IR Guitar Editor V1.1 (Document Rev. 2)

IR Guitar Editor V1.1 (Document Rev. 2)
IR GUITAR EDITOR
FOR FRETSENSE™ MIDI GUITAR
Software V1.1
Document Rev. 2
IR GUITAR EDITOR V1.1
CONTENTS
FSI-1 FRETSENSE INTERFACE...............................................................................................................3
FRONT PANEL......................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
BACK PANEL............................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
MIDI USB PORTS..................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
SETUP........................................................................................................................................................5
EDITOR SOFTWARE............................................................................................................................................................................... 5
SETTING UP THE SYSTEM................................................................................................................................................................... 5
PRESETS TAB...........................................................................................................................................8
SELECT PRESET...................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
EDIT PRESET NAME............................................................................................................................................................................... 9
PRESET SAVE TO................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
MAIN TAB................................................................................................................................................10
PLAY STYLE............................................................................................................................................................................................ 10
MIDI MODE.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 10
SLIDE TYPE.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
PATCH NUMBER..................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
MIDI OUT................................................................................................................................................................................................. 12
FRET SUSTAIN....................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
FRET RELEASE....................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
E6 ENABLED – E1 ENABLED.............................................................................................................................................................. 12
PITCH TAB...............................................................................................................................................13
OCTAVE................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
SEMITONE............................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
E6 TUNING – E1 TUNING..................................................................................................................................................................... 13
CAPO........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 14
LOW FRET............................................................................................................................................................................................... 14
HIGH FRET............................................................................................................................................................................................... 14
BEND TYPE............................................................................................................................................................................................. 14
BEND CC................................................................................................................................................................................................. 15
AT/CC GAIN............................................................................................................................................................................................ 15
DYNAMICS TAB......................................................................................................................................16
TYPE......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
CURVE...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
VELOCITY MIN....................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
VELOCITY MAX...................................................................................................................................................................................... 17
VELOCITY FLOOR................................................................................................................................................................................. 17
DRIVE........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 17
E6 GAIN – E1 GAIN................................................................................................................................................................................ 17
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FOOTSWITCH TAB.................................................................................................................................18
FOOT MODE........................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
E6 ENABLED – E1 ENABLED.............................................................................................................................................................. 18
MOD ATTACK......................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
MOD DECAY........................................................................................................................................................................................... 19
STYLE TAB (STYLE 1 - 4).......................................................................................................................20
DYNAMICS WAIT................................................................................................................................................................................... 21
LOWPASS................................................................................................................................................................................................ 21
E6 TRIGGER – E1 TRIGGER................................................................................................................................................................. 21
E6 DECAY – E1 DECAY........................................................................................................................................................................ 21
STYLE TAB (RADIOPICK)......................................................................................................................22
RPICK TRIGGER..................................................................................................................................................................................... 22
GLOBAL TAB..........................................................................................................................................23
MIDI IN..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 23
CC RECEIVE........................................................................................................................................................................................... 23
CC KNOB................................................................................................................................................................................................ 23
E6 BEND CALIB – E1 BEND CALIB................................................................................................................................................... 24
SAVE GLOBALS.................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
UTILITIES TAB........................................................................................................................................25
LOAD BACKUP...................................................................................................................................................................................... 25
SAVE BACKUP...................................................................................................................................................................................... 25
CALIBRATE............................................................................................................................................................................................. 26
CALIB SAVE........................................................................................................................................................................................... 26
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FSI-1 FRETSENSE INTERFACE
The FSI-1 Fretsense Interface is the hub through which the guitar connects to the outside world.
FRONT PANEL
FRETSENSE CONNECTOR The 15-pin Fretsense connector on the front panel of the FSI-1 connects to the
MIDI guitar via the Fretsense cable.
MUTE The MUTE button switches the FSI-1 into a muted state. The MUTE button mutes all signals to and
from the FSI-1 including the MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, MIDI USB, magnetic pickup signal and the piezo pickup
signals.
POWER The POWER button turns the unit on and off.
BACK PANEL
USB MIDI USB (Type B) connector used to connect the FSI-1 to a computer.
12V AC 1000mA Input for 12V AC 1000mA power supply.
MIDI OUT Standard DIN5 MIDI output.
MIDI IN Standard DIN5 MIDI input.
SWT 1/4” input jack for momentary, normally open footswitch.
MAG 1/4” audio output jack for the magnetic pickups. The MAG output is essentially the same as the
audio output on the side of the guitar. When the guitar is connected to the FSI-1 by the Fretsense cable
use the MAG output instead of the audio output on the guitar.
Important: Do not use the MAG output and the audio output on the side of the guitar at the same time as it
can lead to the creation of an earth loop which produces hum.
6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 1/4” audio output jacks, one for each piezo pickup, with '1' being the highest string (high E)
and '6' being the lowest string (low E).
Note: The piezo pickups are intended for Imprint setups where the piezo audio signals from each string
are used in conjunction with the IR Imprint Module (Reaktor 6 ensemble) to get a richer dynamic
performance. Some examples of Imprint setups can be found on our website.
MIDI USB PORTS
The MIDI USB connector on the back panel of the FSI-1 provides access to 2 separate MIDI ports.
IR Fretsense 1 - This MIDI port is a carbon copy of the MIDI OUT connection on the FSI-1.
IR Fretsense 2 - This MIDI port is reserved for communicating with the IR Guitar Editor software.
The names of the MIDI ports may not always be represented exactly as above. Different operating systems
and host programs may slightly change the labels, however, they are still easily identifiable.
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Note: Users who wish to connect the FSI-1 to a Windows computer will first need to install the necessary
drivers (see article). Mac OS users do not require drivers for the MIDI USB connection to function.
Note: In most cases it is possible to use both the MIDI OUT (DIN5) connection and the MIDI USB port 'IR
Fretsense 1' simultaneously.
Note: The MIDI USB connection is MIDI-only and does not provide access to any of the audio signals
produced by the guitar, ie. from the magnetic pickups or the piezo bridge pickups.
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SETUP
This chapter looks at the basics of downloading the IR Guitar Editor application and setting up system.
EDITOR SOFTWARE
The IR Guitar Editor software needs to be downloaded and installed on the computer.
For Mac - Download the .app file onto your computer. Then locate and drag-and-drop the .app file to the
Applications folder. At this point the application icon should appear in Launchpad and be ready to open.
SETTING UP THE SYSTEM
Below is a recommended order of operations for setting up the system.
1.
Make all connections between the FSI-1, the guitar and external devices while the FSI-1 is powered
down.
2. Once all connections have been made press the POWER button. The POWER indicator light on the
front panel of the FSI-1 will turn 'hard' on while the MUTE indicator light will blink momentarily to
indicate that the FSI-1 is starting in MUTE mode.
3. Open the IR Guitar Editor application. You will see the message “No Guitar Connection...”. You will
also see the that the 'FSI-1' indicator, in the bottom right of the application, is red. This means that
the editor is connected to the FSI-1. The 'Guitar' indicator will be grey to indicate that the guitar is
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not connected because the system is in MUTE mode (see image below).
4. Press the MUTE button to unmute the system. The MUTE indicator light on the front panel of the
FSI-1 will turn off. You will see the message “Loading...” and the 'Guitar' indicator on the editor will
turn red to show that you are successfully connected to both the FSI-1 and the guitar (see image
below).
5. Then the editor will populate with the guitar settings and the system will be operational. The editor
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will start on the PRESETS tab (see image below).
The list of steps above is not the only order possible. It is possible to open the application with MUTE off
and the editor will connect to the FSI-1 and the guitar and load the guitar settings in a single step.
Note: Always close the editor application before turning the power off to the FSI-1 or disconnecting the
USB to avoid the application hanging up.
Note: Do not disconnect the Fretsense cable from either the guitar or the FSI-1 while the FSI-1 is unmuted.
If you disconnect the Fretsense cable while the guitar is unmuted the system may transmit random MIDI
data that could result in a stuck note. If you do get a stuck note press the ALL NOTES OFF button.
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PRESETS TAB
The PRESETS tab lets you select and organise the 40 performance presets.
SELECT PRESET
When you turn on the Guitar Editor it will always start on preset number 1.
To select a preset from the Guitar Editor simply click on the numbered button to the left of the preset name
or use the ▼ and ▲ buttons to step through the presets sequentially.
You can also select a performance preset directly from the guitar by pressing the Preset Select button
while holding down the string on the appropriate fret (see below).
The first 10 frets on the strings D, G, B, and the high E each correlate to a performance preset (see table
below).
High E string (E1 - E10)
Presets 1 - 10
B string (B1 - B10)
Presets 11 - 20
G string (G1 - G10)
Presets 21 - 30
D string (D1 - D10)
Presets 31 - 40
Eg. If you want to select preset number 15 from the guitar, fret the B string on the 5 th fret and press the
Preset Select button on the guitar once.
Note: Selecting presets from the guitar, via the Preset Select button, can be performed even when the
guitar is not connected to the Guitar Editor.
Important: When you change presets any changes made to the preset's settings that have not been
saved will be lost. Remember to save the preset after editing and before changing presets.
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EDIT PRESET NAME
To edit the name of a preset select the text within the preset name that appears at the bottom of the
application and type in the new name.
Remember: Make sure to save the preset before selecting a new preset otherwise all unsaved changes to
the preset's settings will be lost.
PRESET SAVE TO
The 'Save To' function on the Guitar Editor lets you easily save all preset settings, including preset name,
to another preset number. This is especially helpful if many of your presets share almost identical settings
and you wish to treat a specific preset as a template for quickly setting up other presets without having to
individually change each setting.
To save a preset's settings to another preset number select the preset you wish to save and click on the
'Save To' button. The selected preset button will begin to flash, indicating that you need to select the
'target' preset number. When you select the 'target' preset all preset settings, including preset name, will
be saved to this number. The 'target' preset settings will be entirely overwritten with no way of undoing the
change. The original preset will remain unchanged.
Note: After pressing the 'Save To' button but before selecting the 'target' preset number you will notice
that the label of the 'Save To' button changes to 'Cancel'. To cancel the 'Save To' operation midway press
the 'Cancel' button.
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MAIN TAB
The MAIN tab covers numerous core parameters including PLAY STYLE and MIDI MODE.
PLAY STYLE
Style 1, Style 2, Style 3, Style 4, RadioPick
This parameter defines which PLAY STYLE is associated with the performace preset. The PLAY STYLE
settings are contained within the STYLE tab (see STYLE TAB chapters).
MIDI MODE
Mono.1.L, Poly.1, Poly.6.L, Imprint 1, Imprint 2, Imprint 3
The MIDI MODE parameter provides several ways the guitar sends MIDI messages.
Mono – Monophonic. Plays only 1 note at any one time.
Poly – Polyphonic. Can play several notes simultaneously.
Numbers 1 or 6 – The number of MIDI channels the guitar sends on.
L – Stands for legato.
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Mono.1.L
Sends on only one MIDI channel (see MIDI OUT). Slides enabled. External sound
module must be set to Legato mode. No chords.
Poly.1
Sends on only one MIDI channel (see MIDI OUT). No slides. Can play chords.
Poly.6.L
Sends on 6 MIDI channels (see MIDI OUT). Slides enabled. External sound modules
must be set to Legato mode. Each string is assigned a separate MIDI channel. Can
play chords.
Imprint 1
Imprint 1 is essentially the same as Mono.1.L, however, it also sends fret position
information on continuous controller number 24 which is necessary for Imprint setups.
All Imprint modes require the use of the Imprint Module.
Sends on only one MIDI channel (see MIDI OUT). Slides enabled. External sound
module must be set to Legato mode. No chords.
Imprint 2
Imprint 2 is essentially the same as Poly.6.L, however, it also sends fret position
information on continuous controller number 24 which is necessary for Imprint setups.
All Imprint modes require the use of the Imprint Module.
Sends on 6 MIDI channels (see MIDI OUT). Slides enabled. External sound modules
must be set to Legato mode. Each string is assigned a separate MIDI channel. Can
play chords.
Imprint 3
Imprint 3 is identical to Imprint 2 apart from the fact that the strings slide down to
open string pitch instead of issuing a MIDI NOTE OFF command. Imprint 2 is useful
for playing parts where open notes are frequently played. All Imprint modes require
the use of the Imprint Module.
Sends on 6 MIDI channels (see MIDI OUT). Slides enabled. External sound modules
must be set to Legato mode. Each string is assigned a separate MIDI channel. Can
play chords.
SLIDE TYPE
Up/Down, Up Only, Timed
The SLIDE TYPE parameter exists in order to avoid possible, unwanted pitch changes that can occur
when playing the guitar. Due to the fact that the guitar is a fret contact system, movement and pressure
across the fingerboard can sometimes lead to unwanted variations in pitch. This may happen when a
player frets a string close to the preceding fret and when lifting from the fret and moving the hand to
another position on the fingerboard may accidentally apply pressure to this other fret which sends
unwanted pitch changes.
Up/Down
Sliding is enabled both up and down the fingerboard.
Up Only
Sliding is enabled only up the fingerboard.
Timed
Sliding is enabled both up and down the fingerboard for a brief 80mS period
immediately after a trigger has been detected. The 'Timed' SLIDE TYPE offers a way
of distinguisihing between deliberate slides and subtle, 'micro' slides that can occur in
the process of fretting a note.
PATCH NUMBER
Off, 1 - 128
Defines the patch number of the external MIDI device.
If MIDI MODE is set to Poly.6.L, Imprint 2 or Imprint 3, a patch number will be sent on all 6 MIDI channels
according to the MIDI OUT setting (see below).
When you change performance presets the guitar will, by default, send a patch number to the external
MIDI device. To change this default behaviour for a specific performance preset set PATCH NUMBER to
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'Off'.
MIDI OUT
1 - 16
Selects the MIDI channel that the guitar transmits MIDI messages on.
When MIDI MODE is set so that the guitar outputs on more than one MIDI channel (ie. Poly.6.L, Imprint 2
and Imprint 3), MIDI OUT sets the first MIDI channel in the series.
Eg. When MIDI MODE is set to Poly.6.L and MIDI OUT is set to 6, the guitar will send MIDI messages on 6
MIDI channels starting from MIDI channel 6. So the guitar will send on MIDI channels 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.
Alternatively, if MIDI MODE is set to 15, the guitar will send MIDI messages on 6 MIDI channels starting from
MIDI channel 15. In this case the MIDI channel numbers wrap around after MIDI channel 16. So the guitar
will send on MIDI channels 15, 16, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
FRET SUSTAIN
Held, String Decay
FRET SUSTAIN determines how the guitar handles the length of a held note.
Held
Will hold the note as long as the string is fretted.
String Decay
Note will sustain until the energy in the string falls below threshold as defined by
parameters E6 DECAY - E1 DECAY (see STYLE tab).
FRET RELEASE
Immediate, String Decay
FRET RELEASE determines how the guitar handles the length of a released note.
Immediate
When finger is taken off string an immediate Note Off message is sent.
String Decay
When finger is taken off string Note Off message is not sent until energy in the string
falls below threshold as defined by parameters E6 DECAY - E1 DECAY (see STYLE
tab).
E6 ENABLED – E1 ENABLED
Off, On
These parameters enable, or disable, MIDI on a per-string basis.
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PITCH TAB
The PITCH tab provides numerous controls to modify the way the guitar sends MIDI pitch and pitch bend
information, as well setting MIDI capable zones using fret position.
OCTAVE
-3 to +3
Transposes the tuning of the guitar on all strings in octave steps from -3 octaves to +3 octaves with a
setting of 0 being unchanged.
SEMITONE
-12 to +12
Transposes the tuning of the guitar on all strings in semitone steps from -12 semitones to +12 semitones
with a setting of 0 being unchanged.
E6 TUNING – E1 TUNING
-24 to +24
The TUNING parameters allow the user to transpose the tuning of an individual string in semitone steps
from -24 semitones to +24 semitones with a setting of 0 being unchanged.
Eg. The user decides to tune the guitar to a drop D tuning and wants the MIDI performance to reflect this
tuning. The solution is to set E6 TUNING to -2.
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CAPO
None, Fret 1 - Fret 17
The CAPO parameter is used to define the fret position where a capo is placed so that the guitar treats this
fret position as if it were an open note.
Eg. The user puts a capo on the second fret and wants the MIDI performance to match this setup, ie. when
he/she plays an open note it will be equivalent to the fretted position on the 2nd fret on all strings. In this
case the user simply sets CAPO to 'Fret 2'.
LOW FRET
0 - 21
This parameter sets the first fret number from which the guitar sends MIDI data.
Note: When LOW FRET is set to 0, which is the default setting, the guitar sends MIDI data starting from the
nut, ie. open notes.
HIGH FRET
0 - 21
This parameter sets the final fret number at which the guitar sends MIDI data.
Using both the LOW FRET and HIGH FRET parameters in tandem, it is possible to create a specific zone
along the fingerboard where the guitar sends MIDI data and another zone(s) where MIDI data is not sent
and the guitar functions as a standard electric guitar.
Eg. The user wants to trigger a synthesizer up to the 11th fret and from the 12th fret onwards have only
regular guitar audio. This would require setting LOW FRET to 0 and HIGH FRET to 11.
Important: When the guitar is played with a hard strumming technique it can cause the string(s) to
occasionally make contact with the highest frets on the fingerboard which results in unwanted MIDI pitch
changes. When necessary, we recommend creating a 'deadzone' by setting HIGH FRET to a fret number
lower than 21 until the problem no longer occurs. For example, by setting HIGH FRET to 17 you would
create a small 'deadzone' range at the highest frets, fret 18 to 21, where any contact between the strings
and these frets will not result in unintended pitch changes.
Note: When the LOW FRET and HIGH FRET settings create a specific MIDI-capable zone on the
fingerboard, slides into or out of the zone will not work. A note and a slide from a note must be instigated
and remain within the MIDI-capable zone.
BEND TYPE
The BEND TYPE parameter sets the method by which pitch bend information is sent.
Off
Pitch bend information is not sent by the guitar. String bends and vibrato will not alter
the pitch of the MIDI performance.
Normal
The guitar sends pitch bend information as part of MIDI message.
Normal DB
Same as 'Normal' except includes deadband (DB).
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Atouch
Pitch bend information sent as MIDI aftertouch message.
Atouch DB
Same as 'Atouch' except includes deadband (DB).
CC
Pitch bend information sent as continuous controller message. The continuous
controller number used to send pitch bend information is assignable using the BEND
CC parameter (see below).
CC DB
Same as 'CC' except includes deadband (DB).
Note: The deadband (DB) function reduces the amount of pitch bend data being sent by the guitar so as to
avoid the risk of overloading the MIDI bandwidth. If CC data exceeds the bandwidth it can cause
intermittent delays in the MIDI performance.
BEND CC
0 - 127
Assigns the continuous controller number used for sending pitch bend information when BEND TYPE is set
to CC or CC DB.
AT/CC GAIN
+0dB to +39dB
AT/CC GAIN stands for Aftertouch/Continuous Controller Gain and sets the sensitivity of pitch bend when
BEND TYPE is set to 'Atouch', 'Atouch DB', 'CC' or 'CC DB'.
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DYNAMICS TAB
The DYNAMICS tab covers a range of parameters that are aimed at fine tuning the way the guitar handles
MIDI velocity.
TYPE
FIXED, NORMAL
The TYPE parameter defines how the guitar handles the velocity component of MIDI messages.
FIXED
The guitar sends a fixed velocity number with every MIDI Note On command. When
TYPE is set to fixed the VELOCITY MAX setting determines the fixed velocity number.
NORMAL
The guitar dynamically calculates the MIDI velocity number of each note after
analysing the dynamic content of the string(s) for a short period (see DYNAMICS
WAIT under the STYLE tab).
CURVE
Linear, C1 - C9
The CURVE parameter has been included but has not yet been implemented. All settings, including C1 C9, work as 'Linear'. More information on this parameter will be provided after implementation.
VELOCITY MIN
1 - 127
This parameter sets the minimum MIDI velocity number that the guitar will send. All MIDI notes with a
velocity measured below this number will be rounded up to this number.
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VELOCITY MAX
1 - 127
This parameter sets the maximum MIDI velocity number that the guitar will send. All MIDI notes with a
velocity measured above this number will be rounded down to this number.
VELOCITY FLOOR
-50 to 49
The VELOCITY FLOOR parameter sets the value added to the raw MIDI velocity data before it is rounded
up or down according to the VELOCITY MIN and VELOCITY MAX parameters.
DRIVE
+0dB to +39dB
The DRIVE parameter sets an overall drive gain of the piezo signals which are fed into the velocity
algorithim.
E6 GAIN – E1 GAIN
+0dB to +39dB
These GAIN parameters adjust the individual gain of the piezo signal from their respective string which are
fed into the velocity algorithim.
Note: These individual gain settings give the the user the ability to alter and balance the gain of the signal
that is passed to the MIDI velocity algorithm. This algorithm analyses the signal from the piezo pickups and
generates MIDI velocity values that reflect the user's playing. One of the reasons behind having control
over these signals on a per-string basis is to provide a way of balancing the velocity information.
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FOOTSWITCH TAB
The FOOTSWITCH tab provides the necessary controls for an optional footswitch.
Note: The SWITCH input on the back panel of the FSI-1 Fretsense Interface takes a 'normally open'
footswitch.
FOOT MODE
Modulation, Sustain, Freeze
FOOT MODE is used to select one of three modes for an optional footswitch: Modulation, Sustain, or
Freeze.
Modulation
Sends modulation messages on continuous controller 1. MOD ATTACK and MOD
DECAY parameters (see below) modify the speed of modulation.
Sustain
Suppresses MIDI note off and slides while footswitch is depressed, ie. holds or
sustains note. A new MIDI note can be triggered while footswitch is depressed.
Freeze
Suppresses MIDI note off and slides while footswitch is depressed, ie. holds or
sustains note. A new MIDI note cannot be triggered until the footswitch is released.
This functionality is intended so that the user can 'freeze' a MIDI performance and
play standard 'electric' guitar over it.
E6 ENABLED – E1 ENABLED
Off, On
These parameters enable, or disable, footswitch functionality on a per-string basis.
MOD ATTACK
0mS - 912mS
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When FOOT MODE is set to 'Modulation', this parameter defines the speed at which the modulation rises
when the pedal is depressed.
Note: MIDI modulation messages are sent on continuous controller #1. Modulation ramps up from 0 to 127.
To change the modulation amount adjust the settings on the external sound module.
MOD DECAY
0mS - 912mS
When FOOT MODE is set to 'Modulation', this parameter defines the speed at which the modulation falls
after the pedal is released.
Note: MIDI modulation messages are sent on continuous controller #1. Modulation ramps down to 0 from
127 or the highest CC number reached before the pedal is released. To change the modulation amount
adjust the settings on the external sound module.
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STYLE TAB (STYLE 1 - 4)
The STYLE tab provides access to the parameters of the currently selected PLAY STYLE (see MAIN tab).
The exact label of the STYLE tab will reflect the name of the selected PLAY STYLE.
Eg. If PLAY STYLE is set to 'Style 1' the user will see the STYLE tab labelled as STYLE 1. If the user then
changes the PLAY STYLE setting to 'RadioPick' the user will see the STYLE tab label change to
RADIOPICK.
Note: The image below shows how the STYLE tab appears when PLAY STYLE is set to 'Style 1'.
PLAY STYLE settings, similar to global settings under the GLOBAL tab, are seperate from the bulk of
settings associated with a performance preset. A specific PLAY STYLE's settings are shared by all presets
that have the same PLAY STYLE setting. The reason for this is that PLAY STYLE settings cover how the
guitar responds to the user's 'playing style' and will generally hold across all presets where a similar style
or technique of playing the guitar is used. Each PLAY STYLE is intended to be a blank slot that the user
can program to suit a different approach to triggering the guitar.
Eg. The user finds that the PLAY STYLE settings are quite different when he/she plays with a fingerpicking
technique versus when he/she plays with a standard plectrum. Since the user plays with a fingerpicking
technique most of the time he/she decides to set up STYLE 1 for fingerpicking and STYLE 2 for plectrum. In
future, whenever the user sets up a performance preset for fingerpicking he/she will set the PLAY STYLE
to 'Style 1' in the MAIN tab.
Important: PLAY STYLE settings are not recommended settings. Each PLAY STYLE should be individually
tailored and tweaked to suit each player's specific technique. We encourage thorough experimentation.
Note: This chapter deals with the PLAY STYLE settings associated with 'Style 1 - Style 4'. The following
chapter STYLE TAB (RADIOPICK) deals with the 'RadioPick' settings.
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DYNAMICS WAIT
0mS - 10mS
Sets the time (in milliseconds) that the guitar waits before sending the MIDI Note On message. By setting a
longer DYNAMICS WAIT period the guitar has more time to analyse the dynamics of the string and thus
can send more accurate MIDI velocity information.
LOWPASS
100Hz Spread, 200Hz Spread, 500Hz Spread, 1KHz Spread, 1 KHz, 2 KHz, 4 KHz
LOWPASS controls the amount of high frequencies that are passed to the triggering algorithm.
Note: Generally used to reduce fret noise and other intermittent high frequency content that can lead to
unwanted triggers. The term 'Spread' indicates that the cut off frequencies of the lowpass filter for each
string are spread proportionally to the open frequency of the strings.
E6 TRIGGER – E1 TRIGGER
+0dB to +39dB
Each TRIGGER parameter sets the gain of the piezo saddle pickup for their respective string that is fed into
the trigger algorithm. The higher the gain the more likely a trigger will occur.
E6 DECAY – E1 DECAY
+0dB to +39dB
The DECAY parameters increase the individual gain of the signal on each string that feeds into the Note
Off detector. A high value should result in a longer note.
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STYLE TAB (RADIOPICK)
When PLAY STYLE is set to 'RadioPick' the STYLE tab is labelled RADIOPICK. This PLAY STYLE is used in
conjunction with the RadioPick pick trigger accessory. RadioPick triggering differs from the other PLAY
STYLES by not requiring the LOWPASS paramater or parameters E6 TRIGGER - E1 TRIGGER (these are
replaced by RPICK TRIGGER).
RPICK TRIGGER
+0dB to +39dB
RPICK TRIGGER, short for RadioPick Trigger, is a gain control used to adjust the sensitivity of the
RadioPick. The higher the gain the more likely a trigger will occur.
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GLOBAL TAB
The GLOBAL tab covers miscellaneous settings that are shared by all performance presets. Changes
made to these parameters will be global and can only be saved by pressing the SAVE GLOBALS button.
MIDI IN
1 - 16, omni
Sets the MIDI channel that the guitar will receive MIDI commands on.
1 - 16
Receives on single, specified MIDI channel.
omni
Receives on all 16 MIDI channels simulateously.
CC RECEIVE
0 – 127
CC RECEIVE sets the continuous controller (CC) number that the guitar recieves continuous controller
commands on.
CC KNOB
0 - 127
The CC KNOB parameter lets the user specify the continuous controller number that data will be sent on
when the MIDI volume knob on the guitar is turned. By default CC KNOB is set to continuous controller
number 7 which is reserved for MIDI volume. By changing the CC KNOB setting the user can access a
setting, other than MIDI volume, on the sound module direct from the guitar.
Note: The CC KNOB setting is tied to CC 7 messages received on the MIDI IN of the FSI-1 Fretsense
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Interface. CC 7 MIDI commands received on the MIDI IN of the FSI-1 will be remapped to the CC number
set by CC KNOB.
Eg. The user sets CC KNOB to '30' and sends CC 7 MIDI commands to the MIDI IN of the FSI-1. In this case
CC 7 will be remapped to CC 30 and sent from the MIDI OUT of the FSI-1 on the appropriate MIDI
channels.
E6 BEND CALIB – E1 BEND CALIB
0 - 99
The BEND CALIB (bend calibration) parameters are used to individually calibrate each string so that the
pitch of the sound module and the guitar are in tune when the user bends the string.
To properly set the BEND CALIB parameter the user should set the range of the pitch wheel on the sound
module to +/-2, ie. 2 semitones. The user then bends the string a tone and accordingly adjusts the BEND
CALIB amount until the pitch of both the string and sound module are in unison.
Note: Some synth sounds are better than others for the purpose of calibrating pitch bends. We
recommend that the user calibrates pitch bends with a clean, simple sound and not one that is heavily
modulated or detuned.
SAVE GLOBALS
The SAVE GLOBALS button saves all settings within the GLOBAL tab.
Remember: Pressing the preset SAVE button which is located under the preset name will save all settings
associated with a performance preset except for the settings contained within the GLOBAL and STYLE
tabs which each have their own specific save buttons.
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UTILITIES TAB
The UTILITIES tab provides functions to save and load backup files as well as callibrate the neck.
LOAD BACKUP
The LOAD BACKUP function lets the user load all performance presets and guitar settings as saved to a
.irb file (IR backup file). To load a .irb file press the LOAD BACKUP button and select the .irb file from the
dialog box.
Important: When you load a backup file all existing performance presets and guitar settings will be
replaced by the settings contained within the .irb file.
SAVE BACKUP
The SAVE BACKUP function lets the user save all performance presets and guitar settings to the computer
as a .irb file (IR backup file). To save simply press the SAVE BACKUP button and enter the name and
location you wish to save the .irb file to.
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CALIBRATE
Neck calibration is performed in the final setup before the instrument is shipped. This process is not
immediately required. More information on this process will be provided in next manual update.
CALIB SAVE
See CALIBRATE above.
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