RBMA-20 – the world’s largest sequencer is back
The RBMA-20 is the world’s largest musical sequencer, weighing in at over 600 kg – it’s over 10m long and 2m high.
Red Bull Music Academy has brought it back to life for Amsterdam Dance Event this year.
Red Bull Music Academy designed the RBMA-20 around a user-friendly, playable interface that’s hooked up to several more advanced synths and drum machines – offering the public a chance to try their hand at music production.
The sequencer is broken up into three main sections, each offers plenty of sound-shaping, sequencing and effects capabilities – making it great for collaborations.
The rhythm section features a 16-step sequencer, hooked up to four analog drum machines – an Acidlab Miami, Jomox Alpha Base, Vermona DRM-1 and Sequential Circuits DrumTraks.
The sample section features three voices – a 16-step sequencer which triggers a choice of pre-loaded samples, a 32-step sample-based synth instrument and a loop player/slicer. Each of the rows can be transposed to fit into any key.
The synth section features three monophonic voices powered by a Doepfer A-100 Eurorack system, the first voice is a traditional bass sound, the second is a percussive tone and the third is a percussive noise sound.
The effects section…
Each of the three main sections on the sequencer has its own effects section that’s tailored to that specific sound.
There’s a further master effects section which features a proximity sensor, allowing you to tweak the parameters of the effect using hand gestures.
The sequencer is open to the public from 15 – 19 October from 4pm until 9pm, it’s set up near Amsterdam Centraal train station, in the heart of the city.
Check out some of these videos of the RBMA-20 in action: