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Who would have thought a French philosopher and mathematician from the 1700s would be responsible for the one of the most unique synthesizers of the 21st century? Inspired by René Descartes, the Make Noise René R2 is a three-channel, three-dimensional Cartesian sequencer and synthesizer module capable of creating complex, dynamic sequences.
René R2 is the world’s only 3D Cartesian music sequencer. Traditional sequencers cycle through the same 8 or 16 steps over and over and over, but with René R2 you can create unique synth sequences using math! OK, it’s cooler than it sounds though…
Start by programming 1 to 16 step sequences on the X- and Y-axes. The X- and Y-axes can be programmed to trigger steps in traditional “forward” and “backwards” motions, or using 16 sets of pre-programmed “snake” sequences that serpentine their way through the 16 locations. The snake function is perfect for adding variety to performances by triggering the same notes in a different order. The X- and Y-axes can be triggered independently or simultaneously to create more sophisticated polyphonic patterns.
The C channel combines the X and Y inputs to generate Cartesian motion with independent control per axis, using the X-axis to progress through steps horizontally, and the Y-axis to progress through steps vertically—creating intricate, three-dimensional rhythms.
After crafting the perfect rhythm, save your new sequence directly to René R2 using the save STATE function. Store up to 64 patterns, then use the new Z-axis to modulate through them for even more variety in your sequences.
Unlike traditional sequencers, René R2 combines the programming and performance elements of synthesis. With René R2, all programming is done in real-time, making it part of the performance!
René R2 is separated into two basic components—the 16 illuminated knobs on the left half are used for tweaking performance activity, while the 16 illuminated touch buttons on the right half are used for programming. René R2 also features three CV outputs for controlling pitch or timbre and three gate outputs for controlling musical events, allowing you to create a wide range of dynamic and versatile sounds.
|Module Slot Count||34hp|
|Connector Type||3.5 mm|
|Power Consumption||235 mA +12 V / 0 mA -12 V|
I really liked my original Rene but the mkII has way more features. It's extremely intuitive to use and offers up to 3 separate sequencers. I would definitely recommend getting a Tempi to go along with a Rene mkII as they both can connect on the state bus and share patch data.
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