Turnado iPad Edition

Turnado iPad Edition
Manual
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Contents
WHAT IS TURNADO ....................................................................................................................... 4
FEATURES OF THE IPAD EDITION ............................................................................................... 4
Touch .................................................................................................................................... 4
Zoom ..................................................................................................................................... 4
File Transfer ........................................................................................................................... 5
Audiobus ............................................................................................................................... 5
Inter-App Audio ...................................................................................................................... 5
MIDI ....................................................................................................................................... 5
Ableton Link ........................................................................................................................... 5
TURNADO IPAD CONTROLS ......................................................................................................... 6
Audio Player Menu .................................................................................................................. 6
Transport controls .................................................................................................................. 6
XY-Pads ................................................................................................................................. 6
All Effects Off ......................................................................................................................... 7
BPM Control ........................................................................................................................... 7
TURNADO IPAD SETTINGS ............................................................................................................ 8
Audio Settings ........................................................................................................................ 8
MIDI Settings ........................................................................................................................ 10
MIDI Learn ............................................................................................................................ 11
MIDI Clock Sync .................................................................................................................... 11
Recording Settings ............................................................................................................... 12
Zoom ................................................................................................................................... 13
SELECT FILE.................................................................................................................................. 14
EXPORT FILE ................................................................................................................................. 15
ITUNES FILE TRANSFER .............................................................................................................. 16
HOST INTEGRATION .................................................................................................................... 17
Audiobus ............................................................................................................................. 17
Inter-App Audio .................................................................................................................... 18
MAIN PAGE.................................................................................................................................... 22
Overview .............................................................................................................................. 22
About Screen ....................................................................................................................... 22
Settings ............................................................................................................................... 23
Effect Browser ...................................................................................................................... 24
Effect Slots ........................................................................................................................... 24
Main Knob ............................................................................................................................ 24
EDIT PAGE ........................................................................................................................ 25
Edit Page Sections ................................................................................................................ 25
MODULATORS .............................................................................................................................. 28
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LFO Function Panels ......................................................................................................................... 28
Main Parameters of the Modulators .................................................................................................... 29
DICTATOR...................................................................................................................................... 31
THE EFFECTS ................................................................................................................................ 32
Delays .......................................................................................................................................... 32
Pattern Delay ................................................................................................................................ 32
Reverse Delay ............................................................................................................................... 32
Pitch Delay .................................................................................................................................... 32
Modulation Effects ........................................................................................................................ 33
Flanger ......................................................................................................................................... 33
Phaser ........................................................................................................................................... 33
Tonalizer ....................................................................................................................................... 34
Reverbs ........................................................................................................................................ 34
Reverb .......................................................................................................................................... 34
Freezeverb .................................................................................................................................... 34
Transformation Effects .................................................................................................................. 35
Ringmodulator .............................................................................................................................. 35
Vocodizer ...................................................................................................................................... 35
Amplifier ...................................................................................................................................... 36
Levelizer........................................................................................................................................ 36
Guitar Amp.................................................................................................................................... 36
Loop Effects ................................................................................................................................. 37
Looper .......................................................................................................................................... 37
Pitch Looper .................................................................................................................................. 37
Pan Looper .................................................................................................................................... 37
Reactor ......................................................................................................................................... 38
Slice Arranger ................................................................................................................................ 38
DJ Tools........................................................................................................................................ 39
Granulizer ..................................................................................................................................... 39
Stutter .......................................................................................................................................... 39
Vinylizer ........................................................................................................................................ 40
Filters ........................................................................................................................................... 41
Filter ............................................................................................................................................. 41
Filter Pattern ................................................................................................................................. 41
Vowel Filter ................................................................................................................................... 42
Spectralizer ................................................................................................................................... 42
FAQ ................................................................................................................................................ 43
CONTACT ...................................................................................................................................... 43
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What is Turnado
Welcome to the Turnado iPad Edition.
Turnado is a new multi-effect tool for real-time beat and audio manipulation. With 24
new effect algorithms and a completely new, one-knob approach to working with Effects.
On iPad, Turnado offers even more power for live or bathtub use.
Turn the Knob ...The effect is on.
Turn the Knob further ...The effect parameters are being modified.
Turn the Knob back ...The effect is off.
Features of the iPad Edition
The Turnado iPad Edition offers the full functionality of the Mac/PC version, plus some
extra features. We added 4 XY-Pads which control all Main Knobs. We added an audio
player with iTunes import, a recorder,
a handy “All Effects Off” button and many little tweaks to improve the handling.
Touch
After a control has been touched, you can still use it when you move your finger away
from the control, still touching the screen. This is nice for using controls which would
otherwise be covered by your finger.
Keep pressing a control, in order to open the “MIDI learn” menu.
Zoom
Double click an empty area in order to zoom in or out. The zoom factor can be change in
the Zoom Settings.
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File Transfer
Use the iTunes File Transfer in order to exchange audio files or presets with your
computer. Turnado also offers iTunes import and AudioCopy™/ AudioPaste™, so you can
use audio from all available sources.
Audiobus
Turnado can be used as Effect.
Inter-App Audio
Turnado can be used as an Inter-App Audio effect inside compatible Inter- App Audio
host apps and DAWs such as GarageBand and Auria.
MIDI
Turnado can send and receive MIDI from any source, including virtual MIDI.
Ableton Link
Hop on to the same network and jam with others using multiple devices running Linkenabled software. Anyone can start and stop their part while others keep playing.
And anyone can adjust the tempo and the rest will follow. When activated, Link will sync
tempo across apps. Call up the dialogue on the Settings page here.
Find out more about Link here.
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Turnado iPad Controls
Additionally to the fully functional Turnado product, we created another control screen,
especially for the iPad Edition. Here you find all controls explained:
Audio Player Menu
Here the currently loaded track is displayed. Click into the menu to load another track.
Load files from the list, from the iTunes Library or use AudioPaste™.
(see Select File)
You can load any number of tracks from the iTunes Library and access them with the
arrow buttons.
Transport controls
Play: Plays or stops the current track.
Loop: Repeats the played track.
Record: Starts audio recording of the Turnado Output.
Export File: Export or delete audio files
Settings: Settings related to the iPad Edition.
XY-Pads
Control all 8 Main Knobs simultaneously, using the 4 XY-Pad. Each of the pads is
connected to two Main Knobs, one on the x-axis and one on the y-axis.
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Effect control will snap back to the neutral position.
Effect control will remain at the current position.
All Effects Off
Click on this button and all effects are off.
BPM Control
Turnado requires tempo information in order to synchronize loopers, slicers or delays to
the beat.
Tap the BPM Control panel to match the tempo or move the BPM control up or down to
manually set up the tempo.
The tempo of audio loops with a length up to 32 bars will be analysed automatically
during load.
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Turnado iPad Settings
Audio Settings
Mode
Here you can select the audio input source. For audio input you can choose the internal
audio player or the mic/line input of your iPad.
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Input / Output
If a multichannel sound card is connected, you can choose all available in- and out ports
here.
Audio Buffer
The Audio Buffer section allows you to change the audio latency.
If you experience crackles in the audio signal, you should use a larger buffer size.
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MIDI Settings
All connected MIDI devices are listed here.
Supported MIDI Types:
- CoreMIDI virtual ports (to/from other apps)
- CoreMIDI network (as a session originator or receiver to/from Mac or PC)
- CoreMIDI physical devices (USB MIDI Controller)
Turnado receives MIDI from other apps at its Virtual Input.
Therefore Turnado has to be selected in the MIDI sending app.
The following MIDI input settings are available:
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The following MIDI output settings are available:
MIDI Learn
Long press a control and click “Learn” to assign incoming MIDI CC’s and Clear to delete
the assignment.
Turnado sends the values of the 8 Main Knobs as CC’s 1-8.
MIDI Clock Sync
Internal Player / Audiobus Input:
Start, Stop and Continue will be processed
External Audio / Audiobus Filter:
Start, Stop, Continue, Song Position Pointer and Clock ticks will be processed. The tempo
will be calculated automatically.
Turnado does not send MIDI clock signals!
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Recording Settings
Here you find all settings related to recording audio. Determine how to start and stop the
recording and create loops with the record length feature.
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Zoom
At the Zoom Tab you can define the zoom factor.
You can choose between 1.5x, 2x or just set the zoom to disabled.
Double click an empty area in the instrument in order to zoom in or out.
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Select File
The recorded audio file will be automatically available in the Select File menu.
Load a track from the iTunes library, paste an audio file using the AudioPaste™ button or
select a file from the Factory/Shared folder contents. Supported File Formats: .wav, .aiff
and .m4a
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Export File
Here you find a list of audio files from the iTunes File Sharing folder.
Click on Delete File to get rid of unwanted data.
Click on AudioCopy™ to put the recorded file to the clipboard.
You can now paste the file into other apps.
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iTunes File Transfer
Transfer audio files between Turnado and your computer with iTunes.
Therefore, connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes.
Select your iPad in the devices section.
Then click Apps below the Apple logo near the top of the window.
Scroll down to the File Sharing section and select Turnado.
Choose the appropriate audio file and click the
button.
Save the audio file(s) to the desired location.
To add audio files to Turnado just drag them into the Documents window or use the Add
button below.
The Content folder contains all Turnado presets.
In order to get hold of the presets created on the iPad, just save the Content folder to
your computer. Open the Content folder and copy/paste your created presets to:
“Documents->Sugar Bytes->Turnado”
For a more convenient file transfer, please use a third party tool.
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Host Integration
Audiobus
Use it as a Filter in the Effect Slot of Audiobus.
Before opening Audiobus please ensure all none essential apps closed, especially audio
apps.
Press on the + button on the effect box of Audiobus and select Turnado as effect. Select
e.g. Cubasis as output in the output box of Audiobus.
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Switch to Turnado. Click on the Cubasis symbol in the Audiobus input panel and press
record.
To use sync related features make sure to send a MIDI clock to Turnado.
Inter-App Audio
Turnado can be used as an Inter-App Audio effect inside compatible
Inter- App Audio host apps and DAWs such as GarageBand and Auria.
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Using Turnado inside Auria
Please use the native version of Turnado.
For more information please have a look on the Auria specific manual:
http://www.sugar-bytes.com/content/products/TURNADO/manual/Manual_English_Auria.pdf
Using Turnado as an IAA Effect inside Cubasis
Turnado connects to Cubasis either as a Send Effect or via Audiobus.
When used as a Send Effect, Cubasis needs a workaround (hopefully
fixed soon): Cubasis needs a “fake” IAA- instrument track for the Send
Effect to work, so on a spare track, load up any virtual instrument, then
Turnado will work as a Send Effect.
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To activate and deactivate the effects by MIDI create a MIDI track and route its MIDI
output to Turnado.
Now you are able to send MIDI CC to Turnado and to activate the effects at the exact
location you want.
Just long press a control and click “Learn” to assign incoming MIDI CC’s.
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Using Turnado as an IAA Effect inside GarageBand
Launch GarageBand and select Turnado from the list of available
Inter-App Audio effect apps.
Now Turnado runs alongside your GarageBand project. Record the audio
output of Turnado by pressing record in the IAA transport controls
included within Turnado.
Using Turnado as an IAA Effect inside Beatmaker
Beatmaker does not offer IAA support for effects.
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Main Page
The Main Page of Turnado is divided in three sections.
Overview
Here you can chose a global preset, sequentially using the arrow tabs, or from a dropdown menu accessed by clicking on the Preset Name Display. Click on the grey buttons
to access the Settings or Dictator window. Click on the Turnado or Sugar Bytes logo to
open the About Screen.
Below the preset menu you find the Global DRY WET control to set the
Overall Dry/Wet Mix of Turnado.
To reverse or to recover changes use the Undo/Redo Buttons.
Above is a randomize button, which randomizes all effects.
About Screen
The About Screen displays the version number and names of contributors.
Just click on the little book for quick access to this manual.
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Settings
Default settings can be made to adjust the way Turnado operates in certain situations.
Every adjustment can be made Per Preset or applied generally.
The available settings are:
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Dynamic Displays: The displays of the parameters show Real-time values.
CC Recall Lock: MIDI Learn Settings will be kept and not be changed when
selecting a different preset.
Dynamic Signal Flow: When checked, the last activated effect lies in front of the
previously activated effect in the signal chain. Otherwise the signal flow follows
the sequence of the respective effect slots.
Ignore Program Change: Incoming program changes will not change effects.
Reset After Load: The Main Knobs will be set to zero when a preset is loaded.
FX Off at Knob Full On: The effect will be deactivated at zero and full rotation of
the Main Knob
Activation Threshold: Determines the position at which the Main Knob triggers the
effect.
Activate MIDI Out: Sends the position of the 8 main knobs as CC data. The knobs
are mapped to CC 1-8.
Turn Off Knobs on Host Stop: When stopping your host, all effects are turned off
in Turnado.
Keep Bypass State: The Bypass State will be changed or not when loading
another preset.
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Effect Browser
There are 24 effects in the effect browser. You can drag and drop
them into any of the 8 available Effect Slots. The effects groups are
labelled with colours for easy differentiation.
Be aware that some effects sample the audio signal and then
interchange it for the original signal. For example, Looper or Slice
Arranger turned on before audio was played can lead to unexpected
silence.
Effect Slots
Each of the 8 Effect Slots has a Preset Menu for the chosen effect type. To adjust
parameters and performance control of the current effect there is a separate Edit Page,
which can be opened using the Edit button
Main Knob
Each Effect Slot has a corresponding Main Knob. This is used to turn
the effect on or off and adjust the assigned Effect Parameters. The
standard MIDI allocation is CC1 to CC8 and the 0 to 127 scale
corresponds to the MIDI specification. Each Main Knob bears a
number corresponding to the Effect Slot number, when illuminated
this number indicates that the effect is active.
Use the little lamp beside the Main Knob to bypass the effect.
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Edit Page
The Main Controller, in the centre, is simply the Edit Page representation of the
corresponding Main Knob on the Main Page. The Main Controller shows the position and
activity of the Main Knob. Coloured circuits help to illustrate possible routing options
between Effect Parameters, Modulators and the Main Controller.
Edit Page Sections
Main Controller Overview
In the top left is a set of Mini Controllers, one for each of the eight effects. It is intended to
give an overview of the Main Knob positions and quick access to the other Effect Slot’s
Edit Pages. By clicking on one of the eight controllers you can jump to the corresponding
Edit Page. Moreover, the eight Main Knobs can be controlled here. This enables you to
quickly test different combinations of effects, by turning each effect on or off without
leaving the Edit Page. The controller of an active effect is illuminated in green and the
currently edited effect is illuminated red.
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Effect Name/Menu
Right of the Main Controller Overview is the Effect Name. This drop-down menu enables
you to choose other effects for a particular slot right from the Edit Page.
Effect Preset
Here you can chose a preset, sequentially using the arrow tabs, or from a drop-down
menu accessed by clicking on the Preset Name Display. With the Save function, you can
also save your own presets and modifications.
Key Sync
The Key Sync enables you to quantise Turnado effects to the beat. When set to “Off”
then the effect will activate as soon as you turn it on. If it is set to “¼” bar, then the effect
will activate at the beginning of the next beat regardless of when you turn the effect on.
Close
Click the close button in the top right corner to quit the Edit Page and return to the Main
Page.
Effect Parameters
The Effect Parameters of the chosen effect can be adjusted using the five red controllers
in the top half of the Edit Page. The red display to the right of each Effect Parameter
shows the current value, while the green display, when present, is a drop-down options
menu for that Effects Parameter.
Dry/Wet
All effects have the same Dry/Wet Effect Parameter. The five different modes give you
greater control over how Turnado works within the mix.
Equal: The cross-fade is shaped according to the “Equal Power Law”, which leads to
some signal attenuation at a 50/50 mix.
X-Fade: Source audio and effect signal are being mixed using a linear transformation.
Dry: The original signal is being mixed into the effect signal.
Wet: The effect signal is being mixed into the original signal.
Wet Only: Only the effect signal is audible and the Dry/Wet Effect Parameter becomes a
volume controller. This setting is particularly useful when using Turnado as a send effect.
Gain
The Gain fader lets you adjust the volume of the effected signal.
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Amount Controller
The Amount Controller, located underneath each parameter
controller, determines the influence of the Main Controller on
that parameter. Double clicking on any controller will return it
to centre, in this position nothing happens. If the Amount
Controller is turned anti-clockwise, then the Main Controller
has a subtractive relationship to the Effect Parameter. When
the Amount Controller is turned clockwise, then the Main
Controller has an additive relationship to the Effect Parameter.
In the middle of the Amount Controller is a waveform
illustrating the transformation curve, which the modulated
parameter will follow, in response to movement of the Main Controller. Underneath the
Amount Controller is a drop-down menu for choosing transformation curves. These
curves offer a range of transformation patterns allowing modulation to occur at a later
point in time, stop intermittently, follow steps, or follow logarithmic and exponential
curves.
On the right hand side of the Amount Controllers are the Modulator Allocation Switches.
When the Modulator Allocation Switches are in centre position, the Modulators have no
influence on the Effect Parameters. In position “+” the modulator has an additive
relationship to the Effect Parameter. In the “–“ position the modulator has a subtractive
relationship to the Effect Parameter. The intensity of the Modulators is adjusted with the
Amount controller in the respective Modulator.
The parameter range, and therefore expected intensity of the modulation, is shown in
the middle of the Effect Parameter controller itself. The white band illustrates the defined
range of the modulation. The red indicator arm shows the real-time value, as well as the
influence of the Modulators and the Main Controller.
Main Controller
The Main Controller in the centre of the page is simply the Edit Page representation of
the corresponding Main Knob on the Main Page. The Main Controller shows the position,
and activity, of the Main Knob. It is useful for testing the current effect settings, as well as
keeping track of the current Main Controller position when using a MIDI control device.
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Modulators
Turnado has three independent Modulators. There are two LFO’s, which can be used as
Step Sequencers or Envelope Generators. Between the LFO’s is an Envelope Follower,
which generates an envelope from the incoming audio signal. The Modulators can be
assigned to any Effect Parameter and can have an additive or subtractive influence on
the parameter value. You do not have to choose between the Modulators, all three
Modulators can be used on each Parameter at the same time.
LFO Function Panels
To the left and right of the Main Controller are the
LFO Function Panels for the two LFO’s. Here, LFO
curves or the Step Sequencer can be chosen and
edited by clicking/dragging values directly on the
panel itself.
Waveforms
In this menu the LFO Waveforms are selected. The Step Sequencer is at the bottom of
this list and can be edited directly on the LFO Function Panel.
One-shot/Loop/Host Sync
Here you can choose whether the LFO/Step Sequencer triggers only once or loops
continuously. When Host Sync is selected the LFO will run synced to the host clock.
Time Factor
Here you can choose between the three Time Factors; Sync (LFO Rate synchronized to
the beat), Hz (LFO Rate in Hz) and Triplet Sync (LFO Rate in synchronized to the beat in
triplet and dotted patterns).
Quantise
This setting defines the number of steps in the LFO Waveform and Step Sequencer data.
When Quantise is “Off” the LFO Waveform and Step Sequencer will allow the full data
range to be used. Changing the Quantise to “2” will reduce the data range to two values,
maximum and minimum. Increasing the Quantise value further increases the number of
data points between maximum and minimum, from “3” to “12”.
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Main Parameters of the Modulators
Each of the Modulators has three Main Modulator Parameters. The Main Controller can
influence the Main Modulator Parameters in the same way as Effect Parameters. There
are separate Amount Controllers for each of the Main Modulator Parameters, allowing
you to define the range of modulation and select different transformation curves.
LFO
The LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) generates
modulation with a continuously repeated waveform. In
addition, the Turnado LFO offers a Step Sequencer,
which is also capable of triggering a sequence only
once, enabling you to generate many different types of
envelopes. The Main Controller also activates the LFO.
Rate
The LFO Rate determines the frequency of the LFO, or the speed of the Step Sequencer
pattern. Note that with the 1.5 update you have a rate multiplier in the waveform view,
which allows you to multiply the selected rate up to 8 times. This allows ultra slow
movements.
Phase
Here, the starting point within the LFO Waveform and the Step Sequencer is chosen.
Amount
Determines the intensity of the modulation being sent. Whether the modulation affects
the end Parameter in an additive or subtractive way, is determined with the “+” and “-”
buttons of the respective Effect Parameter.
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Envelope Follower
The Envelope Follower generates an envelope from the
source audio signal. This Modulator is very dependent
on the dynamics of the incoming signal. Whilst strong
beats create obvious modulations, signals without
significant dynamics will create more subtle
modulation.
Attack
Determines the lead-in time of the Envelope Curve. The shorter the lead-in time the
faster the reaction to the audio dynamics. While a longer lead-in time gives a slower
reaction it can also massively reduce the effect of the Envelope Follower.
Release
Determines the decay time of the envelope. Short decay times enable the Envelope
Follower to react quickly to the audio signal whereas long decay times create a more
sustained modulation.
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Dictator
The powerful Dictator mode enables you to create an
automation sequence for the 8 Main Knobs and assign
the entire sequence to one fader.
The Dictator window shows eight vertical tracks, which
correspond to the 8 Effect Slots. On the left is a fader
that enables you to move through the sequence of
Main Knob automations.
To create automation for one of the Main Knobs, simply
click on the vertical track corresponding to the effect
you want. A coloured bar will appear with a shadow,
this is an Automation Point. The intensity of the
shadow’s colour indicates the range of the automation.
Load the “Allinarow” Preset from the Preset Menu at
the top of the Dictator window. Moving the fader up
and down while watching the Main Knobs will give you
a good indication of how the Dictator works.
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Two Automation Points are necessary to create an automation
The default range of an Automation Point is 50%
Long press to delete Automation Points
The Dice Buttons allow for random generation of automations for all or individual
tracks
The X Buttons delete all or single tracks
While active the X Buttons inhibit creation of Automation Points
The Preset Menu enables you to load and save Dictator Presets
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The Effects
Delays
Pattern Delay
The Pattern Delay has 8 delay lines and offers a number of predefined Patterns, each with different timing and pitch. The first
Effect Parameter is Delay Time, which can be synchronised or
unsynchronised in relation to the tempo. The second Effect
Parameter selects the Pattern. Every pattern is individual so
you should test the various settings to get a feel for them.
Changing the Pattern option to “Fade” enables cross-fading
between patterns. The Amount Parameter determines the intensity of the pitch
component of the Pattern Delay, while the Decay Parameter determines the volume
relationship of the 8 delays. Alternate delay lines can be turned off using the Option
Settings 2nd and 3rd, which respectively enable only every 2nd or 3rd delay line to be heard.
Reverse Delay
Reverse Delay layers a played-backward delay signal over the
source audio. The Time Left and Time Right Parameters control
the delay time as well as the length of the played-backwards
material. The reversed signal is blended in and out to avoid
clipping. The Fade Parameter determines the length of the
cross-fade, while the Feedback controls the intensity and
duration of the delay tails.
Pitch Delay
Pitch Delay is a classic delay with an integrated filter and the
additional option of modifying the pitch of the delay tails. The
Time Left, Time Right and Feedback Parameters are standard
delay controls. Along with synchronisation settings you can also
set up when the incoming signal is routed into the delay.
“¼ ...” Allows the incoming signal to pass only once for the
length of a quarter note.
“¼--- ...” Allows the incoming signal to pass once for the length of a quarter note and
then pauses for 3 quarter notes.
“¼- ...” Allows the incoming signal to alternate between passing and pausing for the
length of a quarter note.
Option settings for eighth note and sixteenth note denominations follow the same
pattern.
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The Pitch Parameter adds a positive or negative pitch change to the delayed signal.
Furthermore you can add the filter to create special new Dub-style delay effects. There
are several filter settings available so you can decide whether the Pitch and Filter work
separately, together, or inversely. For every Filter Type there is a low and high (Q)
resonance setting. The first menu entry “Pitch” has no filter and only modifies the pitch. A
“+” in front of the menu entry gives an additive cutoff modification, when turned up the
Pitch Controller also increases the Filter Frequency. A “-” in front of the menu entry will
result in the Filter Frequency decreasing when turning up the pitch. If the menu entry
has no prefix then only the filter is active. With the 1.5 update there are new modes with
a constant filter-frequency, the knob will adjust the input level of the signal.
Modulation Effects
Flanger
This is a classic Modulation Effect using very short delay times
to create Flange and Chorus effects. The Delay Left and Delay
Right Parameters enable you to set independent delay times
for each of the respective channels. Using the Flanger/Chorus
settings you can select different delay time ranges. In Flanger
Mode the range is 1-20 milliseconds and in Chorus Mode the
range is 25-50 milliseconds.
The Feedback Parameter returns the signal back to the delay input to enhance the
effect. The “Inverse” Option of the Feedback Parameter inverts the phase of the
feedback by 180 degrees and creates a softer, more diffused sound. With a negative
setting the Filter Parameter works as a Low-pass filter and with a positive setting as a
High-pass filter. The menu on the Filter Parameter offers three different resonance
values to give different tonal qualities to the filter.
Phaser
As well as generating classic phase effects using the LFO’s, you
can also directly change the Phaser value. Assigning the Phase
Parameter to the Main Controller and applying different
transformation curves can create some interesting effects. The
intensity is modified with the Feedback and Depth Parameters.
Feedback can be inverted for a fluffier sound here too and the
Width Parameter shifts the phase of the left and right channel
creating stereo movement.
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Tonalizer
The Tonalizer is a special delay that uses short, tonal delay
times and high feedback to create tuned delay tails. Note Right
and Note Left Parameters define the pitch of the left and right
channel, while the Option Menus enable you to choose
between various tonal intervals, from semi-tones through to
octaves. High settings of the Feedback Parameter will widen
and intensify the tonal effect. When turned clockwise of centre
position the Hold Parameter freezes the wet signal, creating a continuous tone. In this
position no incoming audio is being processed and only the frozen, Tonalized delay will be
heard.
With the 1.5 Update there are some new modes available.
In the Hold menu you'll find the root note option which let's you define a root-note. The
notes defined by the first 2 parameter are then on top of this one. For the first 2
parameter there are now scales available. This makes sure that the delay-tuning fits into
the selected scale. This gives you the possibilities to adjust the sound related to your
song tuning.
Reverbs
Reverb
The Reverb is a first class Echo Effect. The Size Parameter
controls the room size, while Reverb Time defines the length of
the reverb tail. The Reflectivity Parameter determines the
intensity of reflections from the virtual reverb space. The Input
Parameter determines the volume of the incoming signal being
sent to the effect. Special effects can be created through
dynamic activation of the Input Parameter. For example you
can set up an LFO to control the Input Parameter so the Reverb activates in a rhythmical
way. Taking this idea further you can assign a Step Sequencer to the Input Parameter to
trigger the Reverb effect in more complex patterns. There are some filter modes under
the reflectivity control. You can add a highpass filter with fixed cutoff or BP, Comp or HP
where the cutoff is controlled by the Reflectivity knob.
Freezeverb
The Freezeverb Effect is a special Echo Effect that freezes the
Echo signal. The Size Parameter defines the virtual room size
and the Damp Parameter dampens the reflection of the virtual
reverb space. Width Parameter creates a broader stereo picture
by slightly offsetting the left and right signals. The Freeze
Parameter has two positions, off and on. When turned anticlockwise of centre the Freeze is inactive, when turned
clockwise of centre it is active. Remarkable effects can be created by modulating the
Freeze Parameter with the Envelope Follower. Be aware that when the Freeze Parameter
is active no audio is being sent to the reverb. Freeze should be off when you start the
audio otherwise there will be silence when you play the source signal.
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Transformation Effects
Ringmodulator
The Ringmodulator is an effect where an oscillator modulates
the amplitude of the audio signal. The VCA Parameter
transforms the Ringmodulator defining how the internal
oscillator is being amplified or the incoming signal multiplied.
The AMT Parameter determines the harmonisation between the
source signal and the oscillator. A major chord for example, has
4 ring modulators instead of one. Use the Waveform Parameter
to select from four available waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Pulse or Sawtooth.
Vocodizer
The Vocodizer is more an instrument than an effect as it can
create independent melodies, rhythms and sounds. The Sound
Parameter is the spectral-dynamic reaction to the incoming
signal. There are four base waveforms: Sawtooth, Triangle,
Pulse and Sine. In the sub-menu these are also available in
Unison Mode with the suffix “2” for a more powerful and
harmonically richer sound. The NOTE Parameter determines the
base note. The submenu defines the note range (one or two low or high octaves). The
Parameter SPREAD creates a chord and determines the number of voices. In the sub
menu, the chord type is chosen. The parameter ARP creates an arpeggio out of the
selected chord. In the sub menu the arp style and pattern is chosen. The “Trig”-Entries
make the Arp play the next note when the Arp Control gets above 50%. Therefore the
envelope follower should be used, but also using the stepsequencer is a good choice.
When the menu entry contains a „2“, duophonic arp melodies will be created.
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Amplifier
Levelizer
The Levelizer is a basic effect for modifying volume, panorama,
bit depth and sample rate. Although these parameters are
relatively simple, with the use of Modulators many classic
effects like Compression, Autopan, Tremolo or Gating can be
achieved. The Volume Parameter can double the amplitude of
the audio signal or reduce it to silence. The Pan Parameter
moves the signal into the left or right channel. The Crush
Parameter reduces the bit depth and has three options: “Normal” reduces the bit depth
to create a classic low-bit sound. “Hi” mode reduces the signal in a non-linear way,
resulting in loud signals being bit-reduced more than quiet ones. “Low” mode works
inversely, so quiet signal parts are being bit-reduced more than loud ones.
There are also three Options for the Sample Rate Parameter. “Hard” creates classic
sample rate reduction until complete destruction. “Dynamic” reduces the sample rate
dynamically according to the amplitude of the incoming signal. The louder a signal the
greater the reduction of the sample rate will be. In “Absurd” mode the sample rate will
drop towards zero, creating even harsher overtones than in “Hard” mode.
Guitar Amp
The Guitar Amp is an Amplifier/Distortion emulator with
integrated multi-band EQ. It allows for individual amplification
or distortion of the three EQ Bands and therefore offers greater
control of the amplifier overtones. The Drive Parameter controls
the total amplification. Stereo and Mono mode are available.
The Low, Mid and High Parameters define the frequency bands
which are to be amplified. Dynamic effects can be created
through modulation of the Effect Parameters using a fast Envelope Follower. Direct
assignment to the Main Controller also creates some interesting sound effects. With the
1.5 update there are now some options available to limit the output of the amp. The 3
limiting options will make sure the signal stays in 0db range.
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Loop Effects
Looper
Besides the classic looping, this effect can add swing to your
looped signal. The Size Parameter determines the length and
repetition rate of the loop. You can choose between the three
synchronisation styles in the Option Menu. “Sync”, “Sync TP”
and “Free” options dictate the synchronisation style. “Sync”
quantises the loop length into ½ to 1/128-bar steps. Triplet or
Dotted Note steps can be selected using “Sync TP”. “Free”
mode offers loop lengths from 1 to 500 milliseconds. SyncX mode ensures that Size
changes will only be activated at sync time. The Swing Parameter defines the relative
lengths of alternate loops, lengthening and shortening them in order to create swing
while maintaining synchronisation. The Trigger Parameter samples new audio material
into the Looper when turned clockwise from centre. Assigning this parameter to an LFO
or Step Sequencer can automate the sequential sampling of source audio producing
excellent beat and rhythm variations. The AMP Parameter determines the volume and
serves to gate loops or blend them in and out.
Pitch Looper
The Pitch Looper gives you the ability to add pre-defined pitch
sequences to the looped slice. The Size Parameter defines the
loop length and the Pattern Parameter selects the pitch
sequence. In the Options Menu you can select “Glide” to bend
between pitches in a similar way to Portamento. The Trigger
Parameter functions in the same way as the in the Looper. The
Decay Parameter sets the number of loop repetitions, and for
silencing individual slices it also has a few Options:
2nd
Triple 1
Triple 2
Swing
...
...
...
...
Every second slice is being played
Two out of three slices are being played
Two out of three slices are being played (Variation)
A swing is being generated
Pan Looper
In addition to the alteration of the stereo picture of the slices,
the Pan Looper can also manipulate the pitch. The Size and
Amp Parameters define the loop length and volume
respectively. The Pan Parameter changes the panorama of the
loop. The Pitch Parameter defines the pitch, while the Amp
Parameter offers additional options to create swing and
rhythmical elements.
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Reactor
The Reactor effect is a Transient Looper and is therefore a self
activating loop tool. The Active Parameter adjusts the
responsiveness of the loop trigger. The Holdtime Parameter
defines the length of the sampling period. Parameters two and
three are switchable. Selecting “Freeze” from the Option Menu
the Parameters Speed and Pitch are operable. With the Option
“Reverb”, Parameters Mix and Intensity are available. The
Intensity Parameter is a special Reverb Hold Level that produces some great effects
when combined with Modulators. With the 1.5 update there is a new sync option
available called SyncX. In this mode changes of the size will be done as if they had run
from the beginning. This means for example if you start with 1/8 size and then change to
1/4, another 1/8 slice will be inserted in order to ensure correct alignment for the 1/4
slice.
Slice Arranger
The Slice Arranger does exactly that, slicing the incoming signal
into new patterns. The audio signal is recorded in real-time,
then divided into slices and arranged according to the Pattern
and Fill Parameters. With the Pattern Parameter there are a
number of pre-defined patterns. You can choose from eight
pattern types in the Options Menu with 50 patterns for each
type. The two Fill Parameters incorporate Rolls and Microloops
into the selected Pattern. Furthermore, each pattern allocates different slices to the Fills.
Here are the Fill Options:
 Repeat: The final phase of the slice is being looped
 Up: Upwards-pitch
 Down: Downwards-pitch
 Hard: Dramatic repeat
 Pong: Forwards and backwards repeat
 Soft: Simple more subtle repeat
The Decay Parameter controls the length of the slice envelopes as well as highlighting
the end of the sliced audio with help of an amplitude envelope. With the Options “Beat”
and “2 Beats” the slice arranging can be applied to the audio over one or two beats.
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DJ Tools
Granulizer
The Granulizer is a Grain Effect with control over tempo and
pitch. The Amount Parameter has two Options: “Amount”
mode sets the tempo to be changed in relation to the original
audio signal. Full off is the original tempo and full on is stop. In
“Position” mode the Amount Parameter navigates you through
the recorded audio signal. The Grainsize Parameter defines the
length of each individual grain in milliseconds. There are also
several Options for cross-fading and the tempo of the individual grains is determined
using the Distance Parameter. To avoid gaps in the audio signal, the Grainsize value
should be larger than the Distance value. To change the play-direction of the grains, the
Distance Parameter has several Options, “Forward”, “Backward” and “Ping Pong”. The
Pitch Parameter determines the pitch of the grains. If no time-stretching is active and the
pitch is being moved upwards, then a minimal delay is being mixed into the audio signal
which may not be audible.
Stutter
The Stutter Effect continually adds an Amplitude Envelope to
the audio signal. The Size Parameter determines the repetition
rate of the envelope. As with all the other time based
parameters there are also synchronisation options. SyncX
mode ensures that size changes will only be activated at sync
time. The SyncPPQ mode will sync the stuttering to your host
clock. The Decay Parameter determines the absolute end of the
envelope and offers in the options “rhythmic”, “shuffled” and “swing” variations. The
Shape Parameter determines the waveform of the envelope. This parameter blends
continuously through the following waveforms: Downwards Sawtooth, Sine, Pulse and
Upwards Sawtooth. The Pan Parameter enables control of the stereo position of the
effect signal and can be combined with Modulators to create dynamic Panning effects.
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Vinylizer
The Vinylizer Effect simulates the stopping and scratching of
vinyl discs. The Size Parameter defines the time interval of the
stops and scratches. If the value is set to OFF it will stop only
once. With the Slow Down Parameter the speed of the stopping
is determined and there are three options. “Stop” stops the
audio signal with the rate defined by the Slow Down parameter.
“Scratch” plays the audio signal alternately forward and
backwards while slowing down and speeding up the audio signal. This happens in relation
to the selected interval with acceleration rate controlled by the Slow Down Parameter.
The Downslope and Upslope Parameters define the shape of breaking and acceleration.
In full anti-clockwise position the slope becomes logarithmic this transforms into an
exponential curve as you rotate through to a fully clockwise position. Setting these two
parameters differently gives you the quick-stopping and slow-starting vinyl record sound.
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Filters
Filter
With the Filter Effect a quality, Stereo, Multi-mode-filter is
available. The Cutoff Parameter controls the cutoff frequency
and offers the modes “Highpass” (only allows frequencies
above the cutoff to get through), “Bandpass” (only allows the
frequencies around the cutoff to get through), “Lowpass” (only
allows frequencies below the cutoff to get through), and
“Comb” (a special delay which works with filter frequencies as
delay times). To synchronise the left and right channel there is a sub-menu on the Cutoff
R Parameter with the option to “Link”. The resonance for the left and right channel is set
with the Reso L and Reso R Parameters. Be careful with resonance values, high settings
can produce harmful volumes for you and your equipment.
Filter Pattern
The Filter Pattern Effect adds pre-defined Filter Patterns to the
audio signal in which filter settings run through a sequence.
The Pattern Parameter enables you to choose from 25 different
patterns, each with 10 variations. With the 1.5 update there is a
new variation called 'Beardyman', this variation will offer more
simple filter rides with only one filter type. The Resonance
Parameter controls the Q Factor. When in centre position the
Sweepspeed Parameter will set the filter sweep to complete once. Turned anti-clockwise
the speed of the sweep is reduced so it will only partially complete. Turned clockwise the
sweep will accelerate and complete more than one cycle. In this situation the option
setting dictates what happens to the sweep, either being repeated “Repeat”, passed
forward and backwards alternately “Ping Pong” or synced to the host clock “Synced”.
With the 1.5 update there is a new mode here called Synced X. In this mode the
sweepspeed is always aligned to the original clock. (see Looper for detailed description)
The Sweeprange Parameter defines the range of the frequency sweep. Be careful with
resonance values, high settings can produce harmful volumes for you and your
equipment.
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Vowel Filter
The Vowel Filter offers a powerful Talkbox sound, making the
audio signal sound as if it were being spoken. The Vowel A and
Vowel B Parameters identify the vowels between which the Mix
Parameter cross-fades. The Vowel A Parameter can have a filter
assigned to it from the sub-menu, “Highpass”, “Lowpass”,
“Bandpass” and “Comb”. Keeping the Resonance Parameter
settings high will ensure you get a rich vowel sound.
Spectralizer
The Spectralizer is a filter-bank with 32 delays. Every delay has
its own delay time and filter frequency. The delay time and
density are determined by the Delay Time Parameter. Available
modes are “Tonal”, “Sync” and “Free”. The Frequency
Parameter adjusts the cutoff frequency with which the delays
work, the available sub menu offers different relations of the
delaylines and their frequencies. The Resonance Parameter
controls the resonance of all the filters. You can select 2 Pan modes here which will bring
some space into the sound. The Bands Parameter determines the number of delays used.
Be aware that this effect is quite complex and results depend greatly on the source
audio. With drum parts for example, a high resonance value with full delay size produces
a very bizarre effect. Test the various presets to get an overview of the variety of sounds
that you can create with this effect. With the 1.5 update there are 2 pan modes (under
the resonance parameter) available which offers stereo distribution of the bands.
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FAQ
Silence
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Take note that some effects sample the audio signal and then replace it with the
sampled signal. For example if a Looper or Slice Arranger controller is turned on, or
the Freeze in Freezeverb active before audio is played, you will hear nothing.
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