Random mute


Hi all,

Is there a way i can mute notes randomly on the MD?
I have created a bit of a melody and would like to mute some notes at random so that it doesn’t just repeat itself and creates a slightly different melody very time.
I can achieve what I want with the mute button obviously. I tried with a square LFO-> volume but somehow doesn’t quite achieve the same result (never fully mutted or cuts notes) .

Any ideas?



not really. but you can try it by linking one ore more LFO’s per track to the Volume parameters with random wave form.


Thanks, will try that.


Currently facing the exact same question and have also tried a squre wave LFO modulating the volume of selected steps via parameter locks. With rather unpredictable results.

@LarsUk Have you been successful with the suggested approach?


Did you set your lfo to HOLD?

Edit, just tried lfo on VOL, with SQR, HOLD, and another lfo modulaing lfo 1 speed.
It works but it can be clicky.
Maybe better on FLTW (filter width).

More complicated but not clicky : use a midi track, midi loopback (cable between in and out), and use corresponding CChanges and channels to MUTE tracks.
Use a CTR8P to control the values with a random lfo (lfos are not directly effective in midi machines).


Another LFO modulating the speed of the Square LFO sounds interesting. Gotta try that. Also have to find out what the LFO speed corresponds to in musical terms; that might allow to have predictable repetition behavior.

Direct MIDI loopback won‘t work on the long run since I plan to sync and control other aspects of the MD via MIDI (would love to have a VST based editor!).


With another sequencer, I’d use midi mutes!

Btw I control MD with OT, I already can select Machines / Kits / lfo parameters like Dest… with it. :loopy:

I reserve MD random lfos for Decay, Pan, CTR8P, CTRAL…


16 of these guys:


Try this:



Thank you!