g3

Grid modes

While playing with the Pro 2, Tempest, and S3, I am discovering new ways in which the ISHIZENO g3 grid could be used. Initially, it was designed with two modes in mind: playing and sequencing. But now that I got a taste for the S3 control surface, I am thinking that it could be used for mixing as well. And the Tempest is giving me a few ideas regarding playing and sequencing.

Playing Mode

In playing mode, 8 rows of 36 keys are used for playing, while the top row can be used for sequencing. Each one of the 8 bottom rows is connected to one of the 8 polyphonic channels in the i8 module. Each key on the top row corresponds to one sequencing step, while each column of keys on the 8 bottom rows corresponds to one note, across 3 full octaves.

Sequencing Mode

In sequencing mode, 8 rows of keys are used for sequencing, while the top row is used for note selection. The 8 bottom rows are also connected to the 8 polyphonic channels, but the 36 key columns on the 8 bottom rows correspond to individual sequencing steps.

Muting Mode

In muting mode, the layout is the same as in sequencing mode, but clicking on a key on the 8 bottom rows mutes or unmutes a channel for a given sequencing step, while clicking on a key on the top row mutes or unmutes a sequencing step across all channels.

Mixing Mode

In mixing mode, each one of the 8 bottom rows is used to set the output level of one of the 8 polyphonic channels, on a 36-step scale, while the top row is used to set the master output’s level. Furthermore, the 36 columns of RGB illuminated keys are used to display color-code signal meters (in classic green, yellow, and red) across the 8 polyphonic channels and the master output.

I am still trying to figure out how modes will be selected…

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