Exploring the Creative Possibilities of After Later Audio's STEPS 1U Eurorack Module: A Random Looping Stepped CV and Burst Generator

After Later Audio's STEPS 1U Eurorack Module is a powerful tool for generating both random and repeating patterns of up to 8 steps. The module includes three functional blocks: an internal clock with rate control and output, a burst generator with pulses, gate, and EOB outputs, and a random looping stepped CV generator with R.gate, random stepped, and steps outputs with attenuverter.

The STEPS 1U module can function as both a random stepped CV source and a repeating 8-stepped CV source. Using the burst generator, users can trigger either an 8-step loop or 8 random steps. The module can be used with both internal and external clock signals and can be daisy-chained with other STEPS modules for even more complex patterns, capable of generating 16-step patterns or longer.

However, it is important to note that when first turning on the module, it must be run in RAND mode for at least 8 steps to fill the shift register with data. Additionally, if a trigger is received off-beat from the internal clock, the first step duration will be shortened.

Overall, the STEPS 1U Eurorack Module is a versatile and powerful tool for generating random and repeating CV patterns with a variety of outputs to choose from. Its ability to be daisy-chained with other STEPS modules makes it a great addition to any modular synthesizer setup.

Example Usage

If you're just starting out with the After Later Audio's STEPS 1U Eurorack module, a simple way to use it is as a random stepped CV source. Simply connect the Steps output to the CV input of your oscillator or filter and adjust the Rate control to set the speed of the stepped output. You can also experiment with the attenuverter to add more nuance to the output. Then, use the Burst generator to trigger a randomized or fixed sequence of 8 steps. Try using the R.gate output to trigger other modules in your setup for even more complex patterns. Remember to run STEPS in RAND mode for at least 8 steps to fill the shift register with data when first turning it on.

An intermediate-level usage example for the STEPS 1U Eurorack Module by After Later Audio is to create a rhythmic pattern by using the burst generator and random looped stepped CV generator together. Set the rate control and output to a desired tempo and select the burst length. Then use the random stepped output or loop of 8 steps to create a melody or sequence. By adjusting the attenuverter on the steps output, you can change the voltage range of the melody or sequence. Then trigger the burst generator to add percussive elements to the pattern. This creates a complex, evolving rhythm that can be used in a variety of electronic music genres.

Further Thoughts

One example of how to use After Later Audio's Steps 1U module is to combine it with a sequencer, such as the Turing Machine, to create unpredictable and spontaneous melodies. Use the Steps module to generate a random stepped CV output, then connect it to the input of the Turing Machine sequencer. Set the Turing Machine to a random mode or use it to quantize the steps generated by the Steps module. Additionally, use the burst generator to create rhythmic patterns that can be synced with the sequencer's clock. The result is a dynamic and ever-changing sequence that can be further manipulated with effects and filters.