Structure Free Plug-in Guide

Structure Free ™
Free Sample Player
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contents
Chapter 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Working with Plug-ins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Conventions Used in This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
About www.digidesign.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Chapter 2. Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Installing the Structure Free Plug-in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Adding Additional Structure Free Patches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Uninstalling Structure Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Chapter 3. Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Inserting Structure Free on a Pro Tools Instrument Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Plug-in Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Adjusting Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Structure Free File Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Importing Third Party Sample Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
MIDI Controller Mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Chapter 4. QuickStart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Chapter 5. Structure Free Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Keyboard Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Patch List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Main Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
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Contents
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chapter 1
Introduction
Welcome to the Structure Free™ Free Sample
Player. Structure Free is an RTAS (Real Time Audio Suite) plug-in for Digidesign®-qualified
Pro Tools™ systems.
Structure Free brings the world of Structure compatible sample libraries to any Pro Tools system
and delivers superior performance and reliability thanks to its direct integration with the
Pro Tools audio engine. Structure Free comes
with its own 600 MB sample library to get you
started.
For more information on using plug-ins in
Pro Tools, see the DigiRack Plug-ins Guide.
Structure Free Features
‹
64-voice multitimbral sound engine
‹ Loads all Structure compatible sample libraries (native Structure, SampleCell, SampleCell II,
Kontakt, Kontakt 2, and EXS 24).
‹ Full compatibility with all Structure versions
(Structure, Structure LE), you can easily upgrade
and still use your Pro Tools sessions created with
Structure Free. You can also open sessions which
originally used Structure or Structure LE with
Structure Free.
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Sample playback via disk streaming or RAM
‹ Support of all common bit depths and
sample rates up to 24-bit/192 kHz
‹ Easy real-time sound manipulation via Smart
knobs
MIDI Learn functionality for quick and easy
assignment of hardware MIDI controllers
‹
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System Requirements
To use Digidesign RTAS plug-ins you need one
of the following:
A Digidesign-qualified Pro Tools|HD system,
Pro Tools LE system, or Pro Tools M-Powered
system
‹
A Digidesign-qualified Pro Tools system and a
third-party software application that supports
the Digidesign RTAS plug-in standard
Conventions Used in This
Guide
All Digidesign guides use the following conventions to indicate menu choices and key commands:
Convention
Action
File > Save
Choose Save from the
File menu
Control+N
Hold down the Control
key and press the N key
Control-click
Hold down the Control
key and click the mouse
button
Right-click
Click with the right
mouse button
‹
For complete system requirements visit the
Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
Compatibility Information
Digidesign can only assure compatibility and
provide support for hardware and software it has
tested and approved.
Visit www.digidesign.com/compatibility for a
list of Digidesign-qualified computers, operating
systems, hard drives, and third-party devices.
Working with Plug-ins
Refer to the DigiRack Plug-ins Guide for information on working with plug-ins, including:
The following symbols are used to highlight important information:
User Tips are helpful hints for getting the
most from your Pro Tools system.
Important Notices include information that
could affect your Pro Tools session data or
the performance of your Pro Tools system.
• Using Clip indicators
• Automating plug-ins
• Using the Librarian
Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or
mouse shortcuts.
Cross References point to related sections in
this guide and other Digidesign guides.
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About www.digidesign.com
The Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com) is
your best online source for information to help
you get the most out of your Pro Tools system.
The following are just a few of the services and
features available.
Product Registration Register your purchase online. See the enclosed registration form for details.
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Training and Education Study on your own using
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Pro Tools Accelerated Videos See a series of free
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Videos are designed to help you get up and running with Pro Tools and its plug-ins fast.
To learn more about these and other resources
available from Digidesign, visit the Digidesign
website (www.digidesign.com).
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Installation
Installing the
Structure Free Plug-in
To install the Structure Free plug-in:
1 Do one of the following:
• Download the installer for your computer
platform from the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com). After downloading,
make sure the installer is uncompressed.
– or –
• Insert the Installer disc into your computer.
2 Double-click the Structure Free Installer application:
The Structure Free installer copies all factory
patches to a folder named Structure QuickStart
on your computer’s hard drive. If you do not
choose another location during installation, it is
created in the following place, depending on
your OS:
Windows Program Files\Digidesign\Structure\Structure QuickStart
Mac OS X Applications/Digidesign/Structure/Structure QuickStart
You can have only one version of Structure
installed on your computer at a time: Structure, Structure LE, or Structure Free.
• Structure_Free_Setup.exe (Windows)
• Structure_Free_Setup.pkg (Mac OS X)
3 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete
the installation of the plug-in and patch files.
4 When installation is complete, click Finish
(Windows) or Quit (Mac).
The Structure Free Installer copies the Structure
Free plug-in file (Structure.dpm) to the following location:
• Program Files\Common Files\Digidesign\
DAE\Plug-Ins folder (Windows)
– or –
• Library/Application Support/Digidesign/
Plug-Ins folder (Mac).
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Adding Additional Structure
Free Patches
Additional factory patches for Structure Free can
be downloaded from Digidesign’s website
(www.digidesign.com). These Structure Free
patches should be placed within the “Structure
QuickStart” folder for easy access.
Uninstalling Structure Free
If you need to remove the Structure Free plug-in
from your system, follow the instructions below
for your computer platform.
Windows
To uninstall the Structure Free plug-in:
To access additional Structure Free patches
through the Quick Browse Menu, you must
manually add them to the “Structure QuickStart” folder.
To add Structure Free patches:
1 Download the Structure Free patches from the
Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com). After
downloading, make sure the patches are uncompressed.
1 From the Start menu, choose Control Panel
and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
2 Select the Structure Free plug-in from the list
of installed applications and click the
Change/Remove button.
3 Follow the on-screen instructions to remove
the plug-in.
4 When removal is complete, click OK to close
the window.
2 Drag the downloaded patches into the Struc-
ture QuickStart folder, located on your computer at the following location:
5 Manually delete the folder Structure Factory
Libraries from your disk.
• Applications/Digidesign/Structure/Structure QuickStart (Windows)
Mac OS X
– or –
To remove the Structure Free plug-in:
• Applications/Digidesign/Structure/Structure QuickStart (Mac)
1 Locate and open the Plug-Ins folder on your
Startup drive (Library/Application Support/
Digidesign/Plug-Ins).
2 Drag the Structure plug-in to the Trash, or to
the Plug-Ins (Unused) folder.
3 Drag the folder to which you installed the
Structure Factory Libraries to the trash.
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Overview
Structure Free is an RTAS plug-in that brings the
world of Structure compatible sample libraries
to any Pro Tools system. Structure Free is fully
session compatible to the Structure Professional
Sampler Workstation and Structure LE.
In order to get the most out of this instrument,
this chapter introduces you to Structure Free’s
layout and basic workflow concepts and explains how to work with Structure Free’s different types of controls.
serted more than once in a single track, only the
last Structure Free insert will produce sound.
You can use Structure Free as an insert on more
than one track at a time.
To add a Structure Free plug-in to a track:
1 Create a new stereo or surround Instrument
track in Pro Tools.
2 Click the track’s Insert selector and choose
Structure Free from the list.
.
Inserting Structure Free on a
Pro Tools Instrument Track
To use the Structure Free plug-in, you have to insert it on a stereo Instrument track (recommended), Auxiliary input, or Audio track. You
can then play Structure Free using its on-screen
keyboard, an external MIDI controller, or a track
with MIDI data.
Structure Free is the sole audio input source for
any Instrument track, audio track, or Auxiliary
input on which it is inserted. When Structure
Free is inserted on an audio track, any audio regions on that track will not sound during playback. Additionally, the track input will effectively be muted during playback if Structure Free
is inserted on the track. If Structure Free is in-
Inserting Structure Free on a stereo Instrument track
To remove the plug-in:
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Click the Insert selector and choose No Insert.
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Plug-in Window
Compare
Previous setting
Librarian menu
Next setting
Automation enable
Effect bypass
Track selector
Target button
Settings menu
MIDI Node Display
Automation
safe
Insert Position
selector
Plug-in settings selector
Plug-in selector
Plug-in Window
The Plug-in window, which appears whenever
you click an insert on a track, lets you access and
edit the parameters for any real-time plug-in
that is in use.
Plug-in Settings Selector Accesses the Plug-in
Settings dialog which lists the settings files for
the current plug-in. From this list, you can select
a new setting, or audition a series of settings.
Track Selector Selects any non-MIDI track in a
session.
Compare Toggles between the original saved
plug-in setting and any changes you have made
to it so you can compare them.
Insert Position Selector Selects any insert on the
current track.
Plug-in Selector Selects any real-time plug-in installed in the Plug-Ins folder.
Effects Bypass Button Disables the currently displayed plug-in. Use this to compare the track
with and without the effect. To re-enable a plugin, click this button again.
Settings Menu Lets you copy, paste, save, and
import plug-in settings.
Librarian Menu Recalls settings files saved in the
plug-in’s root settings folder or in the current
session’s Settings folder.
Next (+) and Previous (–) Setting Buttons Let
you select the next or previous plug-in setting
from the Librarian menu.
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Auto Lets you enable individual plug-in controls
for automation recording.
Automation Safe When enabled, prevents existing plug-in automation from being overwritten.
Target Button When multiple Plug-in windows
are open, clicking this button selects that plugin as the target for any keyboard commands.
MIDI Node Display Shows MIDI node information for MIDI-enabled plug-ins. MIDI nodes are
virtual connections from Pro Tools to software
instruments and other MIDI-enabled plug-ins.
MIDI nodes are useful for routing multiple MIDI
or Instrument tracks to different channels of a
single virtual MIDI device. MIDI node numbers
are also displayed in a track’s MIDI Output selector.
Adjusting Parameters
You can adjust all controls by using the computer mouse. Some controls are adjusted by
selecting a value from a pop-up menu or by
activating a button.
Activating Buttons
Some controls are enabled or disabled using buttons.
To enable a button:
„
Click the button. Click again to disable it.
Parameter Ranges and Resolution
Most controls have a range of 0–100%. Some
controls are bipolar, meaning they support negative values and usually have a range of –100% to
+100%.
Enabling a button
Using a Mouse
‹ For finer adjustments, hold down Control
(Windows) or Command (Mac) while moving
the control.
You can adjust controls by clicking and dragging
the control’s slider or knob, or by moving over it
with the cursor and scrolling up or down with
the scroll wheel. Adjust rotary controls by clicking and dragging horizontally or vertically. Parameter values increase as you drag upward or to
the right, and decrease as you drag downward or
to the left.
Keyboard Shortcuts
‹ To return a control to its default value, Altclick (Windows) or Option-click (Mac) the control.
Dragging a knob
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Displaying Values
Parameter values of knobs and faders can be displayed in the Info display without editing them.
Scroll Wheel on Knobs, Faders,
and Menus
If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can use it
to adjust Structure Free parameters.
To display the value of a control in the Info display:
„
Click the control without dragging it.
To change a value with a scroll wheel:
1 Move the cursor over a rotary knob or fader.
Using Pop-up Menus
Some controls have pop-up menus for selecting
values.
2 Scroll the wheel up to increase values. Scroll
the wheel down to decrease values.
Adjusting Values by MIDI
To choose a value from a pop-up menu:
1 Click the parameter’s selector.
2 Select a value from the parameter’s pop-up
You can adjust text box values by MIDI input.
This can be helpful when defining, for example,
key ranges.
menu.
To adjust a value using MIDI input:
1 Click into the text field.
2 Play the desired note on your MIDI keyboard.
Selecting a value from a pop-up menu
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Adjusting the zone’s key range using MIDI input
Structure Free File Types
MIDI Controller Mapping
Two types of Structure compatible files can be
loaded with Structure Free:
Structure Free lets you assign standard MIDI
controllers to Smart Knobs and the parameters
of the Patch module so you can control them
from a MIDI controller in real-time.
• Settings
• Patch
• Part (will be loaded as patch)
Patches can not be saved individually with
Structure Free. The status of the plug-in can
be saved as a Settings file or with the session only.
To assign a MIDI controller to a parameter:
1 Right-click (Windows or Mac) or Control-click
(Mac) a rotary control or fader.
2 Click Learn MIDI CC, and move the desired
control on your MIDI controller. The parameter
is automatically assigned to that control.
Importing Third Party Sample
Libraries
You can import sampler programs, patches and
libraries from other software samplers and manufacturers into Structure Free. The supported
formats are SampleCell, SampleCell II, Kontakt,
Kontakt2, and EXS 24. You can load these just
like genuine Structure patches from the Browser
or using the Load dialog from the Patch menu.
Assigning a MIDI CC
Please see the Structure Free Read me document for possible known issues with the import of foreign sample formats.
Encrypted content from third party vendors
cannot be loaded in Structure Free.
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chapter 4
QuickStart
The following chapter helps you to explore
Structure Free’s basic concepts with a hands-on
approach. You will touch the most important
functions, understand the basic concepts and
make the first guided steps to get Structure Free
to sound.
Before we start, please make sure that you have
installed Structure Free and inserted it on a stereo instrument track in a Pro Tools session.
Loading Structure Free
1 Create a new stereo Instrument track in
Making Sound
1 If you have a MIDI keyboard available and
prefer to use it, connect it to Structure Free’s
MIDI input, and route it to Structure Free on
MIDI channel 1. If there is no MIDI keyboard
available, you can play Structure Free by clicking
the keyboard on screen, or using MIDI input
from the Instrument track in Pro Tools.
2 Play some notes on your MIDI keyboard. If all
is well so far, you are hearing a sine wave signal
from the default Sine Wave Patch at the top of
the Patch list.
Pro Tools.
2 Click the track’s Insert selector and choose
Structure Free from the list.
.
The default Sine Wave Patch
Inserting Structure Free on a stereo Instrument track
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Loading a Patch
Finding Missing Samples
1 Click the Browser tab in the Parameter panel
If samples are not found, the concerned patches
are marked by a red exclamation point.
to display the Browser page.
Missing samples
To find the missing samples for a patch:
1 In the Patch menu, select Find Missing Sam-
ples.
2 In the following dialog, navigate to the new
sample location and click OK.
Browsing for Patches
2 Click your way through the folders to access
the QuickStart content folder. If you chose the
suggested path during installation, it is located
here, depending on your OS:
Windows Program Files\Digidesign\
Structure\Structure QuickStart
Mac OS X /Applications/Digidesign/
Structure/Structure QuickStart
3 Drag the Patch named 01 Six String
1 Every Patch has six Smart Knob assignments
which are (in the factory content) pre-assigned
to useful parameters. You can use them to easily
adjust a patch to fit your session. Select the
patch to display its Smart Knob assignments in
the Keyboard section.
2 Set the Smart Knob for Delay Mix to 30%.
3 Set the Smart Knob for Chorus Mix to 65%.
Guitar.patch onto the Sine Wave Patch to load it
and replace the Sine Wave patch. A red frame
around the patch when dragging indicates that
you are replacing the existing patch with the
new one. Wait until the Loading message in the
display beneath the Parameter panel disappears.
4 Play some notes and chords. Set the other
4 After loading, the multi-purpose display
Smart Knob
shows a short description of the Patch, and the
Parameter panel above displays its Patch parameters.
5 Play some notes and chords. Adjust the Patch
volume using the horizontal fader on the Patch
module in the Patch list.
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Smart Knobs at will.
Using Key Switches
Key Switches are special MIDI notes or keys that
are assigned to switch control values instead of
triggering notes. For example, they can switch
between different Smart Knob settings for a
Patch or mute certain parts within a patch.
1 Load the Patch 04 Electronic Drum Kit.patch,
and play with it on your keyboard.
2 The different Effects in this specific Patch are
not audible initially. Their Smart Knobs are assigned to key switches so you can mix them in
by just clicking or playing a Key Switch. All
available Key Switches appear blue on the screen
keyboard. The currently activated Key switch is
green. After activating a Key Switch, a short description is shown in the multi-purpose display.
A Key switch does not trigger samples that are
mapped in the corresponding key range.
3 Click the second Key Switch C#0, or play the
corresponding key to add dirt to the kit’s sound.
Key Switches
4 Try out the other Key Switches.
5 The synth pad patch has Key Switches too.
Check them out!
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Structure Free Parameters
Keyboard Section
Keyboard
Keyboard section
The Keyboard section provides 88 keys for playing Structure Free, six Smart knobs, and a context sensitive Info display, as well as the Master
volume control for the whole plug-in. You can
play and control Structure Free by clicking the
Smart knobs
Master Volume
keys, using MIDI input from a MIDI keyboard,
or using MIDI data in an Instrument or MIDI
track in Pro Tools. When Structure Free receives
MIDI data, the keys reflect the MIDI note input.
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Smart Knobs
Info Display
Info display
Smart knob
The Smart knobs are special controls which can
be assigned to one or more Structure Free parameters in the currently selected patch. These parameters can then be remote controlled at the
same time by moving the Smart knob. This
comes in handy for easily designing complex
sounds or quickly adjusting a patch to suit your
session in terms of feel, timbre, enveloping, or
any other sensible sound shaping parameter. In
Structure Free’s factory content, each patch has
Smart knobs pre-assigned to important parameters. The Smart knob can be named in the field
above each knob.
The Info display above the Keyboard section is a
context-sensitive text display. When you load
something into Structure Free, it displays a
progress bar. When loading a commented patch,
it displays the Patch comment. When editing
controls, it displays parameter name and value.
To display the control’s current value:
„
Click the control without moving the mouse.
To edit the patch comment:
1 Select a patch.
2 Double-click into the Info display.
3 Type in your comment.
Key Switches
Key Switches are special MIDI notes or keys that
are assigned to controls and act as a switch. For
example, they can switch between different
Smart Knob settings for a patch.
Master (Output Volume)
Adjusting the Master output control
The Master control adjusts the volume of all
Structure Free outputs to Pro Tools. All patches
are mixed down to the Main output by default,
and then output to the Instrument, Auxiliary Input, or Audio track on which Structure Free is inserted.
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4 Press Enter.
The Display does not show parameter
values of incoming automation, as multiple
parameters in different patches could be
changing simultaneously. Only values edited using the mouse are shown.
Patch Module Controls
Patch List
Quick Browse menu
Patch menu
Patch
module
Panorama fader
Patch module
Quick Browse Menu for Favorite Folders Gives
quick access to the factory content folders and
folders that have been added to the favorites.
Click the double arrow to bring up the favorite
folders menu from which you can directly select
Structure Free Patches. See “Browser Page” on
page 24 for more information on how to add a
folder to your favorites.
Mute Button Mutes the patch.
Solo Button Solos the patch.
Volume Fader Adjusts the Patch volume.
Panorama Fader Adjusts the patch’s position in
the stereo panorama.
Patch list
In the Patch list on the left side of Structure Free,
you can create, select, mix, MIDI-assign, route,
and group patches.
MIDI Channel Selector Selects the channel on
which the patch receives MIDI data.
Click a Patch module to select it for editing in
the Parameter panel. The handle on the left of
the selected patch is lit. When a patch is selected
all of its parameters are displayed in the Parameter panel on the right and assorted into subpages.
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Patch Menu
Cut Patch
Load New Patch
The Cut Patch entry copies the selected patch to
the clipboard and removes it from the Patch list.
The Load Patch entry brings up a dialog for selecting a patch that will be added below the currently selected patch in the Patch list.
Copy Patch
Add Patch
The Add Patch sub menu lets you add a new
patch to the end of the Patch list. Like the Quick
Browse Menu, it gives access to your Favorite
folders for loading patches.
Duplicate Patch
The duplicate Patch entry adds an exact copy of
the selected patch below it in the Patch list.
Remove Patch
The Remove Patch entry unloads the selected
patch removing it from the Patch list.
Remove All Patches
The Remove All Patches entry clears the Patch
list of all loaded patches. Click OK in the
prompted security dialog if you really want to
clear the whole Patch list.
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The Copy Patch entry copies the selected patch
to the clipboard.
Paste Patch
The Paste Patch entry inserts the copied patch
on the clipboard at the end of the Patch list.
Paste Patch Parameter
The Paste Patch Parameter entry inserts only the
parameter settings of the copied patch to the selected patch.
Automation Channel
Structure Free automatically assigns an automation channel to each patch, each of which provides automation for the most important Patch
parameters like level, solo, mute, and Smart
knobs. In the Pro Tools plug-in automation dialog, the automatable parameters for each channel are distinguishable by the corresponding letter. For example, A Level for the Volume fader of
the patch assigned to automation channel A.
Automation channels are assigned subsequent
to the patches in the Patch list by default. The
currently selected patch’s assignment is displayed in the Patch menu.
Find Missing Samples
Loading Patches
If a loaded patch does not find its samples because folders have been renamed or moved to
another location, you can use the Find Missing
Samples file dialog to point Structure Free to the
new location of the samples. Patches which are
missing samples are indicated by a red exclamation mark symbol.
You can load patches using the Patch menu or
browser.
To load a patch from the menu:
1 Go to the Patch menu and click Load Patch.
2 In the following file dialog, locate and select a
patch.
3 Click OK.
To load a patch from the browser:
Missing samples
1 Go to the Browser page.
To find the missing samples for a patch:
1 Right-click (Windows or Mac) or Control-click
(Mac) the concerned patch, and select Find
Missing Samples from the menu.
2 In the following dialog navigate to the new
sample location and click OK.
Full Recursive Search Searches for missing samples in the specified folder and all its subfolders.
2 Navigate to the desired folder.
3 Click and drag the patch file into the Patch
list.
Patches can not be saved individually with
Structure Free. The status of the plug-in can
be saved as a Settings file or with the session only.
Copy Samples to Session Folder
If you have loaded patches from removable
media like a CD, DVD, or over the network into
Structure Free, a yellow exclamation mark symbol indicates the affected patches. Use the Copy
Samples to Session Folder function to transfer
the loaded samples to your computer’s disk.
After transferring the samples, Structure Free
can load the concerned patches without requiring the source CD, DVD, or network folder.
Selected Patch copies the samples of the selected patch to disk.
All Patches copies the samples of all patches of
the Structure Free instance to disk.
Session copies the samples of all patches of all
Structure Free instances in your session to disk.
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Main Page
Page tabs
Patch name
Sub-page tabs
A Patch’s parameters on Main page
After inserting Structure Free, the Main page is
selected by default. Coming from the Browser
page, click the Main tab to access the parameters
for patches. The Main page provides easy access
to all useful parameters like transposition and
filter within two sub-pages. If a patch gets
selected Structure Free switches automatically to
the Main page.
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To access the Edit sub-pages for the selected
patch:
„ Click the sub-page tabs in the Parameter
panel.
Selecting the Edit 1 sub-page
Patch Edit Sub-Pages
Edit 1 Sub-Page
Octave Transposes the incoming MIDI notes for
the patch in octave steps.
Semi Transposes the incoming MIDI notes for
the patch in semitone steps.
Fine Tune Tunes the patch up and down in
cents.
Pitch Bend Up Sets the upward pitch bend range
for the patch in semitones.
Pitch Bend Down Sets the downward pitch bend
range for the patch in semitones.
Filter Envelope Section
Attack Sets the time needed for the filter envelope to reach its maximum value.
Hold Adjusts the length of the Filter envelope’s
Hold time.
Decay Adjusts the time for the filter envelope
needed to fall from hold level to sustain level.
Sustain Adjusts the level of the sustain segment.
The envelope’s signal remains on this level as
long as the note is held.
Release Adjusts the time for the envelope’s release segment to fall to zero when the note is released. Use shorter times for an immediate closing of the filter. Longer times cause the filter
cutoff to decay slowly.
Max Polyphony Sets the maximum number of
voices available for the patch.
Amplifier Section
Key Range Sets the key range in which the patch
plays. You can define the upper and lower borders and a transition.
Vel Sens (Velocity Sensitivity) Adjusts the envelope velocity sensitivity (range in dB between
lowest and highest velocity).
FX Send On Activates the Effect Send for the
patch.
FX Send Level Adjusts the level sent from the
patch to the Effect Send.
Edit 2 Sub-Page
Filter Section
Filter Type Selects a filter type.
Cutoff Adjusts the filter cutoff frequency.
Envelope Level Adjusts how strongly the filter
envelope modulates filter cutoff.
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Amp Envelope Section
Attack Softens the attack phase of Instruments
by applying an amplitude envelope to the start
of each Instrument hit. Move the control to the
right to increase the time needed for the attack
to rise to full amplitude.
Hold Adjusts the length of the Amp envelope’s
Hold time at the end of the attack phase.
Decay Shortens the played instrument hits by
applying an amplitude decay after the hold
time.
Sustain Adjusts the level of the sustain segment.
The envelope’s signal remains at this level as
long as the note is held.
Release Adjusts the time for the release segment
to fall to zero when the note is released. Use
shorter times for an immediate stop of the
sound. Longer times cause the sound to fade
out.
Browser Page
Page tabs
Browser Controls
Browser page
The Browser lets you search and display the local file system. Patches can comfortably be
loaded from here using drag and drop. The
Browser is not supposed to be a file manager.
Modifying operations like copying, moving, or
deleting are not available.
Common operations in the Browser:
„
Drag a patch into the Patch list to load it.
„ Drag a patch onto another in the Patch list to
replace it at the same position using the previous settings for MIDI input, Individual output,
and Automation channel.
„ Drag one or more audio files into the Patch
list to load; a new patch is created.
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Browser Controls
Next directory
Previous directory
Add folder to favorites
New folder
Delete
Folder history
Directory up
Show favorites folders
Refresh view
Browser controls
Patch Activates the displaying of only patches.
Directory Up Navigates one folder level up.
Parts Activates the displaying of only parts.
Show Favorites Shows your Favorite folders.
Sample Activates the displaying of only samples.
Add to Favorites Adds the selected folder to your
Favorite folders (accessible through the up and
down arrows in the patch module).
Show All Activates the displaying of all file
types.
Previous Directory Navigates to the previous
folder.
Next Directory Navigates to the next folder.
New Folder Creates a new folder.
Delete Deletes the selected file or folder.
Folder History Shows the 20 last selected folders.
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