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Make Noise's Rene 2018 is not just an update of their classic Cartesian sequencer: it extends its predecessor into three dimensions, adding myriad new features and integrating critical feedback from users to create perhaps the most innovative sequencer in Eurorack format. Offering three CV outputs, three Gate outputs, and simultaneous access to Snake and Cartesian patterns, Rene 2018 is a warmly welcome addition to the modular realm.
Aside from added support for multiple separate CV and Gate outputs, perhaps the most notable addition to this version of Rene is the module's capacity to store global settings in 64 states. The Z Axis controls allow for automated state switching, with dedicated Z-CV and ZMOD inputs for continuously scanning and stepping through states, respectively. Also worth noting: Rene can communicate with Tempi via the Select Bus to allow selection and storage of states (with additional support for state editing).
But wow, that must be a lot to keep track of—how can one tell what is happening once a complex state is created (or when modulating between states)? Do not fret: color-coded LEDs in each knob always display pattern activity, and back-lit color-coded touch pads always display information about current programming, making it easy to tell what is being editing, and what is being played. And to many users' delight, Make Noise has spent time and effort intentionally re-working their touch-sensing technology—so no more worries about dry fingers!
The original Rene is notable for its easy extension into huge amounts of melodic variation from minimal CV or gate input; Rene 2018 promises to expand on its predecessor's strengths and bring it into the current day by expanding its potential as a modulation sequencer, quantizer, and all-around central source of patch control.