3/14/2010

STG Graphic Sequencer + Harvestman Piston Honda

The Suit & Tie Guy Graphic Sequencer is a Eurorack format step sequencer and is the few (only?) that utilizes sliders. The length of the sequence can be anywhere between 1 to 8 steps, can loop or be a one shot, has a range of 0 to 5 volts, and can be expanded with the gate trigger module. The craftsmanship on this module is exceptional - the sliders are as smooth as butter and yearn to be touched. The front panel is among the best looking from the STG line and the lights at the tips of the sliders was a beautiful touch. The only issue I can think of is that it's simple. At NAMM earlier this year, I was able to spend about 3 minutes with this graphic sequencer and I understood it's functionality before even touching it. That's the issue with this module - it keeps it simple. This is neither a compliment nor criticism, it's just a fact worth noting.

I know people that are left crippled from being given too many options and parameters on instruments, particularly software. This is the same crippling effect I see in self-taught musicians. After learning music theory they are paralyzed with information that has them overanalyzing every interval, note and progression. An overload of information, knobs and options can leave people discouraged and overwhelmed. it the same for modules? I have both the Tip Top Audio Z8000 and the Doepfer A-155/154 combo and they're entirely different from one another but share a complexity that makes them appealing on their own. When I start using both the sequencers at the same time on a complex patch, that's when things get hairy and find myself retracing patch cables to find out whats happening. In the video example you can see that I team the Graphic Sequencer with a Z8000 and its relatively simple to follow.

Is it inspiring or crippling to have a lot of options? This is the question I think about a lot and almost always lean towards the "it's better to have too many options than too little" but in this particular case, the Graphic Sequencer changed my mind. The Graphic Sequencer gives you barebones options which work in favor of it being inspiring, constructive and most importantly straightforward. Don't get me wrong it can conjure up a lot of mayhem with the right amount of Stackables or mults but it its great at making strong patches rather than fumbling around tracing cables. If you're looking for more complicated patches, I'd suggest something else like aforementioned Z8000, A-154/155 combo or the forthcoming RENÉ from Makenoise. There is something that feels 'oldschool' about this sequencer - how it feels really natural to use sliders for note values and how addictive it is to make patterns. If you've used vintage gear or any sequencer for that matter, you'll be right at home with this.



- STG Soundlabs
- Harvestman
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Sequencer Family Photos

4 comments:

Brian Biggs said...

Hey Surachai the video says it's private and can't see it. Can that be fixed?

thanks
Brian

surachai said...

Hey Brian,
Right before posting the article, I make the video public - Seems like Youtube is lagging behind a little. Hang in there.

Tomas said...

Yay for stack-able 1/8's!!!

Anonymous said...

LOL! I hope that wasn't supposed to be an example of one of those "strong patches" you were talking about.