chordmonger guide

  1. Powering On
  2. Connecting to Device
  3. Triggering Chords
    a) Shift buttons
    b) “Flavor” button
    c) Arpeggio slider
  4. Adjusting Velocity
  5. Latch Mode
  6. Sequencer Mode
    a) Play / Stop
    b) Adjusting tempo
  7. Changing MIDI Output Channel
    a) In default / latch mode
    b) In Sequencer mode
  8. Transposing by Octave
    a) In default / latch mode
    b) In Sequencer mode
  9. MIDI clock sync

1. Powering On

Chordmonger has no physical on / off switch. The device is powered on by plugging a USB mini cable into either your computer or a USB wall charger.

2. Connecting to Device

By powering your device using a computer, you have already established a connection to it. Select “chordmonger” as your MIDI input device on your software.
Refer to the user guide for your software on connecting MIDI devices.

Plugging a type “A” TRS to DIN adapter into the chordmonger will make it compatible with DIN MIDI instruments.

3. Triggering Chords

After connecting your chordmonger to your device, simply press a button to hear a chord play.

a. Shift buttons

Notice the shift buttons on the bottom left and top right of the chord trigger buttons. (labeled blue). You may hold either one of these down while pressing a chord button to change its chord shape. The chord that will play corresponds to the label surrounding the shift button. (Figure 1)

Figure 1
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b. “Flavor” button

Holding down the mode button and pressing the chord will trigger a chord with one of the notes raised by one octave.

c. Arpeggio slider

If you’d like, adjust the slider to change the arpeggio speed.

Change chord arpeggio direction by holding “Fn” and pressing the top right shift button.

4. Adjusting Velocity

Press and hold the “Alt” button. Next, adjust the slider. The further towards the top you adjust the slider, the higher the velocity.

You may notice after adjusting the velocity that the arpeggio slider doesn’t seem to work anymore. That’s because the chordmonger remembers the position of the speed slider before the velocity is adjusted. So, you will have to bring the slider back to its speed setting in order to “unlock” it.

5. Latch Mode

Latch mode will hold the last played chord until you press the next one down.

Press and hold down the “Fn” button. Next, press the mode button. You are now in latch mode. You may exit this mode the same way you entered it.

You may not enter sequencer mode from latch mode.

Latch mode still records the chords you press for sequencer mode. You will have to return to the default mode prior to entering sequencer mode.

6. Sequencer Mode

Press and hold down the “Fn” button. Next, press the alt button. You are now in sequence mode. Notice if you press the “C7” chord button you will hear the note of C instead. You may now play notes!

Have a look at the note layout for playing melodies. (Figure 3)

Leaving sequencer mode requires the same keystrokes as entering. You may not leave sequencer mode while the sequencer is playing.

Exiting sequencer mode resets the chord memory. The sequencer is ready for new chords to be played.

16 is the chord memory limit but not a requirement. You may loop five, twelve, or any amount of chords if you wish.

a. Play / Stop

Upon entering sequencer mode, the chordmonger is already aware of the last 16 chords you’ve played.

By holding down the function button and pressing the bottom left shift button (marked with a play symbol) the sequencer will start playing. If you repeat this action, the sequencer will stop. (Figure 3)

b. Adjusting tempo

You may tap adjust the tempo by tapping the top right shift button. (labeled orange)

Tempo can be incremented down or up by pressing the C and G major buttons respectively. (labeled pink) (figure 3)

7. Changing MIDI Output Channel

a. In default / latch mode

Chord MIDI output channel is changed by holding down “Fn” button while pressing one of the Green buttons. The buttons with numbers represent channels 1 through 4. The buttons with a - or + sign either decrement or increment the current MIDI output channel. (Figure 2)

b. In Sequencer mode

In sequencer mode you may additionally adjust the melody’s MIDI output channel. This is done by holding down the “Fn” button and pressing one of the pink buttons.

Figure 2
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8. Transposing by Octave

The Octave transpose differs quite a bit depending on the mode you are in.

a. In default / latch mode

You must press and hold “Fn” and press one of the blue buttons (see figure 4)

b. In Sequencer mode

It is unnecessary to press the “Fn” button. Simply press one of the blue buttons to adjust the chord’s transpose amount.
Press one of the red buttons to adjust the melody’s transpose amount. (see figure 3)

Figure 3
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9. MIDI clock sync

Only available via USB MIDI. The chordmonger responds to MIDI clock.

If your device is receiving clock then press and hold the “Fn” button and press the yellow button. Now the arpeggio speed slider will strum the chord’s notes at various divisions of your tempo.

If you press the green button while holding “Fn” then you will toggle triplet note timing.

You may turn off clock sync the same way you turned it on.

Figure 4
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