This modulator would function similarly to Massive or Spire. In summary, it is similar to a MSEG but with a menu of predetermined modulation curves per step. It is more limited than an MSEG, but they are fun and quick to work with.
In addition to a menu of curves per step, these types of modulators usually have the option of 1 to 4 repeats per step. Another nice addition is being able to tie steps together. And, one more cool addition, that NI introduced in Massive X, is the option to shift/squeeze/stretch the modulation sequence, similarly to how you can shift the repeats on the Bitwig 4 note repeat operator.
So, to sum it up, A stepper modulator would be just another fun modulator device within Bitwig. The NI Stepper really influenced the sound of a lot of electronic music, especially bass music, when it was initially released. I think that for a lot of producers who are used to them, they are a fun and inspiring way to work with modulation.
It doesn’t resolve a problem, but is just a nice addition
It adds another type of common modulator to the modulation system
You can route the “curve modulator” in from Reaktor Blocks, but the idea is to have one included in Bitwig’s internal modulation system.
The “Curve Sequencer” in Reaktor Blocks
Several synths do. Like I mentioned before, the most popular of those are Massive and Spire. Melda’s MsoundFactory also has one build into it’s LFO.
- Using Reaktor’s “Blocks” MSEG (tutorial by @andrei_olenev) How to use Reaktor Blocks multistage envelope generators in The Grid to modulate anything in Bitwig. - YouTube