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Skippy

Brand: Kaona
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Skippy is a matrix and non-matrix polyrhythmic sequencer (linear and logarithmic) which offers four completely independent tracks with a very simple interface: one button per track, one function per screen, no sub-menus.

Skippy operates either on a real-time time passing calculation (non-matrix mode) or based on a fixed step duration concept like many sequencers (matrix mode). Both modes can coexist track by track. For example, a TILES sequence is a matrix function where a step has a predetermined value in the sequence, and depending on the algorithm, a gate will or will not be generated at each step. On the other hand, with a Gaussian sequence, the notion of fixed step value disappears.
Depending on the algorithm, a new time value will be assigned to each step, allowing time progression outside any matrix notion. Some functions commonly found in sequencers as matrices are calculated in real time here, based on duration. Skippy’s EUCLID function, for example, operates this way.
To retain the notion of rhythm and repetition, however, the always fixed unit in a sequence is the time it takes Skippy to complete one screen revolution. This value remains repetitive regardless of the number of steps or the chosen algorithm.

Time in Skippy can speed up or slow down, allowing the exploration of unconventional and experimental rhythm combinations. For instance, one track can be divided into 31 steps, another into 17 steps, a third into 61 steps, and a fourth into 42 steps. This will create random yet repetitive confrontations, enabling the exploration of highly complex repetitive patterns.

An external clock can be used with Skippy, but in this case, some non-matrix functions cannot be fully utilized. It's much better to use Skippy's clock output as a reference unit for the entire system.

Functions per track

– BPM (10 to 400)
– Number of steps (1 to 64)
– Linear or log
– Random function
– Chaotic function
– Direction: clockwise, counterclockwise, ping-pong, pause
– Number of steps before the start of the sequence
– Number of steps before the end of the sequence
– Gate duration

Specific algorithms

– Euclidean (Bjorklund)
– Matrix Patterns
– microtiming patterns
– matrix rotation

Clock

– External clock input or Reset
– Clock output
– 1/1, 1/4, etc.

Menus 

– BPM
– STEP
– BEGIN
– END
– GATES
– PROBA
– CHAOS
– WAY
– SWING
– GAUSS
– EUCLID
– TILES
– POLYR
– JAZZY
– SPIN
– PAUSE
– RESET
– SYS: save, load, new, clk/rst, clk

Tech Specs

Width: 10 HP
Depth: 32 mm

Current Draw:
+12 V  0 mA
–12 V  0 mA
+5 V  200 mA

Power connector and Knurlies

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.2 FIRMWARE

English

HOW TO TAME SKIPPY 2.2

Deutsch

WIE MAN SKIPPY ZÄHMT 2.2

Français

COMMENT APPRIVOISER SKIPPY 2.2

 

OLD FIRMWARE

English

HOW TO TAME SKIPPY

Deutsch

WIE MAN SKIPPY ZÄHMT

Français

COMMENT APPRIVOISER SKIPPY

 

Version 2.21 Updates:

– Enables the use of Skippy Live, Skippy's expander.

– The selected clock (Reset, CLK, Matrix) is automatically saved for the next restart.

– Pressing the track 1 button (red) at startup allows you to choose to consistently start with buttons illuminated or buttons turned off.

DOWNLOAD VERSION 2.21

 

Version 2.2 Update

- The BPM range is now from 10 to 600.

- BPM change for a single track can now be done in real-time without interrupting other tracks.

- Two external clocks are available:

   CLK Mode: The clock is calculated based on the average of the inputs, allowing adjustments of Skippy's polyrhythmic functions to the external world. The choice of multiplier applies to this clock. The Clock Out follows this clock.

   MATRIX Mode: The clock is matrix-based and adjusts precisely to external pulses (enabling external swing or step advance, for example). Polyrhythmic functions in this case will be adjusted based on an average of the pulse rate. The Clock Out follows this clock. Multipliers do not apply to this clock.

   Both clocks can also accept a Trigger or Gate signal.

- Enhanced Jazzy function: Added Bossa, Folk, Funk, Jazz patterns. The Begin and End functions now apply to the Jazzy function as well.

- Gaussian function can be overlaid on Jazzy, Euclid, and Tiles functions, allowing for progressive Euclidean rhythms, for example.

DOWNLOAD 2.2 FIRMWARE

 

How to perform the update:

All commercially available modules come equipped with the latest update. However, for those who are using older modules, it is possible to do it yourself.

If you don't feel comfortable with this technical procedure, please send me an email (sav at kaona.fr), and we will find an exchange procedure.

  • Download the desired firmware version and decompress it to obtain a file ending with .hex.

  • Remove Skippy from its location and UNPLUG the power cable from the module.

  • Use the following method from your computer (Mac, Windows, Linux). You do not need to remove the controller card (Teensy) to perform this operation (you will need a USB/micro USB cable and to download an application). https://www.pjrc.com/teensy/loader.html When you connect Skippy to your computer, it is normal for it to start up as usual.

  • After applying the update method, Skippy will immediately restart and display "version 2.2" upon startup.

  • Disconnect the USB cable.

  • Make sure the SD card is still securely inserted.

  • Return the module to its location by reconnecting the power cable.