In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring A1 TriggerGate by Alex Hilton. When I first looked at this I was struck by how "homebrew" it looks. It took me back to the days before UI design and rendering was the job of a specialist. After installing I noticed the UI was a little jerky on my system but having played with it for some time I decided to run it in the Friday Free slot as it proved to be perfectly stable on my system and I concluded that although it's not pretty, it's much more fun than editing automation playlists! Try it. You might like it.
Each section of step length buttons & step volume faders represents one beat of your pattern sequence. You can choose between 'NoStep', 'ShortStep, 'LongStep' and 'StepLink' by simply pressing a step length button. Each beat consists of 4 steps (1/16 notes in 'Normal Mode') or 3 steps (1/8T notes in 'Triplet Mode') and each step has its own step volume fader above to dial in its relative level.
The integrated FX (Lowpass Filter, Drive/Distortion and Echo/Delay) are designed as easy as possible. Simply turn it on and tweak it a little and you're ready to go.
Get Some 'Random' Inspiration
If you are looking for the right groove or just an interesting rhythmic pattern, sometimes it is a good way to let my plugin provide you with some random patterns. Just press 'random' several times and use the sequence you like. It's simple as that!
How Do I Get This Plug-in?
To get your copy of this plug-in go to the Downloads page of Alex's site and select the appropriate installer - No sign up required.