Connoisseurs of Combo, I want to hear what your favorite setups look like. Maybe some of the shared ideas will inspire others.
As for me, I’ve had my pair for ~3 years now, and what I enjoy the most involves:
- pad 1 is a Unipolar Fader, with the X input assigned Offset (Trig) on pad 1
- pad 2 is Euclidean, with its second output quantized (to Chromatic) and allowed a max voltage of 5V
- pads 3+4 are Voltage Banks, with the Z input assigned to VBank (CLK) for both pads 3+4, and my pad 2’s second output patched into the Z input
- outputs A+B send pressure from pads 3+4
- the Y input is assigned to Loopy Shift
I treat the right half of my Tetrapad basically like an enhanced Pressure Points + Brains (4 stages of 4 stored voltages per stage) with live pressure output and internal, clock-synced sequencing of the stage indices through my Euclidean pad’s positional output. Having that Euclidean pad’s positional output quantized is important; this ensures that the position is only updated through an internal S&H that samples on each trigger emitted from the clock-synced Euclidean generator. Now I can record and play back nonlinear stage-addressing patterns like
1,2,2,4,3,2,2,4 that are actually clock synced (as it works in the dedicated Voltages mode) in Combo mode, with stage changes in sync with a generated Euclidean rhythm.
About my first pad - I like having a CV input playing the Offset(Trig) role and having that assigned to a Fader pad, because this is basically gives me an entirely external sample & hold (X = the signal to sample, trig-assigned jack = the external sampling trigger, X attenuverter = amount and polarity that the S&H signal should be added to the pad’s output) that can be attenuverted and added to the pad’s loopable fader position. I’ve been finding a use for that in every patch.