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An interesting glitch when 2 Bliptronic 5000s are connected

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Uploaded on Dec 26, 2009

My son and I discovered something interesting when we first linked our newly-opened Christmas presents together:

Normally, when 2 Bliptronic 5000s are linked together, the sequence of notes moves through both units to create a 16-note pattern between the 2 units. However, we found that, if you change the tone (sound) in either (or both) units while they are running, occasionally they will suddenly start to play together as a simultaneous 8-note sequencer (which BTW sounds pretty cool!). If you continue to play with the tone selector knobs, eventually it will switch back to "normal" 16-note mode.

This video shows how it sounds when we managed to make it happen. We were lucky to have it change back and forth several times in this video, because sometimes it took a LOT longer to change!

We don't know what exactly triggers the change, or what combination of tone selections trigger the change, but it DOES seem to be a undocumented quirk definitely related to the tone selection controls. Something interrupts the sync between the 2 units and triggers the mode change. We thought it was wonderful when we stumbled on the fact that it CAN do sequences BOTH ways (8- and 16-note), but we wish we could trigger the change more consistently.

While checking to see if anyone else had reported this, we found another YouTube video that shows how you can do this with a Y patch cable, but we accomplished this only with the normal unmodified IN/OUT link cables supplied with the units. It was a big surprise to us both when it first happened! We hope others will discover more unusual features of these wonderful units!!! Thanks, ThinkGeek!!!

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