pressing a button within the respective column, if keeping the bottom row button pressed, the upper boundary will be adjusted.

Please note that for the beat detection mode, the max external bonk~ is required which can be downloaded here (for Mac) and here (for Windows). For Mac, it is included within the frozen device, so you guys don’t need to worry.

For now, the only things left to be done (beside any interesting suggestions from you guys) is “ticking the documentation box” and introducing the ability to recall parameter assignments. So stay tuned !




5 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Thanks alot for this – haven’t even hooked up the monome and it’s GREAT.

  2. AuralBee,

    Hey man,

    I also posted this at maxforlive.com, but thought I’d do it here as well:

    I just discovered how to recall assigned effectparameters, so this gets stored in a Live project!:

    Create a pattr-object, in inspector tick the ‘parameter enable’
    box. Now connect the middle output of pattr to the right input
    of each M4L.api.DeviceParameterRemote.

    Now, I am a M4L noob, but maybe this helps ?


    • nick,

      thx for the input.

      I guess, there are various ways to do it, and the DeviceParameter abstractions have already inbuilt stuff, that caused some problems which is why I removed it. But certainly, it shouldn’t be a problem just haven’t found the time to tackle it.

      but will do 🙂

  3. Mart,

    hi.. i came accrosss your seq
    i get it working stand alone
    but how to set up for a monome?
    other devices needed?
    prefix needed?
    (i’m a bit of a beginner)

    and something else…MonoLive Demo LivePack.. is corrupted 🙁

    • nick,

      have you tried the latest version ? Normally, you should just set it to standalone and plugin mode, the orange square indicates that the device got the focus.

      If it does, it automatically sets the prefix within MonomeSerial to communicate with the device. So no, you don’t need to setup anything.

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