MATRIXSYNTH: Fun with Random Ratcheting

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fun with Random Ratcheting

video upload by boxoftextures

"Ratcheting is when you take one step in a sequence and have more than one note play in the same amount of time. Some sequencers let you specify how many notes you want in each step, but most just play one note per step. Ratcheting can take a "regular" sequence and give it a bit more pizzazz, and that's fine as far as it goes. In this video we're going to use clocks, a sample and hold, and a special ratcheting module to insert occasional ratchets in randomly chosen steps to take things to another level. Standard ratchets are perfectly fine, but when they come in at unexpected and unknowable semi-random moments the whole sequence keeps you just that much more on edge.

One thing I should perhaps mention is that I got a snazzy new lavalier microphone. However, due to user error I think what I actually did was record the voiceover in Logic using my laptop's built-in mic. I route my audio in Loopback but even if you set everything up correctly you still have to double check and make sure Logic knows to use Loopback for the audio routing. I've made this same mistake before with my headset mic but I've always caught it in the past. So let's all take this as an opportunity to learn that no matter how hard you try it's very easy to realize you didn't quite try hard enough. Or something.

This video description brought to you by the letters A and Z, mostly because it's hard to believe I actually use both pizzazz and snazzy in the same bit of text.

Video captured with ScreenFlow 10
Audio recorded in Logic Pro X
Audio routing done with Loopback

Edited in DaVinci Resolve 17
On a MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular
Screenflow from Telestream
DaVinci Resolve


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