MTS is MIDI tuning standard, for people who want to work with Just Intonation or ‘exotic’ Middle Eastern and Asian scales.
I am one of those people and would love the option to change the tuning table of the A4 (and OT and anything else). This would likely be a global/system-level adjustment rather than a pattern-based one, and there is an existing standard for it as part of the MIDI specification:
After retuning the A4 with software via midi, it is a real shame you can’t take that with you when using the A4 sequencer. If the implementation of tuning tables or a feature to alter the default tuning in the A4 is too big an ask…I would settle for programming steps in Hz when key tracking is turned off.
I think this feature is getting more and more popular, DSI starts to reimplement MTS again in the Prophet 6… I don’t think any avant-garde manufacturer could actually afford to miss out on this legacy feature. And recently AFX pushed this topic in interviews anyway, so…
I never thought of Elektron as “avant-garde” and, in fact, it’s the least avant-garde manufacturers (Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Kurzweil) that are the most likely to incorporate alternative tunings in their instruments. The Monomachine had just intonation intervals for the Ensemble synth machines, but it doesn’t seem like it’s Elektron’s kind of thing.
Is it correct that keytrack on the oscillators on the AF/AK is simply on/off? If so, that’s another reason to not buy an AF/AK.
Aphex Twin persuaded Sequentix to put tuning tables for CV outputs into the Cirklon sequencer. I don’t see Elektron doing that soon.
True - and no key-tracking as Mod source to make your own - the filters have variable key tracking built in
I don’t see them adding micro-tuning options, but adding key tracking as a source would be relatively simple - it’s a strange omission tbh
not sure it equates to a reason to dismiss it tho
+1 on user scales/microtonality
or at least a detune for the whole voice, then one could plock microtonal shifts with one parameter rather than 2.
an idea for implementation would be:
OSC 1 coarse tune stays the way it is
OSC 2 coarse tune is relative to OSC 1’s coarse tune
OSC 1’s DET (linear detune) gets changed to a fine tune for both oscillators, OSC 2 keeps the linear detune
I was wondering if this is possible with the CV tracks. As you can input the volts of your choosing, would it be possible to use the amount of voltage to achieve microtonal scales? If so, what are the voltage ranges you could use to achieve this?
That would be one way to go about it, but very inconvenient as you point out. But I was thinking more along the lines of finding the right range of volts for (example) quarter notes on the CV-setup page.