The pulsar buddy is great! 🙂
What you describe is normal behavior for the pulsar as it doesn’t handle transport messages (start/stop). Once the pulsar receives clock via MIDI it will continue to play at the set tempo. There are a couple ways to make the clock start and stop on command.
A.) Use an analog pulse/clock that you can stop and run it to the pulsar clock input pin.
B.)Use a step sequencer with MIDI out, assign a pattern/sequence to one of the midi to cv pins on the pulsar (the 4 pins labeled KTR1,2,3,4 on the left of the pulsar) then run that pin to the clock input. (Try placing a step in every step of a 16/16 pattern etc then running to pulsar)
Using either of these methods you will need to hit the RST button in the clock divider array section to make sure the pulsar starts at the beginning of the pattern (if so desired).
I know it isn’t internal but wanted to share another option. You can also make 1/4in to alligator cables and just leave them connected to the output pins. The slightly larger cables lay down nicely in-between the pins and don’t really obstruct anything.
Triggering the voices individually/as desired using a smooth(er) CV signal rather than a square wave pulse will essentially give you what you’re after. You could get this control with just the ornament adapter for the lyra, then use what you currently have to trigger the voices. Euro perhaps?…not sure what you have. You’ll need to make some 3.5mm to alligator cables or something similar if you go that route also.
This is normal behavior when using cables vs your fingers to patch points together. One of the benefits of using your fingers to patch certain things (for example the LFO to a channel’s pitch) is the ability to vary the intensity of the signal by using more or less of your finger(s). The signal is running over your skin…try varying amounts of contact with the pins. Use two fingers for each pin, try gripping it tightly vs loosely etc.
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