3. Trance-gating with the step sequencer
1 VPS Avenger’s Step Sequencer can be used for modulation of any parameter within the synth, but by default it’s a good old-fashioned trance-gate, making light work of chopping sustained sounds up into rhythmic parts. Here we’ve loaded the PD Solina Strings patch, added the Trance 6 Drums Oscillator preset and pattern, and programmed a MIDI chord sequence. 2 The pad comprises two Oscillators. Send them both to the Step Sequencer by clicking the Step SQ 1 buttons in their Route panels – the default sequence kicks in. Each vertical bar in the sequencer opens the gate, letting the signal from the Oscillators through. Load Classic Gate 6 (from the Sequencer’s Rhythmic Simple menu) for a more interesting pattern. 3 The Contour knob smoothes the gate’s opening and closing, while the Gate knob shortens the amount of time that each step is held open. The balance of gated and ungated signals is set with the Vol Mix knob. Switch from Mono to Stereo to get separate sequencers for the left and right channels – use the Stereo Width knob to narrow and widen the image.