Severed head wrote: there is no general input Tonic/root, but rather a Gate that triggers the selected Chord which determines the root/tonic
There's a V/Oct input for the tonic. There are different ways to address the tonic, you can have it programmed in a list and then trigger the module to move to the next tonic, or you can use CV to define what the tonic is.
there are 64 chords to select from (more too come!!!) to send to the output (in various list/seq settings), although only one chord can be triggered at a time,
There are 64 chord types
to select from, with more chord types coming. An example of a chord type is a major chord (specifically a trichord) ; that is a type of chord. A C major chord is a specific chord (trichord), that belongs to the major type. So we have 64 chord types (major, minor, major 7th, etc), included for now. All typical and some non typical chords are included.
to a degree you can layer the chords on top of one another through various knob settings or CV to layer out 40 notes/output values
was I understanding that correctly?
if so although you can't (from my understanding) select which 40 notes to a degree you can by selecting the chords order/progression
which at 40 notes layered would produce a seemingly infinitely variable output of chords / types or what ever,
I have no idea how you got the impression that you can layer up to 40 notes. That is not correct. There are different parameters that determine how many notes can be played at the same time, including what your synthesizer (plugged at the receiving end of the Melisma's output) can play at the same time. So I am not going to get into more details here, you'll have to wait for the documentation to come out when the time comes.
3. for the root the -/+ 24 notes ill assume this is through the note in an octave range not microtonal notes?
The Melisma outputs MIDI so the root note is based on the MIDI specification.
The MIDI specification is not microtonal unless you add pitch bend messages to determine non-12-tet notes. I will not go into the details of how MIDI works because that's beside the point of this thread and it's been explained in detail in the internet in general and in books about MIDI. Melisma adheres to a V/Oct at the pitch input and MIDI specification at the output.
4. I didn't see a chromatic chord?
which I know isn't a thing. to me I think would be a very interesting feature when hitting an arpeggio's, sorta like being able to slide your hand all they way up the keys of a piano or hiding a note on the 21st fret and sliding all the way down to open or bending up a note. maybe this is achievable through a slew/glide type setting and I just didn't notice it in the vid. maybe the spread knob would be useful in that scenario too.
There's a limit the number of notes contained in a chord. This limit is at 7 notes so a chromatic chord would be out of the question plus it would only be useful if you're playing Stravinsky pieces. I get the arpeggio idea but that's easy to achieve with any CV-to-MIDI module (including Melisma) that is not focused on chords - I'm a big fan of non-standard chords (as Sandrine will atest) but adding chromatic chords is besides the point, especially since you can do what you're asking for using either the LHand function or the V/Oct input to just play all the notes in the chromatic scale if that's what you're going for.
so in regards to this module, I see that the only out put jack says "midi out" being so ignorant to midi works can someone fill me in on how this would work in a euro system that doesnt have any sorta connection to a computer?,
im guessing some way theres modules that can receive and understand the midi data and out part the poly sound ?
You can plug the MIDI output to any device with a MIDI input, such as hardware synthesizers, modules that also accept MIDI inputs, and other such devices, and use the Melisma, and by extension your modular system, to sequence these devices. The Melisma, and all CV-to-MIDI devices are essentially translators of the voltage into MIDI messages. Where you'd use MIDI messages, you can now use voltage instead using the Melisma.
MIDI is a communication protocol that allows polyphonic control of synthesizers. It's everywhere, including your phone, or even lighting systems in theater. You can read more about it here: MIDI
It's a beautiful protocol made in the 80's and it's still around because it nailed down a lot of things even though it has some limitations.