Showing posts with label Midicake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Midicake. Show all posts

Thursday, July 04, 2024

The Best Generative Hardware Sequencer of 2024? Midicake ARP's Amazing New Update

video upload by midicake

"Midicake ARP's Latest Update: A Game-Changer!

Discover the powerful new features in Midicake ARP's V6 update:

Awesome pattern sequencing engine
Exciting Binary Patterns feature
Chops and Ratchets for dynamic rhythms
Enhanced functionality: Patch Resets, Undo, Default Patterns
Improved workflow: Daisy Chaining, External Note & Macro enhancements
Expanded creativity: New Modulation and FX Targets

Plus, a completely reworked user manual to guide you through it all.

Experience the best version of Midicake ARP yet!"


Press release follows:

Midicake ARP Unveils Powerful V6 Update: 46 Major Features and Counting

Midicake announces the launch of Version 6 for its innovative ARP platform, introducing a host of game-changing features in its fifth major update since release. This latest version solidifies ARP's position as a continually expanding musical ideas machine.
Headline Features of ARP V6:

• Revolutionary pattern sequencing engine
• Groundbreaking Binary Patterns feature
• Dynamic Chops and Ratchets functionality
• Advanced workflow enhancements: Patch Resets, Undo, and Daisy Chaining
• Expanded modulation and FX targets
• Comprehensive user manual overhaul

"With 46 major feature developments since launch, ARP V6 represents our commitment to continuous innovation," says Chris Brown. "We're pushing the boundaries of what's possible in music creation and production, while maintaining ARP’s intuitive interface that welcomes users of all skill levels."

Key Enhancements in Recent Updates:

• Pattern Sequencing: A complete overhaul of the sequencing engine, offering unprecedented creative control
• Binary Pattern Controls: A unique approach to rhythm and melody generation
• Performance Tools: New Chop and Ratchet features for dynamic live performances
• Workflow Optimization: Streamlined processes for faster, more intuitive music creation
• Expanded Modulation: Greater depth and complexity in sound design capabilities

This rapid pace of development sets ARP apart in the music technology industry. Regular, substantial updates have transformed ARP from an innovative concept into a comprehensive music production powerhouse.

ARP's parametric sequencing approach to melody and sequence generation continues to be a cornerstone of its appeal, offering an inspirational ideas machine that's both powerful and accessible.

See ARP V6 in action:
Existing ARP users can download the free V6 firmware update here:

About Midicake: Midicake is at the forefront of sustainable music technology development. With a focus on long-term product lifecycles and continuous improvement, Midicake is committed to providing innovative solutions that respect both creative needs and environmental concerns.
For more information on ARP visit:

Monday, July 01, 2024

Midicake Arp and The One Finger Jam (no talk)

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Something's wrong if you're making music but not having fun. It should all be fun. But writing good, coherent, interesting and long patterns is difficult (for me) and often liable not to be much fun. The usual path is to make a good 16-step pattern, copy it, add some variations, and bump to 32 steps. Then what about little fills and other bits? Now you're talking about "song mode" and other mathematical duties.

So the idea here was: Let's use the Arp to create long patterns, then hit record on the DB-01 and just feed in the result. I did try that and it worked a treat. But as an alternative you can just manually "play" the entire thing on the Arp - which is what I did here.

It took a bit of practice to get the timing right and I wouldn't want to be playing the entire "song" to a live audience with one finger unless there were a few other things running to cover in case of a mistake. Of course in the studio no one can hear you scream after five errors in a row.

Live-playing the DB-01s like this you lose various programmable goodness like the pitch envelopes, filter mod and accents; but on the flipside you can use portamento on the sequence (although I didn't here) and can use the Arp to set and vary the gate lengths. For example the top DB-01 is playing the high blippy theme on the Arp channel 3 and the longer three-note bass prod on channel 4. It can seemingly produce two sounds almost simultaneously because channel 3 has a short gate and high octave, while channel 4 has a long gate and low octave.

When you think about it that is pretty amazing work for an arpeggiator! It's like instant program change on a synth with no programs.

In this piece all the music is coming from the two DB-01s, with a drum track added afterwards in the DAW. I chopped it up a little to make a 90-second jam (instead of the 8-minute director's cut) but it is essentially live-played. There are no DAW effects, no extra layers or EQ.

After all this intricate fun it seems to me that calling the Midicake Arp an "arp" is monstrously understated. I see it more like your synths are big dumb blue-ribbon bovines standing around in a field and the Arp is a supercharged border collie begging to chase them through a Marine bootcamp obstacle course. Make those machines sweat! They cost enough.

Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon: / richarddehove
Many thanks to my kind patrons who keep this channel ad-free
My website:"

Friday, June 14, 2024

What is MIDI Modulation? How to Make Awe-Inspiring Generative Music!

video upload by midicake

"Looking for new musical ideas? Midicake ARP's modulation superpowers will generate original music ideas that stand out and let your creative talents shine.

MIDI Modulation is an incredibly powerful technique that works on the fundamental building blocks of music to uncover an almost unlimited wealth of new musical melodies, rhythms and beats that can drive your inspiration.

Let's take a look at some amazing modulation examples and build a track together."

Friday, May 24, 2024

Creating Something from Nothing

video upload by midicake

"Building patches with sounds from the Synclavier, Moog Modular, Jupiter 8 and Stage 73 is so easy with Midicake ARP.

Starting with a blank pattern, we'll go through the steps of building a patch and try to make something wonderful.

All sounds are from the Arturia V collection."

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tutorial | Configuring Live Play on Midicake ARP

video upload by midicake

"A short tutorial on how to configure Midicake ARP for Live Play with an external MIDI controller.

ARP supports MIDI Through, Global Scale Setting and Live Triggering of Sequences. This is how it can be configured."

Friday, April 19, 2024

8 Bit Super Computer | Midicake ARP

video upload by midicake

Fun video. How many games can you identify?

"👾I've been experimenting with #8Bit Computer Game Music and #MidicakeARP. 🕹️

I made a long video but failed to record one of the MIDI channels, so I need to re-record it. Anyway, here's a little snippet.

Using the fantastic #SuperAudioBoy for #NativeInstruments #Kontact."

Thursday, April 11, 2024

DAWLess Mini Synth JAM | J-6 & JX-08 | Volca Beats | Midicake ARP

video upload by midicake

"A friend lent me some little Roland synthesizers to try out with Midicake ARP. They are both packed with good sounds and very playable. For that Mid-80s vibe, they really shine.

I'm not that taken with the J-6 sequencer but, given its size, it still packs a lot in. Once you disable the in-built sequencers, however, driving them with ARP makes for a brilliantly compact tabletop setup!

And, of course, ARP opens up possibilities that just can't be achieved any other way. Who needs Astrolab!? ;)"

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

MidiCake Arp embiggens the smallest mono synths

video upload by Richard DeHove

"It's a rare day that I'll abandon the superb sequencers of the DB-01 for an external source. Much is lost when you go external - accents, filter modulation and pitch envelopes just for starters. Yet the MidiCake Arp gives in return: Powerful one-finger pattern-play, gate length modulation, 32nd notes and even patterns with portamento.

So here are five example Arp patterns ranging from somewhat cheesy to somewhat dark. Ideally I would have used lots of other effects, but I wanted to keep everything compact so one DB-01 gets the DM-2w delay, the other gets either the Astronaut reverb or Nemesis delay.

For some reason the Arp locks the DB-01s LFO sync to one rate, so the LFOs are always free-running. Other than that it was very smooth. The DB-01s are of course in "key" mode because that's what's needed to trigger them. A useful byproduct of this is that the DB-01 portamento can now be used in sequences!

The MidiCake Arp is an amazing little machine. Complex, but amazing. After many hours I know I'm just scratching around doing pretty obvious things yet that's still very satisfying. I rather like that its possibilities are so vast you can choose your own way into its abilities. In the five examples I mostly have 'play' mode enabled which means the patterns run as a continuously synced whole. In others 'play' mode is off and I manually trigger things (tracks 4 & 5), which is much more unforgiving, but gives a little more flexability. In any case you can see how simple the basic notes are against the complexity of the result.

As usual I've kept everything simple (ie without drums etc) so you can get a good idea what's going on. And no DAW post-processing of any sort.

0:00 Flutterings
0:56 Memories
2:16 Pokery
3:25 Sliders
4:42 Regrets

Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon:
Many thanks to my kind patrons who keep this channel ad-free
My website:"

Friday, March 22, 2024

Chord Progressions Made Easy | Midicake ARP

video upload by midicake

"Chord Progressions Made Easy with Midicake ARP Ⓜ️🆔ℹ️🍰

I've been wanting to do something more orchestral for a while and this is it. Experimenting with chord progressions on ARP is so easy. Whether you have music theory knowledge or not, ARP gives you fast access to thousands of chords and the freedom to explore what works best for your compositions.

This was made with various sample pack sounds, while ARP provided the arrangement with just a few parameter tweaks."

Uptempo jam with Midicake ARP, Dreadbox Nymphes, Moog Minitaur, Mother 32, MSW-810, DrumBrute Impact

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

I've had this chord progression kicking around for a little while, the product of a voice-leading exercise I was doing. I was super happy with it but never able to incorporate it into a larger arrangement. Recently, I realized I could just run the chord progression through the Midicake ARP and get some inspiration on the song arrangement, and sure enough, that was all it took (along with a few amazing synthesizers and effects). Really happy with where this one ended up.

Full disclosure: I cut and paste a previous drum fill to the outro drum fill, because I felt the outro drum fill didn't match the quality of the earlier one. Seemed a more judicious approach than recording the whole thing again.

Thanks for listening.

Dirtywave M8 - chord progression sequence
Midicake ARP - four-part sequencing arranger for the chord progression
Kenton MIDI Thru - MIDI Thru out to five devices
DrumBrute Impact through Empress EchoSystem - Drums
Moog Mother 32 through Kinotone Ribbons - Slower mono synth
Michigan Synth Works MSW-810 through Hologram Chroma Console - Faster mono synth
Moog Minitaur through Boss DM-101 - Bass synth
Dreadbox Nymphes through Empress Reverb - Pad synth

Performed and recorded live (minus that small drum edit) to a multitrack recording, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Friday, March 08, 2024

10 Tips to Boost your Jams

video upload by midicake

"Welcome to a unique exploration of improvisation in electronic music. This video is not just a performance; it's a journey into live electronic improvisation, designed for music tech enthusiasts of all levels and tools. Through is improv session, I share my personal voyage and the concepts that have shaped my approach to improvisation. I know I have a lot to learn and I'm still on the journey but they've helped me get better and I'm sure they'll help you too.

Discover how to elevate your live performances by embracing spontaneity, understanding the flow of electronic sounds, and connecting with your instruments. This video has insights into the philosophy and techniques, as well as a chance to enjoy the music and hopefully enhance your own improv skills.

Think differently about your practice and push the boundaries of what's possible with electronic music. So plug in, tune out the world, and let's embark on a musical adventure that aims to transform your approach to electronic improvisation.

Key Takeaways:
*Understand the importance of spontaneity in live electronic music.
*Explore strategies for deepening your connection with electronic instruments.
*Learn how to embrace and navigate the unpredictable nature of improvisation.
*Gain insights into creating a more engaging and dynamic live performance.

Music tech enthusiasts, electronic musicians, improvisers, and anyone interested in the art of live electronic performance."

Minimalist Four to the Floor with Midicake ARP

video upload by midicake

"Sometimes you just need a bit of minimal four to the floor to gets you moving. 🎧

With Midicake ARP, the bassline rhythms, drums and melodies for this track came together in a matter of minutes. It's so quick to generate new ideas. Configuration in Ableton is super simple, too. Then just explore chords/scales to find the movement and emotion that matches your mood. It's awesome and nothing else does it this way.


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Demo Track - Orthosie - A Wealth of Space

video upload by midicake

"Live Improvised Music Performance using Midicake ARP and Ableton/Kontakt to inspire a sense of space."

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

SEQTRAK and Midicake ARP Inspiring Creative New Ideas

video upload by midicake

"🎹 How do you combine the mechanics of creating melodies with the musical theory that guides and underpins good music, without years of learning and practice? 🎵

🎶Yamaha's Seqtrak is a battery-powered groove box, synthesizer and sampler touted as the Ultimate Music creation station. It has great sounds and some very neat tricks. However, I have 3 big issues, not just with Seqtrak but with step-sequencer groove boxes in general. 🎧

In this video, I'll go through my issues and how to solve them by plugging in a Melody Designer like Midicake ARP. I'll show you how to get more from your Step Sequencer and how powerful sequence generators can inspire new musical ideas with amazing ease.

00:00 Intro
01:00 The Big Issues
01:20 Recording Woes
01:55 Piano Skills
02:37 Clumsy Step Sequencing
02:55 Arpeggios to the rescue?
03:10 All out of ideas
04:00 How do you solve a problem like Maria?
04:29 Easy Melodies with Midicake ARP
05:40 Recording into Seqtrak
06:30 Building Variations
07:00 Keeping everything in Harmony
08:20 Cumbersome Drum Programing
09:04 Inspiring Drum Sequences
10:00 Crazy Modulations
10:44 Performance Demo
11:45 Conclusions
12:36 Outro"

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

All gear is better in black (replacing the Midicake Arp case)

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Why just make a quick guide on replacing the Midicake Arp's front panel when I can have an extended gripe about too-colorful gear? So here it is, all talk and no music about the joys of black front panels. For reasons unknown a jumble of gear colors disturbs me. Perhaps there's some deep explanation centring on light patterns, color contrast and their interaction with brainwave states? After all, why are some color groupings universally regarded as "beautiful" or "harmonious" - such as a sunset - and other combinations like brown and orange, or magenta and red, judged terrible? Either that or I'm just getting more grumpy and demanding. In the meantime, if anyone knows of a black overlay sticker for the Big Sky, I'm in.

0:00 Approved colors
1:18 Midicake Arp
2:35 Strymon neon
3:24 Arp front panel
3:50 Replacing the case
5:35 Knob time
6:55 Ta da!

Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon:
Many thanks to my kind patrons who keep this channel ad-free
My website:"

Friday, February 09, 2024

All The Sevens - 7 Beats per Bar ARP

video upload by midicake

"Why not use 7 beats per bar? Midicake ARP let's you do any musical time divisions you'd like so let's give it a go.

We hook Midicake ARP up to the Eurorack Synths and make some music."

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Midicake ARP v5 Firmware Update - Detailed Walkthrough

video upload by midicake

"This video is a deep dive into the brand-new and revolutionary timing parameters in the Midicake ARP v5 firmware update.

Check out the overview video first: - [posted here]


00:00 Intro
00:22 Existing Time Parameter
01:20 Halving and Doubling Time
01:47 What does it sound like
02:48 Polyrhythms and Polymeters
04:30 The 3 new Time Parameters
05:14 Parameter 1 - Time Division
05:39 Parameter 2 - Time Factor
08:41 Parameter 3 - Time Function
10:12 Unlimited Time Divisions
11:11 How slow can you go?
12:14 Making Melodies with Factors
15:01 Changes to Delay
16:23 Impact on Groove Patterns
17:20 Improvements to Time Modulation
20:22 It's still Deterministic
20:56 Updates to the Manual
21:39 Outro"

Midicake ARP v5 Firmware Update - Detailed Walkthrough - Part 2 - Performance Modes

"This video is a deep dive into the brand-new Performance Modes now available in the Midicake ARP v5 firmware update. It also looks at all the new features to help you get more from ARP


00:00 Intro
00:22 Classic Mode
07:04 One Finger Mode
10:41 MIDI keyboard Split
13:33 Power button
14:05 Encoder Improvements
14:25 MACRO MIDI CC Output
15:24 Multi Menu Selection Tweaks
16:25 Global MIDI Output
17:08 Patch Change Behaviour
18:10 Outro"

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Midicake Announces Groundbreaking Firmware Update for Midicake ARP – Redefining Musical Timing

A REVOLUTION in MIDI Music Timing - Latest v5 Firmware available now - Intro Video upload by midicake

00:00 Intro
00:35 Time Parameters Unleashed
02:10 Classic Arpeggiator Mode
02:53 One Finger Mode
03:20 Keyboard Split/Zones
03:48 Power Button
04:06 Encoder Enhancements
04:33 Macro CC Output
04:51 MIDI Output Routing
05:06 Multi Menu Control
05:21 Outro

Press release follows:

Midicake is thrilled to announce a significant leap forward in electronic music creation with the latest firmware update for the renowned Midicake ARP. Available for download on January 18th, 2024, this update marks a new era in musical timing and creativity.

The new firmware is free for all Midicake ARP users, ensuring both existing and new customers can enjoy the latest advancements. Every new ARP unit will ship with this updated firmware, guaranteeing immediate access to the cutting-edge features.

Revolutionary Time Parameters: Unleash Your Creativity The highlight of this update is the introduction of innovative Time Parameters, revolutionizing the way musicians control musical timing, in the digital MIDI domain. These parameters allow users to effortlessly create complex polyrhythms and polymeters, offering unparalleled freedom in musical time division. Ever dreamed of composing with 23 notes across 7 bars? It’s now possible with the Midicake ARP!

Enhanced Playability with New Features In addition to these timing innovations, the update brings exciting new features to enhance the ARP's playability:

• Classic Arpeggiator Mode: Experience the nostalgic and beloved patterns of traditional arpeggiators.

• One Finger Mode: Simplify your performance without sacrificing creativity.

• Keyboard Zoning: Expand your expressive range by assigning different ARP patterns to various keyboard sections.

These features make playing the ARP not just easier, but also more fun and engaging, suitable for both studio sessions and live performances.

ARP: Your Ultimate Digital Melody Generator With its unique blend of advanced features and user-friendly interface, the Midicake ARP stands as the ideal digital melody generator for all forms of electronic music production.

Midicake invites all electronic music enthusiasts, from budding bedroom producers to seasoned professionals, to explore the new dimensions of musical expression offered by the Midicake ARP's latest firmware update.

Join the Revolution in Musical Timing with Midicake ARP!

Friday, January 12, 2024

Modular Synths are the way - Live Eurorack performance

video upload by midicake

"Another live jam, another Moon of Jupiter to loosely tie them all together.

So my journey into eurorack modular synths is well begun. Here's a little update of the modules and how they're performing so far.

Hope you enjoy! :)

Find out more at"

Friday, January 05, 2024

In Need of Inspiration?

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"In need of inspiration? Visit to find out more about this unique and inspiring way to create melody."

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