Ok, time to deal with external CV modulation! USTA features two independent CV inputs, whose signal can be internally routed to several destinations (independently per track, of course). Here we take a look at the Pitch Shift destination: the incoming voltage is used to shift the notes. Remember two things: 1) the resulting pitch is always quantized to the scale in use, and 2) you can change the pitch multiple times WITHIN the stage!


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  • 1 USTA
  • 1 SAPÈL
  • 1 FUMANA
  • 1 333
  • 1 CGM
  • External effects (optional)


  1. Set up a basic USTA patch (in this case, we are using something similar to the patch of the Raw CV technique).
  2. Patch SAPÈL’s main clock output to USTA’s clock input.
  3. Set the track to work with External Clock.
  4. Patch SAPÈL’s N+1 output (of the same section as the clock) to USTA’s CVA input.
  5. Enter the Track Menu.
  6. Scroll until the PitchShift menu item and assign it to CVA.
    (Now the N+1 voltages generate by SAPÈL are randomly shifting the pitch up by one or more octaves, still locked to the main tempo.)
  7. Try other random sources, such as the 2n.
    (You will notice that the random pitch shifts are always quantized to the scale in use.)
  8. Finally, try to use a modulation voltage with no clock relation.
    (You will notice that the pitch shift happens even within the stage: this may be extremely interesting for modulation purposes!)