The Track Mode
TRACK mode has 3 purposes:
● Configure track layout (number of voices, type of track)
● Edit global settings (Midi channel, CV inputs, clock settings, midi thru)
● Mute/unmute the 8 tracks
The display shows the 8 outputs (8 voices) of Hermod in a grid. Each rectangle shows the voice layout: it can be a NOTE track, a MOD track, a VELOCITY track or an AFTERTOUCH track.
If the track is not empty, it displays the content of the track: notes, modulation , gates , and pitchbend/aftertouch/sustain :
Selecting a track
To select the current track: scroll the encoder.
Track 2 is selected.
Note that in any modes, you can always hold TRACK and press a padto select a new track without having to go back to track mode.
You can mute and unmute track simply by pressing the related pad.
Please note that muting a track will mute the recorded events in the sequencer, not the incoming MIDI or CV messages routed to this track.
Thanks to Hermod architecture, the 8 voices can be configured to perfectly fit your eurorack system. Tracks are "polymorphic", that means that you can assign them to output mono or poly notes, velocities, aftertouches, modulations or gates.
1) Select the track you want to configure:
Default layout. Track 3 is selected.
2) Press X to launch the configurator (or click the encoder and select "layout"), and select the number of voices you want to use:
The Track 3 will control 4 voices (= 4 CV outputs)
3) Select the actual layout for these voices:
The Track 3 will output notes (with polyphony) and note velocities. As the track was set to control 4 voices, 2 voices will control notes, and 2 voices will control velocities.
4) The default screen allows you to see your track configuration:
Track 1 = note mono (voice 1)
Track 2 = note mono (voice 2)
Track 3 = note poly + velocities (voices 3 + 4 + 5 + 6)
Track 4 = gate only (because the CV output is used by Track 3)
Track 6 = gate only (because the CV output is used by Track 3)
Track 7 = note mono (voice 7)
Track 8 = note mono (voice 8)
In this example, there are 7 tracks: 4 mono tracks that controls only notes, one polyphonic track that controls notes and velocities (on 4 voices), and 2 tracks that outputs gates.
You always have 8 voices (the 8 CV/Gate outputs of Hermod), but the number of tracks can be variable. For example, you are free to set:
● 8 track (with 1 monophonic note) to control the 8 voices
● 1 track (with 8 polyphonic notes) to control the 8 voices
● 1 track (with 4 polyphonic notes and 4 velocities) to control the 8 voices
● 1 track (with 1 monophonic note, 1 velocity and 1 aftertouch) to control 3 voices, and 5 other tracks to control 5 remaining voices
● 8 track (with 8 CV LFO and 8 Gates) to control the 8 voices
Note that each sequence can have its own voice layout. For example, track 1 of sequence 1 can be configured differently than track 1 of sequence 2.
Per default: track 1 = mono note (voice 1), track 2 = mono note (voice 2), ..., track 8 = mono note (voice 8). This is the most common layout, so if you don't want to create polymorphic tracks, you don't have to use the layout configurator.
Example of a voice layout
Let's say you want a 4-track layout:
● First track will control a monophonic voice, and will also output the velocity and the aftertouch. On the track 1, set "3 VOICES" and "MONO + VELOCITY + AFTERTOUCH".
● Second track will control a simple monophonic voice. On the track 4, set "1 VOICE" and "MONO".
● Third track will control a 3 voices (polyphonic) voice. On the track 5, set "3 VOICES" and "POLY".
● Fourth track will control a modulation voice (for exemple, a filter cutoff) . On the track 8, set "1 VOICE" and "MOD".
That will lead you to this layout:
On the 8 CV/Gate outputs, these 8 voices will correspond to:
Note: this layout includes 3 "free" gateson tracks 2, 3 and 8. That means that you can program gates on these tracks in STEP mode, allowing you to sequence drums, clocks, ...
Note vs. Modulation tracks
Hermod features 2 different types of track: NOTE and MOD.
● A NOTE track will play the recorded and incoming notes in the attributed voice(s).
● A MOD (modulation) track won't play the recorded CV note, just the gate message. Its purpose is to control CV modulation inputs (for exemple, the cutoff frequency of a filter). You can record a modulation track either by using the modwheel of the track channel, or by assigning a CV input in the settings. You can use the gateto control drum sequences, or use it as a clock by placing notes at a given time interval.
When a track uses a voice for velocity or aftertouch, you can use the gate outputof that voice in the same way by programming a sequence in the unused track.
Edit track menu
You can access the edit track menu by pressing the encoder. Here you can access layout configuration, copy, paste, and clear the selected track.
Note that copy, paste and clear track operation will also affect the effect section and pattern of the selected track.