Tiptop Audio Trigger Riot Sequencer


The Trigger Riot is an innovative trigger sequencer never seen before, therefore learning to use it might take a while and require an understanding of the internals. In this manual we will go through all of the different modes of operation and the way they interact with each other so you can get a real understanding of how deep this machine is.

The concept is very simple to understand, the TR generates or takes in a clock signal, each of the knobs can be used as one or both of the following to generate streams of triggers and gates at the outputs:
  • Programmable Clock Divider (divider)
  • Clock sequencer (steps)
Once those are set, then a set of clock manipulator “effects” can be applied to the streams of triggers/gates. These effects are:
  • Likelihood of trigger output (probability)
  • Trigger stream whole clock offset (clock shift)
  • Trigger stream fractional clock offset (time shift)
  • Trigger stream multiplication fractional clock extractor (speed)
  • Pulse width modulator (pulse width)
The Trigger Riot is a highly accurate clock source: it has 8 outputs, each can have up to 4 clock divisions and each of these divisions can be assigned a probability of triggering, clock shifting, time shifting, fractional clock multiplication, and pulse width. Additionally, each output has 4 steps that do not repeat like a division.

Imagine if you put a clock divider, clock multiplier, step injector, time shifter, pulse-width modulator, and an arithmatic probability processor under the control of a single knob. Now what would happen if you fit 16 of these knobs in a single module and have them interact? YOU WILL HAVE A RIOT! With so much going on in eight channels, simply tweaking a few knobs builds new sequences, causes patterns to evolve, and makes streams of triggers and gates come pouring out of the outputs!

The Trigger Riot is an innovative sequencer that is used to time modular synths with a unique method that has never been seen before. It can be used to time modulation sources like the Z4000 envelope generator, Z8000 CV sequencer, and many others! It can also be used to trigger our complete synth voices and drum modules in tandem, creating the world's first fully modular drum machine in the heart of the Tiptop system, a modular groove composer of a new age.

Some of the Trigger Riot features include: non-volatile memory for patterns, syncronization with external gear, smart syncronization of multi-Riot setups, DIN Sync for vintage gear, a precise internal tempo clock generator, tap tempo, preset looping, sequencing of independent channels or matrix sequencing for a real trigger madhouse!

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