Ricola Hocket II [Max for Live Effect]
A MIDI device for flexible voice allocation in Ableton Live.
Hocket II takes the MIDI note messages on a track and splits them up into single-note events which are routed to up to eight other channels. Additional Hocket devices on those channels pick up the notes and play them. This allows for one piece of melodic content to be split up among multiple instruments, achieving a Hocketing effect.
An evolution of the original Hocket device, Hocket II includes several new modes, bug fixes, performance enhancements, and an updated UI.
- Note Repeat Mode
- Analog Shift Register Mode
- New Voice Assignment direction Pendulum
- Master channel Select
- MIDI note kill switch
- Improved resistance to missing note-off messages
Hocketing is a technique that divides one melody among two or more voices. In Europe, hocketing was used primarily in vocal music of the 13th and early 14th centuries. Hocketing also appears in many folk music traditions (Indonesian Gamelan, Ukranian Pan-pipe ensembles, and the extremely rad vocal music of Central African Foragers). Notable uses of Hocketing in modern music can be found from Meredith Monk or The Dirty Projectors. The MONO/POLY produced by Korg in 1981 is a paraphonic synthesizer capable of producing hocketing effects, and the original inspiration for this device.