VST Lead Editor™ 1.3.1 Manual

VST Lead Editor™ 1.3.1 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 Lead Editor
» Working with Presets
» MIDI Continuous Controller Chart
» MIDI Implementation
Introduction
Thank you for choosing the reKon audio™ VST Lead Editor. The VST Lead Editor is a realtime
MIDI synth editor that allows you full control of every parameter of the sound on the Clavia Nord
Lead™, and Lead Rack synthesizers. Now you can utilize your Nord to its full potential and build
lasting and meaningful patches that will bring new life to your Nord, 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 Nord 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 Nord to your music via the host sequencer.
The Clavia Nord Lead 2™ synthesizer...
Clavia is a Swedish bourne company offering a fine line of professional virtual analog
synthesizers including the original Nord Lead, Nord 2 and 2X, Nord 3 as well as many other fine
synthesizers. Each series boasts more features than it's predecessor, yet retain some
backwards compatibility with them as well. This is the third "virtual-analog" synth reKon audio
has made a VST Editor for. We believe the Nord 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
reKon audio software is now installed with a simple installer file. The installer will allow you to
specify the location of your VST folder and sometimes, additional components to install.
Windows XP, Vista
Use the included. EXE installer file. The installer will allow you to specify the location of the VST
Plugin folder to install the VST Lead Editor into and provide an adequate means to uninstall the
software.
Mac OSX
Use the included .DMG installer file. The installer will allow you to specify the location of the VST
Plugin folder to install the VST Lead Editor into and provide an adequate means to uninstall the
software. *Note- All our plugins are UB (Universal Binary) compatible.
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 Lead
Make sure you have your midi ports and channels set up and matching properly and that all
cables are working and connected properly.
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 or Cubase 4.1.3
To setup the reKon™ VST Lead 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 Lead Editor' VST in
a VST slot.
5. Create a 'MIDI' track. Select this MIDI track. (this will be the MIDI track the VST Lead Editor
is on).
6. On the I/O properties panel for this MIDI track, assign the MIDI input to the 'VST Lead
Editor'. Assign the MIDI output to go to the MIDI port (and channel) that your Clavia Lead
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 Clavia
Lead is on. (this will be the MIDI track to play and record your note/pitch/mod changes to
the Clavia Lead).
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 Clavia Lead via the VST Lead 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 Lead 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 Clavia Lead is on. assign the MIDI Output to the 'VST Lead Editor'.
4. Turn some knobs on the Lead. The editor should respond by visually showing the movement
of this control in the editor.
How to load a Lead patch into the editor:
Once you have completed the MIDI input steps above, you can now receive a 'Single Controller
Dump' from the Lead to 'recreate' the patch in the editor. Here's how:
1. Select the patch on the Lead that you wish to save into the editor.
2. Press the 'Shift+Dump One' button.
3. The editor will update all parameters to the values of the dumped patch.
4. Rename the patch in the editor to the name of the hardware patch. Save the patch as an .fxp
file.
The Graphical User Interface
Using The Graphical User Interface
The graphical user interface of the VST Lead Editor™ is designed for maximum ease of use,
giving you easy access to all of the Clavia Lead™ 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 Lead Editor™ v. 1.3.1:
Working With the VST Lead Editor
About Sound
The VST Lead 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 hardware generated sound, but with VST control). The VST Lead
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 Lead Editor™ are self explanatory as to their use. The VST Lead
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 Lead 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 Lead 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 Lead Editor™ receives or transmits MIDI data, the corresponding MIDI LED will
blink to notify you. The VST Lead 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 Lead 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 Program changes. When
activivated, Program change messages will be sent/received between the editor and the
hardware synth.
The MIDI In Button
This button determines whether or not to receive MIDI into the editor. When activivated, MIDI
messages will be received between the editor and the hardware synth. Use this as an alternative
to the hosts 'midi in' activation button. Ideal for when turning on/off midi in quickly, for example
controller dumps. MIDI in should be disabled to prevent feedback loops, when using the MIDI
Out simultaneously.
The About Screen
To view the About screen, click on the reKon audio™ 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 24 characters.
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 Lead Editor is the standard factory default bank A from
Clavia 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.
Sysex Patches and Banks
The VST Lead Editor can also load and save standard sysex (system exclusive) patch and bank
files. This makes importing your existing patch libraries very easy. Use the Sysex menu to select
either a patch or bank load or save method. Once you have loaded a sysex patch or bank, you
should give the patch(es) a unique name and then save them as a .fxb/.fxp file.
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 Lead Models.
Nord Lead Parameter
Range
CC#
Value Labels
Gain
0-127
7
Oct Shift
0-4
17
-2, -1, 0, 1, 2
Mod Wheel Destination
0-4
18
Filter, FM Amount, OSC2, LFO1, Morph
Unison
0-1
16
Off, On
Poly/Legato/Mono
0-2
15
Mono, Legato, poly
Portamento Auto
0-1
65
Off, On
Portamento Time
0-127
5
LFO 1 Rate
1-127
19
LFO 1 Waveform
0-2
20
square, saw, tri
LFO 1 Destination
0-3
21
osc 1+2, osc 2, filter, pulse width
LFO 1 Amount
0-127
22
LFO 2/Arpeggio Rate
LFO 2 Destination/Arpeggio
Mode
LFO 2 Amount/Arpeggio
Range
Modulation Envelope
Attack
Modulation Envelope
Decay
Modulation Envelope
Destination
Modulation Envelope
Amount
Osc 1 Waveform
0-127
23
0-6
24
0-127
25
0-127
26
0-127
27
0-2
28
0-127
29
0-2
30
square, saw, tri
Osc 2 Waveform
0-3
31
square, saw, tri, noise
Osc 2 Semitones
0-120
78
m60 to 60
Osc 2 Fine Tune
1-127
33
Oscillator FM Depth
0-127
70
Osc 2 Keyboard Tracking
0-1
34
Oscillator Pulse Width
0-127
79
Oscillator Sync
0-1
35
off, on
Oscillator Mix
0-127
8
osc1 - osc2
Amplifier Envelope Attack
0-127
73
Amplifier Envelope Decay
0-127
36
Amplifier Envelope Sustain
0-127
37
filter, arp up, arp up+down, amp, osc 1+2,
rand arp, echo
osc2, fm amt, off
Amplifier Envelope
Release
Filter Envelope Attack
0-127
72
0-127
38
Filter Envelope Decay
0-127
39
Filter Envelope Sustain
0-127
40
Filter Envelope Release
0-127
41
Filter Mode
0-4
44
Filter Cutoff
0-127
74
Filter Resonance
0-127
42
Filter Envelope Amount
0-127
43
Filter Velocity
0-1
45
Off, On
Filter Keyboard Track
0-1
46
Off, On
LP12dB, LP24dB, HP24dB, BP, Notch+LP
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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