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Sequencer workflow
Each of the 8 voices of Hermod+ (CV/Gate outputs) is controlled by a track.

A track can be configured to control more than 1 voice, for polyphonic use or for velocity and aftertouch playback. A track can also be used as a "modulation" track, to allow recording and playback of CV and CC messages automation.

A project includes up to 16 tracks. Each of these tracks contains :
— 16 patterns, which are arrangements of notes, gates or modulations,
— an effect rack, with up to 8 effects,
— a modMatrix, to control effect parameters using CV or CC.

An unlimited number of Hermod+ projects can be stored on the SD card. They can be saved and loaded without stopping the playback, for seamless project transitions.

The user interface of Hermod+ is designed around 4 main modes :

Inspect and edit patterns : add or edit notes, gates and modulation. Set the length of the current pattern. Generate randomized events.

Add effects, configure their parameters, mute/unmute effects, use the modMatrix to set up effect modulations.

Mute/unmute tracks, set up voices layout, enter global settings.

Set the currently playing sequence on the fly, change playback style between sequences, program a chain of sequence, access the save/load menu.
Hermod+ architecture
Wire up
Connect Hermod+ to your eurorack system power with the supplied ribbon cable.

Most eurorack power supplies have a dedicated +5V rail (in addition to the +12V and –12V rails).

• If your power supply delivers +5V, we recommend to place the « 5V switch » in the top position, in order to use the +5V rail for the digital circuitry of Hermod+.
Make sure the +5V rail can supply 820mA minimum for powering Hermod+ (and add +500mA maximum when attaching a controller on USB host).

• If your power supply does not deliver +5V, you may place the switch in the lower position.
Make sure the +12V rail can supply 400mA for powering Hermod+ (and add +220mA maximum when attaching a controller on USB host).

This switch is located on the back of Hermod+ :

 Note  In any case, Hermod+ will not be damaged if you use the top position and your power supply does not deliver the +5V. It will simply not power up.
Selecting a track
In  track  mode, Scroll to choose the selected track.

— Access CV/GATE tracks 1 to 8 on the first page.
— Access MIDI tracks 1 to 8 on the second page.

For faster track selection, press the corresponding track selection switch .
To start the sequencer, Press play Play Button.

Press play Play Button again to stop the sequencer and return to the beginning of the sequence.
Live recording
Press rec O while playing to capture a live performance (notes, pitchbend, aftertouch, sustain, modulation) coming either from an external MIDI instrument or controller, a computer or a modular system sending CV/Gate. Recording inputs is possible at any time, in every mode.

 Tip  By default, events will be recorded on the currently selected track. You can enable multitrack recording (all your MIDI/CV routed tracks will be recorded at the same time) in the record settings, accessed by holding O.

 Tip  Hold  X  and press O enables hard recording : previously recorded notes will be overwritten (no overdub).
Project tempo
Hold play Play Button to enter the BPM menu.

Scroll the encoder to change the BPM, or Press rec O repeatedly to tap the tempo.

 Note  Enter the SYNC INPUT settings to synchronize Hermod+ with a MIDI, USB or analog clock.
CV/Gate voices
The color of the backlit track switches help visualize the voices layouts, and the CV/Gate output values:

Reset and Clock outputs
In addition to the 8 pairs of CV/Gate, Hermod+ adds two dedicated gate outputs for transport :

• Reset : outputs a trigger when Hermod+ starts playing.
• Clock : outputs a synchronized clock.

 Note  The behavior of these outputs can be configured in the SYNC OUTPUT settings.
Calibrating Hermod+ can improve the factory accuracy of the analog inputs/outputs. For this operation, a voltmeter is required.

First, power on Hermod+ while pressing  X  to start calibrating the CV outputs. Follow the steps on screen and use a voltmeter (and a patch cable) to measure and finetune each of the 8 CV outputs. At the end (or at any time) press  X  to save the calibration settings on the SD card.

 Tip  You can use the track selection switches to quickly select the voice to calibrate.

The CV inputs can now be auto-calibrated, using the previously calibrated CV outputs of voice 1. Power on Hermod+ while pressing  Y , and follow the steps on screen. At the end, the calibration is done and saved automatically.
Usb device and host
Both ports are plug-and-play (USB Class Compliant) and act as MIDI inputs/outputs :

Hermod plus overview