The VIRAM Octopus Sequencer Sneak Preview



Dr Viktor Ratza of VIRAM shared this sneak preview of his upcoming Octopus Euclidean pattern sequencer, a 3U hardware step sequencer.


The VIRAM Octopus is based on the idea of Euclidean Rhythms, which are described by Godfried Toussaint in his 2005 paper, The Euclidean Algorithm Generates Traditional Musical Rhythms.


Euclidean Rhythms distribute beats over a series of steps as equally as possible, like distributing 4 beats over 16 steps equally gives you the standard “four on the floor” rhythm. Euclidean Rhythms tend to make sense musically because of the physics of playing percussion instruments.


The Octopus offers features to help make these algorithmically-generated beats more interesting, by allowing you to use a differing number of beats in each of its 8 modules, rotating patterns, customizing and randomizing velocities and timings, and more.


In addition to beats, the Octopus enables you create melodic progressions by triggering chord notes. Several modes are available to let you add variations, manipulate melodies and interact with the Octopus sequencer in real time.


Victor Ratza plans to launch the Octopus later in 2022. See the VIRAM website for details.


Sam Ash Holiday Deals

Samson Computer Microphones: Save Up to 70%

Shop Now for Up to 60% Off Discounts.

UNO for All - Save up to $/€200 on your choice of analog synth and drums

Strum, Stream and Save - Save up to 50% on a huge selection of iRigs

MODO Friday sale - MODO BASS & MODO DRUM bundle starting from $/€99.99

Up to 64 sound libraries free - SampleTank Squared

IK Black Friday MAX deals

AmpliTube 5 MAX $/€99.99 early Black Friday deal


Leave a comment

Name: (Required)

eMail: (Required)