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Making the Connection > Making the Connection - Pg. 296

Click on Play and you should now hear the Subtractor play the C note with whatever value you assigned to it. At this point, you can go ahead and write values for each of the 16 steps in this sequence. Now, let's write in some proper notes. Once again, the rule of thumb here is to keep it simple, as you'll have plenty of time later to channel some techno heaven out of the Matrix. So, draw in a C Major arpeggio line (the notes are C-E-G) consisting primarily of 16th notes. Use your mouse to select the notes for the sequence. When you're finished, it should look like Figure 13.13. Click on Play now and you should hear your 16th note arpeggio line play back in all its techno glory. That's pretty much all there is to writing in a Matrix pattern, but let's try a couple of variations. Listening to just 16th notes in a run can get extremely boring after a while, as it is just begging for some variation. This can be achieved by using the Tie button to tie a couple of 16th notes together to create an 8th note. Here's how to do it. First, click on the Tie button in the lower-left corner of the Matrix interface. Next, using your mouse, navigate to the gate portion of the Pattern window and click on the first note. Notice that the gate bar, which was once thin, is now much thicker (see Figure 13.14). Click on Play and you should now hear those two 16th notes played together as a single 8th note. Figure 13.13 A 16th note arpeggio is easy to create with the Pattern window. For some variation in the sound of the sequence, you can use different velocities by clicking on the note on/off/velocity values for each corresponding note. Figure 13.14 Activate the Tie function and click in the gate portion of the Pattern window under the note you want to hear played back as an 8th note. TIE KEYBOARD SHORTCUT A handy shortcut for accessing the Tie function is to hold down the Shift key while clicking on the velocities of the notes you want to tie together.