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Kilpatrick Audio Carbon Sequencer and Performance System

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Building upon the success of the K4815 Pattern Generator, CARBON takes pattern-based sequencing to a whole new level. Supporting polyphony, multiple tracks, editing and scene-based operation, CARBON offers a whole new approach to composing and performing

Sequencer, performance control system and USB interface.

Ever since the K4815 Pattern Generator module was released to great praise in 2010 we have been planning a follow-up product that would take the Pattern Generator concept to a whole new level. After five years of planning and exploration we are proud to present: CARBON

CARBON offers several distinct and powerful functions that will change the way you compose and perform.

Preliminary specs & features:

  • Pattern-based sequencer, performance control system and USB interface
  • Beautiful color LCD screen shows everything in real-time
  • Six rotary encoders and nineteen buttons offer fast intuitive control
  • Six tracks with two assignable outputs per track
  • Up to 64 steps per track
  • Polyphonic tracks store chords and CC data
  • Playback start and end points are uniquely configurable for each track
  • Pattern function offers quick remixes each track
  • Multiple track select allows adjusting multiple tracks at the same time
  • Tap tempo and fractional BPM setting for perfect timing adjustment
  • High resolution internal clock source never drifts or jitters
  • Swing control with automatic handling of tracks with different time divisions
  • Flexible MIDI and CV routing allows huge control possibilities
  • Bias tracks allow transposing of other tracks for old-school sequencer tricks
  • Six scenes offer fast parameter changes during live performance
  • LIVE mode allows live performance from a keyboard
  • Internal 2MB flash memory offers storage for 64 songs - Upload and download from PC or Mac
  • Keyboard split and LIVE multi-select modes allow fast and flexible live MIDI routing
  • Powerful synced arpeggiator adds another dimension to live performance
  • Rock-solid MIDI / analog clock source can be the heartbeat of your studio
  • Rear panel connections / controls:
    • Analog clock and reset outputs (0V/+5V)
    • Four CV outputs (-5V to +5V - 1V/octave digitally calibrated)
    • Four gate outputs (0V/+5V)
    • Two MIDI output ports (separately assignable)
    • MIDI input port
    • USB host port - provides up to 500mA to power USB controllers
    • USB device port - connects to PC or Mac for use as a MIDI interface and controller
    • Power switch
    • DC input jack
  • Power input: 24VDC @ 250mA (500mA regulated supply required)
  • Dimensions: Approx. 7.75" W x 8" D x 3" H (height measured as rear height of enclosure)
  • Weight: TBD
  • Operating temperature: 15C to 30C (59F to 86F)
  • Storage temperature: -10C to 45C (14F to 113F)
  • Universal input power supply (100-240V) included
    • units purchased from North American dealers ship with a US-style plug
    • units purchased from UK, EU and Australian dealers ship with a set of plugs for US, UK, EU and Australia
  • Designed and made in Canada using high quality parts
  • Warranty: 1 year

Spec Details

  • CV Polyphonic Modes:
    • Quad Mode (AAAA) - uses all four outputs for polyphonic playing
    • Dual Mode (AABC or AABB) - uses pairs out outputs for duophonic mode
  • CC output to CV - The recorded CC can be output to a CV jack with optional smoothing
  • Portamento - CV outputs can be smoothed to create glides between notes
  • CV scaling:
    • 1.2V/octave will be supported (-5V to +5V range)
    • Hertz/volt may be supported (currently under technical review)
  • USB Host Support
    • USB host port is a powered USB host for up to one class-compliant USB MIDI endpoint
    • hubs or devices with internal hubs are not supported
    • up to 500mA of power supplied - you can even charge your phone!
  • USB Device Support
    • acts as a self-powered device with class-compliant USB MIDI connection
    • supports MIDI to/from CARBON including clock syncing with computer
    • allows firmware update to device from Kilpatrick-supplied update software

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