Erica Synths Black Sequencer
Current: 145mA @ + 12V, 25mA @ -12V
English Manual Page (pdf)
Current: 145mA @ + 12V, 25mA @ -12V
English Manual Page (pdf)
The Erica Synth Black Sequencer takes traditional modular sequences to the next level by adding the many features required of modern modular synthesis. Black Sequencer can set 4 channels of CV, Gate, Modulation output, sequence pattern of up to 64 steps that can be chained, independent Time Division, Multiplication, Length for each track, CV and Gate recording function, built-in quantizer , MIDI input / output, etc., are equipped with various functions required for electronic music / experimental music performance.In addition, while providing various parameters that can be programmed for each step, basically one button is arranged for one function to realize intuitive and easy operation.Acts as a master controller for any modular setup.
The Black Sequencer has four simultaneously playable channels that output CV, Gate, and Modulation signals, and the length of each channel (track) can be set from 4 steps to 2 steps.All parameter settings for all 64 channels are saved as one pattern, 4 patterns are stored as a set in one bank, and 1 banks are saved as one project on the SD card.In addition, each bank can store 16 songs.
This section introduces the basic operation of the Black Sequencer.For convenience, the top left corner of the step encoder is number 1, the right side is number 2, and number 3, and the bottom right is number 16.
Select CH1 with the CH selection button and click the PLAY button to run the sequence.The sequence begins to progress through the pattern. You can adjust the master BPM of the sequence with the DATA encoder to the left of the OLED. You can also change it by 10 BPM by turning it while pressing the SHIFT button.Click the PLAY button again to pause the sequence at the current step.Click the STOP button to reset the sequence to the first step.To reset the running sequence to the first step without stopping, hold down the SHIFT button and click the STOP button.
For programming and editing of various parameters of the sequence such as scale, gate length, shuffle and modulation, transport, initial setting of the module, etc., use the 21 function buttons that are clearly organized in the lower left part of the module.Click the function button at the top left, the CV button, to enter the CV menu. By operating the 16 step encoders, you can set the scale of the corresponding step.For programming parameters such as gate length and glide setting for each step, ratchet and repeat number, click the corresponding function button to enter the menu and set the value with the step encoder or DATA encoder.At this time, you can see that hints such as [DATA] and   are shown under the parameters displayed in each menu.This shows the encoder that corresponds to the control of the desired parameter, which helps you see the control knobs at a glance. To enter the menu of gray-labeled parameters such as GLIDE, PROBAB, REPEAT, ARP, hold down the SHIFT button and click the button.
Each channel of the Black Sequencer is equipped with a individually configurable modulation output that can be used for CV control of external modules.To set the modulation track details for any channel, select the channel with the CH select button, hold down the SETUP button and click the MOD button to enter the MOD SETUP menu. By turning the DATA encoder, you can select 9 types of control voltage such as stepped CV, various envelopes, LFO and trigger.Click the MOD button again to return to the step-by-step MOD settings.
Changes to the pattern being created are recorded in the sequencer's temporary memory, but they disappear when you switch to another pattern or turn off the power of the main unit. A blinking RECORD button indicates that the information you entered has not been saved.To save the pattern information, hold down the SHIFT button and click the RECORD button.As a result, the setting information of all 4 channels included in the pattern is saved in the selected bank.If you want to save the modified pattern as a new pattern without overwriting the current pattern, click the PATTERN button to open the pattern page, hold down the RECORD button, and hold down the RECORD button for the step encoder that corresponds to the desired pattern slot. Click.Please note that this method can only save to an empty slot.
To access the project (16 set of 1 banks) stored on the SD card, hold down the SHIFT button and click the PATTERN button.To save a new project, hold down the DATA encoder and turn it, then select NEW. Enter the project name using the 16-step encoder and press the DATA encoder again to confirm.This will save the projects that can be backed up to your computer to the SD card.
To design a song that plays a series of patterns in a bank sequentially, hold down the SHIFT button and click the BANK / SONG button to enter SONG mode. Press any of the 16 step encoders to load the song, or open the NEW SONG design menu when the song slot is empty. If you select NEW SONG, you can design a series of patterns by simply pressing the step encoder.A red LED above each step encoder indicates that there are saved patterns available for song assembly.You can also repeat the pattern by clicking the same encoder multiple times.You can also use the DATA encoder to navigate through a series of patterns and modify or insert some patterns in the song.To save the song, hold down the SHIFT button and click the RECORD button.
The Black Sequencer implements a PERFORMANCE MODE that enhances expressiveness during performance. Access by pressing the MAGIC button while holding down the SHIFT button During this mode, the OLED displays a dedicated screen that allows you to apply a transpose to the selected track and currently adjust the role in sync with the master BPM. You can add it to your notes. You can turn the DATA encoder to transpose the track in octaves, or press the step encoders 1-12 to transpose the sequence in semitones.The four step encoders below apply roles to the sequence.Encoder 4 is track 13, encoder 1 is track 14, and so on. Turn the corresponding encoder to set the roll ratio, and click to apply the roll to the current note.
To make minor changes to the sequence, hold down the DATA encoder and press multiple step encoders.The selected step becomes active and you can change the parameters at the same time. Taking the example in the CV menu, you can change the pitch of all the selected steps at the same time by operating one of the selected step encoders.From each menu, parameters such as gate length and ratchet can be controlled in the same way.
The Black Sequencer can change the sequence with external signals (keyboard, LFO, gesture controller, etc.) from the four input jacks of CV, Gate, Mod, and MIDI.The input signal can be assigned to a single output or multiple outputs at the same time, and to set it, click the SETUP button to enter the SETUP menu. Open the INPUT and OUTPUT settings page with the DATA encoder and set each. Gate always goes through the selected channel. Refer to the hint (step encoder number) displayed on the OLED, and change the input source with step encoder 4 and the function with step encoder 1.The available options are:
Instead of manually constructing the sequence step by step, you can record the sequence to the Black Sequencer via an external source such as a MIDI keyboard or CV / Gate keyboard. When using a MIDI keyboard, connect it to the MIDI IN jack, and when using a CV / Gate keyboard, connect it to the CV IN, GATE IN, and MOD IN jacks, and use the CH button to select the channel to record. Only one selected channel can be recorded at one time.After selecting the desired channel, hold down the SETUP button and click the RECORD button to enter the RECORD setting menu.In the setting menu, scroll with the DATA encoder and select the setting with the step encoder No. 1.
The SETUP menu confirms the basic information of the module, sets the initial value of each parameter, and calibrates the sequencer. Click the SETUP button to enter the SETUP menu.Menu icons are arranged clockwise from the upper left as shown below.
To perform a Black Sequencer firmware update, power off your system.Remove the SD card from the unit and copy the latest firmware file to the root directory of the SD card.Return the SD card to the machine and turn on the system power.This machine automatically identifies and uploads the latest firmware and deletes the old one.Even if you update the firmware, the patterns created and saved will remain, and they can be used with the new firmware.If you want to back up or replace the created pattern, copy the PROJECTS folder to your computer.