Bin Seq#

8-Step switch gate sequencer


Bin Seq is an eight-step switchable gate sequencer. Each switch has three positions: off, tied gate, or short gate. Reset in allows you to make the sequence as short as you want. Ideal for creating and manipulating rhythmic sequences in live sets.

  • Type: gate sequencer
  • Size: 4HP Eurorack
  • Depth: .8 inches
  • Power: 2x5 Eurorack
  • +12 V: 30 mA
  • -12 V: 8 mA


Bin -- from Latin Binarius: "two"

Seq -- from Latin Sequentia: "sequence"

"A sequence of switches"

Input & output voltages#

Bin Seq expects an input clock voltage of at least 2.2 V. It outputs gates at approximately 6 V.


Power connector

To power your Noise Engineering module, turn off your case. Plug one end of your ribbon cable into your power board so that the red stripe on the ribbon cable is aligned to the side that says -12 V and each pin on the power header is plugged into the connector on the ribbon. Make sure no pins are overhanging the connector! If they are, unplug it and realign.

Line up the red stripe on the ribbon cable so that it matches the white stripe and/or -12 V indication on the board and plug in the connector.

Screw your module into your case before powering on the module. You risk bumping the module's PCB against something metallic and damaging it if it's not properly secured when powered on.

You should be good to go if you followed these instructions. Now go make some noise!

A final note. Some modules have other headers -- they may have a different number of pins or may say "not power". In general, unless a manual tells you otherwise, do not connect those to power.


Illustration of Bin Seq's interface

8 switches that control whether a gate is output at each clock step. Each switch has three positions: to the left is off. In the middle is short gate, where the gate remains high only until the clock falls. To the right is long or tied gate, where Bin Seq ties the beat to the next one.
Clock input. Advances the current step on a rising edge.
Optional clock input to indicate the start of a measure. Acts as a reset to restart Bin Seq at the beginning of the pattern.
Advance (Adv)
Momentary button to manually advance the step. Works with or without clock in.
Reset (Rst)
Momentary button to manually reset the cycle. Works with or without clock in.
Gate out.

Patch tutorial#

Patch a clock into the Bin Seq and the output of Bin Seq to the trigger input of an oscillator such as Basimilus Iteritas Alter or Manis Iteritas. Toggle switches to get a pattern you like.

Design notes#

Bin Seq was created to fulfill Stephen's desire for a simple and hands-on way to generate rhythmic sequences that he could play with while jamming. We had a few revisions trying to decide on switch arrangement and function -- the first version had the switches in a straight vertical line, for example, but we settled on the offset wavy version as we found it easier to navigate. The first prototype also had only on/off but if we could pack in extra functionality at no extra cost or space, we thought it was worth it.


We will repair or replace (at our discretion) any product that we manufactured as long as we are in business and are able to get the parts to do so. We aim to support modules that have been discontinued for as long as possible. This warranty does not apply to normal wear and tear, including art/panel wear, or any products that have been modified, abused, or misused. Our warranty is limited to manufacturing defects.

Warranty repairs/replacements are free. Repairs due to user modification or other damage are charged at an affordable rate. Customers are responsible for the cost of shipping to Noise Engineering for repair.

All returns must be coordinated through Noise Engineering; returns without a Return Authorization will be refused and returned to sender.

Please contact us if you think one of your modules needs a repair.