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The Make Noise ‘René’ is the world’s only Cartesian Sequencer for music synthesizers. Named for the French philosopher & mathematician René Descartes, it uses his Cartesian coordinate system to unlock the analog step sequencer from the shackles of linearity.
Like classic analog sequencers, there are only 16 steps on René, each having an associated knob with which the note for that step is tuned. However, using René the patterns are not limited to 16 steps in length because the path taken through those steps is, for all practical purposes, infinite. In fact, René does not “step” at all, but rather it maps coordinates to locations in a grid, and because of this, it is possible to move in ways that users would never imagine a step sequencer to move. For this reason, Make Noise calls the 16 steps on René “LOCATIONS,” and rather than one Clock input there are two; one each for the X Axis, and the Y Axis.