Drum-o-Box APC40 Step Sequencer

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Drum-o-Box APC40 Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:54 am

Hello all,

Drum-o-Box is a step sequencer inspired by the sequencer part of some old school drum machines, but with some nice additions and usable with the Akai APC40 controller. It has been designed to control a drum rack, but you can also use it to control any MIDI instrument you want.
Some interesting features :
  • Automatic toggle the APC40 from sequencer to session control modes.
  • Very intuitive interface allows you to select/play/hear instruments, mute/unmute instruments, select bar, set loop lenght, program beats and velocity, select/play patterns, and more, right from your APC40.
  • Patterns can be launched by MIDI (trigger mode, gate mode, sync to transport or free run)
  • Easy copy patterns to MIDI clips
  • Multiple configurable velocity states
  • Patterns can have loop lenghts up to 8 bars
  • Configurable MIDI output for each instrument/track
  • Patterns are saved with Live project
:arrow: You can watch a short introduction video here : http://bit.ly/uxpmwf

:arrow: Free download of the M4L device here : http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=944

:idea: User guide with APC40 layout : https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id ... adqax53coA

:?: Please follow me on Twitter for updates and support : http://twitter.com/____FBO____, Send issues to fbo dot music at gmail dot com

I hope you'll enjoy it ! :)
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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 Step Sequencer

Post by noland » Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:28 pm

This one looks really, really nice.
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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:27 pm

noland wrote:This one looks really, really nice.
Thanks ! :)

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 Step Sequencer

Post by S4racen » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:13 pm

Good work fella, will dip into it at the weekend no doubt!!

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:46 am

Thks ! Please report all bugs you may encouter to fbo dot music at gmail dot com

I've just edited the title of this topic because I've started working on Launchpad support ! :)

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:45 am

I've received a lot of demands for a Launchpad version, and so I'm already on it.
But adapting Drum-o-Box to be compatible with Novation Launchpad seems to be a little bit more complex than I initially thought.
Pads adressing and observing is quite similar. However, I will have to change a few things, such as patterns launch pads , which are now located in the matrix, while with the APC40 they are on the stop clip buttons. This should be done easyly.
The real problem is to control the LEDs colors, wich is totally different as on the APC40. I'm studying a way to implement "drivers" for pads colors for both APC40 and Launchpad without reducing performance of the whole pacth. But if I see that it will take me too long, I'll simply publish a "Launchpad Edition" version of my patch.
Stay tuned !

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:33 am

Didn't had much time in last weeks, so I could not move much on the Launchpad compatibility. But I'll do it I promise!
In the meanwhile, keep sending feedbacks and bug reports !

Thks for your support !

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by rattlework » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:25 pm

Very nice drum step sequencer for the APC. Thanks.

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:25 pm

rattlework wrote:Very nice drum step sequencer for the APC. Thanks.
Thank you ! :)

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:13 pm

Having some issues with Novation Launchpad drivers. On all my computers (both Win XP and Win 7), I'm experiencing freezes when I launch Ableton Live with the Launchpad connected... This is really delaying my Launchpad support developpement.. :x

Anybody here already experienced freezes with the Launchpad ??

Anybody have both APC40 and Launchpad ? Some kind of conflict maybe ? But freezes happens even with only the Launchpad connected..
Never had any freeze before with Akai APC40.

I'll probably need some help here from Launchpad owners.

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by S4racen » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:16 pm

I have both and haven't experienced a freeze im afraid, i am on a Mac though....

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:00 pm

I already knew Windows is really bad with USB drivers, but this is the first time I've got such freezes, and it's only hapenning with the Launchpad... strange.

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by o0bigs0o » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:35 pm

No freezing issues here (Win 7). Are you using Automap, if so R U sure that isn't your problem?
Ableton Live Suite 9.01
Windoze 7:Intel Core I7,Gen1-4GB Ram:NI Maschine:NI Komplete 9:Akai Pro APC 40:
Isotonik 8:Novation Launchpad:OktoPad 2
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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 (and soon Launchpad too!) Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:15 pm

not using automap. Simple fact of choosing Launchpad as control surface in the Ableton Live preferences causes freeze sometimes. Then scene launch also freezes.

Novation use USB "audio" drivers (very bad point here!) to handle the Launchpad, so maybe is there some conflicts with MOTU audio drivers ?
Still investigating a little bit, but if I don't find any solution soon, I'll relegate Launchpad support to a low priority task and I will concentrate on other features requests I've received (such as swing!!).

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Re: Drum-o-Box APC40 Step Sequencer

Post by JaggFab » Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:21 pm

I edited the title of this topic. I give up with Launchpad support as I did not found where the problem is with it.
I'm now working on some cool suggestions I received :

- swing parameter for each instruments
- steps toggle behavior (selection for off/green/orange/red or off/green only)

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