Just when you think that humans cannot function without computers, people like Miles Thatch create hardware that makes you rethink.
Miles Thatch is a freelance composer from Canada who specialises in creating scores for film and computer games. But not only does he compose music, he’s also designed a piece of kit to sequence live sound without the need for a computer.
His step sequencer, Groove Engine, is in its early development stages, with the final details still to be ironed out. But what is clear is that you’ll get a 16-step sequencer and 16 instrument tracks, each can be assigned its own MIDI channel. It will also have an SD card slot for saving and recalling performances.
Sequencing live sound without the need for a computer is a growing trend and the emphasis with this latest proposed sequencer is on live performance.
What is a step sequencer? A step sequencer rounds off the musical notes, allowing the user to play musical notes without exact timing. A hardware step sequencer comes with different capabilities, and choosing one can be a daunting task.
It is important to decide what you want your sequencer to control. If you only want to create basic loops with a drum machine and a synth, then you won’t need one with many outputs. But if the sequencer is going to control your entire studio, the more outputs the better.
Thatch has set up an Indiegogo project to raise funds for the project. There is also a video explaining Groove Engine’s features in more details. It is in its infancy, but it will be interesting to see how the project develops. The basic backing package will cost $599, which includes one unit.