ExtraLife Instruments Super Sixteen offers 64 steps of CV and Gate sequencing with the saving and instant synced recall of up to 99 patterns. It glides, stutters, scales and records motion in a very playable format.
Matthew Cieplak of ExtraLife Instruments says that the idea for the sequencer came about through his development of a touch-controlled step sequencer for Ableton Live. He’s captured the development over the past year in a series of videos which give some fascinating insight into how these things progress. To go any further and start production he needs a bit of funding.
Super Sixteen has a fast and intuitive approach to sequencing. You’ve got 4 main knobs on the right that covers pitch, octave, gate length and CV modulation. Meanwhile your left-hand deals with the step and pattern selection or simply holding “Record” in order to record all your knobs movements directly onto the sequence. It’s a super quick way of developing your melodies.
The CV knob is quite interesting in that it records CV over the entire sequence rather than per-step and so can create a smooth filter cutoff sweep or other modulations that aren’t really connected to the steps.
Saving and loading patterns can all be done on the fly without any interruption to the flow. Loading a new sequence will pickup from exactly the same place as the previous one without missing a step.
Super Sixteen is a well thought-out sequencer that’s very musical, playable and intuitive which is all you can ask from a sequencer really. Check out this video for a detailed view of the current features including the very cool Mutate functions that do things like beat-repeat, stutter, reverse and so on.
You can pick up a PCB and panel set for a pledge of only $40. For a fully built version you’ll need to find a very reasonable $275 if you’re quick or a still reasonable $325 if you miss out on the Early Bird.
- Super Sixteen Kickstarter page.