Extralife Instruments Super Sixteen sequencer - now on Kickstarter!

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Extralife Instruments Super Sixteen sequencer - now on Kickstarter!

Post by extralifedisco » Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:50 pm

Very excited to announce that the Super Sixteen, my 100% open-source/open-hardware CV sequencer just launched on Kickstarter! Here is the campaign page:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ex ... cer-module

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It's a monophonic CV sequencer with pitch CV, velocity CV, and gate outputs with up to 64 steps per sequence (in 4 pages of 16). It stores up to 99 sequences in patch memory, and is just 22HP wide. Some of its additional features include:

- selectable chromatic and diatonic scales
- fully adjustable swing timing
- motion recording for pitch, octave, duration, velocity
- per-step glide/portamento
- real-time rhythm and pitch effects like beat repeat and stutter roll



Pricing is $325 for the complete module, or just $40 for the PCB/panel/CPU set for DIY builders.

If you've been following over on the DIY forum, you will have seen the videos I've posted about the module development process and demoing some of the features - here's the playlist and a hands-on interactive demo I did a while back. I'll be uploading some newer feature demos and tutorials over the next few weeks as well. Thanks for checking it out! Let me know if I can provide any further details or specifications.

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Post by blaythe.steuer » Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:13 pm

wow this looks really neat! I hope it does well

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Post by Tonescape » Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:29 pm

Very cool! Have been following your endeavours on and off, so I am happy to see you have reached this point.

Will you supply panel files/details as well?

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Post by KittenVillage » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:42 am

I've enjoyed your videos. Many thanks for offering such an affordable DIY option!


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Post by Tonescape » Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:57 am

Pledged! Looking forward to building it :)

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Post by circuitburst » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:21 pm

Good luck with your Super Sixteen sequencer Kickstarter! Your sequencer has some interesting new ideas. I watched all 8 videos in the series and appreciate you taking the time to document your journey and educate others with your lessons learned.

Weird coincidence, but there was another Arduino-based sequencer (Meta Sequencer by Microbe Modular) released about 5 years ago from San Francisco. It was only 6 HP, so much more streamlined in many ways:
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Post by extralifedisco » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:52 pm

Thanks for the kind words and support! I'm readying a new sequencing demo now, hopefully up tomorrow. As far as panel files, what are you looking for exactly? The illustrator files are in the repository if you want to fab your own at home. I know people also like to use PCB panels but that's not something I have experience with - though I assume it would just mean exporting to bitmap and importing into kicad?

In an even weirder coincidence, Bret of microbe modular lives literally right down the street from me! We bumped into each other a while back, and in fact I have a m3ta sequencer sitting on the desk right now. It's quite a different beast, I would say it's more built around generative and algorithmic semi-random sequencing rather than programming. I love the little virtual VFD LED bubble display, would use one but I wanted a bit more visibility on the 16. It's quite useful as a random voltage source, can quite easily stand in for noise+S&H in a pinch.
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Post by extralifedisco » Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:21 pm

Just finished up this quick tutorial video on programming, editing, and saving sequences on the Super Sixteen:


It's a really fun workflow to get into, you can use the button grid to program rhythm patterns and the 4 knobs to program note data and expression. It combines the power of a full-featured MIDI editor with none of the mouse clicking, and the flexibility and analog power of control voltage. The real-time recording combined with scale quantization make it really easy to spin up quasi-random new ideas and then tweak them to taste.
In the next tutorial I'll dive more into the advanced sequencing features and rhythm/pitch effects. Let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see!

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Post by hawkfuzz » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:10 pm

Lovely. Hope you get funded. Love the interface and price.

I didn’t see a general pledge option.
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Post by circuitburst » Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:53 pm

A few things...
- Keep the interesting tutorial videos coming.
- Congrats on getting the 25 early bird backers on Kickstarter.
- Such a small world where two developers of Arduino-based Eurorack sequencer modules live in the same neighborhood!
- How will firmware updates be performed on the Super Sixteen? Using the USB Arduino programmer was a bit of a pain on the Meta sequencer, which is why I am asking.
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Post by extralifedisco » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:52 pm

circuitburst wrote:
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- How will firmware updates be performed on the Super Sixteen? Using the USB Arduino programmer was a bit of a pain on the Meta sequencer, which is why I am asking.
Thanks very much! Regarding firmware, updates are possible via the 6-pin ICSP header - a standard USB AVR programmer is great for this (I like this $7 one from pololu) or an arduino uno also works. Regrettably I am not clever enough to figure out how to do it via audio jack and front panel inputs, at least not yet! Maybe someone can help me figure out if that's possible without hardware changes. I will certainly provide binary files and instructions for updates via avrdude on mac/pc, although the toolchain required is very straightforward Arduino stuff if you just want to install from source!

This week's video is a change of pace, decided to try and cover a classic and put the sequencer through its 303 paces! The drums are also all-eurorack, with Hexinverter's "neinohnein" modules doing the bulk of the work and Squarp's brilliant Rample handling the sample duty. Also featured is my modded LMNC "big button" trigger seq, which I will have another vid up on next week I hope.

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Post by MoyaMoya » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:58 pm

I'm in for a PCB panel set! :tu:

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Post by Tonescape » Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:25 am

Super impressed by that Daft Punk jam!!! The 303 sequence is pretty close to spot on and the interaction that is possible with the super sixteen just got me even more excited!

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Post by didahdrieghe » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:13 pm

Backed for a pcb/panel set. Great work so far, really wishing you well with this! Love your youtube videos as well.

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