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Name/Version: QL-185 - ML-185 Sequencer Reboot by QLabs 1.2
Author: qlabs  
Description: A reboot of the venerable ML-185 sequencer, originally created by 3st on this very website.

The original ML-185 sequencer is my favorite sequencer of all time - the way it breaks free from the "steppy," boring, "doot-doot-doot..." sequencing paradigm is brilliant, and very straightforward to use in practice.

I decided performance-friendly pattern memory and inspiration-friendly randomization options would be essential additions, so here they are. Everything else is kept exactly as it was, save for the slightly compacted UI.

•32 Pattern Preset Storage w/ Optional Auto-Load on Pattern Select Numbox Change
•Pattern Randomize (w/ Toggles for Pitch, Velocity, and Mod)
•Pattern Initialize (Affects All Parameters)
•A Whole Lot Of Purple

Enjoy, and let me know any issues you run into.



Update v1.1 (2021-01-11)
•Removed JSON management "features" in lieu of enabling the device to retain its patterns in memory, saved within the device itself. This makes for a much smoother experience when re-opening a session where you already had patterns laid out - no need to track down myriad JSONs and find the right one.
•The "Init Pattern" button now initializes all settings stored within a pattern. Be sure to save the initialized pattern to the slot - it doesn't overwrite it in memory until the user decides to save it.

Update v1.2 (2020-01-14)
•Added randomization capabilities for step Mode, Division, and Length.
•Added randomization Range & Offset controls for Pitch, Velocity, and Mod. Range Controls are unipolar, while Offset controls are bipolar. Use them in combination to guide the randomness in any direction and bandwidth you desire.
•Shrunk the Coarse Tune control down to a numbox block like all the other controls, so it's no longer awkwardly "hanging out" and disrupting the space.
•Overhauled the UI, first and foremost to be more eye-catching, but also to visually group and distinguish the different control sets which comprise the system as a whole.

Device Details

Downloads: 961
Tags sequencer
Live Version Used: 10.1.3
Max Version Used: 7.3.5
Date Added: Jun 12 2020 16:27:41
Date Last Updated: Jan 15 2021 00:57:47
Average Rating (3) 5
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Device Type: midi_device
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Device Files

Device File: S3Q - ML-185 (QLabs Breakout) v1.1.amxd


Thanks for sharing. Great remake.

Very useful reboot. Thanks for this!

This is super useful ! Thanks

I love this thing but it seems like..

1. stage division doesnt work on my system
2. Clear functions dont work

ableton 10.1.9

sorry I meant step division? the 1,2,3,4 grey buttons dont seem to affect anything

Oh I see, sorry, they only affect it when set to II mode.. but the original you can have it play the pattern every 4th bar or so. Did you remove this functionality?

Hi, Fantastic reboot! Congrats! btw, I've made a few nice tweaks to the device (randomization of divisions, ticks and control for max number of tics, mode) and added control over max pitch randomization, as well as auto-incrementing the preset number when a Save Preset is hit (this speeds up the workflow). Let me know if you're interested in the alterations. Would be happy for you to have them.

Q - Stages mode runs for x number of stages, so depending on the number of ticks this is variable.
Fixed mode runs for a fixed number of tickets...a bit confused why it's limited to say 4 stages for 16 ticks, which means that at times the sequencer will go back to stage 1 to fill up the remaining ticks until 16 is reached.
Can you add another mode, so that it continues onto subsequent stages (e.g. stage 5 and 6) to fill those needed ticks? i.e. it's not limited to the number of stages specified?

Hey pizu123 - please feel free to reach out with the revised version! That sounds great. My email is - we can keep in touch there if that works for you.

As for stages mode, I may have accidentally overlooked it in my process. I'll take another look at it shortly - thank you for the heads up!

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