a new form of MIDI input.

A new, expressive tool for Live from pATCHES. strum allows for guitar-inspired rakes across a series of notes using the modwheel - something like a manually controlled arpeggiator for your favorite hardware keyboard, Push, or other note input device.


two distinct play modes.

With pluck mode enganged, a single MIDI note will fire whenever the strum bar crosses an active strike point. Pluck makes moving the modwheel feel like running a pick across guitar strings - just hold down notes and arpeggiate through.

Density mode provides a more experimental method for generating notes. With Density mode engaged, large areas are assigned to each active note and every move of the modwheel fires a new note. The result is  a “cloud” that clusters together in dense, scratchy repetition with semi-random velocity.

hands-off, hands-on LFO.

With either mode, the strum bar can be controlled by a sinusoidal LFO rather than the mod wheel. With auto mode engaged, the mod wheel is no longer necessary for moving the strum bar so it now controls the rate of the LFO. This allows you to “direct” the unsync’d rate of the cycle to, for example, quickly strum out a chord on the downbeat slow it to a near-halt for the rest of the beat.