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Learning Paths

Path 1: Working with the Sequencer


In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was originally any device that recorded and played back a sequence of control information for an electronic musical instrument. More recently the term has come to refer to the feature of recording software which allows the user to record, play back and edit MIDI data. This is distinct from the software features which record audio data.
Early analog music sequencers used control voltage/trigger interface, but were replaced by digital hardware- or software-based MIDI sequencers, which play back MIDI events and MIDI control information at a specified number of beats per minute.
As computer speeds increased in the 1990s, audio recording, audio editing, and sample triggering features were added to the software. Software so enhanced is called a digital audio workstation (DAW). DAWs almost always include sequencing features but, strictly speaking, go beyond what a sequencer is.
Many sequencers have features for limited music notation, or are able to show music in a piano roll notation. (For software designed specifically for music notation, see scorewriter.)
Though the term 'sequencer' is today used primarily for software, some hardware synthesizers and almost all music workstations include a built-in MIDI sequencer. There are also standalone hardware MIDI sequencers.
The MODEM sequencer is a basic sequencer which runs in Flash intended for music students to enjoy experimenting with loop based electronic music production. You can create songs in the sequencer and save them to the server to work on later. You can also publish these works for other members of the MODEM community to load into the sequencer and remix. There is a forum to discuss your songs and collaborate with others.
The MODEM sequencer is only available to registered users, so you have to login in order to access to the sequencer area.

Part 1 : Your first access to the MODEM sequencer

1. Once logged in, you will have access to the page shown below:

2. Now you have 4 choices. You can:

  • Start a new song in the sequencer
  • Work on one of your unpublished songs in the sequencer
  • Work on one of your own published songs in the sequencer
  • Work on a published song by a different user in the sequencer


Let’s try to start from the first option!

Part 2 : Starting a new song in the sequencer

In this window, you can have a look on your project. In this place, you’ll put every loops you choosed, and for each one of them, you can select volume and/or panoramic.

Let's create a new song!

1. Import loops or sounds:
You have two possibilities to create a new song. You can:
- add a Drum, Bass, Guitars or other Loops into the
- select one of more than 30.000 sounds into the 

In this tutorial, we will firstly add a drum loops to our new project.
Click on 

- Select Drum, and choose one of the DrumLoop. You can listen it by clicking on "Play" (step 1)
- Once you choosed your favorite DrumLoop, click on "Import" (step 2).
- It will put the DrumLoops into the "Sound Pool" (step 3)

After Importing your Loop, go back to "Sequencer" Tags.

Now, you can see on the left side that your Loop is ready to be insert into the sequencer. The last think to do is to click on "Insert" (step 4)

Click on Play
to listen to your project, or "Go Back" 

to restart the song from the begining.

2. Add sounds to the project:

The other way is to add sounds to our projects. You just have to click on

instead of

, and then follow the same steps

3. Finishing your project:

Once you've created a fantastic project, save your song by clicking on "Save Song" and select "Publish" to share it with other members.

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