B-Step Sequencer – Small Video Collection

Have you checked out the B-Step Sequencer online user manual yet? There, you can find some nice short instructional videos, which I’ve collected together for you in a short 5 minute post (about two minutes of text and three minutes videos ;-)).

Let’s start with the first cool function on the list: Sequencer Ratcheting. Sequencer Ratcheting, or Step Repeats its also known, retriggers an enabled step for a defined number of times. Furthermore, B-Step comes with some smart functions that allow you to change a number of aspects, such the distance between each repeat, the duration of each repeat, the note value or the velocity for each step. To keep the repeats in harmony, a note filter only allows note values from the defined chords. Why not take a look yourself at this video…

Interface Legend, Layer: Repeats 1 (REP1 button on the left)

  • Step Repeats: Define how many repeats this step will have.
  • Don’t Roll Repeat: If enabled, the sequencer will stay on this step until the last repeat is triggered.
  • Repeat Interval: The distance between each repeat.
  • Repeat Interval Offset: Increase or decrease the interval per repeat.
  • Repeat Duration Offset: Increase or decrease the duration of each repeat.
  • Skip Repeat: If enabled, the repeat will not be triggered.

Interface Legend, Layer: Repeats 2 (REP2 button on the left)

  • Repeat Velocity Offset: Similar to Repeat Duration Offset, but increases or decreases the velocity of each repeat.
  • Repeat Note Offset: Similar to Repeat Duration Offset, but increases or decreases the step root note value by half-tones for each repeat.
  • Free Notes: Disables the look-up for the best matching notes – see above.

For more details, take a look at the B-Step Sequencer Manual: Sequencer Ratcheting, Step Repeats.

Just four global sliders, but they have the groove! I’m sure you’ll like B-Step’s shuffle feature.

A short description: With the first of the four shuffle function sliders, you can define the shuffle grid (SHFL), while the second one defines the delay (>>) for the steps on the grid, the third one reduces the velocity (VELO) for the steps on the grid and the last one changes the duration of each step on the grid (DURA).

For more details, take a look at the B-Step Sequencer Manual: Shuffle, Swing.

Are you already a B-Step user? Try it out and download your free B-Step Sequencer demo version for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Raspberry Pi.

See you next time in the category B-Step Sequencer for two longer tutorial videos: How to create an Arpeggio and B-Step in a Live Performance.


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Thomas Arndt

Thomas Arndt

Thomas had his first contact with music tools some time in the 90’s, with ProTracker on its Amiga 500 with a 512kb memory extension! At the same time, he tried to develop his first game with an old basic dialect, but it took him a few more decades to become a real C++ programmer. Since 2010, he has been developing his own music tools, and video tutorials. Some of his friends say he's an alien, because he uses cables as room decoration, and talks about mystic things like vocoders or synthesizers. It just doesn’t compute with him that someone wouldn’t be fascinated, by something so essential as a sequencer or synthesizer.

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