Intellijel DesignsTête Expander for Tetrapad


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Intellijel Designs Tête

Tête from Intellijel is an expander for the Tetrapad, greatly expanding the functionality of this already powerful module. The built-in screen offers real-time monitoring of the assigned parameters of the Tetrapad.

There are three main modes that the Tetrapad + Tête pair can operate in. Combo mode allows each of the pads to act as its own function, independent of the other pads. Pads can act as a crossfader, bi-polar fader, LFO, dual switch, Euclidean rhythm source, or a finger drumming surface. In note mode, the pads of Tetrapad can be divided into four, eight, 12, or 16 zones, which act like notes on a keyboard. The output can be constrained to scales or chords with user-configurable assignments and the ability to send different notes per channel. Voltage mode also divides the pads into different zones and acts as a voltage storage bank, sending preset voltages through the eight outputs.

In addition to these modes, Tête offers enhanced functionality not present on the Tetrapad. Together they can be used as a step-sequencer with up to 256 steps and can act as a real time looper of Tetrapad performances, the length of which is only limited by the size of the microSD card. In addition to these modes, the Loopy performance mode allows for stuttering and granular-level looping of the sequences. Tête can be clocked internally or externally, with divisions and multiplications available from the clock rate. You can additionally control the Tetrapad from external sources with two assignable gate/trigger inputs and three assignable CV inputs that feature attenuverters for fine control. All these settings can be saved in Tête's 99 preset slots which stores mode, CV assignment, and sequence/loop data. If you're a Tetrapad owner, this is a must have expander which amps up its functionality into new territory.

Tête Features

  • Expander for Tetrapad
  • Program sequences up to 256 steps
  • Live loop Tetrapad performances
  • Split the functionality of each of the pad channels
  • Built-in screen
  • Save up to 99 presets
  • Retains settings between power cycles
  • Clock input and output
  • Two assignable trigger/gate inputs
  • Three assignable CV inputs with attenuverters
  • Split pads into zones
  • Quantized CV outputs
  • Eurorack module
  • Width: 8hp
  • Depth: 39mm
  • Current draw: 120mA @ +12v, 6mA @ -12v
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Tete + Tetrapad
Tête is the long awaited and highly anticipated expander for the Tetrapad. Tête takes control of Tetrapad’s mode selection and operating functions, allowing Tetrapad to do what it does best — act as a control surface, which it does both for controlling external modules and for interfacing with the advanced processing power within Tête.

Tête + Tetrapad operates in one of three different modes—

Up to 16 voltage storage locations (grid) with 8 voltages stored at each location. You have the choice to record and playback your recall of these locations in a looper style (just play freely and spend arbitrary amount of time at any location) or as a clocked sequence (SH-101 style). Additionally you can traverse the matrix using the X and Y CV inputs to get Cartesian style sequencing. There is also variable slew that allows you to morph/glide between the values.

You can create sequences or loops in chord, scales or keyboard mode. The isomorphic keyboard grid can be set to 4, 12, or 16 notes. There are real-time performance looping, transposition and inversion capabilities via the CV inputs and dedicated loop button. In sequencer mode each step can be a tie, rest, or gate with size 25/50/75%. Basically we have created a way to very quickly and intuitively make chord sequences that are very musical and easy to manipulate. It is difficult to summarize in words but we will be sure to create some videos to demonstrate how easy and fun this is to play with. It definitely represents something unique in the landscape of Eurorack sequencers.

In this mode you can loop record your performance on any combination of the following functions: fader, bipolar fader, crossfader, euclidean sequencer, toggle switches or LFO. Kind of like Elektron style parameter locking but all of the motions is recorded continuously instead of just in slices. Instantly turn a simple patch into a highly animated and complex beast. The chosen function determines the type of signal (CV, note, trigger, gate, etc.) sent from each of Tetrapad’s eight independent outputs, while its multitude of multi-colored LEDs keep you informed of exactly what’s happening within each mode.
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