AC-1 User Guide


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User Guide
Version 1.0.0
Contents
Introduction ...........................................................................................................3
Getting Started...................................................................................................... 3
The Front Panel.....................................................................................................4
Sound ..................................................................................................................... 4
Auto Rhythm ...........................................................................................................4
Output ..................................................................................................................... 5
The Back Panel .....................................................................................................5
MIDI Implementation Chart .................................................................................. 6
Remote Implementation Chart.............................................................................6
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Introduction
AC-1 Acoustic Clapper is a virtual hand clapper for Reason. Just drop it into your rack, and it will
start clapping in time with the music. It contains over a hundred sampled hand claps with different
strengths and variations. Each sample was recorded with multiple microphones to separate the
“dry” clap sound from the sound of the room. You can easily change the number of simultaneous
clappers, their spread in the stereo image and their relative timing.
The built-in Auto Rhythm section has four preset patterns with fill variations. You can of course also
play the hand clapper directly using MIDI or via the gate CV input on the rear panel.
Getting Started
Getting started with AC-1 is extremely simple! All you have to do is drag it into your rack and press
play on Reason’s main transport control. AC-1’s Auto Rhythm section is enabled by default, and
will start playing a simple Pop-style pattern (with claps on the 2nd and 4th beats).
While the rhythm is playing, try moving the knobs in the Sound section and see what happens to
the sound.
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The Front Panel
The front panel is divided into three major sections, Sound, Auto Rhythm, and Output.
Sound
There are four controls in the Sound section: Clappers, Spread, Slop and Room Level settings.
Clappers
This knob sets how many virtual clappers there are, from 1 to 8. Each clapper has
a minimum of 3 clap variations for each velocity layer (called round-robins), but at
lower settings each clapper "borrows" variations from the other clappers. So if you
set Clappers = 1 it uses 8*3 = 24 variations for each velocity layer.
Spread
Sets the spread of the Clappers across the stereo image. At 0% they are all
located in the center of the stereo image, and at 100% they are distributed evenly
from the far left to the far right.
Note that at 0%, the sound from the room mics will still be in stereo, so it’s not the
same as using the Width knob in Reason’s main mixer.
Slop
Sets how bad timing the Clappers have. Even at the max setting, at least one
Clapper will always be on the beat. Use this to get a natural sloppiness for the type
of music you are making. The Slop setting scales with the tempo, so you should
not have to adjust it when using tempo automation.
Room
Sets the balance between the two microphones used when recording the
handclaps: one close mono ribbon mic, and a stereo pair of condenser ambience
microphones placed further away in the room.
Auto Rhythm
The Auto Rhythm section contains 4 different patterns to choose from, and a two bar fill in for each
pattern.
Pattern
Selects which pattern to play: Pop, Rock, Disco or All 4.
Fill In
Triggers a fill-in for the currently selected pattern. The fill-in will continue playing for the
rest of the bar, or for as long as the Fill In button is pressed.
Synchro Start
When this is active, the Auto Rhythm is active and plays along with Reason's main
sequencer. If you use MIDI or CV to trigger AC-1, this should probably be switched off.
But you can of course use Auto Rhythm and MIDI/CV trigging in parallel.
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Output
This section controls the output level of AC-1.
Intensity
This knob primarily adjust how hard the Clappers are clapping. It scales the incoming
trigger (from Auto Rhythm, MIDI or CV) note velocity with a factor 20-100% before
triggering the 5 different velocity layers. It also sets the CV Gate output level from the
Auto Rhythm section.
Volume
Sets the output level for AC-1.
The Back Panel
These are the available sockets on the AC-1 back panel.
Gate In
CV trig input.
Clappers CV In
Adds the incoming CV value to the current Clappers knob setting.
Spread CV In
Adds the incoming CV value to the current Spread knob setting.
Slop CV In
Adds the incoming CV value to the current Slop knob setting.
Room CV In
Adds the incoming CV value to the current Room knob setting.
Intensity CV In
Adds the incoming CV value to the current Intensity knob setting. Hook up an LFO
signal here to get some velocity variation on the handclaps.
Gate Out
CV trig output. Besides outputting the Auto Rhythm patterns, it also forwards any
incoming trigs from MIDI or from CV Gate In.
Audio Outputs
This is where the sound comes out!
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MIDI Implementation Chart
MIDI CC#
Parameter
7 Volume
8 Spread
12 Room
13 Clappers
16 Pattern
17 Fill In
18 Intensity
40 Slop
92 Synchro Start
Remote Implementation Chart
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//Control Surface Item
Key
//Map _output_
Note On
//Map _output_
Fill In Active
//Map _output_
Synchro Start Active
//Map _control_
Clappers
//Map _control_
Stereo Spread
//Map _control_
Slop
//Map _control_
Room Level
//Map _control_
Pattern
//Map _control_
Fill In
//Map _control_
Synchro Start
//Map _control_
Intensity
//Map _control_
Volume
Remotable Item
Scale Mode
It can also be downloaded as a text file from AC-1's home page at
http://roboticbean.com/creative/products/ac-1/
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