Blue Cat`s Stereo Chorus User Manual

Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus User Manual
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Table of Contents
Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus User Manual................................................................1
The Stereo Chorus Effect......................................................................................... 3
Description.................................................................................................................... 3
Parameters.................................................................................................................... 3
Controls................................................................................................................ 4
Controls examples.......................................................................................................... 4
General Behavior............................................................................................................ 4
Keys............................................................................................................................. 4
Common behavior.................................................................................................................... 4
Button specific behavior............................................................................................................ 5
Mouse........................................................................................................................... 5
Main Menu & Settings............................................................................................. 6
The Main Menu............................................................................................................... 6
The Global Settings Window............................................................................................. 6
Global Skin.............................................................................................................................. 7
Global MIDI Input Settings........................................................................................................ 7
Current Preset Settings Window....................................................................................... 9
Skin....................................................................................................................................... 9
Preset MIDI Input Settings........................................................................................................ 9
Skins.................................................................................................................. 11
About Skins................................................................................................................. 11
Changing the Skin........................................................................................................ 11
Create a Custom Skin.................................................................................................... 11
Troubleshooting................................................................................................... 12
Installation.................................................................................................................. 12
I have installed my plug-in and it does not show up in my host application..................................... 12
More................................................................................................................... 13
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The Stereo Chorus Effect
Description
Based on Blue Cat's Chorus technology, Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus has the same versatility and
crystal-clear sounding capabilities as its little brother, plus a subtle to very deep stereo effect feature:
just play with the 'stereo' control and get this famous widening stereo chorus effect. You will feel like
the sound is turning around your head.
The Chorus effect was originally designed to simulate several voices: just as if several persons were
playing together the same notes but with a variable delay between them. This is the effect you get
with Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus when setting the rate parameter to a small value. But this plug-in also
enables you to drastically change your sound and produce strange pitch modulation or crazy 'bubbles'
effects.
Parameters
The parameters of this plug-in are the following:
Param id
Name
Unit
Description
input0
Bypass
input1
Gain
dB
Input gain.
input2
Dry
%
Amount of dry input signal.
input3
Wet
%
Amount of wet signal (signal modified by the
variable delay).
input4
Delay
ms
Average delay applied to the signal.
input5
Depth
%
Depth of the Stereo Chorus effect: amount of delay
variation around the average delay.
input6
Rate
Hz
Rate of the LFO.
input7
Stereo
%
Amount of stereo effect. Set this parameter to 0 if
you want a mono chorus effect.
input8
Shape
Bypass the effect.
Selects one of the two available shapes for the
LFO: sine (0) or triangle (1) waveform.
The param id field is used when designing a new skin. See the Skins section for more information.
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Controls
Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus plug-in uses a skinnable user interface. The appearance and behavior of the
user interface can thus change a lot depending on the chosen skin. This section will expose you the
different controls you may encounter in these skins and the way they can behave. A well designed
skin should be easy to use anyway.
You can control the plug-in via MIDI Control Change messages as well and customize the way you
interact with MIDI messages. See the main menu section for more information.
Controls examples
Here are a few examples of possibles controls you may encounter in the user interface:
fader
slider
knob
button
Text control
General Behavior
Setting the keyboard focus on a control (so that it receives key events) may be automatic (when you
pass the mouse over it it gets focus) or manual (you have to click on the control to set the focus on
it).
It is usually made obvious to you to know the active surfaces of the skin (the places where you can
click): the mouse cursor usually changes when you can do something on a control. In the default
skins delivered with the plug-in, the cursor changes to a small hand to tell you when your mouse is
over an active control.
Keys
All control widgets support the following keys (note that some of them are caught by the host and
thus never forwarded to the control. For example in Steinberg Cubase SX you cannot us the arrow
keys):
Common behavior
Key
Action
Up Arrow
Small increment of the position (up or right)
Down Arrow
Small increment of the position (down or left)
Left Arrow
Same as Down Arrow
Right Arrow
Same as Up Arrow
Page Up
Large increment of the position (up or right)
Page Down
Large decrement of the position (down or left)
+
Small increment of the value of the control
-
Small decrement of the value of the control
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Key
Action
d
Set to default value (same as mouse right click)
e
Opens the 'fine tuning' window to precisely set
the parameter:
SHIFT
When the key is down, the fine tuning mode is
on, and you can modify the value with better
precision when moving the mouse, the mouse
wheel or using the keyboard. Just release the key
to get back to the normal mode.
Button specific behavior
Key
Action
Space Bar
Pushes the button
Enter
Pushes the button
Mouse
You can change the value of the parameter with the mouse:
Mouse Event
Action
Left Click
Acquire focus and start dragging or push (button)
Left Double Click
Acquire focus and launch the “fine tuning” edit
box (except button):
Right Click
Set the value to default
Mouse Wheel
Increment or decrement the position (focus
required)
Mouse Drag
Change the control position depending on mouse
movement (except button)
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Main Menu & Settings
The Main Menu
If you right click on the background of the plug-in, the following pop-up menu appears:
The Commands are the following:
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Set Preset Skin: change the skin for the current preset.
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Use Global Skin: use the skin defined in the global settings for the current preset. This item is
enabled only if a skin has been defined for the current preset.
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Presets Settings: open the presets settings window. It enables you to change the skin and
MIDI settings for the current preset.
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Global Settings:
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User Manual: open this user manual.
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Check Updates: check the updates for this software on our website.
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Get More Skins: get more skins for this software.
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About: displays the “about” dialog box.
The Global Settings Window
The settings you change in this window apply to all instances of the plug-in, for all presets. Consider
these settings as “default” settings.
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Global Skin
You can change the default skin for all instances of the plug-in:write the skin file path in the text edit
box or click on the button to open a file chooser dialog. If you have several instances of the plug-in
opened in your session, you will have to re-open the user interfaces of these plug-ins to see the skin
change.
Global MIDI Input Settings
For each parameter you can define a default MIDI channel and CC number. You can then control the
plug-in with an external MIDI controller or one of our plug-ins that generate MIDI messages.
The following settings are available for each plug-in parameter:
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Channel: MIDI Channel for the parameter control. If set to 0, the plug-ins will accept Control
Change Messages from all MIDI Channels (MIDI Omni mode).
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CC: Control Change Number.
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Learn: click on this button to activate the MIDI learn functionality. When it is activated, you
can move your MIDI controller, and the plug-in will automatically set the MIDI Channel and CC
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Number.
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Enabled: enable/disable the MIDI control of the parameter.
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Response: response curve of the MIDI control: from very fast to slow control.
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Min: minimal value of the parameter when MIDI controlled.
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Max: Maximum value of the parameter when MIDI controlled.
(generic screen shot, does not correspond to the actual plug-in parameters)
Note: if the Min value is higher than the Max value, the response curve will be reversed: increasing
the MIDI controller value will decrease the parameter value.
Note: if you double click on the parameter text control boxes for the max and min values, a “fine
tuning” edit box will appear and let you change the min and max values with more precision:
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Current Preset Settings Window
This window lets you change the settings for the current preset of the current plug-in only.
Skin
You can choose to use the global skin setting or to change the skin for the current preset. This way
you can have different skins for different instances of the plug-in in the same session in order to
differentiate them.
Preset MIDI Input Settings
Use the global settings or override them for the current preset. The parameters are the same as for
the global MIDI input settings.
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Skins
About Skins
Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus integrates Blue Cat's skinning engine that allows you to customize the user
interface of the plug-in. You can download new skins for you plug-in at the following address:
http://www.bluecataudio.com/Skins
If you don't find a skin that you like or if you want to use your graphic skills, you can choose to
create your own skin.
Changing the Skin
You have two ways to change the skin of your plug-in: you can change the default (or 'global') skin in
the global settings, or change the skin for the current preset only. The global skin applies to all plugin instances, whereas the current preset skin only applies to the current preset of the current plug-in
instance.
See the main menu to see how to access these options.
On some hosts the plug-in window won't resize automatically. In this case, just close the window and
re-open it, it will be displayed with the right size.
Create a Custom Skin
You can create custom skins for your plug-in in order to adapt it to your exact needs. Change its look
and make it integrated in your virtual studio!
Just read the Blue Cat's Skinning Language user manual and download the samples for the tutorial on
http://www.bluecataudio.com/Skins. You can get ready to create your own skins in a few minutes.
You can then share your skins on our website. Show your talent and share your knowledge with the
users community!
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Troubleshooting
Installation
I have installed my plug-in and it does not show up in my host application
First check that you application supports Direct X or VST plug-ins.
If you are using the Direct X version, check that your host application supports DXi plug-ins (MIDIenabled Direct X plug-ins). If it does not, it may remove it from the Direct X plug-ins list (some
applications such as Sony Vegas 5 and Cool Edit Pro are known to do this). In this case, use our
freeware DXi Manager and disable the MIDI capabilities of the plug-in. You may need to reinstall the
software again before it shows up into your host application.
If you are using the Direct X version and your host application supports DXi, check that the plug-in
does not appear in the 'virtual synth' or 'synthesizers' category. If you wish not to use the MIDI
capabilities of the plug-in and use it as a regular Direct X plug-in, you can download the freeware
DXi Manager and disable the MIDI capabilities of the plug-in.
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More
Upgrades, tutorials, more skins and plug-ins are available on our website:
www.bluecataudio.com
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