It’s a sequencer, an envelope shaper, a pitch shifter, a sampler, and more.
It’s a source of inspiration that can create synth-like arpeggios, pulsating sheets of sub-octave distortion, shimmering, ethereal chord washes, and a limitless number of other new sounds.
Octave Up and Down Pitch Shifting
Rhythmic Gate, with dynamic ADSR “morphing”
Digitally-Controlled, Analog Drive and Tone
Analog Dry Path
Infinite “Hold” Sampler
24 Built-in Presets
Save Custom Presets, with 11 Save Slots
Pattern Recorder, for creating custom patterns via tapping footswitches
Record and Save Knob “Automation”
Expression Pedal Input, mappable to many controls
True Bypass Switching (electromechanical relay)
Auxiliary Modes for use as a +1/-1 oct. Pitch Shifter, Tremolo, or Hold Sampler
Dream Sequence is built around a pattern-based rhythmic Sequencer that pitch shifts your instrument up or down one octave. This allows for unique Arpeggiator and Tremolo patterns at moderate tempos, churning, atmospheric effects at slow tempos, and wild Modulation-like effects at high speeds.
MAKE AND SAVE YOUR OWN PRESETS:
Dream Sequence lends itself to creating chaotic, often unexpected sounds. Any sound you create or modify can be saved instantly to the “Saved” Preset Bank and recalled later. This includes the positions of all the knobs (Shape, Dry Mix, Drive, and Tone), as well as Tempo, and any Knob Movements that you’ve recorded.
OCTAVE UP + DOWN
Dream Sequence’s patterns are composed of octave up and octave down pitch shifts in rhythmic sequence. The octave up and octave down section can also be used independently of the sequencer to replace a traditional pitch shifter pedal.
Hologram’s proprietary, hassle-free Tap Tempo system allows you to synchronize with other musicians effortlessly. Tap as few, or as many, times as you want (even throughout an entire song) and Dream Sequence will smoothly interpret the tempo changes without artifacts.
Dream Sequence’s “Hold” function allows you to sample a chord or note and sustain it indefinitely; it then feeds this sample into the pattern sequencer, allowing you to play on top of it to create harmonies, drones, and many other new tonal possibilities.
DIGITALLY-CONTROLLED ANALOG DRIVE AND TONE
Dream Sequence has a built-in analog overdrive and tone circuit. Save drive and tone settings for each preset, or manipulate them as part of your patterns.
Dream Sequence is meant to kickstart your creativity; it ships with a variety of presets to get you started, but it’s easy to customize these sounds to your tastes, and even create your own patterns and presets.
3 PRESET BANKS
Dream Sequence has 3 Preset Banks: User, Factory, and Saved. The User Bank contains simple, customizable step sequencer patterns, while the Factory Bank contains more complex, evolving presets. The Saved Bank contains 11 locations for saving your own presets.
The User Bank contains 12 building-block patterns and allows you to use the Subdivision and Shape controls to customize them. The Shape Knob controls the contour of the waveform used by the step sequencer, smoothly morphing from short, percussive, square-wave sounds to backwards-guitar-like ramp waves, and many sounds in between.
In addition to the 24 preset patterns included in the Dream Sequence, you can record your own patterns by tapping the 3 footswitches in sequence, or via MIDI in a DAW like Ableton Live or Logic. These patterns can then be saved in any of the 11 User Preset Locations.
RECORD KNOB MOVEMENTS
Twist knobs and record their movements to create patterns on the fly, then sync them to the band with Tap Tempo. You can automate the Drive, Tone, or Shape Controls to produce pulsing distortions, modulation-like effects, and then save them to a Preset.
When in the “User Bank,” the Shape knob controls the waveform used by the step sequencer, morphing from choppy square waves to “backwards” like ramp waves.
In the Auxiliary Modes (Octave Up, Octave Down, or Both), the Shape Knob controls the volume of the pitch shifted signal, for use as a standard pitch shifter. Its movements can be recorded and played back to create wild new sounds of your own.
Dry Mix controls the balance between the analog, original instrument signal and the effected signal. Its position can be saved as part of any presets you create.
The Preset Bank switch selects between the “User,” “Factory,” and “Saved” banks of presets.
The User Bank contains simple “building-block” step sequencer patterns that can be altered by using the Shape and Subdivision controls.
The Factory Bank contains more complex presets (not editable via Shape and Subdivision). Presets of this kind can be created and saved to the pedal via a DAW like Logic or Ableton Live.
The Saved Bank contains 11 locations for saving your own presets. Instead of a 12th Preset, the Saved Bank’s 12th location launches the Pattern Recorder, allowing you to create your own sequences by tapping the 3 footswitches.
DRIVE & TONE
Drive controls the amount of distortion present at the output. Dream Sequence uses a digitally-controlled, analog distortion stage at the output. This means that although it is an analog distortion, its controls can be saved as part of presets or patterns. Dream Sequence automatically compensates for the amount of gain introduced by the Drive control by reducing the output volume proportionally; although the Drive control provides more than 10x gain, it will remain at a consistent output level, like an automated version of an amplifier’s “Master Volume” control.
Tone controls the amount of high frequency rolloff at the output. Like the Drive control, this is part of Dream Sequence’s digitally-controlled, analog output stage. 100% (fully clockwise) represents no tone rolloff, 0 is maximum high frequency rolloff, like a guitar’s tone knob.
Both of these controls’ settings can be saved as part of a preset, and their movements can be recorded and played back.
The Subdivision rotary switch selects the musical subdivision of the pattern sequencer when in the “User” Bank.
It also allows you to select one of 5 Auxiliary Modes:
Random: the sequencer will bounce randomly between octave up, middle octave, and octave down. Use the shape knob to control the speed of its movement.
No Shift: This allows you to use just the Hold, Drive, and Tone controls, without any pitch shifting applied. The Shape knob controls the volume of the original signal and can be automated to create custom tremolo effects.
Three pitch shifter modes (Octave Up, Octave Down, Octave Up+Down) also allow you to use Dream Sequence as a standard pitch shifter without applying any rhythmic effects. The Shape knob controls the volume of the pitch shifted signal and can be automated to create interesting textures.
The Preset rotary switch, in conjunction with the Preset Bank switch, allows the user to access Dream Sequence’s 35 internal presets.
Instead of a 12th Preset, the Saved Bank’s 12th location launches the Pattern Recorder, allowing you to create your own sequences by tapping the 3 footswitches.
The middle row of indicator lights display the volume of each octave voice (Octave Down, Middle Octave, and Octave Up) to give you an idea of what each preset pattern is doing.
The Tap Tempo Footswitch allows you to synchronize Dream Sequence’s internal pattern sequencer to outside sources.
Hologram’s unique Tap Tempo algorithm smoothly adapts to variations in your timing; designed to be a frustration-free tap tempo system, you can simply tap your foot along to the beat continuously if you wish, and Dream Sequence will match your timing without artifacts or dramatic discontinuities. The longer you tap along to the beat, the more accurately Dream Sequence can follow your timing.
Holding down the Tap button while twisting the Dry Mix knob also provides a manual tempo control as an alternative to the Tap Tempo system.
Tapping the Bypass footswitch toggles Dream Sequence’s true-bypass relay switching.
Holding the Bypass footswitch will allow the Shape, Drive, and Tone controls’ movements to be recorded and played back.
The Hold footswitch allows you to sustain a note or chord indefinitely, and even play “on top” of this sustained signal.
Dream Sequence offers three styles of operation for the Hold Mode: toggle, momentary, and latch.
Toggle: press the Hold Footswitch to sample a note or chord and sustain it. Press the switch again to return to normal operation.
Latch: Pressing the Hold Footswitch samples a note or chord and sustains it; pressing the switch again will clear the previous note and sample another note or chord. Double-tap the Hold Footswitch in quick succession to return to normal operation.
Momentary: Pressing the Hold Footswitch will sample a note or chord and sustain it for as long as you depress the switch. Releasing the switch returns to normal operation.
MIDI IN / OUT
Clock it with MIDI, or even create sequences in your favorite DAW program. Dream Sequence can also clock other pedals via Tap Tempo with its MIDI Output.
EXPRESSION PEDAL INPUT
Plug in an expression pedal, and Dream Sequence will allow the user to assign it to Distortion, Tone, Pattern Subdivision, or Tempo.