The Misa Digital NSC-16 is a 16 step Note Sequence Controller - a new type of electronic musical instrument that allows the user to manipulate and cue electronic music sequences live. It is an alternative take on a "step sequencer".
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The NSC-16 is a polyphonic step sequencer / MIDI controller for connecting to a synthesizer, sampler or DAW via MIDI/USB.
The NSC-16 can play multiple sequences (patterns) simultaneously. Typically each pattern will be responsible for a different section of the music. For example: one pattern for drums, one pattern for bass and one pattern for chords.
Note sequences are visually displayed on the note grid and can be modified by pressing the cells on the note grid. The individual notes are represented as blue illuminated cells. Notes can be selected, copied, moved and pasted using the control functions.
A vertical green step cursor will move across the note grid at a speed determined by the BPM set. When the step cursor lands on a note, it will play that note. Similarly, when the cursor moves off a note, it will stop playing that note.
Sequences can be played (cued) and stopped in sync with the master clock. Saved sequences can be chained together to form longer sequences.
Sequences can be stored in permanent storage for later use. The NSC-16 can store up to 384 sequences. Each cell on the note grid behaves as a save location. This means you can visually group different sets of presets on the grid based on category.
Configurable as a MIDI Master, or a MIDI Slave (for it to be controlled through an external device or DAW such as Ableton Live).