WMD first showed us their METRON trigger sequencer at NAMM 2017. Two years later they reckon it could be ready so they’ve opened preorders and hope to deliver soon after NAMM 2019.
It’s a big, chunky and serious looking Eurorack drum trigger and gate sequencer. It offers 16 tracks of up to 256 steps but you get to see 4 tracks of 16 steps front and centre at all times. Or, if you like, you can see 64 steps of a single track. Each track can be a different length and each has it’s own trigger/gate output. The rest is all about playing with patterns.
Each step can have a probability, can be in Burst mode, Random mode or Gate mode. You can work with triplets and fills. You can generate entirely random patterns within the constraints of the probability settings for each step. There are mutes and modifiers, rolls and loops that you can drop in on-the-fly. Patterns are called “variations” in METRON’s world and it will store up to 5 ready to switch in at any time. Projects or “states” which contain all the settings and variations can be saved to an SD card. There’s also a background MIDI connection via the Doepfer D.Bus connection to wire up to other compatible modules.
There are a couple of LED displays to show you timing, song position and other data but nothing is hidden behind menus or alternative views – it’s all there on the front panel. It looks like a very playable drum machine where you can have multiple tracks in front of you ready for some percussive designing.
You can order one now for $649 and I’m looking forward to some user demos once it becomes available. I guess some things take a long time to get right. And hopefully, at some point, we’ll have a proper photo!