The Bass Bot User Manual english 2.0 PDF

The Bass Bot User Manual english 2.0 PDF
English Version 2.0, 2015
The Bass Bot™ electronic bass synth features a selectable monophonic analog VCO processed through a
4 pole analog cascading filter. It uses 21st- century transistor technology to synthesize tones from
super- crisp self- resonating leads to squelchy rhythms to deep subharmonic bass grooves.
Creating dance music as simple or complex as you want with the Bass Bot is a breeze. Its ground-breaking
InstaDJ OS™ artificially intelligent sequencer can be programmed in two methods: by a human user or by
the computer- controlled Bass Bot.
Humans may program musical patterns manually using traditional step entry with control over pitch, time,
length, and special characteristics such as octave transpose, accent, and slide for each note.
Or let the Bot generate a pattern and use it immediately, or tweak it to taste, or mutate it into a new pattern
altogether at the touch of a button. The Bass Bot includes seven different ‘personalities,’ each of which
generates its own special style of musical patterns. No two Bots will produce the same patterns. Each is as
individual as the user, though the basic personalities are the same for every Bass Bot.
To the novice, analogic devices offer the ability to quickly collect a bank of computer generated patterns to
use to make new tracks or loops. To the experienced artist, analogic devices offers a tool to create
patterns that are impossible to imagine (or perform), patterns that each individual Bass Bot will uniquely
generate. This method of ‘computer controlled’ programming is similar to a band rehearsal, with the
selected Bass Bot ‘personality’ on stage presenting patterns (riffs) for you to sample and use however you
like. Seven unique algorithms control each seven unique personalities. The possibilities are endless!
The remainder of this manual will guide you through the processes of performing the most important Bass
Bot functions. Read through the first few lessons and you’ll be enjoying the sounds of your Bass Bot in just
We hope you love your Bass Bot as much as we loved bringing it to life.
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Lesson 1 Bass Bot Global Overview........................................................................................................................ 2
Lesson 2 Pattern Storage and Notation................................................................................................................... 3
Lesson 3 Playing Preset Patterns............................................................................................................................. 4
Lesson 4 Creating New Preset Patterns with InstaDJ OS.................................................................................... 5
Lesson 5 Copying, Pasting, and Merging Patterns................................................................................................ 6
Lesson 6 DUAS (Down, Up, Accent, Slide) Modifiers............................................................................................6
Lesson 7 Editing Patterns...........................................................................................................................................7
Lesson 8 Clearing a Pattern and Creating a New One..........................................................................................8
Lesson 9 Creating and Playing Tracks.....................................................................................................................8
Lesson 10 Live Performance During Playback....................................................................................................... 9
Lesson 11 The Bass Bot Arpeggiator.....................................................................................................................10
Lesson 12 MIDI Functions / MIDI Firmware Updates.................................................................................... 11-13
Lesson 13 Advanced Pattern Editing..................................................................................................................... 14
Lesson 14 Pattern Unroll Function..........................................................................................................................16
Lesson 15 Tap Input Mode...................................................................................................................................... 16
Lesson 16 MIDI Mode Enhancements, Pattern Playback via MIDI................................................................... 18
Lesson 17 System Procedures and Operating Guidelines................................................................................. 19
Lesson 18 Maintenance Pattern Backup Procedure (MIDI Mode).................................................................... 21
Troubleshooting......................................................................................................................................................... 22
Commands Shortcut Summary ............................................................................................................................. 23
InstaDJ 2.0 MIDI Implementation Chart................................................................................................................. 24
Lesson 1 Bass Bot Global Overview
This section describes the Bass Bot’s inputs, outputs, master controls, and audio controls.
Button Notation
Throughout this manual, instructions for pressing buttons are presented with notation like “[BUTTON],”
which refers to a specific button on the Bass Bot front panel. Certain commands that require multiple
buttons to be pressed are shown like this: [FIRST KEY] + [SECOND KEY]. This means press FIRST KEY
and continue to hold it while then pressing SECOND KEY momentarily.
Rear Connections (left to right)
Instrument Mix In Jack: This input accepts an audio signal from another source such as a second Bass
Bot or Drum Drone TT- 606 drum machine. The external audio is mixed together with the sounds
generated by the Bass Bot and the mixed signal is sent to the Output and Headphone jacks.
Saw/Pulse Switch:
Selects the VCO waveform to use, either sawtooth (left position) or pulse (right
MIDI: This connector serves as the MIDI input and output. This connector acts as a MIDI IN jack when a
standard 5- pin DIN connector MIDI cable is attached. Use the included MIDI splitter cable in order to
access this connector’s MIDI IN and OUT functions.
CV / Gate Out Jacks: These outputs are the synthesizer engine’s Gate and Control Voltage (CV) signals.
They can be used to control other analog synthesizers that accept a (1 volt / octave) control voltage input.
Stereo headphone jack for monitoring the Bass Bot with headphones.
This is the main mono audio output to an amplifier, effects, or mixer.
DC 9V: This is the input for connecting the Bass Bot’s DC power supply. The Bass Bot accepts 9V DC
with negative polarity (barrel positive, center negative) at 200mA.
Master Controls (right to left)
Power / Volume: A combination control that both powers on or off the unit and sets the overall output
volume for the HEADPHONE and OUTPUT audio outputs. Turn the switch clockwise to turn on power.
Tip! It is best to turn off the unit when not in use. Your patterns and tracks are stored permanently whether
or not power is applied.
Mode Selector Switch: The Mode Selector Switch determines the operating mode for the Bass Bot. The
Bass Bot has seven unique operating modes which will be described in greater detail in later sections of
this manual:
PRESET: Generate and audition new patterns using the InstaDJ OS creatively intelligent pattern
Create and edit patterns.
Play patterns safely without editing or saving functions.
TRACK PLAY: Play tracks. “Tracks” are a sequence of patterns.
Create and edit tracks.
Perform MIDI functions and certain system and utility functions.
A unique pattern-based arpeggiator.
Tip! Each mode is based on the natural process of song construction, progressing from demo rehearsals,
selection of various groups of musical patterns, to assembling them to build a track.
Track/Preset Selector Switch: Selects the track, preset pattern-generator personality, or pattern bank.
The role of this switch is dependent on the operating Mode Selector switch settings.
Tempo: This sets the tempo (BPM) of the sequencer. It is disabled when the Bass Bot is under the
control of an external MIDI clock source (see Lesson 12).
Audio Controls
This adjusts the Bass Bot’s tuning of the VCO.
Cutoff Frequency:
This sets the cutoff frequency of the Bass Bot's low- pass filter.
Resonance: This sets the feedback level for the filter. A higher setting results in a resonant peak at the
cutoff frequency producing ‘wetter’ or ‘squelchy’ sounds.
Envelope Modulation:
This controls how much the VCF envelope modulates the cutoff frequency.
This controls how quickly the VCF envelope falls away after each note.
Accent: Notes played by the Bass Bot can be normal or accented. The Accent knob controls how much
louder accented notes are played and how much the VCF envelope is increased during accented notes.
Lesson 2 Pattern Storage and Notation
The Bass Bot is a pattern-based instrument, so it’s important to understand how patterns are stored in
memory. There are two separate sections of pattern storage memory:
Preset Pattern Memory – Contains sets of patterns that have been created while in Preset Mode by the
Bass Bot. Patterns may be regenerated in Preset Mode and cannot otherwise be modified.
User Pattern Memory – Contains the core set of patterns for the instrument. These patterns can be edited
(Lesson 7), processed with the arpeggiator (Lesson 11), and used to create tracks (Lesson 9). Patterns in
User Pattern Memory are used when working in Pattern Write, Pattern Play, Track Write, and Arpeggiator
Each of these two types of pattern memory is arranged into groups, sections, and patterns. This memory
system can be thought of as a set of seven filing cabinet drawers (groups), each with four folders
(sections), that have eight files (patterns) in each.
The following notation is used in this manual when referring to Pattern Memory:
“Group #” refers to the seven groups, labeled 1 – 7 on the Track/Preset selector switch.
(X) refers to a section. Each group contains four sections, called sections (A), (AA), (B), and (BB).
{#} refers to a particular pattern or subset of patterns. Each section contains eight patterns,
{1} - {8}. Patterns can have a length of 1 to 64 steps.
Lesson 3 explains how to select and manipulate groups, sections, and patterns.
Lesson 3 Playing Preset Patterns
Let’s listen to a Preset pattern. Follow the steps below to audition the pattern in preset group 1, section (A),
pattern {1}.
1. Turn the Mode Switch to Preset Mode. Turn the Track/Preset switch to ‘1’ as shown in the image
below. This selects Preset Memory group 1. Pattern {1} in section (A) is selected by default (this is
true for all modes).
Track/Preset Switch
Mode Switch
All the preset patterns within a particular Track Pattern group are similar in character.
2. Confirm that pattern section (A) is selected. Sections (A) and (B) are represented as ‘solid’ LEDs.
Sections (AA) and (BB) are represented by blinking LEDs. Select section (AA) by tapping the ‘A’
button again. The same applies to sections (B) and (BB).
Section (A) (Solid LED)
Scratch Section (AA) (Blinking LED)
3. Select a single pattern, such as pattern {1}. Pattern key are numbered across the bottom of the
panel. Patterns whose LEDs not illuminated (dark) are empty. Note that the selected pattern’s LED
blinks in time with the tempo as set by the Tempo knob. Pressing the [RUN/STOP] button will play
the selected pattern in a continuous loop.
Choose a pattern then press [RUN/STOP] to hear it play in a continuous loop. The current pattern blinks in time to the tempo.
You can also select a full ‘range’ of successive ordered patterns such as by pressing the first number and
last number desired at the same time. For example, select patterns {1-4} by pressing [1] + [4], or patterns
{3-8} by pressing [3] + [8]. The selected patterns will play in order then start again at the first selected
pattern in a continuous loop until different patterns selected or the sequencer is stopped.
Lesson 4 Creating New Preset Patterns with Insta DJ OS 2.0
Creating new preset patterns is easy. Unlike normal instrument presets, the Bass Bot’s presets are
generated on-demand. In this lesson you’ll learn how to generate an entire pattern section of eight patterns
with a couple simple steps.
1. Keep the Mode Switch set to Preset Mode and the Track/Preset switch set to ‘1.’
2. Select pattern section (AA) by pressing the Pattern Section [A] button. The LED above the [A]
button will blink when you are in section (AA).
3. Select patterns {1- 8} by pressing [1] + [8]. All eight pattern LEDs should illuminate to show they
are selected.
4. Command the Bass Bot to generate new patterns here by pressing [FUNCTION] + [GEN].
5. While all eight patterns are still selected, press [RUN/STOP] to listen to all eight new patterns in
sequence. The Bass Bot generates compatible patterns when many are generated together.
Try the other personalities in Preset Modes 2- 7 to familiarize yourself with each of the styles of the InstaDJ
OS preset personalities. Each personality has a unique defining style and defined color coding.
The 7 Preset Personality Algorithms
Presets 1 and 2 produce ‘fluid’ styles as a lead instrument, usually with a 4/4 time signature (but not
Presets 3 and 4 produce ‘glitched’ styles as spontaneous riffs in a track, breaks or segue transitions as a
band background instrument, generally in 4/4 or 2/4 time.
Presets 5 and 6 produce ‘chaotic’ styles for creatively complex patterns as the lead instrument. Patterns
will primarily be quarter notes or triplets and the length of the patterns may vary from one to sixteen steps.
Preset 7 produces ‘triplet’ styles for accompaniment or as the lead instrument, usually consisting of twelve
triplet notes.
Tip! Patterns may also be generated when in Pattern Write Mode, though it is best to perform this
function in Preset mode to avoid filling up pattern write memory area when auditioning presets!
This diagram demonstrates the distinct memory area types for use by the Bass Bot in relation to the user.
Lesson 5 Copying, Pasting, and Merging Patterns
Copy a Preset Pattern to User Pattern Memory
Find a preset pattern that you’d like to copy to User Pattern Memory for editing in Pattern Write Mode.
Copy the pattern to the clipboard by pressing [FUNCTION] + [CPY]. Then turn the Mode switch to ‘Pattern
Write.’ Select scratch section (AA).
Tip! The scratch section is a good place to experiment with patterns. Move final pattern edits to the
master sections (A) or (B) for building tracks more efficiently as you will learn in Lesson 9.
Find and select a pattern location (empty patterns will have a dark LED – if none are empty, choose a
pattern that may be overwritten). Paste the preset pattern to this location by pressing [FUNCTION] + [PST].
An identical copy now exists for editing without changing the original in Preset Mode.
Copy and Paste a Range of Patterns to Merge Into One Pattern
You can merge patterns in order into one single pattern with a maximum of 64 steps. Select four
successive memory areas to be copied, such as {5-8} by pressing [5] + [8] for this example. Press
[FUNCTION] + [CPY] to copy the contents of the four patterns in sequence to a new single pattern number.
Choose the pattern originally pasted in the beginning of this lesson. Press [FUNCTION] + [PST]. Now all
four patterns {5-8} should be located in one pattern {#} you just selected.
In listening back to this pattern it should now be the maximum of 64 steps (if 16 step sequences) or
quadruple the original length. You will find this incredibly useful when building pattern sections for
composing a track by maximizing the contents of each pattern section. This also allows for easily making
variations of patterns such as in the last 4/4 steps especially in tandem with the Mutate function you will
learn in Lesson 13.
Tip! After performing a copy, the pattern will reside in the clipboard memory until a new copy command
is issued (clipboard page replaced). So repeated pattern copies can be pasted without copying each time.
Lesson 6 DUAS (Down, Up, Accent, Slide) Modifiers
“DUAS” refers to the set of buttons that are frequently used to alter the characteristics of the steps in a
pattern. They are labeled Down, Up, Accent, and Slide.
Panel view of the DUAS labels.
The [DOWN] or [UP] key transposes the pitch up or down by one octave.
The [ACCENT] key sets a note to be an accented note. Accented notes will be louder and will
have unique audio characteristics compared to regular non-accented steps. The impact of the
accent effect depends on the settings of the audio control knobs, particularly the Accent itself.
The [SLIDE] key to causes the note from the current step to ‘slide’ to the next note.
An understanding of how the DUAS modifiers work will open up new creative ways to make your patterns
more expressive and to use your Bass Bot as a live performance tool.
Lesson 7 Editing Patterns
Any pattern in User Pattern Memory can be edited in a step-by-step fashion. Patterns are edited by
navigating through all the steps in a pattern and setting the pitch and special characteristics of each one.
To enter pattern edit mode, set the Mode Selector Switch to Pattern Write. Select an existing pattern in
memory to edit with the sequencer stopped. Press [PITCH MODE] to begin editing the pattern. You will
immediately hear and see the first note in the pattern.
The characteristics of each step are displayed in Pitch Mode. This step is a C# Note ON step with all four DUAS modifiers active.
To edit this step or any step in the pattern, program the step as one of the following:
Note ON: Set the step as a Note ON step by selecting the step’s pitch using one of the keys of the
keyboard section. The selected pitch will be played during this step of the sequence. Then choose the
step’s DUAS modifier settings (see Lesson 6 above). The LEDs above the [DOWN], [UP], [ACCENT], and
[SLIDE] keys will be illuminated to show which modifiers are active for the current note.
Note HELD: A step can be set as a Note HELD step, or a ‘tie.’ Setting this step to be a tie step means
that it will have the same pitch as the previous step, but the note will be held for a second step. Do this by
pressing [TIME] + [TIE] (the [TIE] key is the same as the [UP] key). Therefore you may not change the
pitch of a tie step. None of the keyboard note keys will be illuminated when a tie step is displayed. Only the
Tie key will be illuminated.
Note OFF: A step can be set as a Note OFF step, or a ‘rest.’ No note will be played during rest steps in
the pattern sequence. Set a step to be a rest step by pressing [TIME] + [REST] (the [REST] key is the
same as the [ACCENT] key). None of the keyboard note keys will be illuminated when a tie step is
displayed. Only the Rest key will be illuminated.
Tip! A Note HELD or Note OFF step can quickly be converted to a Note ON step by pressing a note key
on the keyboard section.
Console view of symbols for note on, note held (tie) and rest (note off).
Move through the pattern sequence by pressing [WRITE/NEXT] to advance one step. Press [BACK] to go
to the previous step. Should a mistake be made at any point, simply use [WRITE/NEXT] or [BACK] to
navigate and correct steps. The end of the pattern is identifiable by blinking DUAS LEDs (the “end of
pattern marker”). To return to the beginning of the pattern press [PITCH MODE]. Press [FUNCTION] to
complete your edits and exit step editing mode.
DUAS end of pattern marker (blinking LEDs)
Lesson 8 Clearing a Pattern and Creating a New One
You can use the step editing functions from Lesson 7 to create new patterns from scratch.
1. To begin, set the Mode Selector Switch to Pattern Write. Navigate to the group and section that
contain the pattern that you wish to overwrite.
2. Clear the pattern by pressing [PATTERN CLEAR] + [#], where “#” is the number of the pattern you
wish to clear. You may also clear multiple patterns by selecting a range. For example, to clear
patterns {1-4} you would press [PATTERN CLEAR] + [1] + [4].
3. Be sure the sequencer is stopped and press [PITCH MODE] to begin editing the pattern. You will
immediately see blinking DUAS LEDs which indicate that the end of the pattern has been reached.
That’s because the pattern currently has zero steps!
4. Add a step to the pattern sequence by pressing any note key on the keyboard. You’ll see that the
DUAS LEDs have stopped blinking, indicating that the current step in the sequence is now a valid
5. Assign DUAS modifiers as desired (see Lesson 6) and press [WRITE/NEXT] to move on to the
next step. You’ll again encounter the end-of-pattern indicator.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to create more steps. The pattern’s length is simply defined by how many
steps you enter using this process. A pattern may contain up to 64 steps.
You may go back and forward within a pattern and edit any step at any time. Press [FUNCTION] to finish
creating your pattern. You can now audition your new pattern by pressing [RUN/STOP].
If you wish to go back and make changes to the pattern, follow the instructions in Lesson 7. See Lesson 13
for information about advanced pattern editing features.
Lesson 9 Creating and Playing Tracks
You can build a track from your patterns. A track is simply an organized sequence of your patterns. The
Bass Bot can store up to seven tracks, each of which may be up to 255 bars in length, where a ’bar‘ refers
to one complete repetition of a particular pattern.
Let’s build a simple four-bar track in track slot 3.
A track in slot 3 will be composed of patterns only from User Pattern Memory group 3. Creating and editing
a track is much like creating and editing patterns, so be sure to cover and before building a track.
1. Set the Track/Preset switch to Track 3 and set the Mode selector switch to Track Write Mode.
2. The console LEDs will show whether section (A) or (B), selected, and the keyboard area will show
which patterns in the section are currently populated.
3. Choose a pattern to start the song. You can audition your patterns by pressing [RUN/STOP]. This
will simply loop the selected pattern to help you choose the right one. You are not committing any
edits to the track when you play them.
4. Make your selection by choosing the section and pattern number of the pattern you wish to use.
5. If you’d like, you can instruct the track to transpose this repetition of the pattern. Press and hold
the Pitch Mode key then select a note on the keyboard. The neutral version of the pattern is
considered to be at the low C key, so selecting any note on the keyboard other than the low C key
will transpose the pattern up by the number of half steps that note is from low C. For example,
choosing [PITCH MODE] + [D] would transpose the pattern up by two half steps during the first
bar of the track.
Tip! Transposing a pattern in track mode does not alter the pattern that is stored in memory, but the
transpose setting is saved into memory with the track.
6. Move to the next bar in the track by pressing [WRITE/NEXT]. You should see the DUAS LEDs
blink, indicating that you have reached the end of the track. This is normal since we’ve added only
one bar to the track so far. Just press the key for any pattern 1- 8 to add a second bar to the track.
7. Choose a pattern for the second bar in the track by repeating steps 3 through 6. Then do this two
more times.
Now you have a simple track with 4 bars. Play back the track:
1. Set the Mode selector switch to Track Play mode.
2. Make sure the track starts at the first bar by pressing [PATTERN CLEAR]. This simply instructs
the track sequencer to go back to the first bar.
3. Play the track by pressing [RUN/STOP]. The four-bar track will repeat until you press [RUN/STOP]
Notes about Track Write Mode
Navigating through the bars of a track is very much the same as with Pattern Write mode (see Lesson 7).
[WRITE/NEXT] advances by one bar in the track. [BACK] goes back one bar. [PATTERN CLEAR] takes
you back to the first bar of the track.
You can insert and delete bars in a track. Press [FUNCTION] + [INS] to insert a bar immediately before
the bar that’s currently displayed. Press [FUNCTION]+ [DEL] to delete the current bar from the track.
Tip! The current track playing can be changed to a new track without stopping the sequencer in Track
Play mode. The newly selected track will only begin to play after completion of the last track selected, for
continuous live performance.
Clear a Track
To clear a track while in Track Write mode, first select the track to be cleared using the Track/Preset
switch. Press [A] + [B] + [PATTERN CLEAR] and hold all three keys for five seconds. The track will have a
length of zero upon being cleared. Completion of the operation is confirmed by the four DUAS LEDs
Lesson 10 Live Performance During Playback
Blinking LED when Pitch Mode is activated
Entering Pitch Mode while a pattern is playing allows for live performance control using the keyboard and
DUAS section. This lesson applies to operation in Preset, Pattern Write, and Pattern Play modes. Start
playing a pattern then press [PITCH MODE].
Selecting any keyboard key will temporarily transpose the entire pattern until the key selection is changed.
With this function, the low C key represents the neutral setting, meaning the notes played will be exactly
those contained in the pattern. Pressing a key other than the low C key will transpose each step in the
pattern by the number of half-steps that separate the chosen key from low C. For example, pressing [G]
will transpose the entire pattern up by seven half-steps.
The DUAS keys are available for ‘live tricks’ while playing patterns. The effects of the DUAS keys are
momentary in this mode. Their effects are described in Lesson 6.
The Live Performance features from Lesson 10 also apply in Track Play mode.
Lesson 11 The Bass Bot Arpeggiator
The Bass Bot’s arpeggiator is unlike any other synthesizer arpeggiator on the planet. Arpeggiator mode
maintains the Bass Bot’s focus on patterns. Your patterns are the foundation of the Bass Bot’s arpeggiator.
It’s a powerful tool for making expressive variations of your patterns, particularly during a live performance.
There are three factors that determine the output of the arpeggiator:
1. One (or more) of the patterns in User Pattern memory will serve as the basis of the arpeggiator.
The arpeggiator will use this pattern to determine the rhythm, length and timing of the loop, which
steps are active and which are rests, and the Up, Down, Accent, and Slide characteristics of each
step in the pattern.
2. Use the Bass Bot’s keyboard to select which pitches are active. Much like a standard arpeggiator,
the Bass Bot will cycle through the active pitches over and over. Unlike a standard arpeggiator,
keys do not need to be held in order for them to be active. Instead, pitches can be toggled on and
off at any time.
3. The arpeggiator has four note order settings: Up (lowest to highest), Down (highest to lowest),
Up/Down (lowest to highest, then back to lowest), and Random. The note order is toggled using
the [WRITE/NEXT] key.
The best way to get acquainted with Arpeggiator mode is to try it.
1. Set the Mode switch to Arpeggiator mode (“ARPEG”).
2. Select a pattern using the usual techniques. Note that you are selecting patterns from User
Pattern memory. Preset memory is not available in arpeggiator mode.
3. Now you must select at least one note to be active. Press [PITCH MODE]. You’ll see that none of
the panel’s key LEDs are on, indicating that all notes are currently inactive. Choose a note from
the keyboard and press its button. Its LED should now be on.
4. Press [RUN/STOP]. You should now hear the selected pattern playing. Because only one note is
active, you’ll notice that it’s playing only a single pitch instead of the pattern’s normal set of pitches.
Toggle other notes and you’ll hear the arpeggiator cycle through the selected notes while keeping
the underlying rhythm of the selected pattern.
5. Change the note order of the arpeggiator. Press [WRITE/NEXT] to cycle through the four note
orders. The Up and Down LEDs will illuminate to show the note order while pressing the
Write/Next button. See the table below:
6. While the arpeggiator is running, press [PITCH MODE] to toggle between the pattern selection
function and the active note selection function. The arpeggiator display reverts to the pattern
selection function when the arpeggiator is stopped. It enters the active note selection function
when the arpeggiator begins running.
Note Order
“Down” LED
“Up” LED
Up (Ascending)
Down (Descending)
Table of activation keys for the four note orders styles in the Bass Bot Arpeggiator..
You can also control the arpeggiator from an external MIDI controller.
Copy Arpeggiator Pattern New in OS 2.0!
Perform these steps to save your Arpeggiator output as a new pattern:
1. While in Arpeggiator Mode's pattern selection menu, press [FUNCTION] + [CPY] to save the
arpeggiated version of your pattern that is currently playing to the clipboard.
2. Select the destination pattern group, section, and number for your new pattern. This can be done
while in Arpeggiator Mode or you can switch to Pattern Write Mode.
3. Press [FUNCTION] + [PST] to paste the new pattern from the clipboard into pattern memory.
Pattern colors can be changed while in Arpeggiator Mode using [FUNCTION] + [LED].
Lesson 12 MIDI Functions
External Control of the Bass Bot
The Bass Bot can be controlled by an external MIDI controller or sequencer. Simply connect the MIDI OUT
from another device to the Sync/MIDI jack on the back of the Bass Bot. Switch the Mode selector switch to
the MIDI setting.
The Bass Bot responds to MIDI Note On commands, assuming the note’s pitch is within the Bass
Bot’s range. See the InstaDJ 2.0 MIDI Implementation Chart at the end of this document..
MIDI notes with a velocity value above 112 are considered to be accented notes.
MIDI notes that overlap (a second note begins before the first note ends) are considered to be tied
together, and the result will be similar to a note that has the slide modifier applied.
MIDI notes can also be used activate patterns. See Lesson 16 for details.
In MIDI mode, you can also ‘play’ the Bass Bot using the keyboard and DUAS keys.
Synchronization to an External MIDI Clock
The Bass Bot will automatically sync its sequencer to a MIDI clock received from an external MIDI source,
such as the Drum Drone TT-606 or a computer. The Bass Bot will be under the control of the external
device when it detects an incoming MIDI clock. It will respond to external start commands, stop commands,
continue messages, and clock information.
Set the MIDI Channels
If the Bass Bot is not responding to external MIDI information as expected, you may need to adjust the
Bass Bot’s MIDI channel settings. Adjust these settings while in MIDI mode. Only channels 1- 10 are
The default channel for both MIDI IN and MIDI out is channel 1. Therefore the Bass Bot will operate with
many MIDI devices without requiring its MIDI channel settings to be manually changed.
MIDI channels are represented by the numeric keys [1] to [0] and their LEDs on the front panel. [1]
represents MIDI channel 1. [0] represents MIDI channel 10.
To set the MIDI IN channel, press [FUNCTION] + [DOWN]. The currently selected MIDI channel will have a
brightly lit LED while the others will be dim. Select the MIDI channel by pressing one of the keys from
[1] to [0], or press [FUNCTION] to exit the channel selection menu.
Set the MIDI OUT channel the same way, except initiate using [FUNCTION] + [UP].
Tip! If you need the Bass Bot to ignore all received MIDI note data, or to prevent it from sending MIDI
note data, you can choose ‘no MIDI channel’ by pressing [PATTERN CLEAR] when setting the MIDI IN or
OUT channel, instead of selecting a channel. All the channel LEDs will be dim when the MIDI channel is
cleared to show that no MIDI channel is selected. MIDI clock and sync data is not affected by this as the
Bass Bot always responds to or sends this data.
Control External Devices
The Bass Bot can output MIDI information to other equipment. The special MIDI Splitter Cable must be
used to gain access to the Bass Bot’s MIDI output capabilities.
Tip! Using the InstaDJ OS sequencer. Driving external instruments can breathe new life into other
instruments when ‘stacked’ in sound during mix-down as never before possible with other sequencers!
Bass Bot MIDI Splitter Cable
When the Bass Bot’s internal sequencer is in Run mode and playing notes, the same note information is
sent via the splitter cable’s MIDI OUT jack using the system’s MIDI OUT channel. Additionally, the Bass
Bot transmits Start, Stop, and Clock messages when the sequencer is running so that you can keep
external gear in sync.
Pattern Cloning Between Two Bass Bots
If you have multiple Bass Bots and would like to copy patterns from one to the other. You can quickly do so
by connecting the MIDI splitter cable with Out1 to In2 and In1 to Out 2. Basic copy and paste functions as
used in pattern manipulation now apply between the machines.
To clone patterns select one or more pattern(s) {1-8} on the source Bass Bot and perform a Copy Function
(CPY). Then select one or more patterns on the destination Bass Bot and perform a Paste Function (PST).
Patterns will be cloned into the destination Bass Bot as selected.
Performing MIDI Firmware Updates
The Bass Bot Firmware can be easily updated by MIDI as system updates are made available from the
Cyclone Analogic website. Use the Cyclone Studio application for PC or MAC to install this firmware using
the TT-303 Bass Bot’s MIDI Interface. The application will guide you through the firmware update
You can determine your current OS by noting the initial LED color when powering on the Bass Bot. As of
this writing the most recent version is InstaDJ 2.0 which displays white LEDs fading in on power on
followed by a spectrum display test.
InstaDJ 1.0 (original release 2012) Displays a single spectrum display only to the right only.
InstaDJ 1.1 (original release Jan. 2013) Displays a spectral wipe to the right and returns left.
InstaDJ 1.2 (update release Sept. 2013) Displays red LED fade in followed by spectrum wipe right, left.
InstaDJ 2.0 (update release Jan. 2015) Displays white LED fade in followed by spectrum wipe right, left.
Preparations for the update.
Confirm if your unit requires an update according to the above revision history.
Use the provided AC adapter only and not battery power.
3. You may use the provided splitter cable or a standard MIDI cable to perform the update. Please
note that when using a standard MIDI cable and not the splitter cable. The Cyclone Studio app will not
‘find’ the Bass Bot. However, the one-way (MIDI OUT) connection be a useful means of trouble-shooting.
Download and install the Cyclone Studio app for PC or MAC and the update to apply.
Performing the update.
1. Open the Cyclone Studio app and confirm the computer is detected with the MIDI device
displayed at the top of the application for MIDI IN and OUT. Your MIDI device is then detected.
Click Firmware Update and locate the downloaded updated which has the extension .tt303fw.
3. Power ON the Bass Bot while holding the [TAP / NEXT] key in which the [TIME] LED will
illuminate solid blue indicating to proceed. Whilst still holding the [TAP / NEXT] key click ‘Continue’ to
begin the update. The [DOWN] key LED on the Bass Bot will then begin flashing as the update is
downloading and you may release then the [TAP / NEXT] key. The application will show when finished.
If update doesn’t appear to have applied and your system boots to only the [TIME] LED illuminated blue.
Review the preparations for update as above and retry the update again. Should the problem persist try
re-seating the MIDI cable from your MIDI controller or try another controller, MIDI cable or computer.
Lesson 13 Advanced Pattern Editing
This section describes additional pattern editing functions that weren’t covered in earlier lessons. Be sure
to read Lesson 7-8 before trying these features. The following are available in Pattern Write Mode.
Unlike the live performance capabilities from , these functions actually modify the patterns.
Transpose (Normal Mode / Pitch Mode) operation
Press [FUNCTION] + [DOWN] or [FUNCTION] + [UP] while the pattern is not playing to transpose all notes
down or up by half a step. While playing the effect functions momentarily until released. This is good for
shifting octaves lives on the beat during live performances. It is important to understand the difference of
the transpose function when the sequencer in in Normal Mode and playing in Pitch Mode.
Shift Left/Right (Normal Mode) operation
Press [FUNCTION] + [WRITE/NEXT] to shift the entire pattern to the right (in time).
Press [FUNCTION] + [BACK] to shift the entire pattern to the left (in time).
The pattern shift commands would modify a simple 8-step pattern (“Original Pattern”) as shown below:
Tip! Shifting a pattern can dramatically change its character. The effect is much clearer when the Bass
Bot is synchronized to an external rhythm device like a Drum Drone TT-606 for timing reference.
Insert and Delete Steps
Insert a new pattern step immediately before the currently selected step by pressing [TIME] + [INS D#].
The inserted step will be a rest step. The pattern length will increase by one and none of the existing steps
will be deleted. Delete the current step in the pattern by pressing [TIME] + [DEL C#]. The [INS D#] & [DEL
C#] keys are labeled at the bottom in the selector section between 1 and 2.
Pattern Time Mode: Alternative Step Length Entry
An alternative method to reviewing and changing a steps time is in normal mode. However, it is important
to note that in this mode the sound is not played nor is the position indicated as it is in pitch mode.
To change the time for notes in a pattern in normal mode press [Time]. Then press [Next] to position to the
first note’s length. You can then move forward or backward through the pattern using [Next] or [Back] keys.
Press [FUNCTION] to return back to normal mode.
Mutation of a pattern is an excellent tool you can use to produce exciting new variations for more complex
patterns and tracks that are less repetitive. Or you can make completely new patterns by repeating the
mutate command until a desirable pattern evolves. To fully exploit this feature, consider that slight
modification to the pattern (in pitch mode) can completely change the ‘genetic structure’.
Assign Colors to Patterns
The InstaDJ OS assigns pattern colors to your new preset patterns automatically, but you can change the
color that’s associated with any pattern stored in User Pattern Memory. Select one or more of your
patterns then press [FUNCTION] + [LED]. You will see the keyboard LEDs light up in thirteen different
colors. Press the button for the color you’d like to assign to the pattern (or press [PATTERN CLEAR] to
remove a color assignment, causing the pattern’s color to use the system color as discussed in Lesson 14.
Press [FUNCTION] + [LED] to assign a new color to a pattern
Change the Pattern’s Timing
You can change a pattern’s time scale from the default 16th note timing to triplet timing. While the
sequencer is not playing, toggle the pattern’s time scale by pressing [FUNCTION] + [TRIPLET] (the Triplet
key is the same as the [0] key, as shown below). Press this again to return to 16th note timing . You can
check a pattern’s time scale by selecting the pattern and pressing [FUNCTION]. Triplet patterns will light
up the Triplet LED while [FUNCTION] is pressed.
Triplet Key
Undo a Pattern Edit
You may undo any single change that modified your pattern while in Pattern Write mode. Perform an undo
by pressing [BACK] + [TIME].
The undo command does not work while in Pitch Mode or Time Mode.
The following edit actions can be undone:
Pasting a pattern
Generating a new Bot-generated pattern
Clearing a pattern
Committing Pitch Mode step edits by exiting Pitch Mode
Committing Time Mode step edits by exiting Time Mode
Changing a pattern’s color
Mutating a pattern
Rotating a pattern left or right in time
Transposing a pattern up or down
Lesson 14 Pattern Unroll Function New in OS 2.0!
The new Pattern Unroll function allows you to convert a short pattern into a longer pattern of a standard
length to make it easier to work with. For example, you can take your 4- step pattern and quickly unroll it
into a 16- step pattern so that it's easier to manage pattern changes during a performance. Or you can
unroll a 6-step pattern to a 16-step pattern to give it a new groove.
Follow these steps to try the Pattern Unroll function:
1. Set the Mode Switch to Pattern Write mode.
2. Select a pattern slot in memory where you can create a new pattern. Clear the memory slot using
[CLEAR] + [#], where "#" is the pattern number you will clear.
3. Program three steps into the new pattern using the usual Pitch Mode editing system.
4. After setting the pitch and properties of the third step, press [WRITE/NEXT] and you will see the
DUAS indicators blink as usual to show that you are at the end of the pattern.
5. Press and hold [WRITE/NEXT] until you see a swipe animation on the DUAS indicators. This
animation indicates that the Pattern Unroll function was performed.
6. You will again see the end- of- pattern indicator LEDs since the pattern editor has automatically
advanced to the end of the extended pattern.
7. Press [FUNCTION] to exit the editor and listen to your new 16- step pattern.
The diagram above illustrates how the Pattern Unroll function will work when applied to a 3- step pattern.
A pattern that is less than 16 steps in length will be unrolled into a 16- step pattern. A pattern that is
between 16 and 31 steps in length will be unrolled into a 32- step pattern. A pattern that is greater than 31
steps in length will be unrolled into a 64- step pattern.
You can unroll a pattern multiple times in a row to change to 16 steps, 32 steps, then 64 steps.
Lesson 15 Tap Input Mode New in OS 2.0!
The rhythm of a pattern can be edited using Tap Input Mode. The existing note data from the pattern is
maintained, along with each step's DUAS properties, but the pattern's rhythm can be reprogrammed by
pressing [TAP] at the desired rhythm. Follow these instructions to try Tap Input Mode:
1. Set the MODE knob to Pattern Write Mode and select a pattern you want to modify.
2. Press [RUN/STOP] to begin playing the pattern.
3. While the pattern is playing, press [PATTERN CLEAR]. This initiates Tap Input Mode. You will
hear a click track indicating the current tempo with the first beat accentuated. The click track will
repeat until you begin entering notes or press [PATTERN CLEAR] again to exit Tap Input Mode.
4. While the click track plays, press [TAP] one or more times at the new rhythm you want to set for
the notes of your pattern. You will hear the next note of your original pattern each time you press
[TAP]. Rest steps and tie steps in your original pattern are ignored.
5. After one 16- step bar is complete, the sequencer automatically exits Tap Input Mode and begins
playing the pattern normally in Pattern Write mode.
6. You may repeat this Tap Input Mode procedure several times (starting again at Step 3 above).
Your Bass Bot will remember all the steps of the original pattern, even if you've edited the pattern
using Tap Input Mode to have fewer steps than the original version. The unused steps will be
saved until you select a different pattern for editing, at which time your edited pattern will be
committed to memory.
Patterns that are modified using Tap Input Mode are restricted to a length of 16 steps, though the pattern
length can be changed as usual after exiting Tap Input Mode.
The diagram below illustrates how Tap Input Mode works. The characteristics of the starting pattern are
shown first. Then in Tap Input Mode, we press [TAP] at approximately steps #1, #3, #7, #10, and #13. The
pattern that results from this is shown as the new pattern.
Note the following in the example above:
Step #3 in the new pattern will be “slid” into because the previously tapped step (step #1 in the
new pattern) was a slide step, even though a rest was inserted in step #2. This slide behavior can
be used to make interesting new rhythms.
Step #5 of the starting pattern is not used because it is a rest step.
The taps on steps #3 and #13 were long taps, which result in tie notes within the new pattern.
You can tap more steps than your starting pattern contained. For example, if your starting pattern contains
only three note steps, you can still tap out more than three notes into the new pattern. The editor will loop
back to the first note in your pattern when it runs out of notes to add to the new pattern.
Lesson 16 MIDI MODE Enhancements New in OS 2.0!
The Bass Bot receives two MIDI Mode enhancements that are especially useful for integrating your Bass
Bot with your digital audio workstation (DAW) workflow.
Pattern Playback via MIDI
You can now trigger the playback of complete patterns while in MIDI mode. Use MIDI notes #12 through
#43 (that's C- 1 through G1 or C0 through G2, depending on your DAW) to play patterns from the Pattern
Group that is currently selected by the Track/Preset switch. Valid MIDI note numbers and their
corresponding patterns are listed in the table below.
Note #
Note #
The pattern will begin playing upon receiving the Note On message and will stop playing when the Note
Off message is received. For example, to play pattern B- 7 for a single bar you would program a single
MIDI note event for note #26 that is one bar in length. While a pattern is playing, your Bass Bot will use its
LED indicators to show you its Pattern Section and Pattern Number.
The DAW piano roll example image below, shows what a sequence of four patterns would look like when
programmed using this method.
The pattern will be played at the tempo that your Bass Bot receives at its MIDI IN port, so be sure your
DAW or other MIDI clock source is sending MIDI sync clock to your Bass Bot in order to keep it
synchronized. Patterns triggered by these MIDI notes will not play properly if the Bass Bot is not receiving
a MIDI sync clock (in this case only the first note of each pattern will be played).
Tip! Experiment with sending additional MIDI notes layered on top of a long note used to trigger the
playback of a pattern. You can trigger additional notes or even other patterns that will temporarily override
the pattern that was first triggered.
MIDI Live Performance Mode
You can now add live performance elements to notes and patterns that are triggered by MIDI note
messages that your Bass Bot receives from a DAW or other MIDI controller. With the Mode Switch set to
MIDI Mode, press [PITCH MODE] to enter Live Performance Mode. The Pitch Mode indicator will
illuminate, enabling the use of the DUAS modifiers and the keyboard keys for transposing received MIDI
note and pattern messages. Press [PITCH MODE] again to exit Live Performance mode.
Lesson 17 System Procedures and Operating Guidelines
This lesson covers system functions and general notes on the Bass Bot’s operation and maintenance.
In this lesson, button combinations are written as [FUNCTION] + [NOTE], where “NOTE” is a key on the
musical keyboard portion of the front panel.
System Colors ([FUNCTION] + [F#])
You can customize the system color of your Bass Bot’s LEDs. While in MIDI mode, press [FUNCTION] +
[LED]. You will see the keyboard key LEDs light up in different colors. Simply press the key for the color
you want to use for the system LED color. The factory default system color is red.
Automatic Tuning ([FUNCTION] + [C#])
The Bass Bot can self-calibrate its tuning. Set the Mode switch to MIDI mode. Set the Tuning control knob
to the center position. Turn off and back on again the power before tuning. Then press [FUNCTION] + [C#].
The Function and C# LEDs will light up for a few seconds. When these LEDs turn off, your Bass Bot will be
in tune with accuracy of ± 5 cents. Take a few seconds to check the tuning’s accuracy using a tuner or by
ear by pressing the keys on the keyboard after completion. If the desired accuracy is not achieved with the
first tuning, very slightly adjust the Tuning knob then run the automatic tuning function a second or third
time. They keyboard's low C is a C2 note and it should be 65.4Hz when accurately tuned. If it remains
improperly tuned. Turn the power off and back on and try a few more times to induce recalibration.
Gate Time Setting
New in OS 2.0!
You may set the gate time for the sequencer's note playback. To do this, press and hold
[FUNCTION] + [TIME] while in Pattern Write, Pattern Play, or Arpeggiator Mode. You will see LED
indicators over several keyboard keys. These represent the options for Gate Time, where the F# key
represents the traditional 50% gate time. Keys to the left of F# represent shorter gate times while keys to
the right represent longer gate times. You may listen to the different gate times to decide which option
you'd like to use. Press [FUNCTION] to accept your new selection or press [PATTERN CLEAR] to exit the
selection screen without saving any changes to the Gate Time.
Changing the gate time can help give your Bass Bot the sound that's right for the music you want to make.
The Gate Time is a system setting that will apply to all patterns during pattern playback.
Clear an Entire User Pattern Group
You may clear all patterns from a single user Track Pattern group with a single command. This operation
will clear all patterns in sections (A), (AA), (B), and (BB) within the group 1-7 that is currently selected.
To perform this operation:
1. Select the Track Pattern group you want to clear using the Track/Preset switch.
2. Set the Mode switch to Pattern Write Mode. Be sure Pitch Mode is not enabled (the Pitch Mode
LED must be off).
3. Press [A] + [B] + [PATTERN CLEAR] and hold all three keys for five seconds.
4. When the operation is complete, the pattern {#} LEDs on the display will go blank to indicate that
all patterns have been cleared.
Pachinko Global Preset Reset
This function will generate new patterns for ALL of Preset Pattern Memory. This includes all seven preset
groups and all the patterns within them (224 preset patterns total). Think of it as a slot machine throw bar.
1. Power off the Bass Bot.
2. Power back on again while pressing [PATTERN CLEAR]. A full ‘spectrum’ of color will display
across the Bass Bot in a frozen state.
3. Now press [PATTERN CLEAR] again and hold it until the PITCH MODE LED turns off
(approximately five seconds).
4. Release the button and your Bass Bot will reboot with an entirely new set of Preset Patterns but
will not affect your patterns in User Pattern Memory.
When you’ve auditioned all the presets to your satisfaction you can quickly reset all presets instead of
manually re-generating new presets one at a time. This is a great way to get fresh presets quickly that you
can use immediately.
Tip! See how the Bass Bot creates patterns you like. Find a preset pattern you like and copy it to Pattern
Write Mode. Enter Pitch Mode to inspect the pattern as a teaching tool for making your own riffs!
Lesson 18 Software Maintenance Pattern Backup (MIDI Mode)
Pattern and Track Backup to Computer or Mobile Devices
It’s recommended to periodically make a computer backup of your Bass Bot’s memory. User Patterns,
(not presets), user Tracks and user system preferences such as: console color setting, MIDI in/out channel
selections. Download the Cyclone Studio utility from the cyclone-analogic website for your computer or
mobile device. It takes just seconds to backup work that may have taken hours for your to compose!
1. Download the Bass Bot Studio application for your platform from the Cyclone- Analogic website.
2. Connect your Bass Bot’s MIDI IN and MIDI OUT jacks, using the MIDI Splitter Cable, to the MIDI
IN and OUT ports on your computer or mobile device’s MIDI interface.
3. Run the Cyclone Studio application and select ‘Backup’. Press the [WRITE/NEXT] key on the
Bass Bot to begin the backup operation until completion. Wait until the progress of the backup
confirms 100% completion.
4. Choose a filename for the backup file. Backup data is transferred via MIDI SysEx and the file
contains all pattern and track memory of your Bass Bot with it’s personal user preferences.
5. To restore a backup from your computer or mobile device. Select ‘Restore’ and pick the filename
of a previous backup file. Press and HOLD the [WRITE/NEXT] key on the Bass Bot during the
operation until completion. Wait until the progress of the restore confirms 100%.
Hardware Maintenance
Preventative measures to avoid non-warrantied damage
When purchased, record the serial number and affix receipt to inside back cover for indisputable record of
ownership in case of theft or damage which is possible due to portability of the device.
Your serial number will be required for support by your distributor or Cyclone Analogic online.
Use a soft slightly water-dampened cloth with no chemicals such as window cleaner, alcohol or paint
thinners. They may stain or remove casing paint. If liquids are spilled into the system immediately
disconnect power to prevent short circuitry and allow to air dry.
It is recommended to use batteries only when necessary in travel or when the adapter is not convenient to
use. When batteries are not being used please be sure to remove them and do not store your Bass Bot
with batteries installed to prevent damage caused by leakage from aged batteries.
AC Adapter
Only use the supplied power adapter. Using another adapter will often result in a loud buzzing sound if
incorrect polarity is used. However, incorrect and excessive voltages from the use of incorrect adapters
(over 12 volts) may result in ‘throwing’ internal safety fuses. This is evidenced by no power indications,
including when powered by batteries.
If this should occur, your unit is not ‘dead’ but in protection mode. The Bass Bot may recover and work
normally once you’ve corrected any problems with the power adapter, batteries, or external equipment that
is connected to the Bass Bot. However, some causes of such a failure will require servicing, requiring an
authorized technician’s full inspection and potentially repair to fix the problem.
Power: No Power when switched on.
A red LED should be visible from viewing the DC in jack at the back to confirm power.
If using battery power confirm that batteries are inserted correctly or that they are not expired.
Confirm the supplied power adapter is being used. The power adapter supplied is specifically made for
your Bot. You may require a different type of adapter ‘head’ for your local area.
Unit is buzzing loudly.
Unplug the power adapter and use the originally supplied 9VDC 200mA adapter with red LED on.
Place the Bass Bot in a different area away from lamps or other high wattage devices.
Sound: No sound
If using headphones, make sure they are connected to the headphone jack and not the output jack.
Check that the waveform switch position is not stuck in the middle position with nothing selected.
The sound is mono
Use the headphone jack for amplified stereo sound. The regular output jack provides a mono output.
Tuning: Sound not in tune
Perform Automatic Tuning (see Lesson 14). Center the Tune knob to absolute center. Turn off and
back on again the power before tuning. Switch to MIDI mode then press [FUNCTION] + [C#] and
wait until the indicator LEDs turn off. Initial tuning and tuning after extended periods of no use. May
require performing the tuning procedure multiple times for best accuracy within +/- 5 cents.
Changing from headphone use to an amplifier can result in perceived mistuning from use so close to
the ears and may require automatic tuning after switching to amplifier use.
Temperature changes due to shipment or location changes of significant temperature and humidity
differences may require automatic tuning.
Cannot perform auto-tuning procedure via MIDI request.
The Bass-Bot will not respond to MIDI commands to auto-tune and should be tuned by the user.
Pattern Editing: Cannot edit pattern or use [functions].
Check that the Mode selector switch is set to Pattern Write.
Check that the function to use is a Normal Mode or Pitch Mode function.
MIDI: MIDI IN not working
If using the DIN-8 MIDI Splitter Cable (not required standard DIN-5 can be used for MIDI IN only),
check that your external device is connected to the MIDI Splitter Cable jack with the arrow pointing
inward, and that this cable is connected to your equipment’s MIDI OUT jack.
Check correct channel number is selected for MIDI OUT (refer to Lesson 12) the Bass Bot only
supports channel (1-10 only). Channels 11-16 are not available.
MIDI OUT not working
Be sure that you are using the DIN- 8 MIDI splitter cable. It is required for MIDI OUT functions.
Check that your external device is connected to the MIDI splitter cable jack with the arrow pointing
outward, and that this cable is connected to your equipment’s MIDI IN jack.
Check correct channel number is selected for MIDI OUT (1-10 only) Channels 11-16 are not available.
MIDI: Cannot perform MIDI update from previous OS version.
Confirm that your device is not already up to date. OS 2.0 will display white LED fade in first on boot.
Try another cable or MIDI/USB device.
Check the cables’ seating and use a standard 5 pin MIDI cable OUT from your computer during
updating to eliminate the possibility of a problem splitter cable which is not necessary for an update.
Command Shortcuts Summary
Set pattern color:
Transpose up / down:
Shift left / right (in time):
[PATTERN CLEAR] + [{#}] (the pattern number)
Toggle timing (16 , triplet): [FUNCTION] + [TRIPLET]
Clear an entire group
[A] + [B] + [Clear], hold all three keys for five seconds
Tap Mode / Metronome
Pattern Unroll
[WRITE/NEXT], hold for two seconds at end of pattern
While in Pitch Mode (step editing):
Go to next step:
Go back a step:
Insert step:
[TIME] + [INS D#]
Delete step:
[TIME] + [DEL C#]
Go to step #1:
Insert bar:
Delete bar:
[PITCH MODE] then [NOTE] (any note key)
Clear a Track:
[A] + [B] + [PATTERN CLEAR], hold all three keys for five seconds
Automatic tuning:
Set system console color:
Set MIDI IN channel:
Set MIDI OUT channel:
Cycle note order:
Set pattern color:
InstaDJ 2.0 MIDI Implementation Chart
Basic Channel
Set in MIDI Mode,
[FUNC] + [UP]/[DOWN]
Omni Off, Mono
True Voice
48-96 (Sequencer)
Note On
V = 64 (Normal),
V = 0 (Off),
127 (Accent)
Receive notes in MIDI
Mode only
1-111 (Normal),
112-127 (Accent)
Note Off
Portamento (Slide)
Program Change
System Exclusive
Song Pos
Song Sel
Tune Req
System Common
Aux Messages
Pitch Bend
Pattern backup, Firmware
Protect your investment!
Please take a quick moment to locate your serial number located inside the bottom cover battery
compartment and record here with your receipt affixed to this page.
Cycle Analogic ® Bass Bot™
Serial Number:
Warranty and Maintenance
Our Bots are made by robots using surface mount technology. No user or human serviceable parts inside.
Never open your Bass Bot. Doing so will automatically void your warranty and risk damage to the device.
Your Bass Bot comes with a one (1) year warranty free from manufacturer defects.
Quick Demo Guide
Control the tone and color of the sound using the five control knobs as shown.
Set to hear unique PRESET patterns in any PRESET group 1- 7 as shown.
Select a pattern number from {1-8} and press [RUN/STOP] to audition pattern loops.
InstaDJ ™ , Bass Bot™, Drum Drone™ are registered trademarks of Cyclone Analogic Ltd., Hong Kong S.A.R.
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