The ETC comes with numerous pattern generators called modes. Navigate the modes using buttons, and then tweak their visual appearance using four knobs. The modes respond to audio input in various ways; from smooth undulating patterns to rapid fire animations. There is a global control for background colour and a setting that allows the graphics to pile up in vibrant collages.
When you happen upon a setting that you like, press the scene save button to save it. Now this scene can be recalled at a future time. The screenshot button saves the current frame as a JPEG to the USB drive on the side of the device.
The ETC features MIDI inputs so you can automate it with other devices or your favourite computer performance software. Program change messages recall saved scenes and CC messages control the visual parameters. You can easily create visuals in sync with the rest of your tracks!
If you really want to go deep, you can also program your own modes for the ETC. Modes are written in Python. Attaching a USB WiFi adapter (sold separately) turns the ETC into a WiFi hotspot so you can edit and create modes right from a web browser.
- HDMI video output
- Video Format: 720p, 60 Hz
- 1/4" Mono Audio Input
- 1/4" Footswitch Jack
- MIDI input: 5-pin MIDI jack & USB-MIDI
- 4GB USB drive included for modes and screen grabs.
- 9VDC, 1.0 Amp, Centre-positive plug.
- Power Supply included. (Input: 100-240 Volts AC at 50/60 Hz.)
- Size: 6" x 4.75" x 2.125"
- Enclosure: Anodized Aluminium top, ABS Plastic bottom, rubber foot pads
Use the CV output to control oscillators
Connect your MIDI controller or computer into your modular setup using the MIDI input
Play notes, record and playback sequences and arpeggios on your favorite modules
Convert MIDI clock into CV pulses
Clock the arpeggiator with an LFO for strange melodies
'Hold' notes for drones
Connect the built-in square wave oscillator directly to a filter or an amp
The Melody Mill generates 1-Volt per octave, trigger, and gate control voltages. These signals are used to trigger other synthesizer modules. Notes may be played on the built-in keyboard or received via MIDI. The notes may be used directly to generate the CV signals, or fed through one of the five arpeggiator modes first. Adding to the fun is a hold button and a simple sequencer to record and playback notes. In addition to the CV outputs, the Melody Mill also outputs MIDI of the note it is generating.
A 'smart' arpeggiator clock selects a clock source depending on what is connected to the Melody Mill: CV clock input, MIDI clock, or internal clock (controlled by the 'Rate' knob).
The six modes are: