Five12 Vector Sequencer - Interesting Things to Do

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  • E1 to E9 designates ENCODER 1 through 9.  Encoders 1 to 8 are below the OLEDs, and encoder 9 is to the left of the screens.  
  • JE - Jack Expander
  • CV Set - refers to a Pitch, Gate and Velocity set (3 jacks) on the Vector or the Jack Expander module.  There are 6 CV sets in total.

The Five12 Official Forum

  • Go here and create an account. 
  • The forum is the best place to log Feature and Support Requests. 

Latest Firmware and Manual

  • Go to the Five12 official forum and find the firmware there. 
  • Jim keeps this page up to date with the current release firmware and Vector manual

Logging Feature Requests

  • This is done by joining the Five12 forum and logging a request here

Five12 Vector Sequencer Users Group (Facebook)

  • The Facebook Users Group is here
  • I try to verify and accept users on a daily basis

Chord Parts

Setting up a Chord Part


Chord Types

  • Unison
  • Interval
  • Pre-configured Chords
  • Custom Chords

How do Rests work between Chord Steps?


Custom Chord Quick Configuration 

  • You must have already created a PART as TYPE CHORD. 
  • Go to the PITCH page or a PRESET in your CHORD PART.
  • Use E9 to select either the base note (left side) or the offset interval (right side). 
  • Use E1-8 to select the offset interval, or keep dialing to select a pre-configured chord type (eg. C minor). 
  • Change the chord type for the selected step to be a CUSTOM CHORD by pressing EDIT and the specific E1-8 encoder. 
  • The Vector will change the chord on that step to be a CUSTOM CHORD
  • The Vector will fill in the offset intervals to be the notes in the pre-configured C minor chord.  
  • You may then change each interval individually within the CUSTOM CHORD

Step Timing Options

This is a biiiiig topic for the Vector so I will chip away at it as logically as possible.  


  • Most of what you need is in the SEQ CTL page.
  • Select the PART you want then press CONTROL once to get to SEQ CTL.
  • START refers to the step at which a PRESET (when active) will begin.  Your PRESET will usually start on step one.  But there is no reason it has to.
  • LEN is the length of your PRESET in step quantity.  If it exceeds the configured steps of your preset you will get silence.  
  • DIR is direction.  Pretty obvious.  See the manual. 
  • RESET is the count of beats at which the PRESET will be forced back to the START step (usually one, but maybe not).
  • RATE is the division of a step timing based on the MODE type.  Most of the time you will probably work with Musical Divisions in whole notes, quarters etc.
  • MODE is where you set the way in which each step duration is calculated.  There are many interesting options here - see the manual.  I will go into more detail for the ones I really like below.  
  • OCT is your pitched note octave.  Default is ZERO.  Changing this will add or subtract an octave to/from any active pitched note.
  • TRANS is transposition.  You use it to pitch shift per semi tone.  EG TRANS 3 is 3 semitones or a minor third.  


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