I just reprinted the manual, and am now realizing that the new manual, 193 pages, is 55 pages longer than the 1.0 manual, which was 138 pages. This has to be one of the biggest manuals in Euro! Don’t get me wrong, more explanation and detail is better when it comes to this stuff.
Why on earth would you print the whole manual?
I would be absolutely over the moon about some level of support for microtonality in Metropolix. In a perfect world, would love to see a uTune-style implementation where you can simply browse/select from a large library of scales. But even something simpler like user-defined steps per octave or an option for un-quantized output from the pitch jacks would be super slick.
Going back through the manual, on page 103 under Loading Presets it says:
If the LEN screen’s Pulses parameter is set to anything other than ‘Auto’, then the queued preset loads when the sequence resets.
This is confusing because can’t LEN be different for each track? I recall in the past that Track 1’s LEN settings controlled queueing, is that still the case in this kind of situation? Or does it mean, “If either track’s LEN screen’s Pulses parameter is set to anything other than ‘Auto’…”?
It’s tied to Total Pulses/Queued Pulses now, that line might be out of date. Page 102 describes it properly. I’ll let the manual guy know.
Gotcha. I generally find the manual incredibly consistent, accurate, and complete otherwise!
Do you know when Perfect Circuit should be getting these? I placed my order on the first day it was available on their site, almost a month ago now, and they still haven’t gotten them in. I haven’t seen them in stock anywhere in the US this whole time. Did these actually already ship out to dealers?
When we say “shipping to dealers”, we mean they are available to dealers for order and ship. It is still up to dealers to order them. Many dealers will place regular larger orders with multiple modules at a time, whatever works best for their business. This sometimes means they won’t have the module day one, especially for smaller accessory modules.
Note: We can’t get into specifics of dealer orders or arrangements for obvious reasons.
I just encountered a small glitch when switching presets, which happened in all three queue modes. Here are the settings:
Queue Pulses = 6
Same for both presets, Track 2:
LEN > Stages = 6
Slider Octaves = 2
Scale = Maj7
Switching from Preset 1:
Root = D
Notes: C#0 F#1 A1 D1 A1 F#1
…to Preset 2:
Root = C
Notes: G1 E1 B1 E1 G1 C1
(Above I’m saying 0 = first octave on sliders and 1 = second octave)
The glitch is that when Metropolix switches between presets, it gets the first note of the preset wrong on the first pass, sometimes playing a note one scale degree too high, sometimes one scale degree too low (Preset 1 to Preset 2 was one degree too high, Preset 2 to Preset 1 was, less frequently, one degree too low).
UPDATE: Hooray! I decided to recreate the presets using root C and a chromatic for both and it fixed it! Maybe something iffy with root changes between presets?
Wish list item: selecting presets using external CV
If preset selection would be possible using an external CV, it would be the perfect melody sequencer, because then I could automate it with my other sequencers - or even chain two Metropolix together
Absolutely absolutely loving my Metropolix!
This one has been requested a couple of times, unfortunately because of the high-res internal timing, low amount of RAM and slow EEPROM access, we can’t load presets rapidly on the fly. The Preset chaining feature uses some clever memory caching to work around these limits, so that it doesn’t upset any timing.
I wanted to suggest a feature for the sequence offset not being just stages based as is right now and is great but would be even greater if the offset could be set in pulses as well.
Added to the wishlist.
Thanks for all your feature requests everyone! We keep an eye here, but don’t always find the time to reply to everyone.
Working on new stuff, we’re all pretty heads down!
Ahh gotcha, thanks for the response!
If that’s the case, it could still be really helpful if you give us some way of externally queueing presets externally. Like essentially something that is the same as how you can currently queue a preset manually so that when the current pattern reaches its step count, it goes to whatever got queued.
Would even be cool to be able to use midi program changes via USB!
Ahhh, I had a feeling…you guys have been a little quiet!
How is it now yr dream is reality?
I have a suggestion for a future update. Can you introduce ‘slob’ for pitch and gate?
You see this future more often on modules and synth and it believe this brings a natural feel to the sequence.
Please let me know if it’s an option.
I believe this is on wishlist and has been requested in the past. Right now you can modulate swing a tiny bit with a random mod lane for a bit of that “humanization” flavour.
Would looove microtuning support on the Metropolix of any kind, feels like it would be so perfect for it! Any one of Scala files, MTS receipt (this seems particularly approachable since there could be very minimal UI), or custom UI for detuning-per-note scales would be AOK be me : )