It was one of the most intriguing devices on show at Superbooth this year. It didn’t have a name, didn’t have a front panel, looked a little weird and yet seemed packed with all sorts of possibilities. Analogue Solutions have called it Generator and it’s a multi-channel analogue step sequencer.
Images have appeared on a couple of websites sourced from Liquid Sky Berlin and it’sd a decidedly more finished product. It retains the idea of the encoders with LEDs in the top, but now they have pointers presumably to indicate pitch or CV amount. They describe it as compact and high quality, I guess it looks about the size of the Arturia BeatStep Pro. I wonder whether it would be an analogue replacement for that very common digitally driven modular sequencer.
They like to think of it as not being just a sequencer. Sure you have three CV channels of 16 steps and one gate channel so it seems very sequencer-like. But Analogue Solutions want you to play with it, manipulate it, change it an tweak it on-the-fly. Those weird triangular pads at the bottom can be used to trigger different rhythms and patterns. There’s loads of scope for patching and reworking CV through the device. Everything is on the front panel, nothing is hidden behind a menu.
All that’s really missing is a decent demo of the capabilities. There were plenty of videos from Superbooth but none of them seem to entirely capture what was going on, or what could be going on.
Availability is rumoured to be about 2 months with a list price of €679. I can’t wait to see it running in action and I would love to have a go.