K-Devices (www.ki-devices.com) has released ESQ, a Max For Live MIDI tool designed for the generation and advanced manipulation of patterns and beats. A new addition to the K-Devices Out of the Grid (OOG) series, ESQ is based on several sound synthesis techniques, adapted to a standard step sequencer.

According to K-Devices founder, Alessio Santini, each application in the OOG series provides a non-traditional approach, designed to help create and control music, instruments and effects incorporating a unique time handling approach within the Ableton Live music software environment.  It utilizes audio-driven engines, OOG devices bring audio synthesis and sound processing techniques (such as sync, ramp, phase distortion, etc.) to the MIDI domain.

ESQ is a six-track sequencer, with the ability to trigger up to 12 notes. The user can set an exclusive number of steps for each track (up to 16), while all tracks maintain the same length. The random functions of OOG devices, copy and paste of parameters as well as the ability to trigger multiple notes and edit up to two sequences per track, allows for quick, complex results, according to Santini.

A primary and secondary note can be set per track, using a chance factor allowing ESQ to trigger one note or the other.  Engaging the Lock Primary Note function, ESQ will then only add the secondary note choice according to the variable chance factor.

The device is composed of two sections, the ESQ main device itself and an external steps window. The external window contains a step sequencer that provides control over velocity, chance and relative delay for each step, providing immediate visual feedback.

ESQ is available now at a special introductory price of approximately $33). Normally it’s normally $56.