A few weeks ago, I downloaded Max for Live that included a new step sequencer. I thought that instead of going through the slow task of tuning my analog sequencers I could now do it inside the program shooting all midi out to my miditocv converter and then on to my modular. This would allow me to save the sequence at least in some form to use later if I needed. Then, I got the bright idea that with my newly built computer, I could give up on hardware effects, run the analog outs of the modular back into live through effects all in real time. So, midi out to analogs and back in for processing. It actually works fine. However, It took me a week to wonder why I was having a hard as hell time trying to come up with anything interesting. Everything sounded flat and stiff. No character. I realized this morning that something is really lost along the way. I think it's the lameness of midi combined with the laziness of auto sync'd effects. It created a linear rhythmic quality to the sequences that made everything flat. I especially noticed the lack of character a step sequencer has when it's steps are tied to common scale notes. With an analog sequencer, you're never quite in tune no matter how hard you try and that's something you just can't achieve with 127 midi steps. It's impossible. As for the effects issue. The real issue is auto sync'ing everything combined with the small lag time of processing the audio coming it. I could go on but I have a sequencer running with the same pattern and I'm going to go crazy soon.