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Track mode

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The Track mode
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Screen
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Pads
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Mute/unmute tracks on the fly
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Mute/unmute tracks to create sequences
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Solo a track
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Midi channel
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Zoom
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Copy/paste/delete a track
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Time signature and polyrhythm
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Track length fraction and polymetry
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Irrational rhythms (advanced users)
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DISP track view
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Microstep track

  The Track mode

The Track Mode has three purposes:

 1  to configure the current track (midi channel, zoom, length, time signature) using the shortcuts before playing in Live Mode or programming in Step Mode.

 2  to mute/unmute the 64 tracks using the 16 pads and  <   > . This tactile, intuitive method allows you to perform your song on the fly.

 3  to build your current sequence (a set of the 64 muted/unmuted tracks).

Screen

This display shows that TR01A is selected (current track) and contains notes, effects, CC automations and FX automations, with a 200% zoom and a 4/4 signature.

Sequence SE01 groups 6 unmuted tracks of bank A: TR01A, TR02A, TR05A, TR08A, TR12A and TR15A. The other tracks are muted or empty.

Pads

Mute/unmute tracks on the fly

Press one of the 16 pads to mute or unmute a track in the current BANK. Change the current BANK (A/B/C/D) with  <  and  > .

An empty track (without notes, effects or automations) can't be muted.

When the sequencer is playing, tracks evole in parallel even if they are muted: it enhances your ability to perform with them.

In the example below, 3 tracks are unmuted, 2 tracks are muted and all tracks have the same length:


Tracks of different lengths are played simultaneously; shorter tracks will repeat before the others:


 TIP  Use different track lengths (for example 2 bars, 4 bars and 6 bars) to create a non-repetitive, evolving sequence.

Mute/unmute in sync

Mute/unmute changes are in sync, depending on the PERFORM type selected in SEQ mode:

For example, if you unmute the track 01, this track will be activated at the beginning of the next bar (if PERFORM = 1BAR in SEQ mode). This allows you to play tracks by changing mute states in perfect sync.

To mute/unmute tracks instantly, select PERFORM = INST in SEQ mode.

 TIP  SETTINGS > MISC > TRACKS MUTE allows you to specify that tracks mute/unmute in sync by selecting ”SEQ PERFORM” or mute/unmute instantly by selecting ”INST

 TIP You can always mute/unmute a track instantly by pressing  2ND  + its corresponding pad .

Mute/unmute tracks to create sequences

A sequence is a set of 64 tracks, muted or unmuted. To build a sequence, mute and unmute tracks using the 16 smartpads and  <   > .

For example in SE01, only TR02A is unmuted. In SE02, TR02A and TR11A are unmuted. In SE03, TR01A, TR06A and TR15A are unmuted:



Once you have created your sequences, jump in Seq Mode to launch them, or program a chain of sequences to create a complete structured song.

Save mute states OFF

By default, track mute states changes are saved in the current sequence (REC is lit). If you mute or unmute a track, the sequence will save the mute states.

Press REC to disable saving sequence mute states (REC led will be OFF). If you mute or unmute a track, the sequence will not save the mute states. This allows you to mute and unmute tracks in TRACK mode, without losing your sequence’s track states. Switching a sequence restores it to its “default” state.

Solo a track

Hold solo and select a track with the pads to solo a track.

To cancel solo, press any track .

Midi Channel

Pyramid includes two midi outputs, one USB midi output and one CV/Gate (analog) output.

Each midi output provides 16 channels, which means that you can control up to 16 electronic musical instruments per midi output.

Hold midi channel and rotate to select the midi output of the track.

 TIP  Hold midi channel and press and rotate to select the midi output of the track.

A message pops up, displaying the selected output type (MIDI A, MIDI B, USB, CV) and channel number:



 TIP  You can link the track to two different outputs, for example both MIDI A and MIDI B or CV/Gate and USB.

The output channel is always displayed under the track number:


MIDI B CHANNEL 01 + USB OUT CHANNEL 01 is set

Note: DIN sync output (also called SYNC24) is available on the MIDI port B. You can enable and configure it using the Settings menu.

Zoom

Hold zoom and rotate to set the resolution, from 25% to 1600%:

A 100% zoom means that 1 step = 1 quarternote.

A 200% zoom doubles the resolution: a quarternote is divided into 2 steps. With a 1600% zoom, a quarternote is divided into 16 steps, useful to surgically edit your track.

A 50% zoom decrease the resolution. This is useful if you want to have a global view of your track: two quarternotes become one step.

Note: please read the Step Mode section "Track player: pages, zoom and length" for further details about the zoom feature.

Length

Hold length and rotate to increase or decrease a track's length in bars:


A length of 4 bars, a length of 64 bars.

Hold length and press and rotate to set the track's length with step precision:


A length of 2 bars + 1 quarternote, a length of 0 bar + 1 quarternote (1/4 bar = 1 quarternote).

 TIP  Bear in mind that you can, in every mode, hold TRACK to activate the following shortcuts:
solo 
midi channel  
zoom  
length
  
time signature

Copy/Paste/Delete a track

Press  2ND  +  copy  + a track to copy it.

Press  2ND  +  paste  + a track to paste it.

 TIP  Copy/paste is very useful to create a new pattern from an existing track. Copy saves track settings + notes + automations + effects.

Press  2ND  +  delete  + a track to delete it.

Time signature and polyrhythms

Create cross-rhythms and pattern variations! The 4/4 standard time signature often sounds good, but sequencing with other time signatures is an easy way to add complexity and originality to your songs.

In SETTINGS > MISC > SIGNATURE, you can choose how your track time signature will be interpreted by Pyramid: either Polyrhythms (default) or Polymeters.

If Polyrhythms is selected, Pyramid apply true polyrhythms when different time signatures are used. If you select a 3:4 time signature you will have bars of 3 quarter notes, but the bar will have the same duration as a 3/4 bar. The bar size is the same, but the beat differs.

If Polymeters is selected, all quarter notes remain the same. If you select a 3/4 time signature you will have bars of 3 quarter notes, and each quarter note will have the same length than the 4/4 ones. The length of the bar differ, but the beat unit remains the same. The polymetric mode is easier to understand than the Polyrhythmic one because it doesn't mix several speeds.

The lower number works the same in Polyrhythms or Polymeters. By default the time signature's lower number is set on 4, which means "quarter note". It can also be set on 2 "half note", 8 "eighth note" or 16 "sixteenth note" by holding time signature and pressing + rotating :

Each increment multiplies or divides the basic /4 bar length by 2:

Polyrhythms signature (x:4) (default)

With Pyramid you can mix a 4/4 track with a 5:4 track, a 9:4 and a 15:4 track: true polyrhythms! Tracks with different time signatures are synchronized and will loop at the same time, but steps follow their own path. The bar size is the same, but the beat differs. Of course you may still use all functionalities such as track length, zoom, offset and effects, as the PyraOs core system is based on Polyrhythm.

The length of a bar is the same whether you set a common 4/4 signature or you choose an odd one such as 15:4. For example, at 120 bpm, a bar in 4/4, 3:4 or 15:4 will last 2 seconds, and all tracks will loop at the same time:



The difference is the length of each note. If you increase the time signature's upper number, it will increase the number of beat in one bar: 4/4 means 4 quarternotes in a bar, 15:4 means 15 quarternotes in a bar.

Hold time signature and rotate to change the time signature's upper number on the current track:
You can adjust the track’s length to 4 bars to work achieve a 7:4 time signature (28 quarter notes) or any other track length you choose (for example 2 bars + 2/7ths quarter notes).

Polyrhythms signature can also be seen as a way to create tracks with different BPM speeds.

Polymeters signature (x/4)

With this setting, all quarter notes will remain the same as a 4/4 beat, but the length of your loop will be different. Your loops will shift against each other as they play: this is polymetry!

In other words, the length of the bar differ, but the beat unit remains the same.



• The 1st track is a standard 4/4 bar
• The 2nd track is a 3/4 bar (3 quarter notes)
• The 3rd track is a 5/4 bar (5 quarter notes)

Hold time signature and rotate to change the time signature's upper number on the current track:

Track length fraction and polymetry

Changing the length of a track is an other way to create polymeters.

Let's say we are working with a 1 bar track and a 4/4 time signature. Each step represents a quarter note.

Hold length and press + rotate to add or remove one quarter note (one step) to the length of the selected Track. This leads to the following possibilities:



• The 1st track is a standard 4/4 bar
• The 2nd track is a 4/4 bar with 1 quarter note removed
• The 3rd track is a 4/4 bar with 1 quarter note added

The length of your loops are different, so they shift against each other as they play. The length of the bar differ, but the beat unit remains the same.

Using polymetric patterns is a good trick to create lively, ever-changing and lengthy sequences. In the following example, the sequence composed of 3 short tracks will get back to its starting point after 15 loops of the standard 4/4 track:



 TIP  Link these 3 tracks to the same midi channel (ie to a unique musical instrument) to create a progressive pattern.

Irrational rhythms (advanced users)

An irrational rhythm uses step durations that lie outside the scope of the 4/4 system and loop on a different bar length.

Create a polyrhythmic (tracks with different time signatures) and polymetric (tracks with different bar lengths) sequence to experiment irrational rhythms! Both the measure size and the beat differ.

In the example below you get a simple overview of all these concepts for 3 simple tracks:



This sequence will get back to its starting point after 6 loops of the 4/4 track. Within the sequence, track quarternotes are never on time because of the beat phase shift.

DISP track view

Press DISP to display your tracks progressions and easily understand your track polymeters:

This screen displays:
Track number: from 1 to 16
Track progression: percentage of the loop being played
Track bar length
Track time signature
Run modes: RELATCH , TRIG or FREE (nothing displayed)
Output: flashes if the track is sending events via MIDI, USB or CV/GATE.

Muted tracks are shaded:

The DISP view displays tracks from TR01 to TR08 of the selected bank. If you press DISP again, it will display TR09 to TR16 tracks. You can also use the menu encoder to select the displayed tracks.

With DISP activated, the 16 pads flashes when tracks send midi events (notes and CC messages).

Microstep track

To create a Microstep track, set the track length on 0+1/4 bar, the zoom on 1600% and increase the time signature lower number up to 4/16. The step-by-step player will run at high speed, which is very useful to create drones, black midi and glitch sounds, and to expand the boundaries of your instruments.