Klee Sequencer

Via hbcoffin on Instagram:

All done. #diy #electromusic #eurorack #kleesequencer #modular #sequencer #synthcube

This was definitely my biggest project yet… not the most difficult. I think the trickiest part was assembling the panel, but even then, it was not as hard as I thought it would be to get everything aligned. The components in the kits I received from synthCube were nicely bagged & tagged with their associated line numbers and component IDs. Regardless, I frequently referenced the BOMs to ensure I didn’t miss anything and all the parts were accounted for. The build document provided all the guidance I needed in virtually every instance throughout construction. Calibration was a breeze using a voltage meter as directed by the procedure found HERE. All in all it was a pretty straightforward build. I probably wouldn’t recommend this kit as a first-time project, but it shouldn’t be too hard to tackle by anyone with mild to moderate experience in SDIY.

I’ve just scratched the surface of the Klee. It’s not your typical sequencer. It operates off of a shift register like any other sequencer, but more than one bit can be active in its register at any given time. You can activate or deactivate these bits using the associated toggle switches, followed by a press of the Load Switch, in order to insert them into (or remove them from) the register. The output is the sum of all active bits along the register. So let’s say you start with active bits at step 1 and step 4. The output at the start of the sequence would be the sum of these two bits. When the sequencer advances, the output would be the sum of step 2 and step 5, and so on. The output is dependent not only on the position of the potentiometers, but the active bits and their relative positions. Playing with the bit switches while remotely reloading the register can work to create some timely changes in patterns, and happy accidents.

There’s a lot more to the Klee and what makes it stand out from other sequencer modules, but I’d rather not waste any more time with techno-babble when you can watch the Klee in action! This video sold me on the Klee, and it does a pretty good job of explaining its basic functions.