Cong Burn Strokes Updates now available in VST3/AU format for DAW


Cong Burn have announced the release of Strokes v3.3, a new version of their MIDI sequencing plugin. Previously only available as a M4L device, Strokes is now available in VST3/AU format for use in any DAW.


Strokes v3.3 is an all-in-one sequencing powerhouse, capable of generating complex and evolving rhythms, melodies and modulation using a variety of different methods, through seven interconnected modules.


If you are experiencing creative gridlock in your DAW’s stock sequencer or finding yourself stuck for ideas, Strokes is an instant inspiration generator that will throw out unexpected ideas in just a few clicks.


Strokes is made up of seven individual modules; Grids, Logic, Shares, Weights, Patterns, Notes and Matrix.

Grids offers four channels of sequencing that are capable of switching between euclidean rhythm generation and a conventional step-based layout, while Logic is made up of four channels equipped with algorithmic rhythm generators that create new patterns by running the sequences in Grids through a variety of logic operations.


The mathematically disinclined – will be glad to know that this is complex in principle, but simple in operation: essentially, the sequencers will output rhythms and melodies based on a variety of mathematical rules that change in response to values entered on the dials.


Shares uses probability-based faders to reduce the likelihood of notes entered in Grids and Logic being generated, and Weights, a set of four variable envelope followers.


Patterns can store up to five device-wide snapshots, making it possible to switch between multiple versions of the same arrangement, while Notes enables you to store seven sets of eight note values that define the notes played by Grids and Logic.


And, Matrix is a parameter sequencer that can automate MIDI CC data across a 16-step grid. When used in conjunction with Grids and Logic, this can achieve the kind of parameter locking associated with Elektron products.


Strokes is the brainchild of developer, electronic musician and label head John Howes, who heads up Cong Burn.


Strokes plugin is available now as VST3/AU plugin for Mac and PC, and costs £35.

Find out more on the Cong Burn website and download Strokes.


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