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What's A Sequencer?
Commonly used in professional and home recording studios, sequencers are electronic devices - usually found as virtual devices on a PC - that allow you to order and edit samples of music, rhythms, beats etc.
They've been available as major components of PC based studios for the last 15 years - and now the technology has go to the stage where a sequencer can sit comfortably on a Windows Mobile device.
Klaar Syntrax might sound like a character from a 1950s science fiction movie, but in actual fact it is a sequencer for Windows Mobile - possibly the only one available.
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Klaar Syntrax is available for download from the developer's webpage, www.finished.nl. Although free, an unlock code is required in order to track which version of Windows Mobile is being used - this doesn't need to be done until after installation however.
Installation of the 1.7 MB file can only be done via an ActiveSync managed connection - the EXE file need your phone connected to your PC to complete installation. The good news however is that Klaar Syntrax will apparently run on all versions of Windows Mobile.
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Sequencing A Track
Using Klaar Syntrax involves setting up a new track, creating a loop, choosing other instruments and then dropping the samples into position on the track.
It's complex for the beginner, so thankfully there is a set of tutorials on the developer's website which outlines the steps needed to get started with Klaar Syntrax.
Daunting at first, getting to grips with a sequencer can ultimately be very satisfying. Klaar Syntrax can be used both as a sole method of building tracks or as a way of testing ideas before getting back to your home studio and building the same track on your PC.
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Although not a massive fan of electronic music, I've spent quite a bit of time using Klaar Syntrax and found it fascinating fun. However I also found it quite tricky to use.
It could be that I didn't pay enough notice to the very useful tutorials on the website, or because I prefer physical stringed instruments. For some reason though I just didn't seem to be able to get Klaar Syntrax to build the sequence that I wanted.
However this is a fascinating piece of software. A mobile sequencer is a wonderful idea and the possibilities with this app are endless!