Fx tips & tricks

Hi fellow Hapaxers,

I’m wondering which tricks you all like to use using the Hapax midi effects?

Especially which combinations and in which order and for what purpose? :slight_smile:

I thought maybe if we share these tricks, we can learn from eachother, as I personally feel that I’m not fully exploiting the fx yet.

I do like to use harmonizer, then scaler and then arpeggiator, sometimes with chance somewhere in between. But as I said, I barely scratched the surface, so I’d love to hear your golden combos :slight_smile:


I am waiting for the Delay effect to make a reappearance… I never realised how often I used that on the Pyramid until it was gone.

But I also use the Harmoniser loads, and the arpeggiator. I also like the Radomiser set to push notes up an octave or two a every now and again, especially on basslines, sounds really good. Also velocity if you have it mapped to cutoff or something similar.

The new Euclid one is pretty good for putting in a simple sequence then have it stab in the note on its own rhythm, found some nice effects there, too. Found it a lot more useful than the old Pyramid one.

I don’t really use chance as often as I’d expect.

The LFO is really useful for stuff that doesn’t have one itself, or doesn’t have a S&H waveform on. Clocked S&H going into a cutoff gets that lovely SH-101 sequence goodness.

I don’t normally chain effects too often, although harmoniser into arpeggiator is the obvious combo.

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I like almost always sticking a scaler at the end, since the harmonizer doesn’t really adhere to scales.

Apreggiator into chance is pretty good, to produce some random pauses in your arpeggios.

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What do you get using the Delay effect in Pyramid?

It’s basically a MIDI delay, so will retrigger each note a set number of times with a set clock divide (with descending velocity if you wish)

Found it surprisingly useful, in that I’d come up with a bassline, and then think “wonder what this sounds like with the delay?” and it would quite often sound better, especially through a random arpeggiator or randomiser effect afterwards.

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Thilbault confirmed at Superbooth that “more and more” FX (presumably including Delay) are being added for Hapax


I used this a lot too when I had a Pyramid. I think Squarp already confirmed that Delay is coming in a futute firmware update?

The current ones are very similar to Abletons midi fx but a bit better
except Euclidean fx which I’m keen to try…
Def Hope more get added

Also I would like more algos… something like the new polyend play that generates preset patterns by music genre would be nice… I want to make music as fast as I can and you can always edit them after…

And even just an Euclidean algo so could create melodic Euclidean sequences in a more destructive permanent way, we need a thread for algo ideas

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Please do, we released 1.0 with only the few that were ready to introduce the concept, in the hope that y’all would come up with cool ideas as well :smile:


What about an acid bassline generator algo? A monophonic melody generator with parameter specifically for generating an acid style bassline:
Root note
Note density
Monotonal % (how many notes will stay at the root note, only transpose octaves)
Octave range
Normal velocity
Accent velocity (127 by default)
Accent chance %
Slide chance % (will overlap the note to the next note)
Gate length (for notes that don’t slide) (50% by default)

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