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An arpeggiator is an electronic device, typically a small box or module that creates and outputs musical notes in any of various rhythms. The word "arpeggio" comes from the Italian for pear; it's called this because one type of pattern played with such devices resembles those on strings upon which you would pluck pears. Arguably the most important use to know about when using an arpulpher are chords: these can be programmed by making patterns over four octaves (each note allocated its own chord). What do I need before applying? A MIDI controller!


- You will need a MIDI controller and arpeggiator vst plugin to create your pattern. This can be anything from the most basic of keyboards, to an expensive synthesizer. The important thing is that it must have at least 16 keys and one octave for programming chords (sine wave instruments only produce one note).

- Connecting the MIDI controller up should be a very simple process. You will need to plug the MIDI controller into a USB port, with your screen displaying it on-screen (if not already).

- To start an arpeggiator for playing chords: Select and hold down any key until an "A" appears in the box below. The A is now allocated as being part of the chord. Continue to do this for the rest of the notes in your desired arrangement (eight should be enough).

- To stop arpeggiation: click outside of any window onscreen, or select "A" again.


The keyboard I am using is a musical keyboard that operates like most other keyboards with one octave and 16 keys.


I have it plugged into the USB port of my computer's screen, where an arpeggiator box appears with a "A" inside on top and is ready to start creating chords. I use my left hand for this part by selecting any key (left or right) until an A pops up in that box below, then I select and hold down that key until the A is inside. I use my right hand to do this for each of the remaining keys, starting with pressing left or right on any one key (or both) so it pops up in the box below where there's an "A" waiting patiently for me to press again and continue doing this process over and over and over again, until all the keys are assigned.

- In order to stop arpeggiation I can either click outside of any window onscreen or select "A" in that box below.
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