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Part 2: Pitch Bend

In this section, you will use the second sequencer part, P2, to generate a pitch bend variations that will affect the sounds generated by P1.

Part Overview

For the P2 sequencer part, we are going to configure a state machine according to the following diagram:

Pitch Bend pattern

This state machine will generate various pitch bend variations every whole note.


Configure P2 mixer like following:

  • Part Activator: On;
  • Timing: 1 — this will make the state machine transition on every whole note;
  • Reset: Off.

Your P2 mixer section should look like this:

P2 Mixer
P2 Mixer


Next, open the floating plug-in window and select P2 in the Part Selector.

Configure P2 state machine as follows:

  • States Number: 4, one for each pitch bend value;
  • State 1: empty, meaning that no pitch bend changes will be applied;
  • State 2: slightly negative pitch bend range;
  • State 3: slightly positive pitch bend range;
  • State 4: negative pitch bend range.

Configure the State Transition Matrix in a way that each state can be followed either by the next state, or by the previous state.

Your P2 state machine configuration should look like this:

State 1 configuration
State 1 configuration


Press Play in Ableton Live to hear both sequencer parts playing together.

Sliced sample pattern with pitch bend variations

Flow will transition between P2 states in a non-linear and probabilistic way, creating constantly varying pitch bend variations.