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Step mode

Press  step  to enter this mode. This is where you can edit notes, modulations, gate events or live recordings.

Notes (or modulation events) of the current page are shown both on the screen and the 16 pads.

Under the piano roll, the bottom bar shows the number of bars in the current pattern, the currently viewed page, and the track playhead :

 Tip  By default, the currently viewed page is following the playhead. Changing pages with  X  and  Y  will temporarily deactivate this behavior. To reactivate it, simply leave  step  mode and enter it again. You can also disable this option for good in the MISC settings.
Pattern length, zoom and navigation
Hold  Y  and turn the encoder to set the pattern length, from 16 (1 bar) to 256 steps (16 bars).
When increasing the length, new pages will be available to display.

 Tip  Hold  Y  and press the encoder while scrolling for finer resolution (17 = 1 bar + 1/16 note, 18 = 1 bar + 2/16, …)

Hold  X  and turn the encoder to set the zoom value.
Zoom in for precise editing, zoom out to get a global view. This will affect the number of pages.

 Tip  It is possible to set a zoom of 2/3 to easily create triplets.

Briefly press  Y  (left) or  X  (right) to select the page to display. The number of pages depends on the pattern length and the zoom value.
Adding and deleting notes
On a note track, patterns are polyphonic and grid-free. It is therefore possible to add chords, superpose notes, record off–grid events, program complex grooves and compose intricate harmonies.

Each note event has 3 parameters : pitch, length and velocity. Pitch goes from note C0 to C10 (CV out –5V to 5V). Length is the duration of the note. Velocity is used when the track outputs MIDI, or when the track layout has a VELOCITY voice, which will output note velocities as control voltages.

To add or delete a note, simply Press the corresponding step matrix pads (pad 1 to 16). A note will be added with the parameter values displayed on screen.

To set the pitch parameter before adding a note, simply Scroll the encoder.

To add a note with a new length or velocity : Hold a step, click the encoder to select a parameter to edit (pitch, length, velocity) and Scroll the encoder to set it to the desired value.

Editing notes
Editing a note works exactly the same way: Hold the step matrix pads where the note lies, and edit its parameters to modify the note in real time.

If several notes are on the same step, they will be edited simultaneously.

Holding an existing step will overwrite the default values of the note parameters (pitch, length, velocity) with the parameters of the selected note.

 Tip  Hold multiple steps (instead of a single step) to select a larger range to edit.

 Tip  Hold a step to quickly copy its content. Then, Press any other step to paste it.

 Tip  Hold a step and Press a track selection switch to quickly set the note length, from 1 step to 8 steps.
Row editing
Row editing is a handy way to find a particular note in a pattern, to program chords, and to create drum patterns.

By default, the 16 pads show every notes contained in a particular step. For example, if a chord is present on the first step (pad 1), editing this step will edit the entire chord.

It is also possible to only display notes of a given pitch on the 16 pads. Hold  step  and scroll right to enter row editing. An arrow (logo arrow) will appear next to the pitch parameter.

Adding, editing and removing notes is achieved the same way as in default mode.

To exit row editing, hold step and scroll left. Next to the selected note, logo notes (logo notes) will reappear.

 Tip  Press  step  repeatedly to cycle through the notes already used in the pattern.
Note learn
Step mode greatly benefits from the use of an external MIDI controller. A keyboard can be used to set the current pitch (and velocity) before adding a note, and even learn a chord. Play a note or a chord with the external controller, and press a step matrix pads to add it to the pattern:

 Tip  Enter the 'On Air' mode to turn the 16–pad matrix into a chromatic keyboard. Thanks to this Hermod+ integrated keyboard, you can play notes or chords, and they will be learn when you go back to  step  mode.
Click here for more information.
Edit a modulation pattern
 Note  To create a modulation layout (mod track), please refer to the  track  chapter.

In a mod track pattern, two types of events can be edited : mod logo modulation and gate logo gate.

Press  step  to cycle through those event types.


Scroll the encoder to set the mod value
Press a step matrix pads to add or delete a mod event
Hold a step and scroll to offset the mod value of this step


Scroll the encoder to set the gate length
Press a step matrix pads to add or delete a gate event.
Hold a step and scroll to edit the gate length of this step.

Recording notes and modulations
Another way to program patterns is to Press rec O while playing to capture a live performance.

On a mod track, a CV input (or a CC MIDI input) will be used to create the events.

On a note track, a CV/Gate input (or a MIDI channel input) will be used. Those inputs are configured in the TRACK CONFIGURATION menu.


Overdub recording is active by default. Arm the recording by pressing rec O, press play Play Button to start recording. It is also possible to press rec O while the pattern is already playing.

The recording will start overdubbing after the first loop, so you can continue to add notes to the pattern.


Hard recording will overwrite any previously recorded note while recording the new incoming events.

Hold  X  and press O to arm the hard recording, press Play Button to start recording.


Multitrack recording allows you to record simultaneously on every MIDI or CV/Gate routed tracks.

Hold  X  +  Y  and press O to arm the mutlitrack recording, press Play Button to start recording.


Looper recording will keep adding incoming events to the pattern until O or Play Button is pressed again. The new length of the pattern will be set as soon as the recording stops.

Hold  Y  and press O to arm the looper recording, press Play Button to start recording.

 Tip  You can activate the "Punch In" option in the record settings to make Hermod+ wait for the first incoming note to start the recording.
Pattern edit menu
Press the encoder in  step  mode to access the pattern edit menu, including the usual copy, paste and delete functions. It is also possible to copy the current page, and delete only the pitchbend, the aftertouch, the modulation, or the sustain.

 Tip  Hold  step  and Press  X  to delete all events of the current active pattern.

 Tip  Hold and turn the encoder to rotate all the notes or modulations in a pattern. It will move all the events left/right, in time increments related to the zoom level.
Hermod+ boasts a powerful pattern randomizer : the Generator. This algorithm generates random notes (or modulations) in accordance to its parameters, which can be found under PATTERN EDIT MENU > GENERATOR SETTINGS (quantize grid, note density, pitch range, length range and velocity range).

To generate a new pattern, enter PATTERN EDIT MENU > GENERATOR and select RANDOMIZE. Rather than generating a entire new pattern, randomization can be applied to individual parameters of existing notes, such as pitch, length or velocity.

 Tip  Use a SCALE effect to quantize the randomized notes and get a musical pattern.

 Tip  Hold  step  and Press  Y  to delete and randomize the entire pattern.

 Note  In Modulation tracks you can randomize separatly mod logo modulation and gate logo gate. The event type selected will be the one to be randomized. Press  step  to cycle through those event types.

 Note  In Note tracks, if ROW editing is enabled, the generator will randomize notes only on the selected row.