Pyramid Sequencer User Guide

Pyramid Sequencer User Guide
Pyramid Sequencer
User Guide
Squarp Instruments
Manual based on PyraOS version V0.87
Transcribed from Squarp Instrument’s original HTML to LATEX by Juan Pumarino.
Edited and revised by Ryan Gallagher (ryanpg).
This document was generated on August 26, 2016.
Contents
1 Quickstart
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Pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Play with the keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Record your performance . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Countdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Hard record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Live looper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Change smartpad type . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chord smartpads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Scale smartpads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Repeat smartpads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Relatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Copy/Paste/Delete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pyramid Workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Wire Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Sequencer workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Tracks vs Sequences . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Quick tour of the four Pyramid modes . . .
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Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Selecting the current track . . . . . . . . .
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Capturing a performance . . . . . . . . . .
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Using the step sequencer . . . . . . . . . .
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Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Muting and unmuting tracks . . . . . . . .
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Pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Selecting the current sequence . . . . . . .
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Change Stepmode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Creating and editing sequences . . . . . .
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Note Stepmode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Performing sequences . . . . . . . . . . .
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Add notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Tempo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Note learn with a keyboard . . . . . . . . .
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Undo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Note parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Saving and loading a project . . . . . . . .
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Note velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Effect manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Note width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Assign a control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Note offset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Display features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Piano roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Quick track settings . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Poly / mono editing . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Play/Pause/Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Track transpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Metronome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8
Step transpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Settings menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chord Stepmode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Inputs/Outputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Add chords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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MIDI connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Velocity / note width / offset . . . . . . . . .
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USB connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Piano roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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CV/Gate connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Track transpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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DIN Sync connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Step transpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pedal foot-switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Euclid Stepmode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Connectivity examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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CC messages Stepmode . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pyramid on stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Create step automation . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pyramid sequencing virtual instruments . .
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Draw automation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pyramid on the studio table . . . . . . . . .
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“Transpose” automation . . . . . . . . . .
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Create step-lock style automation . . . . .
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Effects Stepmode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2 Live Mode
Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3 Step Mode
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Create step automation . . . . . . . . . . .
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FREE, RELATCH & TRIG mixed . . . . . .
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Draw an automation . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Copy/Paste/Delete a sequence . . . . . . . . . .
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“Transpose” automation . . . . . . . . . .
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Create step-lock style automation . . . . .
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Track player: pages, zoom and length . . . . . .
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Rotate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Copy/Paste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Delete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Encoder step edit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Player tracking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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6 Effect Manager
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Effect manager principles . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Adding effects to a track . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Other tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Effect list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Quantizer / humanizer . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Arpeggiator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Harmonizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Swing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Randomizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Equalizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Mute/unmute tracks on the fly . . . . . . . . . . .
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Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Mute/unmute in sync . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Note to CC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Mute/unmute tracks to create sequences . . . .
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BPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Save mute states OFF . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Solo a track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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MIDI Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Copy/Paste/Delete a track . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Time signature and polyrhythm . . . . . . . . . .
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Track length fraction and polymetry . . . . . . .
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Irrational rhythms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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DISP track view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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About polyrhythms (advanced users) . . . . . .
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4 Track Mode
5 Seq Mode
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Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Create and edit sequences . . . . . . . . . . . .
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“PERFORM” project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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PERFORM delay selection . . . . . . . . .
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“PLAY” project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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“LOOP” project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Note about track lengths concurrence & sequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Track run modes: FREE, RELATCH & TRIG . .
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RELATCH run mode . . . . . . . . . . . .
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TRIG run mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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7 Assign
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Assign principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Assign a CC message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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How to assign an effect parameter . . . . . . . .
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Automation recording and overdub . . . . . . . .
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Assign touchpad to smartpads . . . . . . . . . .
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Note about analog input voltage assignment . .
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8 Save/Load
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Save/load principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Save As . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Load . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Project files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Import and export files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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9 Settings
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Settings menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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MIDI in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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MIDI out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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CV/pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
50
10 Shortcuts
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In any mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Live mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Step mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Track mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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FX manager mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Assign mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Save/load mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Quickstart
Pyramid Workflow
WIRE UP
Connect the Pyramid to the supplied mini USB power supply, or connect the Pyramid to a computer with a standard
mini USB cable, and press the on/off button.
SEQUENCER WORKFLOW
Pyramid provides 64 sequencer tracks. A track is a
loop that contains polyphonic or monophonic notes, automation and effects; plays repeatedly, and controls instruments connected to MIDI A, MIDI B, USB MIDI, or CV
outputs. The Pyramid workflow is designed around muting
and unmuting tracks to build sequences and songs.
Pyramid is an instant source of inspiration to start and finish your song. You will never run out of ideas!
TRACKS VS SEQUENCES
A Pyramid project can include up to 64 tracks. Tracks are
organized into 4 banks: A, B, C, D. Each bank contains
a group of 16 tracks. Thus all 64 tracks and four banks
are organized from TR01A to TR16A (track 1 through 16,
bank A) up to TR01D to TR16D (track 1 through 16, bank
D).
Each track can be configured according to your needs.
A track can be:
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a standard pattern (e.g. a 4 bar track)
a linear clip (e.g. a 384 bar track)
an euclidean pattern
a polymetric pattern (e.g. a 1+1/4 bar track)
a polyrhythmic pattern (e.g. a 8 bar track with 7/8 time
signature)
• a micro track with a high zoom resolution (e.g. a 1/4 bar
track with 1600% zoom)
A Pyramid project can be composed of up to 32 sequences. A sequence defines the mute states of each of
the 64 available tracks. In each sequence, you choose
which track is unmmuted (active) or muted (inactive) in order to build your song or arrange your set:
You can choose to play 64 tracks at the same time in a single sequence, or mute/unmute any of the 64 tracks across
16 sequences: it’s a great and versatile way to create
songs very quickly.
Pyramid also provides powerful creative tools:
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smart chord harmonizer
scale generator
beat repeat
hold and relatch
groundbreaking step sequencer (unlimited number of
notes and CC messages per step, per-step FX parameter locks)
• euclidean sequence generator
• polyrhythmic & polymetric sequences
• real-time MIDI effects
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In the example below SE01, (sequence 01) has only TR02
(track 02) unmuted. In SE02 (sequence 02), TR02A and
TR11A (tracks 02 and 11) are unmuted. In SE03 (sequence 03), tracks 01, 06, and 14 are unmuted:
scaled piano), an attached MIDI controller, a Control Voltage instrument, or your computer.
Press STEP : fill steps of the currently selected track
with notes and chords using the 16 pads
of the
NOTE & CHORD stepmodes. Configure velocity, width,
and offset of a single note or a group of notes. Edit your
live recording with surgical precision. Switch to EUCLID
stepmode to auto-fill steps. Switch to CC MESSAGES
stepmode to create or edit MIDI CC automation. Switch
to EFFECTS stepmode to create or edit effect parameter locks. Each step (and even microstep) can contain an
unlimited number of notes, CC and FX automation!
Individual tracks are shared between sequences.
Changes to TR02A will apply to all sequences where
TR02A is active (SE01 and SE02 in the example above).
When the sequence changes, if a previously active track is
still active in the next sequence, it will not restart from the
beginning like a classic sequencer. It will continue to play
& loop and therefore keep its shift with the other tracks, to
keep the polymetry running (see ”Note about track lengths
concurrence & sequences” section). If you want to restart
your track from the beggining like a classic sequencer,
configure your track in ”relatch mode”.
Moreover, if you want to add some MIDI effects on TR02A,
you can assign a control (e.g. an encoder) for this effect,
and affect the sound of the TR02A in real-time, no matter
which sequence you are in.
Press TRACK : mute/unmute the tracks using the bottom
two rows of 16 pads
. Change the current BANK
(A/B/C/D) with < and > . Set up the length, time signature, zoom, and MIDI channel of the current track. Build a
sequence.
Press SEQ : launch your sequences (stored mute states
of all 64 tracks) on the fly, or program a chain of sequences
to create a complete structured song.
QUICK TOUR OF THE FOUR PYRAMID MODES
Pyramid is a dynamic sequencer that allows you to interact intuitively with tracks and sequences. All modes are
always accessible. Launch sequences in SEQ mode;
mute/unmute tracks in TRACK mode; play with effects,
and even add notes and CC messages in LIVE and
STEP modes. You can assign one of the 5 multifunctional rotary encoders to control MIDI effect parameters in real-time. Encoder assignments are independent of
the sequence you are viewing or the mode you are working
in.
Press LIVE : record notes and CC automation to the current track using the built-in keypads, smartpads (8 pads
that can be configured as chord generator, note repeat or
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SCREEN
In each of the four modes, the following data is displayed:
about track lengths concurrence & sequences” section, p.
35). If you want your track to restart from the beginning
as with a classic sequencer, configure your track to play in
“relatch mode.”
Mode: LIVE STEP TRACK SEQ
Project name: name of your saved song.
MIDI in flashes if a MIDI message is received; MIDI out
A, MIDI out B and USB out flash when a MIDI message is
sent.
Tempo: BPM of your project.
Current track: track number and bank (A, B, C, D) in Live
and Step Modes.
Track out indicates which output is transmitting sequence
information (MIDI A, MIDI B, USB, CV), and which MIDI
channel is configured. Multiple outputs can be selected.
Current sequence: sequence number and the tracks you
are editing in TRACK mode. Can also display the next sequence to be played in the chain.
Mode zone: highlights the main parameters of each mode,
which generally can be edited via the clickable data encoder .
Player zone: track player (a representation of the current
track, the level of zoom, the track length), the player position, and the page you are viewing in Live, Step and Track
modes:
The example above shows a 12 and 1/4 bar long track (12 bars
+ 1 beat). The four outlined squares represent the first page of
the track. The arrow icon indicates the player is currently at the
twelfth bar.
In Seq Mode the Player zone displays the sequence chain:
In the example above, 6 sequences are chained and SE06
(highlighted) will play 2 bars.
When chaining sequences, any active (unmuted) track
that is active in the following sequence will not restart from
the beginning like a classic sequencer but will instead continue to play & loop thus preserving polymetry (see “Note
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Basics
CAPTURING A PERFORMANCE
SELECTING THE CURRENT TRACK
As described in ”TRACKS VS SEQUENCES” a Pyramid
project can include up to 64 tracks:
When in LIVE mode, capture a performance on a currently playing track by pressing press rec . If the track is
paused, press rec to ”arm” the track, then press
to
begin a count-off before recording begins.
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You can play and record notes with the built-in keyboard
and smartpads
. Use the 5 assignable encoders
and the assignable touchpad
to record
CC and FX automation.
16 tracks in bank A
16 tracks in bank B
16 tracks in bank C
16 tracks in bank D
In any mode hold TRACK while pressing one of the 16
pads
to select the track of the current BANK you
want to work with (for example TR03A).
You can also use an external MIDI controller to record
notes and automation. It’s even possible to record CV
events thanks to the CV/gate input!
To change the current track BANK (A/B/C/D), hold
TRACK and press < or > .
Pyramid allows unlimited polyphony and CC automation
data per track. Quantize is not active by default, so you
will capture the “human feel” of your performance.
Enter STEP mode then press DISP to view the piano roll
and recorded notes:
Of course, it’s possible to add, remove, edit notes in a flash
in STEP mode with the step-by-step sequencer.
USING THE STEP SEQUENCER
The current track number and its output channel are displayed on the screen:
Add, remove, and edit notes in the current track in STEP
mode with the step sequencer.
Enter STEP mode:
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Change the MIDI output channel of the selected track by
pressing TRACK + MIDI channel . Multiple tracks can
transmit on the same MIDI channel.
Note: A track is created as soon as you edit a note or a CC
message in LIVE or STEP mode.
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to select the note (e.g. C4), rotate
to add a note, press one of the 16 steps
to remove the note, press this step again
you can also hold one of the 16 steps and rotate
the note.
to set
Pyramid is fully polyphonic, so you can add as many notes
as you want on each step. You can set the velocity , the
width , and the offset of a note. You can zoom to set
the resolution of steps (by default 1 step = a quarter note,
but you can zoom in so that 1 step = a 1/64 note). Finally,
you can set the length and the time signature of the
track, so you can work on very short or very long patterns!
Press DISP to view the piano roll of the current track and
the notes entered in LIVE and STEP mode.
In any mode, hold SEQ and select a sequence (from
SE01 to SE16) by pressing the corresponding pad
.
If you select an empty sequence a new sequence will be
created and the track mute states of the last sequence will
be applied. To display sequences from SE17 to SE32,
hold SEQ and press > .
Cycle through stepmodes by holding STEP and rotating
. There are 5 stepmodes:
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NOTE (add, delete, edit notes)
CHORD (add, delete, edit chords)
EUCLID (generate algorithmic patterns)
CC MESSAGES (add, delete, edit CC automation)
EFFECTS (add, delete, edit FX automation)
Multiple stepmodes can be used on a single track (except
EUCLID) to add notes, chords, CC automation, and FX
automation. Of course, you can also create tracks that
only contain note or CC information.
To launch a new sequence after the end of the currently
playing sequence, enter SEQ mode and press one of the
16 pads
. The newly selected sequence will begin
when the current one ends. Holding SEQ while pressing
one of the 16 pads
will start the newly selected sequence without waiting for the end of the currently playing
sequence (instant jump).
CREATING AND EDITING SEQUENCES
In TRACK mode, hold SEQ and select the sequence
you want to create or edit by pressing one of the 16 pads
. To display sequences 17 through 32, hold SEQ
and press > . The current sequence number is displayed
on the screen:
MUTING AND UNMUTING TRACKS
Enter TRACK mode. Press < > to select a track bank.
Use the 16 pads
to mute/unmute any tracks you
have created, from TR01A to TR16D.
You can play up to 64 tracks simultaneously! Muting and
unmuting tracks is a great and intuitive way to perform your
project spontaneously.
Press DISP in TRACK mode to display track progression:
Note: Changes in mute/unmute states sync differently depending on the PERFORM type selected in SEQ mode.
SELECTING THE CURRENT SEQUENCE
The current sequence number is displayed on the screen:
Then mute/unmute your active tracks to build the sequence. A sequence is automatically created as soon as
you change the mute state of a track.
PERFORMING SEQUENCES
Once you have created several sequences, enter SEQ
mode to play them. Make sure PERFORM is selected in
order to perform sequences on the fly. Sequences will always remain in sync:
You can select how Pyramid transitions between sequences: instant, 1 beat, 1 bar, 2 bars, which gives you
deep control over performing with sequences.
to launch it. Pyramid
Press any sequence number
waits until the current sequence ends (the end of the bar,
if “1 BAR” selected) before launching the next sequence.
The current sequence will play in a loop until you press
another sequence number.
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TEMPO
Tap BPM to set the tempo, or hold BPM while turning
the data encoder . To fine tune BPM to decimal values,
press while rotating. Tempo resolution ranges from 10.0
BPM to 999.9 BPM.
TIP Hold 2ND + BPM and turn the data knob
. The
tempo change will be applied only when you release 2ND .
Hold 2ND + BPM and slide the touchpad X axis to
temporarily shift the tempo up or down. Very handy for
manually syncing Pyramid to an external sound source (for
example a turntable).
TIP
Hold 2ND and press < or > to double or divide the
BPM in a flash.
TIP
By default Pyramid automatically synchronizes BPM to any instrument providing a sync signal at the MIDI input.
UNDO
In any mode, press 2ND + undo to cancel the last edit,
for example notes or automation recorded in Live mode.
Another press of undo will redo the last edit.
Undo will work on the following actions:
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REC ON in Live mode,
PLAY ON,
stepmode change,
new track selection,
step copy,
track delete.
SAVING AND LOADING A PROJECT
In any mode, press 2ND + save/load to save, save as,
load, or create a new project.
There are eleven effects to choose from:
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An SD card must be inserted or you will be unable to enter the
save/load menu.
EFFECT MANAGER
Press FX to access the EFFECT MANAGER screen.
Chain up to 4 real time MIDI MIDI effects per track:
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Quantizer
Arpeggiator
Harmonizer
Swing
Randomization
Delay
Equalizer
Scale
Note to CC converter
BPM
Chance
Effect parameters can be edited using the 5 encoders
. Experiment to find your favorite settings:
Once a controller has been assigned use it to make realtime changes in any mode.
TIP You can still play or add notes in LIVE and STEP
mode, mute/unmute tracks in TRACK mode, and even
launch sequences in SEQ mode with the effect manager
activated.
Change an effect’s position in the chain by holding 2ND
and rotating . Different arrangements may produce very
different results. Experiment!
Quantize can only occupy the first effect position.
The effect manager is also a great tool if you are a
keyboardist and you want to revive your old synths. Give
them new features like arps and effects and they’ll sound
like they never did. You can also use Pyramid to control
your modular system using CV in & out to create a truly
unique instrument.
TIP
The effect engine also works when the player is stopped, as
Pyramid clock always runs.
ASSIGN A CONTROL
Press rec in LIVE mode to record automation on a currently playing track:
• If the encoder is assigned to a CC message, automation will be recorded to the track only if the MIDI out and
the MIDI channel of the CC is the same as the current
track out settings (for example MIDI A channel 04).
• If the encoder is assigned to an effect parameter, automation will be recorded to the track only if this effect
is active on the current track.
Controller assignments are saved with the project and are independent of track and sequence. Selecting a new track or a new
sequence will not unlink or change controller assignments.
DISPLAY FEATURES
You can access extra information in some modes by
pressing DISP . For example, in STEP mode, pressing
DISP will show the piano roll editor:
Pyramid provides 5 clickable encoders and a touchpad.
You can assign values by holding ASSIGN and turning
an encoder or sliding the touchpad.
For each controller you can:
• send a CC MIDI message to the current track’s MIDI
channel (for example pitch or a CC message)
• link to a track’s effect effect parameter (for example
the quantization grid, the swing % or the arpeggiator
rate of the track 02)
The above is an example of a track programmed with notes of
different lengths. You are viewing the page 1 of 4. The current
note is C4, the current velocity is 127, the current note length
is 4 steps and the current note offset is 0%. If you add a step
you will add another note with these
by pressing a pad
parameters.
QUICK TRACK SETTINGS
This is one of Pyramid’s most useful features, we strongly
advise you try it!
TIP Press an encoder to display its assignment and its
value (for example TR02A Swing Grid = 1/16).
To change the current track settings, in any mode, hold
TRACK to use the shortcuts:
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•
•
•
•
MIDI channel
zoom
length
time signature
SETTINGS MENU
Press 2ND + FX to enter General Settings.
For example, when in STEP mode, hold TRACK +
zoom and rotate to change the zoom resolution (from
25% to 1600%) in a flash.
Select a category to configure your project:
•
•
•
•
PLAY/PAUSE/STOP
MIDI IN (MIDI input configuration)
MIDI OUT (MIDI output configuration)
MISC (other project and core options)
CV/PEDAL (CV/Gate inputs+outputs analog configuration, pedal control assignment)
• DISK (save/restore all settings, save/restore all track
channels)
Press
to play/pause the sequencer.
flashes (depending on the BPM and the current track time signature)
if the project is playing, and is softly backlit if the project is
paused.
Inputs/Outputs
Press to stop the sequencer. If you are working with
multiple pages (see Step Mode section), pressing once
stops the player at the current track page, while pressing
twice rewinds to the beginning of the track.
MIDI input
MIDI CONNECTIVITY
Two presses on STOP will send an All Note Off MIDI message
to your instruments, a third press will send an All Sound Off MIDI
message to silence the synth’s note release instantly. In addition, the third STOP press also sends Program Change messages of active tracks, if set.
By default MIDI clock is sent to MIDI A out, MIDI B out and USB
out. Play/stop/continue messages are disabled by default. You
can activate them separately in the SETTINGS menu.
METRONOME
Hold 2ND and press LIVE to activate the metronome:
Connect one or more MIDI controllers (e.g. keyboard,
drumpad, fader surface) to Pyramid’s MIDI in, and transmit MIDI notes and MIDI CC messages to Pyramid. In
SETTINGS you can choose between OMNI-mode (control the selected track, regardless of controller output
channel) and MULTI-mode (control TR01A if a controller’s channel = 01, control TR14A with a controller set
to channel 14, etc.). This option allows you to record multichannel events as a MIDI looper.
Synchronize Pyramid’s clock (tempo) with an external machine and even control play, pause, and start remotely.
The metronome will send a specified MIDI note on the selected
output channel and will follow the tempo. You can configure it in
SETTINGS > MISC.
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MIDI outputs
CV/GATE CONNECTIVITY
CV/Gate inputs
Pyramid provides two MIDI outputs (A and B) to control
a large range of electronic instruments such as synthesizers, drum machines, and MIDI enabled effects. Because
both MIDI outputs provide 16 MIDI channels Pyramid can
control up to 32 instruments.
USB CONNECTIVITY
USB MIDI input
There is one CV and one Gate input on the Pyramid. You
can use them to convert CV/Gate notes to MIDI notes, then
add real-time MIDI effects to your CV/Gate performance,
and finally send these notes to MIDI OUT, CV/Gate OUT,
or USB OUT.
To use these inputs, plug a CV pitch output from your instrument to the Pyramid’s 3.5mm CV input jack, and plug
the gate output of your instrument to the 3.5mm CV Gate
input jack. Your external instrument will control MIDI notes
on the currently selected Pyramid track.
You can also use the CV inputs as a voltage controlled
MIDI CC MESSAGES. For example, a CV voltage of +5V
can be converted to a CC MESSAGE value of 127. Pyramid will then send the CC Message via MIDI OUT, or you
can choose to control an internal MIDI effect (e.g. control
TRACK04 arpeggiator rate with CV input #1, and control
the TRACK11 quantize grid with the CV input #2).
Connect Pyramid to your computer with a standard mini
USB cable and Pyramid will receive MIDI notes, CC messages, pitch, aftertouch, transport messages and MIDI
clock. USB works exactly like a MIDI DIN input.
We added these 2 CV/Gate inputs to Pyramid for those
who like to experiment.
CV/Gate outputs
USB MIDI output
Pyramid can also control and sequence up to 16 virtual instruments (VST) on your computer, and sync your DAW
via MIDI clock.
Pyramid has only one CV output and one Gate output because we wanted to keep the machine compact. “ENV”
is another control voltage output that is very useful for
sequencing filters or any voltage-controlled input on your
modular or CV synth.
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DIN SYNC CONNECTIVITY
Connectivity examples
PYRAMID ON STAGE
Pyramid provides an optional DIN sync output (configurable to Sync48, Sync24, Sync12, …in menu SETTINGS) that lets you synchronise your vintage instruments
with tempo clock and a run/stop message.
The DIN sync output is available on MIDI out B, routed as
following:
In SETTINGS, you can also configure the 3.5mm CV ENV
jack as a DIN Sync output to provide analog clock to your
modular.
PEDAL FOOT-SWITCH
You can plug a foot-switch type pedal and assign it to an
internal control (REC, play/pause or play/stop). You can
also use a double pedal (stereo jack) to control 2 actions
in Pyramid.
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PYRAMID SEQUENCING VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS
PYRAMID ON THE STUDIO TABLE
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Live Mode
You can also use external MIDI controllers (keyboards,
drumpads, fader surfaces) connected to the Pyramid’s
MIDI input to control the current track (control notes with
velocity + aftertouch + pitch, or control CC messages).
Live Mode is the quickest way to create tracks from
scratch.
With OMNI-mode disabled, a controller transmitting MIDI on
channel 01 will control track 01A, a controller transmitting MIDI
on channel 12 will control track 12A,…
In your studio, use Live mode to experiment and record
your music using the built-in keypad, knobs, touchpad and
smartpads (that can be configured as chords harmonizer,
advanced beat repeat or a scaled piano).
On stage, play with Pyramid and make your performance
lively and creative. Real-time effects allow you to easily
generate complex music, always in sync.
Screen
TIP MIDI effects on the current track will be applied to your
live performance, even when using an external controller.
Record your performance
Press rec (or rec + if the track is paused or stopped)
to record your live performance on the current track using
the keypads, smartpads, or an external MIDI controller.
Record FX and MIDI automation using the assignable en, the touchpad
, and the analog inputs.
coders
(See the Assign section to learn how to assign a control.)
COUNTDOWN
When the player is stopped , ”arm” the track for recording by pressing rec . When you press , Pyramid sends
a MIDI metronome countdown before recording starts pressing 2ND and LIVE causes the metronome to continue playing and remains until the end of the track loop.
Define the countdown duration in SETTINGS > MISC >
REC COUNTDOWN.
Note: the track player zone is described in the Step Mode section.
Pads
Pads in Live Mode are divided into two parts: a one-octave
keyboard
and 8 smartpads
.
Note: Processed & recorded notes are displayed on the 13 black
& white keypads with low luminosity. This feature is very fun and
useful when using the arpeggiator & chord smartpads for example.
Play with the keypad
Use the keypads
to play your performance live.
Press < or > to shift down and up octaves.
HARD RECORD
Press 2ND + RECORD to activate ”hard recording.”
Previously recorded notes are overwritten in this mode of
recording.
LIVE LOOPER
Pyramid provides you a new way to capture your performance in the style of looper pedals! In this mode, the
length of a track grows to fit your initial performance. Press
rec to start recording a loop. Press rec a second time
to stop recording. Track length is now fixed. Perform freely
without worrying about pre-determining track length.
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To activate Live looper, enter SETTINGS > MISC > LIVE
LOOPER and select the looper time quantization (beat =
the track length is set to the nearest beat, 1bar = the track
length is set to the nearest bar, ...) To activate a Live
Looper recording, first stop Pyramid, press rec , then
press .
TIP Increasing complexity will add «alterations» and eventually bring you to complex jazzy chords.
TIP Set a low complexity value to perform simple chords
and then add additional tones with the keypads.
Press DISP to display the generated chords for the 8
smartpads and the currently recorded notes:
Change smartpad type
Hold LIVE and rotate the data knob
:
tion of the 8 smartpads
Press < or > to shift the chord down or up by octaves.
to change the func-
• CHORD (default)
• SCALE
• REPEAT
Chord smartpads
Scale smartpads
The Chord Smartpads represent the 7 degrees of the harmonized scale. These harmonized scales are the basis on
which almost every song you know is built.
A scale is an ordered set of musical notes based on a root
note. Predifined scales help you easily compose melodic
patterns.
In Pyramid, we use two parameters to build chords: ”tonality” is the first note of your harmonized scale and ”complexity” represents the number of notes in each chord and
chord inversion.
Pyramid includes a varied set of scales: Minor scale, Harmonic minor, Minor blues, Major blues, Romanian minor,
Tunis scale, Dominant 7th, Spanish scale, Gipsy scale,
Arabian scale, Egyptian scale, Hawaiian scale, Japanese
scale, Minor third, Fourth scale, Fifth scale, Octave scale,
Ionian scale, Dorian scale, Phrygian mode, Lydian mode,
Mixolydian mode, Aeolian mode, Locrian mode.
If we choose a CMaj tonality and 4 notes of complexity, we
can obtain the following chords by pressing one (or more)
of the smartpads:
Rotate
to select a scale from the list:
Hold 2ND and rotate
Pyramid’s original harmonizer algorithm allows you to
quickly select a relative tone by rotating . Unleash your
creativity by building complex harmonies.
to select the root note of the scale.
With the Romanian Minor scale and a root note of C, you
can perform the following notes using the smartpads:
Holding 2ND + rotating
will jump to the next major/minor tonality. Add complexity by pressing and rotating
:
Press < or > to shift the scale’s octave down or up.
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Repeat smartpads
When RELATCH is enabled, the icon
the screen.
Hold a smartpad
to choose a repeat speed (for example 1/8 = 8 notes per bar) and use the keypad
to play a note repeatedly.
Hold 2ND and press
LIVE Mode.
is displayed on
a third time to go back to regular
Copy/Paste/Delete
Press 2ND + copy to copy the selected track (copy all
notes + FX + FX automation + CC automation).
Rotate to select the gate of repeated notes (from 0% to
100%):
Press 2ND + paste to paste the copied track to the selected track.
Press DISP to display the repeat speed of each of the 8
smartpads:
All notes, CC automation, FX, FX automation are copied, however track parameters like track length are not.
Press 2ND + delete to delete only notes + CC automation + FX automation of the current track.
Hold
Hold 2ND and press
to activate the HOLD function.
Hold allows you to sustain notes played with the keypad,
smartpads, or an external MIDI device. Held notes are
highlighted on the keypad.
TIP Hold is very useful when designing drones/synth pads
or experimenting with an effect like the arpeggiator.
When HOLD is enabled,
is displayed on the screen.
Relatch
to activate the RELATCH funcHold 2ND and press
tion, allowing you to hold the last keys or chords played
until you play something else.
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Change Stepmode
Step Mode
Step Mode is another way to create rhythms and melodies.
Unlike Live Mode–where you perform in real-time using
the keypad and the smartpads–Step Mode allows you to
“program” sequencer information directly into the current
track. Step Mode is a great way to get the best from your
synthesizers and drum machines.
Stepmode defines how steps are filled. Hold STEP and
turn the data knob to select Stepmode from the following
modes:
•
•
•
•
•
NOTE (default)
CHORD
EUCLID
EFFECTS
CC MESSAGES
Pyramid includes 16-step pads
, but you are free
to extend the length of the track up to 384 bars and zoom
up to 1600%: the number of steps is almost infinite! The
ability to add multiple notes on a single step, modify the velocity, note width, and offset for each step makes Pyramid
one of the most advanced sequencers on the market.
Step Mode also allows you to edit a previously recorded
live performance using the piano roll view.
Screen
All stepmodes (except EUCLID) can be used together to
create a track. For example, you can add chords with
the CHORD stepmode, then edit these chords with the
NOTE stepmode, create step-lock automation with CC
MESSAGES and EFFECTS stepmodes, and finally go
back to NOTE stepmode to add extra notes.
EUCLID stepmode can’t be used with NOTE or CHORD
stepmodes because the euclidean algorithm takes exclusive control of the track player.
Note Stepmode
This mode allows you to program notes by filling steps.
ADD NOTES
Pads
Select a note on the screen with .
Press a step pad
to fill it with the selected note.
Press the pad
again to remove the note. You can
add multiple notes on a single step. The pad corresponding to the step filled with the selected note will be softly
backlit.
TIP Hold 2ND and rotate
faster.
to scroll the current note list
Preview the selected note by pressing . Pressing
< or > while pressing allows you to jump octaves and
navigate notes more quickly. You can also press a key
while holding to directly enter a desired note.
TIP
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NOTE LEARN WITH A KEYBOARD
Use your external keyboard to set the current note, or even
a chord, in a flash!
The current step can be filled with a note received on the
MIDI input, (for example C3#). You can also perform a
chord with your external keyboard (for example C2+2) instead of a note. So you can fill your step sequence with
custom chords:
of the row
ing .
. Continue holding velocity while rotat-
Double tap a step pad
note to create accents quickly.
TIP
to add a low velocity
NOTE WIDTH
By default notes are played the entire width of a step. Hold
to change Note Width (from
note width and rotate
1/32 of a step to 16 steps):
You can also press a keypad
while holding
to directly select a note. Select multiple notes to quickly
create a custom chord. Pressing < or > while holding
allows you to jump octaves.
TIP
NOTE PARAMETERS
When you add a note on a step, the step is filled with three
parameters: velocity , note width and offset . Default
velocity is 100, default note width is 1 step, and default
offset is 0%. This means that by default notes will fill a
step from its start to its end. Note duration depends on
zoom and time signature. If zoom = 100% and note width
= 1, an added note will be a quarter note (because the 16
steps represent 16 quarter notes). If zoom = 200% and
note width = 1, the added note will be an eighth note (because the 16 steps now represent 16 eighth notes). You
can play with the zoom shortcut to edit your track with a
high degree of resolution!
NOTE VELOCITY
You can also edit the width of several steps: hold
note width , press the first step together with the last step
of the row
. Continue holding note width while rotating .
TIP Using a note width longer than 1 step is an easy
way to create slides on monophonic instruments.
NOTE OFFSET
Each note starts at the beginning of a step. Hold offset
and rotate to change the position of a note on a specific
step (from 0% to 99% of a step):
To change the note velocity, hold velocity and rotate
(from 0 to 127):
You can edit the offset of several steps: hold offset ,
press the first together with the last step of the row
.
Continue holding offset while rotating .
If you want to edit the velocity for a row of steps, hold
velocity , press the first step together with the last step
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PIANO ROLL
Press DISP to view the piano roll sequencer:
A long press on a step (if MONO EDITING enable)
auto-select the nearest note of the step. For example if a
step contains a C2♯ and a E2 note, and if the selected note
of the piano roll is C4, a long press will select the note E3.
Very handy to quickly view or edit a note in a step.
TIP
TRACK TRANSPOSE
In POLY EDITING, hold rec and rotate to transpose
only the current notes of the track (e.g. all C4 notes).
An example of a track, programmed with notes of different
lengths. You are viewing the page 1 of 4 pages. The current
note is C4, the current velocity is 127, the current note length is
4 steps and the current offset is 0%. If you press a step to add
a note, the note will be added with these parameters.
POLY / MONO EDITING
In MONO EDITING, hold rec
all notes of the track.
POLY EDITING is enabled by default. Poly mode is useful when editing tracks controlling polyphonic instruments.
This mode allows you to add multiple notes to a single step.
In POLY EDITING mode, pads will be softly backlit only if
they are filled with the note displayed on the screen. When
copying steps, copy will only copy a selected note. The
same behavior is true for paste , only the selected step
velocity and the selected step offset will be pasted.
and rotate
to transpose
STEP TRANSPOSE
(ANALOG STEP STYLE)
In POLY EDITING, hold a step
and rotate
transpose only the current note of the step.
to
In MONO EDITING, hold a step
transpose all notes of the step.
to
To switch to MONO EDITING, press the rec pad (rec
led will light up). It’s useful to edit tracks controlling monophonic instruments, like a classic step sequencer. Whatever the selected note is, steps softly backlit if they are
filled. You can’t add multiple notes on a single step: all
notes of the track are stacked. If you copy some steps,
the copy will be effective for all the notes in selection.
Same behavior for the paste , the selected step velocity
and the selected step offset .
TIP Switch to MONO EDITING to have a global view of
which of the 16 steps are filled with notes. If you press a
filled step, it will remove all notes in this step, whatever the
selected note is.
and rotate
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PIANO ROLL
Press DISP to view the piano roll sequencer:
TIP You can also transpose a row of steps
pressing the first and last step, and rotating .
, by
Chord Stepmode
This mode is similar to Note Stepmode except the steps
are filled with chords.
An example of a track, programmed with chords of different
lengths. You are viewing the page 1 of 1 page. The selected
chord root note is E4, the current velocity is 127, the current note
length is 2 steps and the current offset is 0%.
ADD CHORDS
TRACK TRANSPOSE
Select a chord degree on the screen with :
Hold rec
and rotate
to transpose all notes of the track.
STEP TRANSPOSE
(ANALOG STEP STYLE)
Hold a step
the step.
and rotate
You can also transpose a row of steps
pressing the first and last step and rotating .
TIP
TIP
Hold 2ND and rotate
to change the chord tonality.
Press a step pad
to fill it with a chord. A step filled
with a chord is semi-highlighted.
TIP
Preview the selected chord by pressing .
You can only add one chord per step. If you add a chord
to a step that has already been filled, the previous chord
will be replaced with the new one.
There are 7 chord degrees across the 10 octaves:
I II III IV V VI VII
These are the same chords you will find on the Live Mode’s
chord smartpads (chord degree I is smartpad 1, chord degree III is smartpad 3, etc.)
to transpose the chord of
, by
Euclid Stepmode
The Euclidean sequencer provides one of the most intuitive ways to create uncommon and rich rhythmic patterns.
Originally derived from nuclear physics, and then applied
to music theory, an Euclidean algorithm evenly generates
distributed notes (fills) among a defined number of available slots (steps).
Chord tonality (by default CMAJ) and chord complexity
(by default 3) can be set in the Live Mode using the chord
smartpads.
Note: Read the Live Mode section for further details about chord
generation.
VELOCITY / NOTE WIDTH / OFFSET
As in Note Stepmode, you can edit the velocity ,
note width and offset of a chord.
This leads to a great number of well-known rhythm patterns, as well as many odd-sounding ones. Almost all tra20 | Step Mode
ditional rhythms from across the world can be generated
with this tool, which is why we decided to implement on the
Pyramid.
The EUCLID stepmode takes exclusive control of the track
player. You can’t use it together with NOTE and CHORD stepmodes. When you change stepmodes, EUCLID is activated at
the STEP pad release, and NOTE + CHORD stepmodes are
disabled. As soon as you switch to NOTE, CHORD, CC MESSAGES or EFFECTS stepmodes, EUCLID is disable again.
Hold euclid fills and rotate
to select the number of
notes in your EUCLID pattern. Hold euclid step and rotate to select the number of steps in your pattern. Press
2ND + < or 2ND + > to rotate the pattern. Turn
to change the triggered note (for example C3♯) and use
note width to change the gate.
CREATE STEP AUTOMATION
Using select a CC message (0 to 119), PITCH BEND,
PRESSURE or PROGRAM CHANGE message you want
to automate. Hold 2ND and rotate to scroll the CC list
faster:
PITCH BEND message is selected, the current value is 63.
Now you can fill steps with the selected CC message. Hold
velocity and rotate (or hold velocity and slide the
touchpad from left to right) to select a CC value:
By default, there are 16 euclid steps (1 bar) and 4 euclid fills.
Press DISP to view the Euclidean circle:
PITCH BEND message is selected, the current value is 127 (if
you press a step, a pitch=127 message will be added).
Continue to hold velocity while activating step pads
to create steps with different CC values.
Press DISP to display the automation:
TIP Steps that are filled with notes are displayed on the
pads. You can press a pad
to add or remove steps
and thus create your own pattern.
You can create multiple euclidean tracks to generate complex rhythmic patterns. Each pattern will be 1 bar or
shorter in length, but if each bar is a different length, they
will shift against each other creating a constantly changing
loop.
Decrease the time signature lower number to multiply
the euclidean pattern length. By default the time signature
of a euclidean track is 4/16 (1 bar long) but you can set
a 4/8 time signature (2 bars long), a 4/4 time signature (4
bars long)…
TIP
CC messages Stepmode
A 16-step automation of the PITCH BEND message. The dotted
line represents the current CC value.
TIP Press ASSIGN to activate ENCODER STEP EDIT.
This allows you to select the current CC value directly with
the touchpad X axis.
This stepmode can also be used to display and edit automation recorded in live mode, for example CC10 value
performed with the touchpad:
This stepmode allows you to create CC automation.
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“TRANSPOSE” AUTOMATION
Hold rec and rotate to equally increase or decrease
all the values of an existing CC automation.
CREATE STEP-LOCK STYLE AUTOMATION
Hold a step
and rotate to increase or decrease
the step’s automation. Very useful for quickly creating
step-lock automation.
TIP
A live recorded automation of the CC10 (PAN) message.
As in other stepmodes, you can zoom to increase the
step resolution and navigate the automation pages with <
and > :
You can also increase or decrease a row of steps
, by pressing the first and last step, and rotating .
Effects Stepmode
This stepmode allows you to create FX parameter automation.
CREATE STEP AUTOMATION
First, you need to add at least one effect with the FX manager on the current track, for example an arpeggiator.
In EFFECTS stepmode, select the effect parameter you
want to automate by rotating :
A live recorded automation of the CC10 (PAN), zoomed.
You can create an infinite number of automation on the
same track. Rotate to select another CC message and
program another automation!
TIP Press the menu encoder to preview the current (dotted
line) CC value.
DRAW AUTOMATION
Hold rec while sliding the touchpad to draw a CC automation. Very useful for experimenting with complex automation in a flash!
ARPEGGIATOR effect: RATE parameter is selected, the current
parameter value is 1/4.
Now you can fill steps with FX parameters. To choose
the parameter value, hold velocity and rotate (or hold
velocity and slide the touchpad from left to right):
ARPEGGIATOR effect: RATE parameter is selected, the current parameter value is 1/32 (if you press a step, a rate=1/32
message will be added).
Each new automation drawn will delete existing automation.
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Fill some steps with different parameters values. Press
DISP to display the automation:
DRAW AN AUTOMATION
Hold rec while moving your finger across the touchpad
to draw FX automation. Very useful for experimenting with
complex automation!
Newly drawn automation replaces all prior automation on
that track.
“TRANSPOSE” AUTOMATION
A 16-step automation of the ARPEGGIATOR effect: RATE parameter.
TIP Press ASSIGN to activate ENCODER STEP EDIT.
Then you can select the current FX value directly with the
touchpad X axis.
As in other stepmodes, you can zoom to increase the
step resolution and navigate the automation pages with <
and > to create complex automation:
Hold rec and rotate to increase or decrease the whole
existing FX automation.
CREATE STEP-LOCK STYLE AUTOMATION
and rotate to increase or decrease
Hold a step
that step’s automation value. Very useful for quickly creating step-lock automation.
TIP You can also edit CC Messages on a sequential range
of steps
. Select a range of steps by holding the first
and last step and rotate .
Track player: pages, zoom and length
The track player zone displays data on of the current track:
•
•
•
A 64-step automation of the QUANTIZER effect: GRID parameter
Track length (number of bars )
Page position (viewed bars on the 16 pads)
Player position (sequencer track progression)
A default track is 4-bars long. Therefore, the track player
zone displays 4 white bars: they are the 4 bars you can
see on the 16 pads (currently viewed page) in Step Mode.
These 16 pads represent 16 steps = 16 quarter notes.
This stepmode can also be used to display and edit automation recorded in live mode, for example a swing automation performed with an encoder:
If you want to program a longer or shorter track, hold
TRACK + length and rotate to change the bar number of the track to 16 bars for example:
Press < or > to navigate through the pages:
You can create an infinite number of automation on the
same track. Rotate to select another effect parameter
and program another automation!
TIP
Hold < or > to quickly navigate.
To change the pad resolution, hold TRACK + zoom and
rotate . For example, 2 bars are displayed in 200% zoom
on a row of 16 pads, also called a page. In 400% zoom,
only 1 bar is displayed.
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It’s a great way to quickly edit your notes and automation, you no longer have to rotate while pressing a green
shortcut.
In stepmode NOTE, encoders & touchpad will control:
Microscope mode: 1600% zoom provides you with the
highest degree of precision to edit your track step by step.
TIP
Note: All examples given reference a standard 4/4 time signature. Pages
always represent a 4/4 bar. This convention is
used because all 16 physical pads can be divided into four 4/4
bars. For all other time signatures, represents all pages, and
represents the currently active group of 16 pads.
Rotate
In stepmodes NOTE, CHORD and EUCLID, press 2ND
+ < or 2ND + > to shift the track one step left or right.
Zooming in changes the track resolution (step length) and
allows you to rotate your track with increasing precision..
Press 2ND and hold < or > to quickly rotate your
track.
TIP
Copy/Paste
to copy all the
Press 2ND + copy + any step
notes and/or automation contained in a step.
You can copy multiple steps by pressing 2ND + copy +
the first and the last steps
of your selection.
You can paste notes and automation in the current track
or in another track by pressing 2ND + paste + the step
you wish to paste into.
Note: copy/paste is not available in EUCLID stepmode.
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1 note
2 note octave
3 note velocity
4 note width
5 note offset
touchpad X note velocity
In stepmode CHORD, encoders & touchpad will control:
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1 chord degree
2 chord tonality
3 chord velocity
4 chord width
5 chord offset
touchpad X chord velocity
In stepmode EUCLID, encoders & touchpad will control:
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2 euclid fills
3 euclid velocity
4 euclid gate length
5 rotate
touchpad X euclid velocity
In stepmode CC, encoders & touchpad will control:
• 3 CC value
• touchpad X CC value
In stepmode EFFECTS, encoders & touchpad will control:
• 3 FX value
• touchpad X FX value
TIP In LIVE mode, you can also use the touchpad to set
the velocity of the keyboard and the smartpads.
Press ASSIGN again to disable these shortcuts.
Delete
Press 2ND + delete + any step
notes contained in the step.
to delete all the
Note: delete is not available in EUCLID stepmode.
Encoder step edit
At startup, the 5 encoders
can be used to assign
a CC or FX parameter, in every mode. But they can do
more. In STEP mode, you can decide to assign directly
the 5 encoders and the touchpad to step shortcuts.
Simply press ASSIGN to enable the “encoder step edit”
feature:
24 | Step Mode
Player tracking
The viewed page (viewed bars on the 16 pads) can autofollow the player position if you press 2ND + DISP . Useful if you are working on multiple pages.
Filter
In stepmode NOTE and stepmode CC MESSAGES, double tap STEP to activate the filter, in order to scroll only
through programmed notes or CC messages. A popup is
displayed for a few time:
For example, in NOTE stepmode, rotating
will jump
to the next programmed note (e.g. D4), useful if use a
wide range of notes. In CC MESSAGES stepmode, rotating will jump to the next CC automation (e.g. Program
Change).
When the filter is activated, a circle pictogram is displayed
next to the stepmode name:
Double tap STEP to exit the filter mode.
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Pads
Track Mode
Track Mode has three purposes:
1. to configure the current track (MIDI channel, zoom,
length, time signature) using the shortcuts before
playing in Live Mode or programming in Step Mode
2. to mute/unmute the 64 tracks using the 16 pads and
< > . This tactile, intuitive method allows you to
perform your song on the fly
3. to build your current sequence (a set of the 64
muted/unmuted tracks)
Mute/unmute tracks on the fly
Screen
Press one of the 16 pads
to mute or unmute a track
in the current BANK. Change the current BANK (A/B/C/D)
with < and > .
An empty track (without notes, effects, or automation)
can’t be muted.
When the sequencer is playing, tracks evolve in parallel
even if they are muted: this enhances your ability to perform with tracks.
In the example below, 3 tracks are unmuted, 2 tracks are
muted and all tracks are the same length:
This display shows that TR01A is selected (current track)
and contains notes, effects, CC automation and FX automation, with a 200% zoom and a 4/4 time signature.
Sequence SE01 groups 6 unmuted tracks of bank A:
TR01A, TR02A, TR05A, TR08A, TR12A and TR15A. The
other tracks are muted or empty.
Tracks of different lengths are played simultaneously;
shorter tracks will repeat before the others:
Use different track lengths (for example 2 bars, 4 bars
and 6 bars) to create a non-repetitive, evolving sequence.
TIP
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MUTE/UNMUTE IN SYNC
SAVE MUTE STATES OFF
Mute/unmute changes are in sync, depending on the PERFORM type selected in SEQ mode:
By default, track mute states changes are saved in the current sequence (rec is lit). If you mute or unmute a track,
the sequence will save the mute states.
For example, if you unmute track 01, this track will be activated at the beginning of the next bar (if PERFORM =
1BAR in SEQ mode). This allows you to play tracks by
changing mute states in perfect sync.
To mute/unmute tracks instantly, select PERFORM =
INST in SEQ mode.
TIP SETTINGS > MISC > TRACKS MUTE allows you
to specify that tracks mute/unmute in sync by selecting
”SEQ PERFORM,” or mute/unmute instantly by selecting
”INST.”
Press rec to disable saving sequence mute states (REC
led will be OFF). If you mute or unmute a track, the sequence will not save the mute states. This allows you to
mute and unmute tracks in TRACK mode, without losing your sequence’s track states. Switching a sequence
restores it to its “default” state.
TIP You can always mute/unmute a track instantly by
pressing 2ND + its corresponding pad
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Solo a track
Mute/unmute tracks to create sequences
Hold solo and select a track with the pads
a track.
A sequence is a set of 64 tracks, muted or unmuted. To
build a sequence, mute and unmute tracks using the 16
smartpads
and < > .
For example in SE01, only TR02A is unmuted. In SE02,
TR02A and TR11A are unmuted. In SE03, TR01A,
TR06A and TR15A are unmuted:
To cancel solo, press any track
to solo
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MIDI Channel
Pyramid includes two MIDI outputs, one USB MIDI output,
and one CV/Gate (analog) output.
Each MIDI output provides 16 channels, which means that
you can control up to 16 electronic musical instruments per
MIDI output.
Hold MIDI channel and rotate
nel of the current track.
to select the MIDI chan-
Hold MIDI channel and press and rotate to select
the MIDI output of the track. A message pops up, displaying the selected output type (MIDI A, MIDI B, USB, CV)
and channel number:
TIP
Once you have created your sequences, jump to Seq
Mode to launch them, or program a chain of sequences
to create a complete structured song.
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TIP You can link the track to two different outputs, for example both MIDI A and MIDI B or CV/Gate and USB.
A length of 4 bars, a length of 64 bars.
The output channel is always displayed under the track
number:
Hold length and press + rotate
with step precision:
to set the track’s length
MIDI B CHANNEL 01 + USB OUT CHANNEL 01 is set
Note: DIN sync output (also called SYNC24) is available on
MIDI port B. You can enable and configure it using the Settings
menu.
A length of 2 bars + 1 quarter note, a length of 0 bar + 1 quarter
note (1/4 bar = 1 quarter note).
Zoom
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Hold zoom and rotate
to 1600%:
to set the resolution, from 25%
TIP Remember, in every mode, hold TRACK to activate
the following shortcuts:
solo
MIDI channel
zoom
length
time signature
Copy/Paste/Delete a track
Press 2ND + copy + a track
Press 2ND + paste + a track
A 100% zoom means that 1 step = 1 quarter note.
A 200% zoom doubles the resolution: a quarter note is divided into 2 steps. With a 1600% zoom, a quarter note is
divided into 16 steps. Edit your track with surgical precision.
A 50% zoom decreases the resolution. This is useful if you
want to have a global view of your track: two quarter notes
become one step.
to copy it.
to paste it.
TIP Copy/paste is very useful to create a new pattern from
an existing track. Copy saves track settings + notes + automation + effects.
Press 2ND + delete + a track
to delete it.
Time signature and polyrhythm
Standard 4/4 time signature often sounds good, but sequencing with other time signatures is an easy way to add
complexity and originality to your songs.
Note: please read the Step Mode section “Track player: pages,
zoom and length” for further details about the zoom feature.
Length
Hold length and rotate
track’s length in bars:
to increase or decrease a
With Pyramid you can mix a 4/4 track with a 5/4 track, a
9/4 and a 15/4 track: true polyrhythm! Tracks with different time signatures are synchronized and will loop at the
same time, but steps follow their own path. The bar size
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is the same, but the beat differs. Of course you may still
use all functionalities such as track length, zoom, offset,
quantizer and arpeggiator, as the PyraOs core system is
based on Polyrhythm.
Hold time signature and rotate to change the time signature’s upper number on the current track.
The duration of a bar is the same whether you set a common 4/4 signature or you choose an odd one such as 15/4.
For example, at 120 bpm, a bar in 4/4, 3/4 or 15/4 will last
2 seconds, and all tracks will loop at the same time:
To create a Microstep track, set the track length on
0+1/4 bar, the zoom on 1600% and increase the time signature lower number up to 4/16. The step player will run
at high speed, which is very useful to create drones, black
MIDI and glitch sounds, and to expand the boundaries of
your instruments.
TIP
Track length fraction and polymetry
Let’s say we are working with a 1 bar track and a 4/4 time
signature. Each step represents a quarter note.
The difference is the length of each note. If you increase
the time signature’s upper number, it will increase the
number of beats in one bar: 4/4 means 4 quarter notes
in a bar, 15/4 means 15 quarter notes in a bar, 4/8 means
4 eighth notes in a bar etc..
Hold length and press + rotate to add or remove one
quarter note (one step) to the length of the selected track
at a time. This leads to the following possibilities:
By default the time signature’s lower number is set to 4,
which means “quarter note”. It can also be set on 2 “half
note”, 8 “eighth note” or 16 “sixteenth note” by holding
time signature and pressing + rotating :
• The 1st track is a standard 4/4 bar
• The 2nd track is a 4/4 bar with 1 quarter note removed
• The 3rd track is a 4/4 bar with 1 quarter note added
The length of your loops are different, so they shift against
each other as they play: this is polymetry! The length of
the bars differ, but the beat unit remains the same.
Each increment multiplies or divides the basic /4 bar length
by 2:
Using polymetric patterns is a good trick to create lively,
ever-changing and lengthy sequences. In the following example, the sequence composed of 3 short tracks will get
back to its starting point after 15 loops of the standard 4/4
track:
The same idea applies to other time signatures:
TIP Link these 3 tracks to the same MIDI channel (ie to a
single musical instrument) to create a progressive pattern.
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Irrational rhythms
An irrational rhythm uses step durations that lie outside the
scope of the 4/4 system and loop on a different bar length.
Create a polyrhythmic (tracks with different time signatures) and polymetric (tracks with different bar lengths) sequence to experiment irrational rhythms! Both the bar size
and the beat differ.
In the example below you get a simple overview of all these
concepts for 3 simple tracks:
The DISP view displays tracks from TR01 to TR08 of the
selected bank. If you press DISP again, it will display
TR09 to TR16 tracks. You can also use the menu encoder
to select the displayed tracks.
With DISP activated, the 16 pads flashes when tracks
send MIDI events (notes and CC messages).
About polyrhythms (advanced users)
This sequence will get back to its starting point after 6
loops of the 4/4 track. Within the sequence, track quarter
notes are never on time because of the beat phase shift.
DISP track view
Press DISP to display your tracks progressions and easily understand your track polymeters:
This screen displays:
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Track number: from 1 to 16
Track progression: percentage of the loop being played
Track bar length
Track time signature
Run modes: RELATCH , TRIG or FREE (nothing
displayed)
• Output: flashes if the track is sending events via MIDI,
USB or CV/GATE.
Muted tracks are shaded:
Almost all types of polyrhythms can be created by Pyramid. Some users wonder how this could be possible if the
bottom number, or denominator, of a time signature can
only be a multiple of 2 (x/2, x/4, x/8…).
Lets consider a 7/4 time signature as an example. A 7/4
bar has the exact same length as a 4/4 bar. In a 7/4 bar
there are 7 quarter notes, in a 4/4 bar there are 4 quarter
notes. In a 7/4 bar, the quarter notes are shorter than the
ones in 4/4 bar. The bottom number basically indicates
the note length. 4/8 represents a bar of 4 eighth notes (the
bar length is divided by two). 4/2 is 4 half notes per bar
(the bar length is multiplied by two).
Irrational time signatures have a denominator that is not a
power of two, for example 3/3. Initially, we implemented
classical irrational time signatures (4/6, 3/3, 11/15…) but
this proved difficult to use. Imagine you start in 4/4, a common western time signature. If you change the upper number to 3, you have 3 “quarter notes” per bar: 3/4. Change
the lower number to 3; the time signature is now 3/3. It’s
exactly the same as the 3/4 but expressed in irrational notation. So, using an irrational time signature of 3/3 we still
have 3 beats equal to a quarter note in length; one beat in
a 3/3 time signature is identical to one quarter note in a 3/4
bar.
Irrational notation leads to:
• 4/5 is 4 quarter notes of a 5/4 time signature.
• 8/12 is 8 quarter notes of a 12/4 time signature.
• 13/9 is 13 quarter notes of a 9/4 time signature.
We quickly realized that it’s not a good idea to mix multiple notations and concluded that all we needed was the
conventional use of time signatures and an extensive flexibility in the use of steps. So the lower number of a time
signature on Pyramid can only be 1, 2, 4, 8, 16. The upper number is limited to 24. The resolution of a track length
is not limited to bar length but to step length. For example,
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if you are working in 5/4 you can set the track length to 1
bar + 3 steps: 5 quarter notes (one bar) of 5/4 plus 3 additional quarter notes. The results in a total of 8 quarter
notes, mathematically the same as 8/5.
Irrational time signatures mixed with step concept (zoom
100%):
• 4/5 = 4 steps of 5/4.
• 8/12 = 0 bar + 8 steps of 12/4
• 13/9 = 1 bar + 4 steps of 9/4
We took care to bring polyrhythms to people who don’t
have full mastery of the mechanics, while not restraining
possibilities. To use polyrhythms you only have to choose
the number of quarter notes you want in a bar by changing
the upper numeral value, and then choose the number of
steps you want for your track length.
TIP You can simulate phasing (a compositional technique
invented by Steve Reich and Terry Riley) by concurrently
running tracks containing similar complex polyrhythms.
They will slide slightly while playing.
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Seq Mode
After creating your tracks in Live and Step mode, and
assembling them into several sequences in Track mode,
you are now able to play with the sequences.
Seq Mode is the second way to perform your song. Instead of muting/unmuting tracks like you do in Track
Mode, Pyramid offers an advanced system of playing sequences:
Below, the full length progression of a sequence is displayed. For example, if the current sequence contains a
3 bar track and a 4 bar track, the sequence will be 12 bars
long (number of bars after which all tracks restart at the
same time again). This progression zone will be 100%
filled after 12 bars.
Note: On all 4 modes, Pyramid displays the current sequence
and the next sequence to be played if there is one:
PERFORM: launch your sequences on the fly. You can
select the delay Pyramid will wait until playing the next sequence (Instant, 1 Beat, 1 Bar, 2 Bars, …8 Bars). It’s a
great creative tool to improvise with total freedom, while
always remaining in sync!
Pads
PLAY: play straight through a sequence arrangement
(chain) programmed using the project song zone.
LOOP: loop a sequence arrangement (chain) programmed with the project song zone.
When your sequences are playing, remember that you can still
enter TRACK mode to change mute states of the currently playing sequence; enter LIVE mode or STEP mode to play, rec
or program notes and automation on the current track.
Screen
Create and edit sequences
In TRACK mode, hold SEQ and select the sequence
you want to create or edit with one of the 16 pads
.
To display sequences from SE17 to SE32, hold SEQ and
press >
The current sequence number is displayed on the screen:
the Seq mode screen displays a 4/4 beat progression in
sync with the BPM (4 beats = 1 bar):
Then mute/unmute your active tracks to build the sequence. As soon as you made a mute state change, the
sequence is created.
When selecting an empty sequence, Pyramid will copy the
previous mute states, so you can perform your live set
without blanks!
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Selecting a sequence can only be done with SEQ PERFORM
enable. This action is non available with SEQ PLAY or SEQ
LOOP enable, because the sequencer will play the defined sequence chain (and therefore the selected sequence = the played
sequence).
“PERFORM” project
1 BAR: The next sequence will be launched at the next bar
of the current sequence.
2 BAR …8 BAR: The next sequence will be launched at the
modulo (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 bar) of the current sequence.
“PLAY” project
This mode allows you to program a set of sequences to
compose a complete song ready to play.
Before enabling PLAY PROJECT, you need to design
your chain of sequences.
Rotate
This mode allows you to build a song from sequences in a
free and creative way, while always remaining in sync.
At startup, PERFORM is activated and the sequence
SE01 plays in a loop.
Press any sequence number
to launch it on the fly.
Pyramid waits until the current sequence ends (the end of
the bar, if “1 BAR” selected) and then it launches the new
sequence right away. The new sequence will then play in
a loop until you press another sequence number.
In the example above, Pyramid plays SE01, where only the
TR01 is unmuted. The user then presses SE03
which starts as soon as the SE01 ends. Tracks: TR02,
TR03, TR04 and TR05 play together in a loop until the
user presses another sequence.
clockwise to highlight the first sequence slot:
Press to make your selection and rotate to choose the
first sequence in the chain, for example SE03:
Press to confirm and rotate to choose the number of
bars this sequence will play. A sequence can be between
1 bar and 64 bars length, or can be shorter that on bar (1/4
bar, 2/4 bar, 3/4 bar...)
For your information, the screen indicates the full length of the
sequence. This is the number of bars after which all tracks are
perfectly sync again, if using different track length. For example
a sequence with a 3 bar long track and a 4 bar long track has a
total length of 12 bars.
Press
to confirm:
PERFORM DELAY SELECTION
You can select the delay Pyramid waits before switching
to the next sequence.
Repeat this one-handed operation to create a sequence
chain as long as you choose, there is no limit to the number of sequences you can chain:
INST: The next sequence will be launched instantly, without delay.
Select the PLAY PROJECT Submode:
BEAT: The next sequence will be launched at the next beat
of the current sequence.
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TR03 is 6-bars long: it replays from the start in the middle
of SE03.
TR04 is only 1-bar long: it loops in SE04.
Track run modes: FREE, RELATCH &
TRIG
The player stops and stands ready to play the programmed sequence chain. Press play
to launch your
project. Once the song is finished, the player stops and
waits for another press of .
By default tracks play concurrently in FREE run mode.
Each track can also be configured in RELATCH or TRIG
run modes:
Once the chain is programmed, you can change the number and
the length of a sequence, and even move it and delete it.
RELATCH ( icon displayed under TR): when a new sequence starts, the track always restarts at its beginning.
It’s an easy way to sync tracks.
“LOOP” project
TRIG ( icon displayed under TR): the track plays once
at the beginning of the sequence and does not loop. The
track is simply triggered and stops when it reaches its end.
It’s exactly the same mode as the “PLAY” project, except
the sequence arrangement loops creating an infinite song.
To change the track run mode, enter TRACK mode, hold
TRACK and rotate :
TR01A configured as a RELATCH track, and as a TRIG track.
Note about track lengths concurrence &
sequences
One of Pyramid’s great features is when switching from
one sequence to another a track active in the prior sequence keeps playing from its last position. We call it
FREE run mode (enabled by default).
RELATCH RUN MODE
Each of these 4 tracks are configured in RELATCH run
mode:
In the example below, you see 4 tracks:
If you play these tracks organized in sequences:
If you play these tracks organized in sequences:
If an active track in the sequence is set to RELATCH, it will
always start from the beginning of each sequence, even if
the track is not finished yet. In other words, each track
restarts at the beginning of each sequence.
TR01 is unmuted in all sequences: it plays fully.
TR02 is muted in SE02: it replays from the start in SE03.
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TRIG RUN MODE
Each of these 4 tracks are configured in TRIG run mode:
If you play these tracks organized in sequences:
If an active track in the sequence is set to TRIG, it will play
once without looping. If the track is active in the next sequence, it will continue to play just as in FREE run mode.
FREE, RELATCH & TRIG MIXED
A great way to add complexity to your song is to use different run modes for different tracks. Performing sequences
just goes one step beyond!
Copy/Paste/Delete a sequence
Press 2ND + copy + a sequence
Press 2ND + paste + a sequence
Press 2ND + delete + a sequence
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to copy it.
to paste it.
to delete it.
Effect Manager
Effect manager principles
You can add up to 4 real-time MIDI effects per track, from
TR01A to TR16D. Notes (played or recorded in LIVE
mode, or programmed in STEP mode) are processed
and sent to the outputs in real-time by the effect engines.
All the effects are non-destructive.
The position of an effect in the chain is very important: an
Harmonizer placed after an Arpeggiator will not sound like
an Arpeggiator placed after an Harmonizer. Experiment
with the order of effects to generate eccentric melodies.
It’s also possible to add multiple effects of the same engine on the same track (e.g. chaining two arpeggiators).
Adding effects to a track
Press FX to display the Effect manager of the current
track:
With the effect manager activated, you can still play
notes and smartpads in LIVE mode even if Pyramid is
stopped or paused, very handy to experiment with effect
parameters. You can also add notes in STEP mode,
mute/unmute tracks in TRACK mode, launch sequences
in SEQ mode.
Effects compute notes according to the track time signature, so if you change the time signature from 4/4 to 4/8,
effects will operate twice as fast.
Finally, all the effect parameters can be edited in real-time
using the programmable controllers, even if you are not in
the FX manager. You can even automate parameters in
REC mode or even step (parameter locks).
To place an effect in the chain, select one of the 4 racks
and press :
Some examples of MIDI FX chaining:
Select an effect from the list, for example an arpeggiator,
and press to add it. It is now possible to edit the effect
to find a preferred setting:
using the 5 encoders
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TIP In LIVE mode, when you are editing an effect using
the 5 encoders
, press rec to directly record effect
parameter automation.
Edit, delete or replace an effect by selecting it with :
Press again to go back to the FX manager. Repeat this
operation to fill up to 4 racks:
Quick FX selection:
The Quantizer can only occupy the first position. If you attempt
to add the Quantizer on another rack, the effect manager will
automatically move it to the first position.
A disabled effect is greyed (in the screen below, the
SWING and the HARMONIZER are disable):
• Press encoder
effect in slot 1.
• Press encoder
effect in slot 2.
• Press encoder
effect in slot 3.
• Press encoder
effect in slot 4.
1 to enter the configuration page of an
2 to enter the configuration page of an
3 to enter the configuration page of an
4 to enter the configuration page of an
Quick FX enable/disable:
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Press encoder 2ND + 1 to turn on/off the effect in slot 1.
Press encoder 2ND + 2 to turn on/off the effect in slot 2.
Press encoder 2ND + 3 to turn on/off the effect in slot 3.
Press encoder 2ND + 4 to turn on/off the effect in slot 4.
TIP Selecting another track with TRACK +
does
not exit the FX manager, useful to check if effects are
added in the other tracks.
Effect list
To exit the effect manager, press FX .
Other tools
Rotating while pressing 2ND allows you to change the
position of the selected effect. The Quantizer can’t be
moved.
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QUANTIZER / HUMANIZER
Eliminates or adds imprecision to your performance or
step note edits.
GATE
1% … 200%
Pattern note lengths, depends on the rate.
RATE
1/4 … 1/64
Speed of the pattern. A rate of 1/4 will play a note of the
arppegio every beat.
OCTAVE
-5 … +5
ENABLE
ON OFF
Activate/disable the quantizer / humanizer engine.
GRID
1/4 1/6 1/8 1/12 1/16 1/24 1/32
Amount of quantization. A grid of 1/4 bar will move notes
(forward or backwards) to the nearest beat.
HUMAN0 … 10
To create octave shifted progression. If OCTAVE=1 the
arpeggiator will play the original pattern, followed by the
same pattern one octave higher. If OCTAVE=-2 the
arpeggiator will play the original pattern, followed by the
same pattern one octave lower, followed by the same pattern two octaves lower.
HARMONIZER
Turns notes into chords.
Amount of humanization advance. Moves notes backwards (millisecond level) randomly, to mimic the “organic”
human playing.
HUMAN+
0 … 10
Amount of humanization delay. Moves notes forward (millisecond level) randomly, to mimic the “organic” human
playing.
ARPEGGIATOR
Turns notes and chords into running patterns.
ENABLE
ON OFF
Activate/disable the harmonizer engine.
HARMO1
-24 … +24
Add an extra note simultaneously with the sequenced
note according to the selected interval (harmonic). If
HARMO1=12, a note will be generated one octave higher.
If HARMO1=NO, no note will be added.
HARMO2
-24 … +24
Add a second extra note.
ENABLE
ON OFF
HARMO3
-24 … +24
Activate/disable the arpeggiator engine.
Add a third extra note.
STYLE
UP DOWN UP/DOWN RANDOM ASSIGN
HARMO4
-24 … +24
Direction of the arpeggiated pattern. UP plays the pattern
from the lowest note to highest. RANDOM will play notes
in a random order. ASSIGN will play notes in the order
they were played.
Add a fourth extra note.
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SWING
Swing notes to create groove rhythms and easily go “off
the grid”.
PARAM
VELOCITY PITCH NOTE LENGTH
Note parameter to be randomized.
RANDOM0 … 127
Negative amount of randomization. 0% (default) has no
effect on notes. 100% set the maximum range of negative
randomization.
RANDOM+
0 … 127
Positive amount of randomization. 0% (default) has no effect on notes. 100% set the maximum range of positive
randomization.
ENABLE
ON OFF
Activate/disable the swing engine.
PERCENT
50% … 99%
Percentage of swing (delay the position of every second
point in the quantization grid). 50% (default) has no effect
on note position.
All random-based FX (Humanizer, Randomizer, Chance,
Arpeggiator) utilize a True Random Number generator algorithm!
DELAY
MIDI delay creates a copy of entered notes, simulating a
standard delay effect, but using velocity MIDI data.
GRID
1/1 … 1/64
Swing quantization grid, to define positions of second
points. Most common grids are 1/8 and 1/16.
VELOCITY
0% … 100%
Amount of swing accent. 50% (default) has no effect on
note volume. Decrease this parameter to accentuate the
first note. Increase it to accentuate the second note.
RANDOMIZER
Randomly changes notes parameters (velocity, pitch or
length).
ENABLE
ON OFF Activate/disable the delay engine.
TIME
1/4 1/8 1/12 1/16 1/24 1/32 1/48 1/64 Delay time
is the amount of time between the original notes and the
delay notes.
REPEAT
0 … 128 Number of delay notes.
FEEDBACK
-100% … 0% … 100%
Change the MIDI velocity of each delay note. The velocity of the delay notes will be gradually decreased (positive
feedback) or increased (negative feedback). If the feedback is set to 0% velocity will not change.
DRY/WET
0% … 50% … 100%
ENABLE
ON OFF
Activate/disable the randomizer engine.
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Change the MIDI velocity of all notes:
• if 0%, you will only hear the original notes,
• if 50%, you will hear both the original notes and the delay notes,
• if 100%, you will only hear the delay notes.
Delay can work very differently depending on the synth
you are using, as the velocity MIDI data can be interpreted
in many ways.
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EQUALIZER
MIDI equalizer changes the velocity of the original notes,
simulating a standard EQ effect, but using the velocity
MIDI data. It increases or decreases note velocities, according to the note pitch. The EQ slope is linear. You can,
for example, increase the velocity of all lowest and highest
notes, increase only medium notes, decrease the velocity
of highest notes, ...
ENABLE
ON OFF Activate/disable the scale engine.
SCALE
MAJOR
MINOR
AEOLIAN
…
CHROMATIC Select the scale.
LOCRIAN
KEY
C … B Select the scale root note.
STICK
UP DOWN If a non-scaled note is exactly between two
scaled notes, select if the effect have choose the note below or above.
TRANSPOSE
-12 … +12 Transpose all scaled notes
NOTE TO CC
ENABLE
ON OFF Activate/disable the equalizer engine.
BASENOTE
C-1# … F9# Select the ”mid gain note” = the central
note pitch of the equalizer.
LOW GAIN
0% … 100% Select the gain of the lowest notes (C-1#).
This effect converts a note parameter value (note pitch or
note velocity) to a selected CC message (or to the MIDI
”pitch bend”, ”aftertouch” or ” program change”). For example, you can change a synth parameter (like the filter)
according to the velocity of a note. It’s also very handy
to fully control the Korg Volca Sample parameters (pitch,
velocity, ...) with a keyboard.
MID GAIN
0% … 100% Select the gain of the central notes (according to the BASENOTE parameter).
HI GAIN
0% … 100% Select the gain of the highest notes (F9#).
SCALE
This effect quantizes all note pitches to a defined scale in
real time, to refine your melody.
ENABLE
ON OFF Activate/disable the Note 2 CC engine.
PARAM
NT ON VELOCITY NT ON/OFF Select the note parameter value to convert (pitch of the note ON, velocity of
the note, pitch of the note ON and note OFF).
TO CC
CC0 ... CC119 PITCH PRESSURE PR. CHANGE
Select the MIDI CC message to be created.
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PLAY NOTE
OFF ON If OFF, the original entered note will be filtered.
If ON, the original entered note will be played.
BPM
This effect enables you to create global tempo automation!
Very useful for creating BPM changes between two tracks
during your live set, automating small BPM variations, creating ”bouncing ball” effects in sync, ...
ENABLE
ON OFF Activate/disable the BPM engine.
BPM
10 ... 250 The new global BPM (substitutes tap BPM).
CHANCE
This effect plays or does not play a note based on probability. It’s a great way to add variations to drums or melodies.
ENABLE
ON OFF Activate/disable the Chance engine.
CHANCE
0% ... 100% VELOCITY If ”0%”, the note will never
be played. If ”50%”, the note has a fifty-fifty chance to be
played. If ”99%”, the note will almost always be played.
If ”VELOCITY,” the note will have the same probability of
being played as its velocity. Very handy for programming
different per note probability.
SYNC
OFF 1/4 1/8 1/16 Add a synced probability (”sync
chance” parameter). If sync = ”1/4”, all beat notes will
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have a different probability of being played. If sync =
”1/16”, all sixteenth notes will have a different chance to
be played...
SYNC CHANCE
0% ... 100% The probability of a synced note to be
played. For example, if sync = ”1/4” and sync chance =
”100%”, all beat notes will be played.
APPLY
PER PPQN PER NOTES If ”PER PPQN” is selected,
the probability affects a group of notes contained in the
same PPQN (if a chord is played, all notes of the chord
will be played or not). If ”PER NOTE” selected, the probability affects each note (if a chord is played, only some
notes of the chord will be played).
Assign
Assign principles
The 5 encoders
, the analog inputs, as well as the
touchpad
X+Y axis, are able to control CC messages
and effect parameters in real-time.
Once they are assigned, you can perform with them in all
Pyramid’s modes and submodes.
Now you have two options:
To record CC messages automation or effect parameters,
you must be in LIVE mode, with REC enabled.
1 Assign the CC message to the MIDI channel and output of the selected track. The CC will be always sent to
the same channel & output, whatever the current track.
Assignments are saved with the project and are independent of the current track and sequence. Selecting a new
track or a new sequence will not unlink or change the assignment. That means that you can work on track TR05D
and slide the touchpad to control a CC message or an
effect parameter of TR01A, perfect for live performance.
The controllers are always ready for use, very handy for
simultaneous multi-track control.
We tried to make the controller assignment process as
easy as possible. If you love to play the touchpad for creating automation, it’s fast and simple to reassign the control to another CC message or effect parameter and record
your performance.
Once an encoder is assigned, press it to display its set
value. In LIVE mode, the encoder value will be displayed
on the 16 leds when rotated.
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You can record automation on a track filled with notes, or on a
blank track. This allows one to create tracks filled only with automation, and thus mute/unmute, and sequence CC messages
and effect parameter automation.
2 Assign the CC message to ”GLOBAL”: the CC message will be sent on the channel of the current track. For
example if you assign the CC7 (VOLUME) on the encoder
1, this CC will control the VOLUME of the current track
instrument.
Assign a CC message
Hold ASSIGN and …
• turn an encoder
, or
• slide the touchpad
X or Y axis, or
• plug a jack into the CV or the GATE input.
The display “ASSIGN ENCODER TO…” will appear on the
screen. Select MIDI CC by rotating then press to confirm:
Now select the CC message number, from CC0 to CC119.
Scroll the list and press
to assign the CC message.
Holding 2ND and rotate allows fast scrolling.
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• plug a jack into the CV or the GATE input.
The display “assign control to…” must popup. Select and
press EFFECT PARAM with :
At the end of the CC list, you can find the PITCH
BEND, the PRESSURE (aftertouch) and the PROGRAM
CHANGE MIDI messages:
Using , select the track containing the effect you want to
assign:
You can record automation on the current track only if:
• the CC channel (e.g. CH14) is the same as the track
channel
• the output of the CC is the same as the track
Select the effect you want to assign with :
Note: as soon as you assign a CC control and move it to set the
value, an automation message is created to store this value (you
can display it or remove it in stepmode CC MESSAGES). This
message will be sent at the start of the track, so your synthesizer
will always have the right set value. You can disable this feature
in SETTINGS > MISC > CC ASSIGN > AUTOREC OFF.
When an assigned encoder is moved or pressed, a popup
is displayed, with the CC number (68), the CC value (111)
and the CC MIDI channel (CH09A):
Using , select the parameter you want to assign:
How to assign an effect parameter
Hold ASSIGN and …
• turn an encoder
• slide the touchpad
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, or
X or Y axis, or
You can record the effect parameter automation on the current
track only if the effect belongs to the current track.
When an assigned encoder is moved or pressed, a popup
is displayed displaying the effect (ARP), the effect parameter (STYLE), the effect value (DOWN), and the effect
track (01A):
Automation recording and overdub
Unlike notes, automation is not recorded with overdub.
That means that the player will erase existing automation
step.
For example, if you activate rec in LIVE mode and progressively change an assigned value (e.g. CC10) during
the first loop, an automation is created:
If you don’t disable rec during the second loop, and even
if you don’t change the assigned value, the automation will
be erased step:
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Select the octave range of the touchpad X axis:
You can of course record another automation if rec
still enabled:
is
Assign the touchpad Y axis to a note parameter:
Disable rec
to preserve automation:
Now you can slide the touchpad X axis to:
• play with chords (if LIVE smartpads = CHORD)
• play with repeats (if the LIVE smartpads = REPEAT)
• play with scales (if the LIVE smartpads = SCALE)
For example, if LIVE smartpads = SCALE, X axis = 2 OCTAVES and Y axis = VELOCITY, slide the touchpad X to
play notes (in the selected scale) and the touchpad Y to
change note velocity.
You can play smartpads with the touchpad in every mode,
and record your performance. Notes are always sent on
the current track so you can use MIDI effects if you want.
This operation applies to all CC messages, pitch bend,
pressure, program change and effects parameters.
Assign touchpad to smartpads
When assigning the touchpad, another option appears:
SMARTPADS
Note about analog input voltage
assignment
You can assign the two analog jack inputs (CV input and
GATE input) to control in real-time CC messages and effect parameters. It’s a great way to control Pyramid with
your CV modules, or to create your own DIY analog controller.
The voltage (0V to 5V) will be converted to a CC MIDI
value (0 to 127) or to an effect parameter value (for example the arpeggiator STYLE).
Hold ASSIGN and plug a mini jack on the input you want
to assign (CV input or GATE input), the assign manager
display will appear. Then select the CC message or the FX
you want to assign. Moreover, the option “CV IN MODE”
in SETTINGS will be autoset to CC MESSG, instead of
CV/GATE.
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Save/Load
Save/load principles
To save or load a project, make sure a SD card is inserted,
hold 2ND and press save/load to enter the menu:
Select “<” to delete the last character. Select “SAVE” to
confirm.
TIP Hold 2ND and rotate
in the edit display.
to move the cursor vertically
Load
A project is a whole set of 64 tracks (notes + effects racks
+ CC messages automation + effect parameters automation), 16 sequences, sequences chain, assignments and
settings. Saving or loading a new project will stop playback.
Select LOAD with to load a new project on the SD card.
This action will delete the current project: you must save
your project before loading an other one.
Select the project to load in the dropdown list with :
Please do not remove the SD card while save/load menu is activated. To exit the save/load menu, press 2ND + save/load .
To exit the Save/load menu, press save/load or 2ND .
Save
Select SAVE with to save the project on the SD card
with the current project name. If no project name was defined (NEW PROJECT), SAVE will redirect you to SAVE
AS.
Saving an existing project creates a backup file on the SD card,
for example “BACKUP_PROJECT1”, to always keep an old version of your project. This backup is not displayed on the LOAD
project list. If you want to load it, rename the file, for example
“PYRA_PROJECT1”.
Press
to load selected project.
TIP Press 2ND + delete to remove the selected project
permanently from the SD card (note: the backup project
is not removed).
New
Save As
Select NEW to delete everything in the project and restart
from scratch.
Select SAVE AS with to save the project with a new
name. Then edit the project name with this edit display:
Project files
Project directories are always saved on the SD card with
the prefix “PYRA_”, in the SD root directory.
You can read the project files on your computer:
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You can also create a MIDI track from scratch on your
DAW and export it to an existing SD card project directory, with a valid name. If you want to export the *.mid
file (filled with notes) to the Pyramid TR08A, name the file
track08.mid (track 01 + bank A = 0*16). For TR01B,
name the file track17.mid (track 01 + bank B = 1*16). For
TR16D, name the file track64.mid (track 16 + bank D =
3*16).
The core.pyr file contains the project settings, the sequences data, assignments and effects racks.
Pyramid will play this *.mid note pattern in a loop, equal to
the track length.
The other files can be deleted:
Same operations for a CC messages automation track. If
you want to export the *.mid file (filled with CC automation, pitch bend and/or channel pressure) to the Pyramid
TR08A, name the file CC_track08.mid and export it to an
existing directory.
The track 01A contains MIDI notes (track01.mid), MIDI
CC automation (CC_track01.mid) and effects parameters automation (FX_track01.pyr).
The track 09A contains only MIDI CC automation
(CC_track09.mid).
The track 10A contains only effects parameters automation (FX_track10.pyr).
The track 01B contains only MIDI notes (track17.mid).
The track 16D contains only MIDI notes (track64.mid).
Import and export files
It’s easy to import and export MIDI files (notes and CC
automation) because Pyramid store these files as standard *.mid data (type 0 MIDI file: single track). All popular
DAWs can play and edit MIDI files.
You can import or export from short patterns up to long linear tracks. For example, you can drag-and-drop a *.mid
file from the SD card project directory to your favorite software sequencer (e.g. Ableton) and play & edit this pattern
on the DAW:
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Settings
Settings menu
Press 2ND + FX to enter General Settings.
Enables or disables BPM auto-sync, if your MIDI IN controller is sending a timing clock.
IGNORE CC MESSAGES
OFF ON
Filters out all CC messages from your controller.
IGNORE START STOP
OFF ON
Filters out all START, STOP and CONTINUE messages
from your MIDI IN controller.
IGNORE PITCH
OFF ON
Filters out all PITCH BEND messages from your MIDI IN
controller.
IGNORE AFTERTOUCH
OFF ON
Filters out all AFTERTOUCH (channel pressure) messages from your MIDI IN controller.
Then select the settings folder. You can also select the
disk icon to:
MIDI out
• Save settings currently stored in flash memory. Settings
options will be auto-loaded at Pyramid startup.
• Save current track channel mapping in flash memory.
The 64 track channels will be auto-loaded at Pyramid
startup.
• Restore default settings.
• Restore default track channels.
MIDI A MODE
MIDI OUT MIDI THRU MIDI OUT + THRU
To exit the settings menu, press FX or 2ND .
MIDI in
PYRAMIDI
CHANNEL 1 … CHANNEL 16 OFF
Select the input channel to control Pyramid with PYRAMiDi messages (see the MIDI implementation chart). For
example, if CH13 is selected, you can send channel 13
MIDI CC messages (with an external controller) to Pyramid, to mute/unmute the 64 tracks on the fly, select a track,
activate REC, launch a sequence…
ASSIGN NOTE TO
KEYPAD SMARTPADS OFF
Specifies that received notes are performed as notes,
smartpads (e.g. CHORDS) or ignored.
OMNI MODE
MULTITRACK ON MULTITRACK OFF
Configures Pyramid MIDI out A as a MIDI out (default), as
a MIDI thru (all messages received on the MIDI input will
be sent directly on the MIDI out A), as a MIDI out + thru (all
messages received on the MIDI input will be sent directly
on the MIDI out A, together with Pyramid MIDI messages).
SYNC MIDI A
OFF SEND
Sends BPM MIDI clock to MIDI out A.
START/STOP MIDI A
OFF SEND
Sends START, STOP and CONTINUE messages to MIDI
out A.
MIDI B MODE
MIDI OUT MIDI THRU MIDI OUT + THRU
Configures Pyramid MIDI out B as a MIDI out (default), as
a MIDI thru (all messages received on the MIDI input will
be sent directly on the MIDI out B), as a MIDI out + thru (all
messages received on the MIDI input will be sent directly
on the MIDI out B, together with Pyramid MIDI messages).
SYNC MIDI B
OFF SEND
Sends BPM MIDI clock to MIDI out B.
START/STOP MIDI B
OFF SEND
MULTITRACK OFF will play notes and CC on the current
track, regardless of the controller channel. MULTITRACK
ON will play CH01 notes and CC on TR01A, CH02 notes
and CC on TR02A, …CH16 notes and CC on TR16A.
Sends START, STOP and CONTINUE messages on
MIDI out B.
IGNORE SYNC
OFF ON
SYNC USB
OFF SEND
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Sends BPM MIDI clock to MIDI out USB.
START/STOP USB
OFF SEND
Sends START, STOP and CONTINUE messages to MIDI
USB.
CLOCK STOP
NO CLOCK SEND CLOCK If NO CLOCK selected, the
output sync (clock message) will never be sent when the
player is stopped or paused.
PEDAL COLD
REC
HARD REC
PLAY/PAUSE
PLAY/STOP
PREVIOUS TRACK NEXT TRACK Sets the action triggered by the footswitch pedal (if double pedal used).
ANALOG IN
(display only) Display the 4 input voltages (0 to 5V).
ANALOG OUT
(display only) Display the 3 output voltages (0 to 5V).
Misc
CV/pedal
CV IN MODE
OFF CV/GATE CC MESSAGES Selects if the CV inputs control notes of the current track (CV/GATE) or CC
messages (see Note about analog input voltage assignment).
CV IN 2V NOTE
C1# ... F4# Selects the CV INPUT TO MIDI root note.
By default, a CV voltage of 2V plays a C2 MIDI note on the
current track.
CV IN TYPE
VOLT/OCTAVE HERTZ/VOLT Selects if your analog
controller generates CV V/oct or CV Hz/V.
CV OUT 2V NOTE
C1# ... F4# Selects the MIDI TO CV OUTPUT root
note. By default, a C2 MIDI note plays a CV voltage of
2V.
CV OUT TYPE
VOLT/OCTAVE HERTZ/VOLT Selects if your analog
synthesizer is controlled by CV V/oct or CV Hz/V.
GATE POLARITY
ACTIVE 5V ACTIVE 0V Selects the active polarity gate
of your analog synthesizer.
ASSIGN ENV OUT TO
VELOCITY PITCH AFTERTOUCH MODULATION
DIN SYNC Selects if the CV ENV outputs the note velocity, the pitch, the aftertouch (channel pressure) or the
modulation of the CV track. You can also assign the CV
ENV output to the din sync clock, to easily sync your modular system with a mini jack.
DIN SYNC
OFF SYNC1 SYNC2 SYNC4 SYNC8 SYNC12
SYNC16 SYNC24 SYNC48 SYNC96 Selects the
DIN SYNC clock speed.
SEND DIN SYNC
PLAY ONLY ALWAYS The DIN SYNC clock can be
sent only when the player is playing, or always (when
player is stopped or played).
PEDAL HOT
REC
HARD REC
PLAY/PAUSE
PLAY/STOP
PREVIOUS TRACK NEXT TRACK Sets the action triggered by the footswitch pedal.
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LIVE LOOPER
OFF BEAT 1 BAR 2 BAR ... 8 BAR Enable LIVE
looper recording and select looper time quantization (see
Record your performance).
DOUBLE TAP MODE
VELOCITY GLIDE
In NOTE and CHORD stepmodes, double tap a pad to
enter velocity accents or gliding notes. Glides only works
with compatible synths: if two notes follow, the first one
must be double tapped to create a glide (= an overlapping)
between these two notes.
REC COUNTDOWN
OFF 1 BAR 2 BAR 3 BAR 4 BAR
Activates a countdown before a recording in live mode
(When the player is stopped and you press REC then
PLAY). You can select the duration of the countdown. The
countdown will be sent on the metronome output channel
and note.
METRONOME CH
OFF CURRENT TRACK MIDI CH01A … USB CH16
Select the metronome output channel (made with MIDI
notes). If the metronome is activated ( 2ND + LIVE ), the
metronome will be send on this selected track, and will follow the beat.
METRONOME NOTE
C-1 G9
Select the metronome output note. If the metronome is
activated ( 2ND + LIVE ), the metronome will click on the
selected note.
STEP LEARN
OFF LEARN NOTES If OFF, step note learn with an external keyboard is disable (see Note Stepmode).
CC ASSIGN
AUTOREC OFF AUTOREC ON
With autorec on, as soon as you assign a CC control and
move it to set the value, an automation message is created to store this value (you can display it or remove it in
stepmode CC MESSAGES). This message will be sent at
the start of the track, so your synthesizer will always have
the right set value.
PLAY/PAUSE PAD
PAUSE/CONTINUE RESTART
If play/pause selected, a press on the PLAY pad will alternately play and pause the playback. If restart selected, a
press on the PLAY pad will always restart the current sequence playback from the beginning. It’s an other way to
play with sequences.
TRACKS MUTE
SEQ PERFORM INST Select if track mute/unmute is
in sync with SEQ PERFORM or always instant (see
Mute/unmute tracks on the fly).
DEFAULT TRACK
MODE FREE MODE RELATCH MODE TRIG
Set the default run mode of new tracks.
DEFAULT ZOOM
25% 50% 100% 200% 400%
Define the default zoom of all tracks at startup.
DEFAULT LENGTH
1 BAR … 64 BAR
Define the default length of all tracks at startup.
DEFAULT TS L
1/ … 24/
Define the default time signature top number of all tracks
at startup.
DEFAULT TS R
/1 … /16
Define the default time signature bottom number of all
tracks at startup.
DEFAULT PERFORM
INST BEAT 1 BAR … 8 BAR
Set the default run mode for new tracks.
POPUP ASSIGN
ON CLICK ON ROTATION
Displays a popup with encoder assignment information on
click or on rotation.
ENABLE TOUCHPAD
YES NO
Enables or disables the touchpad.
TOUCHPAD RELATCH
NO RELATCH 0 … 127
If no relatch is selected, the touchpad (assigned X or Y position) will keep it’s last set value. If a value is selected (for
example 0), the touchpad will send back this value when
the touchpad is released.
ENABLE USB
YES NO
Enables or disables the USB output.
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Step mode
Shortcuts
In any mode
Hold TRACK to activate the following shortcuts:
•
•
•
•
•
solo
MIDI channel
zoom
length
time signature
To change BPM in decimal increments, turn
ing it.
while press-
Hold 2ND + BPM and turn the data knob to change
the tempo, which will apply only when you release 2ND .
Hold 2ND and press < or > to double or divide the BPM
in a flash.
Once an encoder is assigned, press it to display its set
value.
Hold STEP and turn
to change Stepmode.
Hold 2ND and rotate
faster.
to scroll the note list or the CC list
Preview the selected note by pressing . Pressing < or
> while holding allows you to jump octaves for a quicker
note navigation. You can also press a key
while
holding to directly select the note number.
In stepmode NOTE , you can display the parameters of
a step. Hold velocity and press a filled step to display
(and even edit) the step velocity. Same functionality is
true for length and width . You can also display and
edit several steps: hold velocity (or length or width )
and press the first step together with the last step of the
row
.
Double tap a step pad
to add a low velocity note in
order to create accents quickly.
Hold velocity and slide the touchpad from left to right to
quickly set the velocity, the CC value or the FX value.
Hold < or > to quickly navigate pages.
In FX manager , Assign , DISP or Settings , press
BPM to exit and return to the current mode.
Press 2ND and hold < or > to quickly rotate the track
(shift all notes one step left or right).
Hold 2ND and press LIVE to activate the metronome.
Press rec to switch to MONO EDITING, to have a global
view of which of the 16 steps are filled with notes. Pressing a filled step will remove all notes in this step, whatever
the selected note is.
Live mode
Hold LIVE and rotate
smartpads.
to change the function of the 8
In stepmode NOTE and CHORD , hold a step
a row of steps) and rotate to transpose it. Hold rec
rotate to transpose the track notes.
(or
and
Hold STEP + velocity and rotate to change keypad
and smartpad velocity. You can also press ASSIGN to
enable the ENCODER STEP EDIT feature, in order to set
the velocity using the touchpad X axis.
In stepmode CC MESSAGES and EFFECTS , hold a
step
(or a row of steps) and rotate
to increase/decrease its value. Hold rec
and rotate
to
transpose the whole automation.
Hold 2ND and press rec
In stepmode CC MESSAGES and EFFECTS , hold
rec and slide the touchpad to draw an automation.
to activate a hard recording.
When the player is stopped and you press rec , Pyramid waits for play
to be pressed. Once you press
a countdown begins. After a specified number of countdown bars, recording starts and continues until the end of
the track loop at which point recording stops and the loop
continues to play as normal.
When smartpads = CHORD, 2ND + rotating will jump
to the very next major/minor tonality. Add complexity by
pressing and rotating .
When smartpads = SCALE, 2ND + rotating
the root note of the scale.
2ND + play
will select
activate the HOLD/RELATCH mode.
Press 2ND + delete to delete only notes + CC automation + FX automation of the current track.
Press ASSIGN to enable the ENCODER STEP EDIT feature, in order to assign directly the 5 encoders and the
touchpad to shortcuts.
In stepmode NOTE and CC MESSAGES , double tap
STEP to activate the filter, in order to scroll only through
programmed notes or CC messages. Double tap STEP
again to quit the filter.
Track mode
Hold 2ND and select a track
instantly.
to mute/unmute it
Hold MIDI channel and press + rotate
the MIDI output of the track.
Hold length and press + rotate
step precision.
to quickly select
to set the bar level with
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Hold time signature and rotate to change the time signature’s upper number on the current track.
Pess rec
in order to disable saving sequence mute
states (rec led will be OFF). If you mute or unmute a track,
the sequence will not save mute states.
In DISP view, rotate to scroll the track banks (TR01A
> TR07A, TR08A > TR16A, TR01B > TR07B, …)
FX manager mode
With the effect manager activated, you can still play or add
notes in LIVE and STEP mode, mute/unmute tracks
in TRACK mode, and even launch sequences in SEQ
mode.
Rotating while pressing 2ND allows you change the
position of the selected effect.
In LIVE mode, when you are editing an effect with the 5
encoders
, press rec to record directly the effect
parameters automation.
In the main EFFECT MANAGER window:
• Press encoder 1 to enter the parameter screen of the
effect in slot 1.
• Press encoder 2 to enter the parameter screen of the
effect in slot 2.
• Press encoder 3 to enter the parameter screen of the
effect in slot 3.
• Press encoder 4 to enter the parameter screen of the
effect in slot 4.
• Press encoder 2ND + 1 to turn the effect in slot 1 on or
off.
• Press encoder 2ND + 2 to turn the effect in slot 2 on or
off.
• Press encoder 2ND + 3 to turn the effect in slot 3 on or
off.
• Press encoder 2ND + 4 to turn the effect in slot 4 on or
off.
Assign mode
Hold 2ND and rotate
to scroll through the CC list faster.
Save/load mode
Hold 2ND and rotate to move the cursor vertically in
the SAVE AS…edit display.
In the LOAD project list, press 2ND + delete to remove
a project definitively from the SD card (note: the backup
project is not removed).
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