Owner’s Manual
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Installation Instructions
Table of Contents
1. Getting Started
! Installation via Connect
! Activation with Native Instruments’ Service
2. Pulse Engines Page
! Pulse Engine Layers
! Pulse Engine Rhythm Types
! Shift
! Step Amount
! Direction
! Pattern
Step Sequence (Same as Arp)
! Stack
! Start Slider
Limitations per pulse type
! Select a Sound Source (about the sources)
! Volume, Pan, and Layer Mute
3. Advanced Panel
! Rhythm Sends Per Pulse Type
! Arp/Wave
! Volume ADSR
! Pitch ADSR
4. Effects Page
! Layer Level Effects
! Global Effects
5. Pulse Instruments Page
! Tag Grid
! Saving a Preset
6. Copy Menu
7. Assigning Custom Macro Controls
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Installation Instructions
Installation Guide
System Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8 or higher is recommended**
Windows 7 or higher
4 GB of RAM, 8GB is recommended.
At least 42 GB of free drive space
Kontakt 5.3.1 or higher
64 bit DAW is recommended for optimized performance.
**All new Native Instruments software requires a minimum of OS X 10.8 or Windows
7. We’re happy to provide an install of 10.7/ SIGNAL compatible Kontakt 5.3.1 upon
*IMPORTANT- If you do not own Kontakt you can download the Kontakt
Free Player below. RTAS users please contact us at
tech@outputsounds.com for Kontakt version 5.3.1.
Download Kontakt 5 Free Player
There are two main steps to getting started with SIGNAL:
1. Installation is handled by Continuata’s Connect, our high speed
library downloader. Connect will download, unpack, and
organize all of SIGNAL’s files in a location of your choice.
2. Activation is handled by Native Instruments through Kontakt
and Service Center. Once SIGNAL is added as a Library in
Kontakt. you will use the same provided download/serial code
to activate SIGNAL.
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Installation Instructions
Your purchase confirmation email contains a download link for
the Connect downloader and a serial code. Once you have
installed Connect, enter your serial code and click ‘Download’.
You will then be prompted to choose where the ‘Signal’ folder
will be installed on your machine. !
IMPORTANT: be sure that you have at least 42 GB of space in
the location that you choose to install SIGNAL. SIGNAL only
consumes about 21GB, but you’ll need 42 GB temporarily.
Once the download begins, be sure not to move, rename, access,
or modify any of the files in any way until the installation is 100%
complete. If you tamper with any of these files before the
installation is complete SIGNAL will not install properly for you.
Once SIGNAL has finished downloading, Connect will unpack the
.zip and .rar archive files automatically and install them in a single
folder called ‘Signal.’ This ‘Signal’ folder contains three
subfolders called Samples, Instruments, and Data, as well as a
SIGNAL.nicnt file. Take note of where this folder is located
because you will reference this location in the next couple of
steps. It’s very important that the file structure is maintained
within the ‘Signal’ folder. Here’s how the folder should appear:
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Next, open Kontakt in Standalone Mode (outside of your DAW).
Click the ‘Browse’ button in the top left side of Kontakt’s menu
panel, navigate to the ‘Libraries’ tab, and click “Add Library.”
You will then be prompted to browse to the location in which the
‘Signal’ folder is located on your system. It’s important to select
the SIGNAL folder itself instead of any individual NKIs or
subfolders. This will set a general link for Kontakt to reference all
of SIGNAL’s files on your system when needed.
The final step is to activate SIGNAL using the product serial code.
There is a small ‘Activate’ button that will appear over SIGNAL in
the Libraries tab. Clicking this button will bring up a new window
that links to Service Center. Enter your serial code and email
address here, then you will have activated your serial code for
SIGNAL. Now when you log into Service Center, you should see
SIGNAL listed under your activated products.
SIGNAL: BATCH RE-SAVE (recommended)
Running a batch-resave is recommended for faster loading time.
When prompted, be sure to choose the same ‘Signal’ folder that
you referenced before when adding SIGNAL as a Library. You
should only need to do this once. Check out the video tutorials on
our Support page for a quick video walkthrough on running a
batch re-save.
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Pulse Engines
SIGNAL is made up of two Pulse Engines, allowing you to play
two sound sources and up to four pulses at once! Each Pulse
Engine has two rhythm generators, which are referred to as the
Main and 2nd Rhythm. Additionally, each Pulse engine has a
Volume and Pitch ADSR section. You can deactivate either Pulse
Engine at any time by clicking on the power button beneath the
VU Meter.
Pulse Types
There are four different ways to pulse: Wave, Step Sequencer,
Arpeggiator, and Output’s Looper. Each Pulse type has an
adjustable pulse rate, which automatically locks to your host
tempo. Each Pulse Type has its own set of available parameters
to modulate, which are accessed in SIGNAL’s ‘Advanced’ controls.
The Wave Pulse Type is a traditional LFO that modulates any
of the following parameters: Volume, Pan, Filter Cutoff, Filter
Resonance, Tube Drive, and Distortion. You have the ability to
delay the onset of the pulse by up to 10 seconds by clicking on
the lock icon and setting the fade in time. You also can choose
between 30 preset waveforms by clicking on the adjacent ‘Shape’
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The Step Sequencer Pulse Type provides up to 32 steps of
modulation for Volume, Pan, Filter Cutoff, Filter Resonance, Tube
Drive, and Distortion. You can adjust the Pulse rate from 1 bar to
1/64 triplet in length. The Step Sequencer makes it easy to create
pulses in odd time signatures by setting the number of steps to
an uneven value and adjusting the pulse rate to taste. You can
even shift the start of the pattern by clicking on the arrows
located along the left and right perimeter of the Step Sequence
The Arp Pulse Type allows you to arpeggiate as many as 50
voices for up to 32 steps. Each Pulse Engine has its own
arpeggiator, so you can independently arpeggiate two sounds
with completely different settings at once. You can choose from
11 different arpeggiation patterns: Up, Down, Up-Down, Down-Up,
Zig-Zag Up, Zig-Zag Down, Zig-Zag Up-Down, Zig-Zag Down-Up,
As Played, Random, and as a Chord. By clicking on the cog icon in
the bottom right, you have access to the settings for note
duration, swing, number of round robins, and number of octaves
reached by the arpeggio.
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The Loop Pulse Type creates pulses by repeating individual
notes as they are triggered. You can set the length of the Loop
from one bar to 1/64 triplets at a given tempo. Drag the
highlighted area in the loop window to adjust the selection of the
sound that loops. You also have the ability to adjust the starting
point of the loop playback with a horizontal slider beneath the
Loop’s waveform interface.
The Loop Pulse Type provides the ability to stack the same
looped notes multiple times using a sustain pedal. With the
‘Stack’ button engaged and the sustain pedal held down, you can
retrigger the same note to play back as a loop multiple times with
a contrasting rhythm. For example, trigger C3 with the sustain
pedal engaged, then retrigger C3 as part of a chord with a
syncopated rhythm.
Beneath the loop waveform window is the sample start slider.
Move this slider to trigger the loop at a different starting point
than the original transient.
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Sound Source Menu
SIGNAL has 50 sound sources: 25 derived from electronic
sources (Analog and Digital) and 25 from acoustic instruments.
Each Pulse Engine has its own sound source and can be selected
by clicking on the instrument icon beneath the VU meter in the
channel strip section.
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Instrument Sources
Synth Sources
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Pulse Engines Advanced Page
The Pulse Engines Advanced Page is where you can activate and
mix parameters such as Rhythm Send amounts, Pitch and Volume
Envelopes, and fine adjustment settings for filters, tube, and
overdrive when the Wave and Step Sequence Pulse Types are
Rhythm Sends
You can modulate 6 different parameters at once using the Wave
or Step Sequence Pulse Types. The amount of modulation is
controlled by Rhythm Sends. Rhythm Sends appear in the
Advanced Page as square blocks that become illuminated as the
user increases the modulation amount.
Using the Wave and Step Sequence Pulse Types, you can
modulate the volume, pan, filter cutoff, filter resonance, tube
drive amount, and distortion amount of the sound source
assigned to a Pulse Engine.
Filter Section
SIGNAL gives you the option to choose between 6 distinctively
different filter types: band pass, notch, and two distinctively
different high and lowpass filters. Click on the ‘FILTER’ button to
access the filter’s settings including envelope amount, attack,
decay, sustain, release, cutoff, and resonance.
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Envelope Section
There are two different envelope generators per Pulse Engine.
One envelope is tied to the Engine’s volume, the other affects
the pitch.
Volume Envelope
Attack: time (in ms) it takes a sound to reach full volume.
Decay: time (in ms) it takes for sound to reach sustain level.
Sustain: volume at which the sound will remain until the trigger
is released.
Release: time (in ms) it takes for the volume to decay to silence.
Pitch Envelope
Pitch Slider: semitones up or down in which the pitch glides.
Attack: time (in ms) it takes for pitch to reach set value.
Decay: time (in ms) it takes for pitch to reach sustain level.
Sustain: pitch at which the sound will remain until the trigger is
Release: time (in ms) it takes for the pitch to decay to root note.
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Effects Page
SIGNAL provides a suite of effects tailored for the individual
Pulse Engines and globally across both Engines that can be used
simultaneously. All effects in SIGNAL are insert effects, but many
have mix wet/dry control for parallel processing.
Global Effects
EQ: 3 frequency bands with adjustable bandwidth and gain
cut/boost controls.
Compressor: threshold, ratio, attack, release, and gain control.
Phaser: depth, speed, feedback, and wet/dry mix control.
Chorus: depth, speed, phase, and wet/dry mix control.
Limiter: input gain, release time control.
Filter: high and lowpass filters with frequency cutoff and
resonance control.
Delay 1: tempo-synced delay time, feedback, L-R pan amount,
we/dry mix control.
Delay 2: tempo-synced delay time, feedback, L-R pan amount,
we/dry mix control.
Convolution Reverb: select from up to 18 different impulse
responses recorded exclusively for SIGNAL for an
incredibly realistic sounding reverb. Users can control the
pre delay time, early reflection size, late reflection size,
cutoff frequencies of high and lowpass filters, and the
overall wet/dry mix.
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Pulse Engine Effects
Effects are enabled for each Pulse Engine by clicking on the
corresponding ‘power button’ beneath each effect. Clicking the
indigo colored power button on the left will activate the insert
effect on Pulse A, clicking the yellow power button will activate
the insert effect on Pulse B.
EQ: 3 frequency bands with frequency and cut/boost controls.
Compressor: threshold, ratio, attack, release, and gain control.
Lofi: a bit crusher effect with controls for sample rate and bit
Tape Saturation: magnetic tape emulation with amount and
output level controls
Drive: overdrive effect with gain, bass, mid, and treble controls.
Stereo Spread: a panning effect that will widen the stereo
Delay 1: tempo synced delay time, feedback, and wet/dry mix
Delay 2: tempo synced delay time, feedback, and wet/dry mix
Reverb: separate from SIGNAL’s convolution reverb engine, this
reverb effect models a room with pre delay time, size, and
wet/dry mix controls.
Flutter: an effect modeling slight pitch modulation of a tape
machine with pitch modulation amount and frequency
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Pulse Instruments Page
The Pulse Instruments page is where you can browse for sounds
and select from 500 factory tailored Pulse Instruments,
Expansion add-ons, or user presets. We use a tagging system to
help pair similar sounding Pulse Instruments with common
The Tag Grid
Click on a tag, and all presets that are saved with the tag’s
attribute will appear in the Pulse Instruments list. SIGNAL uses an
‘and’ attribute tagging scheme. So if you click on both the ‘Pluck’
and ‘Arpeggiated’ tags, you will only be able to choose from Pulse
Instruments that are both arpeggiated and plucks.
When you save a custom preset, you can name and assign tags
openly (the ‘User’ tag will be selected by default). Click on the
‘Clear’ button to clear the list of selected tags.
Saving A Preset
When you dial in a new sound that you’d like to save as a preset
to recall later on, all you need to do is click on the ‘Save’ button at
the top of SIGNAL’s instrument window (just left of the ‘Copy’
button). You will then be prompted to enter a new name and add
applicable tags to classify the preset. As noted earlier, the ‘User’
tag will populate by default.
We encourage you to make use of the ‘Best Of’ tag. If you wish to
organize your favorite presets (factory or user), save them with
the ‘Best Of’ tag.
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Pulse Instruments Page Cont’d
Running a Scan for Presets
Whenever you install a new Expansion Pack for SIGNAL, it's
necessary to run a scan for new presets. The Scan button is
located in the lower right corner of the Pulse Instruments list.
Locate and click the ‘SCAN’ button, then double click the
“--- SCAN ---.nka” at the top of the Pulse Instruments list.
SIGNAL will then check the Signal > Data > Signal Presets folder
for recently installed Expansions. When the scan is finished, you
will find the new Expansions in the Pulse Instruments list.
Advanced Sound Design
The Copy Menu
When designing your own sounds in SIGNAL, you might want to
double one Pulse Engine and continue to make adjustments on
the second layer. SIGNAL allows the user to copy the Layer FX
settings, sound source / channel strip settings, the Pulse Engine
(main rhythm, 2nd rhythm, rhythm send settings), or the entire
layer as a whole.
To access the Copy menu, simply click on the Copy button (1) on
the top panel next to the ‘Save’ button. Then click on the desired
elements to copy over to the target layer (2). Finally, click the
center ‘copy’ button (3) to finalize the process.
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The Copy Menu
Creating Custom Macros
Users can control multiple parameters with a single control using
SIGNAL’s Macros. Everything you need to edit Macros are found on
the Macro Edit Page. Each Pulse Instrument has the ability to map
up to six parameters mapped to each of the four Macros. You can
bypass, cancel, or edit the modulation range of each of these
parameters on the Macro Page.
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Creating Custom Macros
1. Navigate to the Macro Edit Page by clicking the icon in the
top right corner of SIGNAL.
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2. Select which of the four Macros to add effects.
3. Click ‘Assign’ on an empty slot to enter Macro Assign
Mode. Then navigate to the Pulse Engines or Effects page
and simply click on the SIGNAL parameter that you wish to
assign to the selected Macro.
4. Adjust the modulation range of the macro assigned
parameter to taste by moving the green indicator to the
right for modulation amount in the positive direction, and
left for modulation amount in the negative direction.
The red mark indicates the given parameter’s value when the
corresponding Macro slider is set to its lowest point. The green
mark indicates the parameter’s value when the Macro’s slider is
pushed to full scale.
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Macro Assign Mode
In Macro Assign Mode, you can simply hover over a SIGNAL
parameter and click to assign it to a corresponding Macro control.
Assignable parameters will display a square ‘Assign’ image when
you hover across them. You can override previously saved Macro
assignments by clicking the ‘Override’ image that appears as you
hover across.
Some parameters are not assignable to Macros, these
parameters will not show the ‘Assign’ image when hovered
Additional Pulse Engine Settings
Users can adjust the keyrange, number of voices, and MIDI
controller velocity sensitivity in the Pulse Engines settings page.
To access these settings, click on the gear icon in the top right
corner of the Pulse Engine.
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