1. Polyrhyhmic layered arps
Avenger’s discrete oscillators, arpeggiators and step sequencers make it an absolute monster when it comes to polyrhythmic layering – that is, stacking pattern-based parts running in different time signatures. Start by drawing a 64-bar long D minor chord into a MIDI clip in your DAW –D F A D – and loading the Two Synths patch from Tutorial Files. This is a simple two-layered patch with Oscillators 1 and 2 routed to VPS Avenger’s Arpeggiator 1 for an upward four-note arpeggio, and a drum pattern playing alongside. Click to the Arp page in the central display. The default arpeggio is eight steps long with no pitch offset – let’s mess it up a bit. Each of the green blocks in the Arpeggiator represents the offset of the arpeggiated note triggered by that step – by moving them up and down we can reshape the note progression. Drag step 2 down to -5 (semitones), step 4 up to +7, and the green block itself on step 6 up one whole step to raise it an octave. Set the arpeggiator’s Pattern Length knob to 7 and the four-note arpeggio takes on a whole new character. It now restarts after seven 16th-notes and thus is no longer divisible by the number of notes in the chord, resulting in a different pattern each time round, resetting every seven bars (and when the chord is retriggered every 64 bars, of course). Now click the + button next to Arp 1 in the Arp tab to add a second Arpeggiator. Load it with the Basic Bassline 2 preset from the menu at the top-right of the Arp tab, and assign Oscillator 2 to it by clicking Arp 1 in its Route panel and switching to Arp 2. With its nine active steps, the notes of Arp 2 change from bar to bar, as the four-note chord shifts them each time. Lowering the Pattern length from 16 to 15 and deleting the last block regulates the note cycle, but knocks the timing out of sync with the barlines. The result is a funky dual-arp polyrhythm that only resets on the downbeat every 105 bars!