8track 16step midi sequencer in Max5 for the Jazzmutant Lemur by www.music-interface.com
is a Midi-sequencer for the Jazzmutant
is synched to your DAW (e.g.Ableton,
Logic, Cubase) by
It contains 8 tracks with independent
step range, start point, midichannel, volume and notelength..
That gives you a great variability in
constructing your patterns.
could be saved to 16 presets, to jump between very smooth and directly.
It includes more than 500 interactive graphical elements (!) and
12 pop-up containers with different layers.... (see pictures below).
note triggering is done in Max5 (cycling74) and it works with the free
don´t need to buy Max!)
Futhermore it is not bounded to Ableton (or especially Max4live), you
can also use it with any
other rewire host
this sequencer (Max5patch and Lemurtemplate) for 39,- Euro.
can use paypal, I send the patch in return or contact me:
Mainscreen of the SequencomatV2 Lemur-template
(1) Clock control of your
rewire host. Showing
tempo with a BPMslider, stop, play
(2) Overlay-choice on the Maingrid: Notes - Grid/direction -
- Startpoint - no overlay
(3) Trackcontrol: Volume - Notelength - Random (on
(4) Trackmute (Maingrid and Trackvalue of muted tracks get
(5) Maingrid with paintable switches in horizontal direction.
Activated steps are blue,
red, while running the actual step turns orange by Multicolor
(6a) Trackvalue: Multislider and Monitor with Midivalue
Range: controlling the minimum and the maximum output of the trackvalue
StepLED: Indicating the steprange (nonchosen steps get black) and the
active step (highlighted)
(8) TrackLED: blinking whenever the tracks sends a note
(9) Settingscontainer will pop up (with choice what to save
and a clearbutton
(Maingrid of muted steps get darker for visual feedback)
16 Patterns to save and load, used slots are highlighted
(for reset the highlighting
0 and 15 simultanously in load mode)
(12) Patternmode: switch between saving / loading / off (press again)
The 6 different Overlays on the Maingrid are done half transparent.
That way you still see the pattern while changing the tempo
or notes or whatever..., and you can change the Maingrid with the
If you don´t like that transparency, or want bigger switches,
you can change that apperance on your Lemur....
The Matrix-Overlay and the Trackcontrol on the right side
(Volume-Length-Random) are independent,
but demonstrated together in the images below.
Note (left side) and Octave (right side) for each track.
The chosen notes here (pink) are typical for Ableton-Impulse
Transpose-slider individually for each
track (yellow switches, here 5on/3off)
Transpose all activated tracks with the blue slider.
V2.0-2.1: Set Midichannel to send the notes to (brown radioswitch
on the bottom,
here channel 4)
(on the right side) showing Volume
multsliders) for each track. At the bottom is a range to fade in the
minimum and maximum of all the values.
the grid (green switches) for each track. It says how many steps are
done each bar: 2 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 8 - 12 - 16 - 24 - 32
Containing triplet grids enable very interesting rhythmic variations...
Set playback direction (foreward / backward) for each track with the
the switches on the bottom you can jump all tracks to a certain value
Trackcontrol showing Notelength
(blue horizontal multsliders) in
milliseconds for each track.
the Start- and Endpoint for each track resulting in different
Tracklengths (up to 16steps). Layering tracks with different
cause very complex, ever changing polyrhythmic
position is calculated
from the songstart, so a change in Tracklength will cause a little
jump. But this is the only way to keep you on 0 when jumping back to 16
Trackcontrol showing Random
(purple horizontal multsliders).
alternates the stepposition of your indicated steps. You have to
activate random by the switches on the right, the sliders control the
propability of a random-variation and will light up if activated.
Furthermore a little "Random" is displayed on the Tracks grid (always
on top). For changing the amount of steps, you have to deactivate
the startpoint of each track. In
to the steprange this doesn´t change the number of steps but
gives a delay on the track. The
size of the startpoint-steps is coupled to the grid on each track.
Trackcontrol showing volume again (green horizontal multsliders).
(right side) is independent from the Overlay (middle and left), I just
showed both variations togehter in one picture.....)
can choose a midichannel for each track. This enables you to address
different instruments within one pattern. You can also jump the
midichannel while playing and all Midichannels are saved within the
With the bottom line you can change all.
humanize function sends a (random) delay on the track triggering. This
can be done to get a more human feeling of slight inaccuracy.
You can set 2 parameters of a random walk:
-right range-point: set maximum of random delay
-left range-point: set maximum of changing between 2 steps
(since V2.5 you have 3 different kinds of humanize to control with
these range-objects...see Maxpatch)
You can set the maximum meaning of all ranges on the Maxpatch. I would
suggest a small value like 50msec, but you can set it to whatever....
With the bottom line you can change all.
(since V2.5) - unsynced
This XY pad
gives you the possibility to do rolls, whenever you touch it, a ball
appears. It triggers a sound corresponding to what note you have chosen
on the Note-Overlay and the blue switchs on the left side (here: sound of track1).
You control the speed of the triggering on the horizontall axis and the
velocity on the vertical axis. There is a range for the velocity output
(green) and for the
speed of the triggering (blue,
directly under the XYpad)
Also you can control the Length of the notes that are
triggered with the purple slider at the bottom.
Furthermore there is a Midicontrolchange-message routet to the vertical
axis. This function
can be turned on/off by the red button on the bottom, the range is
controlled by the red range. If the pad is not touched the value falls
back to the minimum of the range. Choose the
Midichannel and Controllernumber with the dropdown menu at the top (sending on
(since V2.5) - synchronised
on the rollpad can also be syncronised to your DAW if you press the
"Sync" button. In that case a horizontal grid appears and the timing of
the triggering is synced like on the grid overlay. That means you can
exact 16th fills, while still having control over velocity and/or CC on
the vertical axis.
The grid can also be turned on in unsynced mode via the little button
and you can choose the number of grids there. If you jump to "sync" it
is automatically turned on and the grid is set to 9.
If you don´t like triplet grids, just set the grid to 5.
Save and Load can be done in 16 patterns. (for choosing different
sections see "settings containter").
Just touch a pattern-slot in save-mode (red) to save or in load-mode
(green) to load.
Already saved slots are highlighted. To reset the highlighting press 0
and 15 parallel in load-mode.
The save- or load container pops up on top of the "setall"-sections on
the overlays (this is a matter of space).
To hide the save/load Containers press the button again.
Saving is done on the Lemur and is not permanent (because it is based
but there is a simple way how you can save your patterns on the Lemur
or even in a library:
you save directly on the Lemur, actual variables and
your patterns are
always saved within.
you want to save a jzlib-file with the patterns on your computer,
this is also possible!
best is, if you just leave the syncro button in the Jazzeditor on while
Because now every change in the
reflected. That means if you save the
project (or module!)
your patterns will be saved too and you can
make clones of Sequencomat with other names containing your
the syncro switch wasn´t on, you can turn
it on later.
But in this case you have to jump through the patterns one by one and
save them again
(they are already save on the Lemur, but for transferring syncro
must be opened in the moment of save.....)
At the bottom of the
template is also a settings container that
pops up as long as you press the button on the left side (now
It is layered alway on the top (above setall-controllers and
clear-button is nested to set
all values to default for creating new
Furthermore you find 13 switches reflecting different sections of the
long as these switches are on (yellow - by default) Load-Save-Clear
is done to that section.
for the Overlays ("Grid" here means the matrix)
for the Multibarvalues
on the trackcontrol
smaller for the Ranges on the trackcontrol
If turn them off individually (dark gray) Load-Save-Clear
is not done to the corresponding section.
Why is that usefull?
Maybe you want to switch between different patterns that all got a
range for the volume saved, but you want to fade in the volume
while switching the patterns. Then simply turn the small switch below
volume off - now the volume range is no more changing while
switching and you can do your manual fade. Or you want to use the notes
of one pattern with the step (....) of another pattern:
Just load your note-pattern, turn off "note" in settings, and load the
new pattern.... well, it is an extra function which would be not
regulary in use but can be very usefull.
*(You can change the default"clear"values on the Lemur at the script
located inside the clear button)
notes is done by a Max5patch. Max/MSP is a software for creating media
applications by cycling74.
The Maxpatch get the information from the Lemur-template via OSC (*)
and send it to
whatever Midiport you choose on your system.
synths in your DAW you can also route it to any hardwaresynth...
with the free Max runtime, you can
download it from the cycling74
(see Max5 runtime for
Mac or PC....)
Before opening the Maxpatch, load the Template on the Lemur and open
Inside the Max-patch follow the gray boxes.
- enter your Lemur IP (*) and port
"ad_rewire" as driver and activate the Sequencer by the switch.
- choose one
of your Midiports(**) installed on your system (here on win7 PC: Loopbe Internal Midi)
PC: It could
be a Midiport you already use on your Lemur-setup or
a complete other Midiport to avoid conflicts with other controllers.
another port than the Jazzdemon (this send Lemur
data-exclusively) e.g. IAC
- set a delay time for Midichannel-Change (necessary to get rid of
possible Midihung while the "noteoff" is sended to the new channel)
- set maximum of delay for the humanize function
- choose one of three humanize types:
a) exact delay on a track via x
b) drunk random walk where x is the maximum variation between the
steps and x is maximum delay at all
c) a classic humanize with minimum and maximum delay
(*) If you are unsure
with OSC connection, see here...
(**) virtual midicabel
make sure they are activated in max ->File
In your DAW (here:
Ableton Live8) activate the Input"Track"
on whatever Midiport
you have chosen on the Maxpatch
(here: Loopbe Internal MIDI).
don´t need to activate input"Remote" for that, because the
sequencer only send notes, but you can also keep it open (as seen here)
need to activate any Output"Sync" for sending a clock
because this sequencer works with rewire(!)
That also means, you can not use the Midi-clock-sync-delay (shown here).
This will not work on a rewire clock, but you can use "track
The other ports (Marple in and
out) are my normal lemur config. It might differ on your system but
that doesn´t matter.....
with a rewire-clock is very comfortable, but it
depends hardly on your DAW sending a stable clock!
Mostly this is not a problem, but please
check the stability of your DAWs rewire clock with the
free "Sequencomat V1"
before purchasing V2. (both versions use the same clock-type).
channel settings and REWIRE-clock
from" you choose that Midiport
maxpatch (again: Loopbe Internal
MIDI) also activated in the preferences before. ....
You can use a
Midichannel for opening more than 1 track with different instruments.
Change the Midichannel on the Lemurtemplate.
Activate "in" on Monitor before you hear notes....
If you want to record parallel on more than 1 track you might
deactivate "exclusive" for "arm"
(->preferences in your DAW)
With "Track delay" (bottom of the track) you can compensate a latency
shift (if you got one).
While doing a OSC-connection for the first time might be a little
tricky, I give you a short photo-guide. Hope that helps :)
defining a OSC-connection you need to know 2 IP addresses:
- your Lemur
- your computer
You can find both numbers on your Lemur:
The LemurIP (to enter in the Maxpatch) is shown on the left. Use it
with static IP.
The IP address of your Computer is on the right. (see "Jazzeditor
course you can also look for it inside the network settings of your
computer, but this might be easier ;)
your OSC-target 0 on the Lemur:
...just enter your computer IP. thats it.
now one way (Lemur->Max) is done.
For the way back (Max->Lemur) you have to enter
your LemurIP inside the
On first load of the Maxpatch you have to enter the Lemur IP once....
- 19 - 2009
- 04 - 2009
split Midichannel in 2 sections (4/4) at bottom of note-overlay
bug fix "direction reset"
- 09 - 2009
new overlay "midichannel", now with independent midichannel on each
- 10 - 2010
new overlay "humanize" with randomwalk on each track
- random only variates within steprange
- new light interaction: steps outside the steprange get also dark
- clear now works on midichannel (setall) and note (ableton impluse
can always change the clear-settings inside the Lemur script
||02 - 05 - 2010
added drag- and reset-switch on steprange
- bug fix on possible midi-hung while channel jump (piped)
- bug fix: loadbang 0 on humanize
- 31 - 2010
added a XYpad for rolls with synced and unsynced mode
- added 2 more types of humanize to choose at the maxpatch
Why is this sequencer done
in Max and not on Lemur only?
The lemur is a great tool, but it is limited. Not only in scripting
possibilities, but also in a reliable timing.
tried the free V1 and experienced timing issues, how comes?
got reports of very good results with Logic and Cubase but
Ableton Live sometimes
(!) fails in sending a stable
depending on the
version of Live you use, your computer setup, your soundcard-setup
......a high CPU-usage may cause some clock instability!
While I had some trouble with Ableton 6 on my old laptop (where running
more than 7 tracks wasn´t possible at all),
I got no more with Ableton 8.1 on new machine.....
I claim that this is a general problem with synchronized sequencers,
with other sequencers too (e.g. "pairofx0x"),
Of course, it doesn´t get better if you
sync it normally (activate a sync out in
ableton and use that as clock)....
a sync to hardware (e.g. an old drumcomputer) might be good. Well, I
have no hardware any more :( so I never tried,
but if that is an interesting point for you, drop me a line.
As said - this happens rarely - most of you will have no problems! But
please check it first and report if you got any clock-trouble...
never worked with Max until now, is it easy for me to run the patch?
You just fill in some values as you see in the description above.
Thats all. No programming skills needed ;)
Can I run it with Max4live?
No, this is a normal Maxpatch. The Lemur-community is very small and
only a few people use Ableton or special Max4Live.
And as long as m4l got no free runtime, it is better to use a normal
maxpatch to share with more users.
If you are a Max4Live-user,
you need the
free Max-runtime (additional to
It is no problem to run the sequencer parallel with other
Max4live-patches....I do so regularly ;)
do Maxpatches on my own, can I edit it?
Yes. Some sections are even commented....
I have to state that this is a messy patch...somehow organic grown...
but edit, cut, copy, paste whatever you need for your patch.
If you come up with any kind of interesting patch,
please contact me,
share it with others...
I state that some parts of the SequencomatV2-patch are based
on LoFi´s stepsequencer
tutorial on the Jazzmutant
Why does this sequencer
have no stepvalues (like stepvelocity)?
It is part of the concept.
While having stepvalues you always need to choose a track first, before
entering the values.
On this sequencer everything is done track-wise. So you choose a
function and can edit this on all tracks directly.
Cutting the hierarchical level of track-choice makes the interaction
between the tracks more intuitive.
Furthermore this way the range-concept is enabled. (fade in velocity or
note-length on all tracks)
you want the same note or sound (drumsounds) with different velocity
you can route it to different tracks.
long as all can be saved within the patterns you scarify this
track only in this pattern.
is the notelength done in milliseconds rather than in percentage of
Again....part of the concept.
A note got a special length, no matter if you change the the tempo!
That way (and with the range at the bottom) you can do really funky
Can I import patterns from
No, all patterns are build and saved on the Lemur.
You can simpley
export them by recording (hey, thats what a sequencer is for!),
but there is no way to import patterns from Ableton or Logic or else.
Do I have to enter the
IP-address each time I open the patch?
Yes. It is not saved. But
you get used to that number.
you plan further updates?
Well, the lemur capacity is pretty much reached. So I do not plan to
add more popup-containers with new functions at the moment.
does it count so high on Lemur capacity?
This module is the most complex sequencer available on the Lemur now.
It contains so many graphical elements and popup-containers.
At least all elements of the module beneath each other would fill 5
Lemurinterfaces.... also some variables are calculated on the Lemur.
So the Lemur-memory (4MB) seems to be a bottleneck for interface design
if it reaches quite high complexity....
for checking my work
and if you got any further questions or want to order this sequencer
just drop me a
You can buy this sequencer via banktransfer or paypal (I send the
Max5patch+Lemurtemplate in return)