LSSP 101 is a very affordable bundle of Adroit Synthesis modules that is designed to give you an introduction to the Large Scale Sequencing Project.
The full LSSP suite consists of over 30 modules and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by that many new modules especially given the unfamiliar nature of some of the technology involved.
The modules included are…
These modules work together to form something called the Song Control Sequencer. Although it is technically possible to build LSSP patches that do not use the Song Control Sequencer it’s the best place to start to understand LSSP and the concept of V/Bar sequencing.
CV Sequencer’s functionality is something that most people will feel instantly at home with as it’s a two channel 16 step sequencer that produces standard control voltages that you can plug into your existing patches and get up and running with straight away.
Tutorial 1 explores using Song Control, Song Part and CV Sequencer to create a simple first patch.
This module, like CV Sequencer, should soon feel pretty familiar as it uses an interface similar to countless “X0X style” rhythm generators.
This module provides the essential three note chords used in millions of songs. Extended chords and inversions are only available in the full version of LSSP too but this module is an excellent place to start exploring harmony.
This module is a specialised sequencer that allows you to program chord progressions by patching S-Poly chord signals such as those provided by the Diatonics Triad module into its input sockets.
This module takes gate, velocity and S-Poly chord signals and turns them into polyphonic MIDI messages making it extremely easy to create things like rhythmical chord stabs, pads, strumming accompaniments etc.
This module provides a pair of pitch quantizers that adjust control voltages so that they fit in with the chord or scale currently being fed to it via an S-Poly signal.
Using quantization isn’t as powerful a technique as using the Melody Sequencer (which is not currently part of the 101 bundle) but it integrates well with non-Adroit modules and enables you to use CV Sequencers to sequence coherent pitches and use things like envelope generators and LFOs to generate arpeggios.
The Blues Scale module is included as an example of an Adroit Scale module. It’s not a comprehensive tool as it’s just one scale of many but it demonstrates the concept. Other scale modules are available and it is relatively easy to create custom scales in the full version of LSSP.
More importantly the blues scale just sounds cool! Whack almost any varying control voltage into a Pitch Adjuster fed with the Blues Scale S-Poly scale signal and you might be pleasantly surprised at how musical the result can be.
To begin with you can use just the Song Part modules to construct multi-bar phrases (musical segments using multiple measures). But Time Splitter modules provide you with an extra intermediate level of sequencing that can bridge the gap between song parts and single bar sequences and open up the possibility of constructing musical forms such as AAAB, ABAC and so on.
Another time splitter that makes it easy to create fills – single bar variations at the end of 4, 8, 12 or 16 bar long phrases.
This module isn’t particularly glamorous but is incredibly useful for making large patches easier to understand. Its huge text label making it easy to identify the function of the modules next to it.
While LSSP 101 is a very powerful bundle of modules in its own right, once you have worked through the tutorials, played with it for a while and the concepts involved in LSSP become familiar friends; you will discover that you want to achieve more and that the extra functionality you are seeking is (mostly) provided by all those extra LSSP modules that initially looked kind of pointless!