VST Little Phatty Editor Manual 1.1.2

VST Little PhattyEditor™ 1.1.2
Manual
Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
OS 9, OSX 10.4, OSX 10.5
Universal Binary
Table of Contents
» Introduction
» Installation
» Setup
» User Interface
» Working with the VST Little Phatty Editor
» Working with Presets
» MIDI Continuous Controller Chart
» MIDI Implementation
Introduction
Thank you for choosing the Moog Music™ VST Little Phatty Editor, by reKon audio. The VST
Little Phatty Editor is a realtime MIDI synth editor that allows you full control of every parameter
of the sound on the Moog Little Phatty™ line of synthesizers. Now you can utilize your LP (Little
Phatty) to its full potential and build lasting and meaningful patches that will bring new life to your
LP, and more importantly, your music. All this and more in a matter of minutes via a slick and
friendly user-interface that actually adds featured to your LP such as the ability to name your
patches in a way that makes them understandable. You also maintain all your patches in the
VST itself without the hassle of manual dumps. All parameters are fully automatable in your
favorite VST host giving you the ability to visually program the Little Phatty to your music via the
host sequencer.
The Moog Little Phatty™ synthesizer...
Moog is the American classic synthesizer company offering a fine line of professional analog
synthesizers including the original Moog, MiniMoog, Voyager, and other fine synthesizers and
audio gear. We believe that Moog has a sound quality and a following that is sure to last for
years to come and we are proud to offer our editor and presets for this fine synth.
Installation
Unzip the package and place the file in your VST Plug-Ins folder:
Windows XP, Vista
This folder is typically located under your 'Program Files/Steinberg/Vst Plugins' folder.
Mac OSX
This folder is typically located under the 'user/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST' folder.
Setup
Assumptions
It is assumed that the user is familiar with the basic functionalities of the hardware synthesizer,
it's operators manual and the basic concept of MIDI itself. Without this knowledge, utilizing the
editor may be a bit more challenging to set up and use properly. By familiarizing yourself with
the operators manual and the MIDI standards, and following the instructions in this manual, you
should be able to get up and running in a short amount of time.
STEP 1: Setting Up the Little Phatty
Make sure you have your midi ports and channels set up and matching properly and that all
cables are working and connected properly.
* Note- LP firmware v2.20 or above is required to fully utilze the VST Little Phatty Editor.
STEP 2: Setting Up the Plugin for Your VST Host (DAW)
The setup procedure will vary from host. Each host may support VST's differently and more
importantly, each host may support MIDI data from a VSTi differently, or not at all. Please refer
to the 'Supported Hosts' list on the rekon audio web site at www.rekonaudio.com. Also, please
refer to the setup instructions provided with your VST host application for setting up a VST
instrument (VSTi).
Setup Example for Cubase SX 1-3
To setup the reKon™ VST Little Phatty Editor for Cubase SX 1-3 or Cubase 4.1.3 **:
1. Be sure to check your VST Instrument plugins folder to make sure the editor was installed.
2. Open Cubase SX or Cubase 4.1.3+.
3. Create a new project.
4. Open your 'VST Instruments' panel and then select the 'reKon™ VST Little Phatty Editor' VST
in
a VST slot.
5. Create a 'MIDI' track. Select this MIDI track. (this will be the MIDI track the VST Little Phatty
Editor
is on).
6. On the I/O properties panel for this MIDI track, assign the MIDI input to the 'VST Little Phatty
Editor'. Assign the MIDI output to go to the MIDI port (and channel) that your Moog Little Phatty
is on.
7. Create another 'MIDI track'. Select this track.
8. On the I/O properties panel for this MIDI track, assign the MIDI input to your MIDI
keyboard. Assign the MIDI output to go to the MIDI port (and channel) that your Moog
Little Phatty is on. (this will be the MIDI track to play and record your note/pitch/mod changes to
the Moog Little Phatty).
9. Activate the little yellow 'speaker' icons for both MIDI tracks (this allows them to be played
even if the track is not selected).
10. Start tweaking and playing the Moog Little Phatty via the VST Little Phatty Editor and your
MIDI
keyboard. Cool!
NOTES- *Setup for other hosts is similar. Please see the Host Support page on the reKon audio
web site for more information. **Note that MIDI messages were dropped from VSTi in Cubase
SX 3.1.1+ and Cubase 4 versions 4.0 - 4.1.2 (a SB bug). Please refer to the Steinberg website
for more details on MIDI support and versions in these hosts.
STEP 3: Setting Up MIDI IN tracks
For MIDI Input into the editor:
1. Follow Steps 1 -4 above. * Be sure to disable any outgoing MIDI tracks from the editor to
prevent a feedback loop!)
2. Create a 'MIDI' track. Select this MIDI track. (this will be the MIDI track the VST Little Phatty
Editor
is on).
3. On the I/O properties panel for this MIDI track, assign the MIDI input to the MIDI port (and
channel) that your Moog Little Phatty is on. assign the MIDI Output to the 'VST Little Phatty
Editor'.
4. Turn some knobs on the Little Phatty. The editor should respond by visually showing the
movement of this control in the editor.
How to load a Little Phatty patch into the editor:
Once you have completed the MIDI input steps above, you can now receive the current patch
from the Little Phatty to 'recreate' the patch in the editor. Here's how:
1. Select the patch on the Little Phatty that you wish to save into the editor.
2. Press the 'GET PATCH' button in the editor.
3. The editor will update all parameters and the patch name to the values of the received patch.
The Graphical User Interface
Using The Graphical User Interface
The graphical user interface of the VST Little Phatty Editor™ is designed for maximum ease of
use,
giving you easy access to all of the Moog Little Phatty™ controls right on one screen. You are
also able to rename, modify and browse the patches right inside the editor itself. All control
elements are handled via either a Knob, Combo box, Button or Text Edit Box.
The User Interface
The following screen shot will help familiarize the controls of the VST Little Phatty Editor™ v.
1.1.2:
Working With the VST Little Phatty Editor
About Sound
The VST Little Phatty Editor™ is a VSTi (synth) plug-in that deals only with MIDI data. As a
result it
makes no sound of its own. The sound comes from the actual hardware synth itself, which
is what you want (pure analog hardware generated sound, but with VST control). The VST Little
Phatty Editor™ is not a VST MIDI Effect plug-in, it is a VSTi instrument without audio processing
functions.
Using the Controls
Most controls on the VST Little Phatty Editor™ are self explanatory as to their use. The VST
Little Phatty Editor is designed to 'mimic' the look and feel of the actual hardware. There are two
types of knobs, those that have their ‘zero’ or lowest value set to the far left, and the other
has the ‘zero’ position set in the absolute middle. The display readouts will vary based on
the related ranges and values for that particular control.
Resolution of the Controls
To obtain a finer resolution control of the knobs in the VST Little Phatty Editor™, hold down the
shift key while adjusting the knob. This will allow you to ‘fine-adjust’ the values of the knob.
Resetting the Default Value of a Control
To reset a control to its default value, hold down the ‘CONTROL’ key while clicking on the
control.
Receiving MIDI Continuous Controller Data
The VST Little Phatty Editor™ can receive and interpret MIDI Continuous Controller (cc)
messages. All controls respond to their correlated MIDI CC number as listed in the MIDI
Continuous Controller Chart of this manual. Automation of all parameters can be achieved via
these MIDI Messages or via your sequencer host.
The MIDI LED Indicators
When the VST Little Phatty Editor™ receives or transmits MIDI data, the corresponding MIDI
LED will blink to notify you. The VST Little Phatty Editor™ responds to MIDI Note On/Off,
Pitchbend, Modulation, Continuous Controller MIDI messages.
The MIDI Channel Selector
This selects the MIDI channel that the VST Little Phatty Editor™ receives and transmits MIDI
data on. This value is independent of the preset and will not be stored with the preset. This
allows you to browse presets on individual MIDI channels.
The MIDI SEND and RECEIVE Buttons
These buttons determine whether or not to send/receive MIDI. When activivated, MIDI
messages will be sent/received between the editor and the hardware synth.
The PGM SEND and RECEIVE Buttons
These buttons determine whether or not to send/receive MIDI Program changes. When
activivated, Program change messages will be sent/received between the editor and the
hardware synth.
The GET PATCH Button
This button will grab the current patch and name from the Little Phatty and set the editor to
match these settings.
The About Screen
To view the About screen, click on the Moog™ logo button.
Working With Presets
The Presets Section
The preset section allows you to control and manage your presets or ‘patches’ as they are
referred to in the synthesizer world. The display readout shows the current preset name and
number. The arrow buttons will allow you to move up and down through the presets. The
‘loader bar’ indicates MIDI data being sent to your synth to set the patch dynamically.
Changing the Current Preset
Use the arrow buttons to change the currently selected preset.
Renaming the Current Patch
To rename your preset, simply click on the name in the display readout and type the new
name of your patch, then hit the ‘Enter’ key. Patch names are limited to 13 characters. When
you move focus from this control, it will set this patch name on the Little Phatty itself.
Using the Copy/Paste Button
You can easily copy and paste presets to and from the currently selected preset. First select
the preset you wish to copy by navigating to it with the preset select arrow buttons. Now,
click the red ‘Copy/Paste’ button (you will notice the button change color). Next, navigate to the
preset number you wish to paste to. Now click the ‘Copy/Paste’ button again (the ‘Copy’ button
will change back to it’s default state). Voila! This tool is invaluable for creating variations of your
favorite presets and allows you to quickly build your preset library up.
Default Preset Banks
The default preset bank in the VST Little Phatty Editor is the standard factory default bank from
Moog Music. If you modify the default bank and wish to restore the default bank, you can easily
load the bank from the 'fxb' folder. Also included is a default blank bank that has all presets
values set to zero. This results in a preset that makes no sound on the synthesizer. This is
sometimes a good bank to start your projects with which you can copy patches into without
worry of overwriting other patches.
MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) Messages
The following MIDI Continuous Controller messages are transmitted (Tx) and Received (Rx) by
the editor to set the patch. *NOTE- Not all parameters are available to all Little Phatty Models.
FUNCTION
DESC
CC
GLIDE ON/OFF
Turns Glide ON/OFF
65
OCTAVE UP / DOWN
Octave increment switch
89
LFO RATE
Adjusts the LFO frequency
3
AMOUNT
Adjusts the modulation amount
6
SOURCE
Selects the modulation source
68
DESTINATION
Selects the modulation destination
69
LFO SYNC
Select the LFO Sync Source
102
LFO SYNC CLOCK
Select the LFO Sync Clock
103
MOD SOURCE 5
Selects the modulation 5 source
104
MOD SOURCE 6
Selects the modulation 6 source
105
MOD DESTINATION 2
Selects the modulation 2 destination
106
PITCHBEND UP
Selects the pitchbend up value
107
PITCHBEND DOWN
Selects the pitchbend down value
108
OSC 1 OCTAVE
Sets the octave of oscillator 1
74
WAVE
Sets the waveform of oscillator 1
9
OSC 1 LEVEL
Adjusts the volume level of oscillator 1
15
GLIDE RATE
Sets the portamento rate time
5
1-2 SYNC
Turns oscillator sync ON/OFF
77
OCTAVE
Sets the octave of oscillator 2
75
OSC 2 FREQ
Adjusts the frequency of oscillator 2
10
WAVE
Sets the waveform of oscillator 2
11
OSC 2 LEVEL
Adjusts the volume level of oscillator 2
16
CUTOFF
Adjusts the filter cutoff frequency
19
RESONANCE
Adjusts the filter resonance parameter
21
KB AMOUNT
Adjusts amount of pitch CV affecting the cutoff
22
EG AMOUNT
Adjusts the EG amount affecting the cutoff
27
OVERLOAD
Adjusts the amount of filter overdrive
18
FILTER POLES
Adjusts the filter pole selection
109
FILTER SENSITIVITY
Adjusts the filter sensitivity
110
ATTACK
Adjusts the filter envelope attack time
23
DECAY
Adjusts the filter envelope decay time
24
SUSTAIN
Sets the filter envelope sustain level
25
RELEASE
Adjusts the filter envelope release time
26
EGR RELEASE
Adjusts the EGR release
111
GATE
Adjusts the Legato Gate
112
ATTACK
Adjusts the volume envelope attack time
28
DECAY
Adjusts the volume envelope decay time
29
SUSTAIN
Sets the volume envelope sustain level
30
RELEASE
Adjusts the volume envelope release time
31
ENABLE ON/OFF
ARP CLOCK SOURCE
arpeggiator ENABLE on/off
113
Sets the arpeggiator clock source
114
Sets the arpeggiator clock division
115
ARP RANGE
Sets the range of the arpeggiator
116
ARP PATTERN
Sets the arpeggiator pattern
117
ARP MODE
Sets the arpeggiator mode
118
ARP LATCH
arpeggiator LATCH ENABLE on/off
119
arpeggiator Run/Stop
90
arpeggiator Latch/Unlatch
91
ARP CLOCK DIVISION
MIDI Implementation Chart
The following MIDI data is transmitted (Tx) and Received (Rx) from the editor...
Message
Channel
Mode
Note On/Off
Velocity
Aftertouch
Poly Pressure
Pitchbend
Modulation
Continuous Controller
Program Change
System Common
System Realtime
System Exclusive
Tx
x
x
o
x
x
x
x
Rx
o
x
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
x
x
x
x
Notes
1-16
Omni mode
note numbers 0-127
0-127
0-127
0-127
0-127
0-127
0-127
0-127
x = no
o = yes
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