Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by brandonlogic » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:27 am

i picked up one of these to go with Melisma
should be a great combo!
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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Paranormal Patroler » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:30 am

It's a great combo! Good choice.
Being able to control effects via CC control through the Melisma opens things up a lot.
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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Sandrine » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:46 am

Yes that looks like an ace machine. Last winter I designed a 7 button foot switch board that does almost the same thing (but with a MIDI sequencer also) but not as big internal memory.

I was thinking that the "keyboard split" regions could be used with LHAND by simply setting the zero note offset to a higher (or lower) octave setting. That way LHAND could play other samples while the chord would play the main set. It appears it's single channel so that would be the way to do it
LHAND Percussa also uses the same offset so it would work too!

Sorry about the delays we just just came out of a 2 day power outage and snowstorm antics continue so things were set back from today to tomorrow or Friday.
We'll start taking orders tomorrow but they likely won't be out until Monday + there will probably be (usually is!) the need for a firmware update so if you're not certain that you have drivers for the CH341 Serial interface (i.e. Apple users still have to buy it AFAIK) then it might be better to wait a bit.

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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Sandrine » Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:04 pm

Pre-order requests are out, those will have have priority but anyone else wanting to order can go ahead and email me
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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Sandrine » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:33 am

Update

A couple of features in V1.0 (Release version) were added
Melisma Sync -
If there are two Melisma's (or a Melisma and Sequarallel) on the same PSU bus the master can control the slave's Root and/or Chord selection instantly via Select bus. This is better than a multed patch to the slave because it's immediate and doesn't require a Gate to load them so they can be used by LHAND as a scale.
Patching one or the other on the Slave module will defeat the select bus so different chords can be played on the same Root key giving possibility of compound chords or different roots on the same chord can expand the chord to another octave.
All of the other controls are autonomous to the slave so the possibilities are endless!
Th slave can also follow the Master's PROGram preset selection of course.

Sequarallel Lists Loading -
This is a future compat with the Sequarallel module also in our Accord series
Upon request, the Sequarallel can read and store the present Root & Chord Progression Lists plus the CV Chord List, and the upper/lower limits information along with one of it's sequences. When the sequence in loaded these lists are sent back to the Melisma for temporary use (non destructive) with the Sequence. The lists can then be used to augment the play-ability of the Sequarallel Sequence (i.e. chords that are used in the Sequence) under CV or trigger control. i.e. for controlling pads or embellishments. The above Sync feature will also work with the Sequarallel module.

These features can be used to provide quantizing scales for recording Layers onto a Sequence with the Sequarallel as a Slave to the Melisma.

Finalized features for the release:

Progression Reset Options -
There are now several Progression Reset options:
Time 1s, 2s, 5s. No triggers after set time will result in a Reset of chord or root progressions
Gate input. Any Gate input will reset both progressions.
HOLD input. A low to high on the Hold input will reset both.
ACLK input. A low to high on the ACLK will reset both
Pulse Width x2. A double width trigger/gate (compared to previous) on either Root or Chord progression will reset
CC CV. A high on the CC CV (>2.5V) will reset both. CC CV must also be assigned this
Interval x2,x4. A pause of 2x or 4x previous time in pulse train on either root or chord progression will reset
If you don't want to reset progressions, leaving it at default CC CV without assigning the CC CV to it works!

MIDI Remote Root Control via LINK -
Changing the Root note offset via LINK MIDI input (from a keyboard or controller) has been augmented to deal with hand played chords by searching for the lowest note in the chord and using it for the root offset. This is great for feeding a MIDI sequence from a song playing in a DAW (on chords channel) or MPE sequencer machine (MPE allows tracking by note order on a specific channel) then using that as the key for modular sequences.
This feature (along with remote CC controls of various internals on the Melisma) makes it very playable for live sequencing and works similarly to an arpreggiator on a keyboard synth. This feature is always on as long as the Remote Control channel is set away from "---"

That's it! I hope everyone enjoys these features
The preliminary manual should be available be the end of this week

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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by 7on5on8on3 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:39 am

Oh that's really exciting about the reset control. Now wandering if I can ditch the CV sequencer altogether. That might finance buying a melisma. Hmmm

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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Sandrine » Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:36 am

Decisions decisions eh?
I like to use the CC CV as a Window control (that moves a short progression around) off an LFO and 2x on a trigger sequence it's pretty cool. Using HOLD as reset ( also switches to Arp) works but if that happens at the exact same time as the progression that chord won't be heard but the Arp notes instead. That as a burst of very fast clocks on ACLK makes for an interesting switch.

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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by 7on5on8on3 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:49 am

Using hold as a reset might work well. I've got a lot of very controlled triggers and resets for dealing with the same issue with other sequencers. I just need to get my hands on a melisma now.

Another thought, how 'black midi' or colon nancarrow can you push the melisma? can you triggger the aclk at audio rates? Asking for a friend....

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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Paranormal Patroler » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:29 am

The Melisma is very Black MIDI / Colon Nancarrow oriented. One of the inspirations for it was the lack of Nancarrow-like possibilities of movements in a modular environment :hihi:

Audio rate is not the right speed for these things though, but as I'm used to saying when testing any CV-to-MIDI device, "it's good if my or the MIDI specification gives up before the device does". That's the case with Melisma. Your synth will freak out way before the Melisma does.
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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Sandrine » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:19 am

Well here's some good news

macOS Mojave 10.14 or later. macOS Mojave 10.14 (released in October 2018) includes a CH34x driver by Apple.

Not being a Mac user I had no idea this existed. So I guess we're all set for firmware updating :)

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Re: Introducing the Accord Melisma Chord Module!

Post by Sandrine » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:18 am

Paranormal Patroler wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:29 am
The Melisma is very Black MIDI / Colon Nancarrow oriented. One of the inspirations for it was the lack of Nancarrow-like possibilities of movements in a modular environment :hihi:

Audio rate is not the right speed for these things though, but as I'm used to saying when testing any CV-to-MIDI device, "it's good if my or the MIDI specification gives up before the device does". That's the case with Melisma. Your synth will freak out way before the Melisma does.
That nailed it! Gates, HOLD or Arping at audio rates is psychedelia supreme if the synth can handle it. The other day, I used it's own audio to trigger and, depending on the levels, was like bowing a bizarre violin (pretty hard to describe)
I have yet to try that on the DAW MIDI though, probably wouldn't handle it well.

Now the prelim. manual is complete (V1.1, 30 pages only!) I'll be getting some Melisma videos up. Some of the subjects will be:
Progressions, reset types
CC CV input internal controls
1 V/Octave pitch bending
Imprint Mode / MPE
Using with BeatStep Pro with CV / LINK MIDI
Hand playing & using Remote MIDI w/ controller
Pairing Melisma's
SysEx I/O

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