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Circuit Boards for Klee Sequencer
by Kevin Kissinger Date Added: Tuesday 20 April, 2010
If you are reading this review, then you have probably read the product description that offers much detail on this one-of-a-kind sequencer.

The Klee Sequencer is much more than a simple step sequencer -- in fact, it is an on-the-fly compositional environment. To operate it is engaging and I have already spent hours just playing with it.

Besides the usual control knobs (16 of them) the sequencer includes 16 gate switches (to select between two hardware gates and one logical gate), 16 pattern programming switches (and an associated "load" switch), and ten "mode" switches that include: random step selection, 16x1 or 8x2, and step invert. (Step invert toggles the step's state as opposed to the normal response to turn "on" the step). A little calculation reveals that there are literally millions of switch combinations possible. Indeed, one can generate endless variations on the switches without ever touching a knob.

As a DIY project, it is time-consuming. The circuit boards go together quickly however to wire up all the switches and pots, while not difficult, is time-consuming (note that the Klee has around 107 front panel components (switches, knobs, LEDs, and jacks).

I am reasonably experienced at SDIY and here are my build times:

Install parts on circuit boards: 2 evenings
Build Cables: 1 evening
Research and Design front panel: 5 evenings
Drill Front Panel and build mounting bracket: 1 evening
Label Front Panel: 2 evenings (Note, I had to redo this because I messed up my first attempt)
Connect cables to panel components: 1 evening
Test and troubleshoot: 1/2 evening

In other words, this took around two weeks of evening-time building. Note that I spent a lot of time on my panel design -- if you use an already-existing design, then you will likely spend less time on this.

I purchased a parts kit -- if you source your own parts then plan to spend a couple more evenings on-line for that.

Sequencers are, by their nature, time-consuming projects mainly due to the large number of panel-mounted components. The Klee Sequencer is definately worth the time and effort.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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