Operation Manual
Matthias Klag, Michael Ruf
Cristina Bachmann, Heiko Bischoff, Christina Kaboth, Insa Mingers, Matthias Obrecht, Sabine Pfeifer, Benjamin
Schütte, Marita Sladek
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Table of Contents
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Introduction
Conventions
About the Program Versions
How You Can Reach Us
About the Documentation
Setting Up
Window Overview
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Common Editing Methods
Buttons
Value Fields
Using Key Commands
Presets
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Global Functions and Settings
Plug-in Functions Section
Plug-in Name and Steinberg Logo
Toolbar
Performance Controls
Quick Controls
Trigger Pads
Options Page
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Managing Your Sounds
About Programs, Layers, and Multis
Loading Programs
Slot Rack
Managing and Loading Files
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Editing Programs
Editing the Factory Content
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Included Instruments
Trip
Flux
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Automation
Automation Page
Setting Up Automation
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MIDI Editing and Controllers
MIDI Page
MIDI Controllers
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Mixing and Effect Handling
Mix Page
Effect Handling
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Library Manager
Library Manager Editor
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Effects Reference
Reverb Effects
Delay Effects
EQ Effects
Filter Effects
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Distortion Effects
Pitch Shift Effects
Modulation Effects
Dynamics Effects
Spatial and Panner Effects
Legacy Effects
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Using the Standalone Version of the Plug-In
Making Preferences Settings
Preferences Dialog
Selecting the MIDI Input and the Audio Output
Scratch Pad
Loading a MIDI File
Saving a MIDI File
Master Volume
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Index
Introduction
Conventions
In our documentation, we use typographical and markup elements to structure information.
Typographical Elements
The following typographical elements mark the following purposes.
PREREQUISITE
Requires you to complete an action or to fulfill a condition before starting a
procedure.
PROCEDURE
Lists the steps that you must take to achieve a specific result.
IMPORTANT
Informs you about issues that might affect the system, the connected hardware, or
that might bring a risk of data loss.
NOTE
Informs you about issues that you should consider.
EXAMPLE
Provides you with an example.
RESULT
Shows the result of the procedure.
AFTER COMPLETING THIS TASK
Informs you about actions or tasks that you can perform after completing the
procedure.
RELATED LINKS
Lists related topics that you can find in this documentation.
Markup
Bold text indicates the name of a menu, option, function, dialog, window, etc.
EXAMPLE
In the header of the plug-in panel, click the Preset Management button next to the preset name
field and select Load Preset.
If bold text is separated by a greater-than symbol, this indicates a sequence of different menus
to open.
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Introduction
About the Program Versions Key Commands
Many of the default key commands, also known as keyboard shortcuts, use modifier keys, some
of which are different depending on the operating system.
For example, the default key command for Undo is Ctrl-Z on Windows and Cmd-Z on macOS.
When key commands with modifier keys are described in this manual, they are shown with the
Windows modifier key first, in the following way:
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Windows modifier key/macOS modifier key-key
EXAMPLE
Ctrl/Cmd-Z means: press Ctrl on Windows or Cmd on macOS, then press Z.
About the Program Versions
HALion Sonic SE comes in two versions: one is installed together with a Steinberg DAW, the other
can be downloaded for free from the Steinberg web site.
The version that comes with the DAW contains content, that is, programs, layers, presets, etc.
and can be used out of the box.
The free version does not contain any content. This version can be used to load Steinberg
content, user-generated content and 3rd party libraries without a Steinberg DAW. Furthermore,
it can be used as a plug-in in any VST 3, VST 2, AU, and AAX compatible host and as a stand-alone
application.
How You Can Reach Us
Click the Steinberg logo in the top right corner of the control panel to open a pop-up menu
containing items for getting additional information and help.
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This menu contains links to various Steinberg web pages. Select a link to open the
corresponding page. On the web pages, you can find support and compatibility
information, answers to frequently asked questions, links for downloading new drivers,
etc.
About the Documentation
The documentation is available online and can be downloaded in PDF format from steinberg.help
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To visit steinberg.help, enter steinberg.help in the address bar of your web browser
or open HALion Sonic SE, click the Steinberg logo in the top right corner and select Help >
HALion Sonic SE Help.
Setting Up
The following sections describe how to use the free version of HALion Sonic SE as a plug-in in
different host applications.
NOTE
HALion Sonic SE can also be used as a standalone application.
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Introduction
Setting Up Using the Instrument in an AU-Compatible Application
The AU version of HALion Sonic SE is installed in your AU plug-ins folder and lets HALion Sonic SE
work in an AU environment without any performance loss or incompatibilities.
For example, to load HALion Sonic SE as an AU instrument for Logic Pro, proceed as follows:
PROCEDURE
1.
Open the Track Mixer and select the instrument channel that you want to use.
2.
Click in the I/O field and select AU Instruments > Steinberg > HALion Sonic SE.
3.
Select one of the available channel configurations.
Using the Instrument in an AAX-Compatible Application
The AAX version of HALion Sonic SE is installed in your AAX plug-ins folder and makes HALion
Sonic SE available as AAX instrument in ProTools.
PROCEDURE
1.
To use HALion Sonic SE as stereo multichannel plug-in, open the Track menu, and select
New > Stereo > Instrument Track.
2.
On the instrument track, click Inserts and select HALion Sonic SE from the multichannel
plug-in > Instrument submenus.
Using the Instrument as Standalone Application
The free version of HALion Sonic SE can be used as a standalone application, independently
of any host application. In this case, you can connect the instrument directly to your audio
hardware.
RELATED LINKS
Using the Standalone Version of the Plug-In on page 119
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Introduction
Window Overview Window Overview
The application interface follows a fixed-size single window concept.
The window is divided into several sections:
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The plug-in functions section at the top of the application window.
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The multi program rack on the left.
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The toolbar above the edit display.
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The edit display on the right. It contains the Load, Edit, MIDI, Mix, Effects, and Options
pages.
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The performance section at the bottom. It contains the trigger pads, the quick controls,
and the performance controls.
View Options
You have two view options: the full-size editor view and the smaller player view. In the player
view, only the plug-in functions, the trigger pads, the quick controls, and the performance
controllers are visible.
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Click the p button in the toolbar above the edit display to switch between the views. When
the player view is active, the button changes to e, indicating that clicking again lets you
return to the editor view.
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Introduction
Window Overview 8
Common Editing Methods
Buttons
On/Off Buttons
These buttons have two states: on and off. If you move the mouse over an On/Off button, it
changes its appearance to show that you can click it.
Push Buttons
Push buttons trigger an action and then go back to their inactive state. These buttons open
menus or file dialogs.
Value Fields
To set a value, you have the following possibilities:
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Double-click in a value field, enter a new value, and press Enter.
If the entered value exceeds the parameter range, it is automatically set to the maximum
or the minimum value, respectively.
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Click in the value field and drag up or down.
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Position the mouse over a value field and use the mouse wheel.
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Click the up/down triangles next to the field.
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To set the parameter to its default value, Ctrl/Cmd-click the value field.
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To use a fader to adjust the value, Alt-click a value field.
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To enter musical values, such as key ranges or the root key, with your MIDI keyboard,
double-click the value field, press a key on your MIDI keyboard, and press Return.
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To navigate to the next parameter, press Tab. To jump backwards to the previous
parameter, press Shift-Tab.
If no parameter is selected inside the focused view, pressing Tab always jumps to the first
parameter.
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Common Editing Methods
Using Key Commands Using Key Commands
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To open the Key Commands dialog, open the Options page and click the Key Commands
button in the Global section.
The commands are arranged in a hierarchical folder structure on the left. When you open
a category folder, the items and functions are displayed with any currently assigned key
commands.
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To set up a key command, select the function in the list, enter the key command in
the Type in Key field and click the Assign
button to the right of the field. If this key
command is already used for another function, this is displayed in the field below.
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To delete a key command, select the function in the list, select the key command in the
Keys list and click the Delete
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button.
To search for a specific function, enter its name in the search field at the top of the dialog
and click the Start/Continue Search
button.
NOTE
You can set up several key commands for the same function.
Presets
HALion Sonic SE offers two types of presets: section/module presets and VST presets. Section and
module presets store and recall the setup of a specific component on the HALion Sonic SE panel.
VST presets contain all information necessary to restore the complete state of the plug-in.
During setup, the factory presets are installed in a dedicated folder and a user folder is created
for your own presets. The handling of presets is the same throughout the program.
NOTE
Factory presets are write-protected, but may be overwritten when a software update is executed.
Presets in your user folder are never changed by the software update.
For more information on VST presets, see the Operation Manual of your Steinberg DAW.
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Common Editing Methods
Presets Handling Section and Module Presets
The preset controls can be found throughout the program. The handling is always the same.
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To save a preset, click Save
.
NOTE
You cannot overwrite factory presets. If you want to save changes made to a factory
preset, save the preset under a new name or in a new location.
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To load a preset, click the arrow icon and select a preset from the list.
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To delete a preset, click Delete
.
NOTE
Factory presets cannot be deleted.
Handling VST Presets
Loading VST Presets
PROCEDURE
1.
In the header of the plug-in panel, click the Preset Management button next to the preset
name field and select Load Preset.
2.
Do one of the following:
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Select a preset to load it.
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Double-click a preset to load it and close the preset loader.
Saving VST Presets
PROCEDURE
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In the header of the plug-in panel, click the Preset Management button next to the preset
name field and select Save Preset.
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Global Functions and Settings
Plug-in Functions Section
The plug-in functions section at the top of the window gives you access to global functions that
affect both the currently loaded programs, and the general working of the plug-in.
The plug-in functions section contains the multi slot section, the program slot section, the master
section, and the performance displays.
Program Slot Section
The slot parameters are the same as in the multi program rack. In addition, the following
parameters are available:
Slot Number
The number of the active slot. You can switch to another slot by clicking the slot
number and selecting an entry from the list.
NOTE
Only slots that contain programs are available on the list.
Load Icon
Click the Load icon to the right of the slot to open the program loader. Double-click a
program to load it.
MIDI Activity Indicator
The MIDI symbol starts blinking when incoming MIDI data is detected.
Level
Adjusts the output level of the slot.
Pan
Adjusts the position of the slot in the stereo panorama.
Output
On the output selector, you define the output destination of the slot signal.
Polyphony
Sets the number of keys that can be played simultaneously.
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Plug-in Functions Section NOTE
One key can trigger several layers. On the performance meter, you can see how
many voices are triggered by your playing.
Program Icon
The program icon indicates the sound category to which the program belongs. It
depends on the category and subcategory tags that are specified for a program in
the MediaBay.
Master Section
The master section can be used to set volume and tuning of the plug-in.
Master Volume
Adjusts the overall volume of the plug-in.
Master Tune
You can set the Master Tune slider from 415.3 Hz to 466.2 Hz, which equals -100
cents to +100 cents.
Performance Displays
The meters and text displays indicate the system load of the plug-in.
CPU
This meter shows the processor load during playback. The more voices you play, the
higher the processor load. If the overload indicator lights up, reduce the Max Voices
setting on the Options page.
Disk
This meter shows the hard disk transfer load during the streaming of samples
or when loading presets. If the overload indicator lights up, the hard disk is not
supplying data fast enough. In such a case, open the Options page and adjust the
Disk vs. RAM slider towards RAM or decrease the Max Voices setting.
Polyphony
This display indicates the number of samples that are currently played back, to help
you trace performance problems. For example, if you have to reduce the Max Voices
setting on the Options page, you can verify your settings by monitoring the number
of samples that are currently playing.
Memory
This display indicates the overall amount of RAM that is currently used by the plugin and the loaded programs. The number refers to the streaming buffer and the
preloaded samples. The MEM display helps you trace performance problems. For
example, if you need to free up memory for other applications, you can adjust the
Disk vs. RAM slider on the Options page toward Disk. You can verify your settings
by monitoring the MEM display.
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Global Functions and Settings
Plug-in Name and Steinberg Logo Plug-in Name and Steinberg Logo
To get information regarding the version and build number of the plug-in, click the plug-in
logo. This opens the About box. To close the About box, click it or press Esc on your computer
keyboard.
If you click the Steinberg logo in the top right corner of the plug-in interface, a pop-up menu
opens. Select one of the options to navigate to Steinberg web pages containing information on
software updates, troubleshooting, etc.
Toolbar
The toolbar below the plug-in functions section contains controls for loading multi-programs on
the left, the buttons to switch between the different pages, and various useful global functions.
Global insert, AUX, and FlexPhraser buttons
Use these buttons to switch off all insert effects, AUX effects, and FlexPhrasers for
the whole plug-in at once. You can use this to compare sounds with and without
effects or to use a preset without the FlexPhrasers, for example. FlexPhrasers are a
feature of the full version of HALion. They add arpeggios and even complex musical
phrases to some programs of the factory content.
Lock button
If this button is activated, loading another program or layer does not overwrite the
current FlexPhraser and trigger pad settings.
MIDI Reset
Click this button to stop playback and reset all MIDI controllers to their default
values.
Undo/Redo
To undo or redo a single operation, click the Undo or Redo buttons. To undo or redo
multiple operations, click the arrow next to the button to open the history and select
the step to which you want to return.
Editor/Player
This button toggles between the two views: the full-size editor view (e) and the
smaller player view (p).
Performance Controls
The performance controls are located in the lower part of the window.
Wheel Controls
To the left of the internal keyboard, the pitchbend wheel and the modulation wheel are located.
The modulation wheel is hardwired to MIDI controller #1, which is normally used as a source in
the modulation matrix, but can be used as a quick control as well.
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Quick Controls Keyboard
The virtual 88-note keyboard can be used to trigger MIDI notes. By clicking the keys at different
vertical positions you can control the note-on velocity. Furthermore, the keyboard displays keys
that are not used to trigger notes but act as key switches. The Shift Keyboard buttons to the
left and right of the keyboard shift the keyboard range by octaves. This allows you to display key
switches that are located on lower keys, for example.
The following color scheme is used for the keys:
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Keys to which a key switch is assigned are shown in yellow.
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Keys to which a remapped key switch is assigned are shown in beige.
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Keys that are assigned to a trigger pad are shown in blue.
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Keys to which a loop trigger note is assigned are shown in green.
Sphere Control
The sphere is a two-dimensional control. It allows you to adjust two parameters simultaneously,
by dragging the mouse horizontally (Sphere H) and vertically (Sphere V). Typically, two
parameters that belong together are assigned to the sphere, such as cutoff and resonance.
If parameters are assigned to Sphere H and Sphere V, triangles for indicating the horizontal and
vertical axis are available.
You can reset the sphere to the center position using the corresponding options on the context
menu.
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If Center Horizontal and/or Center Vertical are activated, the sphere returns to the
corresponding center position as soon as you release the mouse button.
Quick Controls
Quick controls allow you to remote-control any parameter inside the program.
For each program, eight quick controls are available. Furthermore, Sphere H, Sphere V, and the
modulation wheel can also serve as quick controls.
To hear a sound without quick control assignments, you can bypass them temporarily by using
the Bypass button to the right of the quick controls. This turns off the quick control assignments
of the program.
Trigger Pads
You can use the trigger pads to trigger single notes or whole chords and to switch between
FlexPhraser or arpeggiator variations.
Many of the programs that come with HALion Sonic SE make use of the trigger pads.
If a note or a chord is assigned to a pad, this pad turns orange. If a pad switches between
variations, the line above the pad turns orange.
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Trigger Pads ●
To trigger a pad, click on it.
Presets
Pad presets save trigger notes and chord snapshots, but not the FlexPhraser
variations. This means that you can exchange trigger notes and chords by loading
presets without loosing your FlexPhraser variation settings.
Bypass
With the Bypass Pads button to the right of the trigger pads, you can bypass the
entire pads section. This deactivates any functionality you assigned to the trigger
pads.
Assigning Trigger Notes to Pads
You can assign a MIDI note to a pad and trigger the pad by playing this note.
To define the trigger note, do one of the following:
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Right-click a pad, open the Assign Trigger Note submenu, and from the further
submenus, select the octave and note that you want to assign.
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Open the context menu for a pad, select Learn Trigger Note, and play the note on your
MIDI keyboard or click a key on the internal keyboard.
The name of the assigned trigger note is displayed in the top left corner of the pad.
On the internal keyboard, keys that serve as trigger notes are shown in blue. These keys do not
play sounds, but trigger the corresponding pads instead.
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To remove a trigger note from a pad, right-click the pad and select Forget Trigger Note.
Assigning Chords or Notes to Trigger Pads
PROCEDURE
1.
Right-click a pad and select Snapshot Chord.
The pad starts blinking.
2.
Do one of the following:
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Play a chord or a single note and then click the pad that is blinking to assign the
chord or note to the pad.
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Drag a chord event from the chord track of your Steinberg DAW onto a trigger pad.
This transfers the corresponding MIDI notes to the pad.
If you drag a chord event onto the internal keyboard first, the corresponding chord
is played back. This is useful to verify whether you selected the correct chord.
If you define a chord that contains a key switch, you can trigger the chord with a specific
instrument expression.
If you add keys to a chord that also work as trigger notes, they trigger the underlying MIDI
note instead of the trigger note.
RESULT
Triggering the pad now plays the chord or note.
Removing Chords or Notes from Trigger Pads
PROCEDURE
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Right-click the trigger pad and select Clear Chord.
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Options Page Default Trigger Note Settings
Assigned trigger notes are saved with each program to allow for maximum flexibility. However,
you can save a fixed set of default trigger notes to reflect an existing hardware setup, for
example.
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To specify a default set of trigger notes, set up the trigger notes for all pads, right-click a
pad, and select Save Trigger Notes as Default.
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To activate the default trigger note settings, right-click a pad and select Use Default
Trigger Notes.
Now, changing programs or multi-programs does not change the trigger notes anymore.
If you deactivate Use Default Trigger Notes, the last set of trigger notes remains active. To
return to the trigger notes that were saved with the program, reload the program.
Assigning Key Switches to Trigger Pads
To use the pads for switching between expressions, assign them to the corresponding key
switches.
PROCEDURE
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Right-click a pad, select Snapshot Chord, and play the key switch.
Naming Pads
Entering names for pads allows you to get a better overview of their functionality, for example.
PROCEDURE
1.
Right-click the pad to open the context menu and select Rename Pad.
2.
Enter the new name and press Enter.
Options Page
The Options page contains global settings regarding performance optimization, global
functions, and MIDI controllers.
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Options Page Disk Streaming Section
Some of the programs come with up to 1 GB of samples. That is a large amount of data and your
computer cannot load all samples completely into the RAM, especially if you are using all slots.
Therefore, HALion Sonic SE loads only the initial milliseconds of each sample into RAM. You can
specify how much RAM should be used and how much HALion Sonic SE should rely on accessing
the hard-disk.
Balancing Disk vs. RAM
Use the Balance slider to balance the hard disk versus the RAM usage.
●
If you need more RAM for other applications, drag the slider to the left
towards the Disk setting.
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If your hard disk is not supplying data fast enough, drag the slider to the right
towards the RAM setting.
NOTE
The Disk vs. RAM setting always applies to all plug-in instances. It is not saved with
the project. You set it up only once for your computer system.
Used Preload and Available Memory
These displays provide information of the memory load in MB according to the
current balance slider setting.
Max Preload
Determines the maximum amount of RAM that HALion Sonic SE uses for preloading
samples. In most cases, the default values are sufficient. However, it may become
necessary to reduce this value, for example, when working with other applications or
plug-ins that require a lot of memory.
Expert Mode
Activate Expert Mode if you want to adjust the Disk Streaming settings in greater
detail.
●
Preload Time defines how much of the start of the samples is preloaded into
the RAM. Larger values allow for more samples to be triggered in a short time.
●
Prefetch Time determines the read-ahead capacity into the RAM while
streaming samples for a voice that is playing. Larger values allow for better
transfer rates from disk, and usually for more voices. However, this requires
larger streaming cache in RAM. If you increase the Prefetch Time, it is
recommended to also increase the Streaming Cache.
●
Streaming Cache determines the amount of RAM that is reserved for
prefetching. The actually needed size depends on the prefetch time, the
number of simultaneously streaming voices and the audio format of the
samples. For example, higher sample and bit rates need more RAM.
Performance Section
The Performance section contains settings to optimize the overall CPU performance of the plugin.
Max Voices
Determines the total number of voices that a plug-in instance can play back. As soon
as this limit is reached, HALion Sonic SE starts stealing voices.
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Options Page Max CPU
To avoid clicks from CPU overloads, you can specify a maximum limit for the CPU
load of the plug-in instance. HALion Sonic SE steals voices automatically when this
limit is exceeded. At a setting of 100 %, this parameter is deactivated.
NOTE
Because of the reaction time of the plug-in, it is possible that you get CPU peaks that
exceed the set limit. This can lead to artifacts, such as audio drop-outs. Therefore,
it is good practice to set the Max CPU setting at a value a bit lower than actually
needed.
Voice Fade Out
Sets the time to fade out voices that need to be stolen because the Max Voices
setting or the Max CPU setting have been reached.
Osc ECO Mode
Activate this option to run the oscillators of synth layers in ECO mode. In ECO mode,
the oscillators use less CPU at the cost of producing more aliasing at higher pitches.
If this option is activated, you can play more voices with synth layers.
Multi Loading
Normally, when loading multi-programs, the previous multi is kept in the RAM until
the new multi has been completely loaded. Therefore, replacing a large multi by
another can lead to RAM overload on 32-bit systems.
●
To clear a multi before loading a new one, select Clear before on the pop-up
menu.
Multi-Core
On this pop-up menu, you can specify how many of the available CPU cores of your
system can be used by the plug-in. This allows HALion Sonic SE to compute each
program on a different core, for example. The best setting here depends on multiple
factors, and varies from system to system, and project to project. A good starting
point is to set this value to one core less than the available number of cores.
NOTE
If problems occur, reduce the number of cores, or set the pop-up menu to Off and
load multiple instances of HALion Sonic SE instead. This way, the host application
distributes the work load across the available cores.
Global Section
Here, you find common settings of HALion Sonic SE and the General MIDI mode parameter.
NOTE
The settings in this section are not saved with a project, but affect the plug-in as a whole.
Show Tooltips
If this option is activated, a tooltip is shown when you move the mouse over a
control.
Show Value Tooltips
If this option is activated, parameters without a value field display their value in a
tooltip when you use the corresponding control.
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Options Page Solo Mode
●
In Standard mode, you can solo multiple programs or layers to hear them
combined.
●
In Exclusive mode, only one program or layer can be soloed at a time.
Program Changes
Determines how HALion Sonic SE handles incoming MIDI program change
messages.
●
In GM Mode, program change messages are used to switch programs in the
slots of the multi program rack.
●
Select Off to ignore incoming controller change messages.
General MIDI Mode
Select General MIDI Mode to play back MIDI files that have been arranged for
General MIDI sound sets. General MIDI mode supports MIDI program change
messages and preloads a global chorus and reverb effect on AUX FX 1 and 3 for
immediate use.
If General MIDI mode is activated, all loaded programs are removed and the 16
slots are assigned to the 16 MIDI channels. As long as General MIDI mode is active,
the 16 MIDI channels on the MIDI page cannot be changed.
The MediaBay sets an instrument set filter and displays only the General MIDI
sounds. The MIDI program changes 0–127 refer to the corresponding GM Sound
attributes of the MediaBay. This means that you can make any of your sounds
part of the General MIDI sound set by setting the GM Sound attribute on the
corresponding sound.
NOTE
The General MIDI sounds that come with HALion Sonic SE are optimized for fast
loading times. However, larger programs take longer to load.
Key Commands
Opens the Key Commands dialog, where you can view and assign key commands.
Reset Messages
If you click this button, all message dialogs that have been suppressed with the
Don't Show Again option are displayed again.
MIDI Controller Section
Controller Assignment
With the two buttons in this section, you can save your customized MIDI controller
assignments as default or restore the factory MIDI controller assignments.
NOTE
Save as Default does not include any of the MIDI controller assignments of the AUX
FX.
The current MIDI controller mapping is also saved with each project. This way, you
can transfer your settings to other systems. The project includes the MIDI controller
assignments of the AUX FX as well.
MIDI Controller Smoothing
MIDI controllers have a maximum resolution of 128 steps. This is rather low.
Therefore, if you use a MIDI controller as a modulation source in the modulation
matrix or to remote-control a quick control, the parameter change may occur in
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Global Functions and Settings
Options Page audible steps, causing an effect often referred to as “zipper noise”. To avoid this,
HALion Sonic SE provides MIDI controller smoothing, so that parameter changes
occur more gradually.
●
If MIDI controller changes cause audible artifacts, turn the control towards
slower settings. This way, MIDI controller changes do not occur immediately,
but are spaced over a period of time (in milliseconds).
●
If you want more immediate MIDI controller changes, turn the control towards
faster settings. Note, however, that this may introduce audible artifacts.
FlexPhraser (Arpeggiator)
Hold Reset sends a global hold reset message to all FlexPhrasers or arpeggiators
that are used.
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FlexPhrasers are a feature of the full version of HALion. They add arpeggios
and even complex musical phrases to some programs of the factory content.
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The arpeggiators that you can set up yourself can be found on the Arp page of
the included instruments, such as Trip, for example.
The Reset Controller pop-up menu allows you to assign a dedicated MIDI controller
to the Hold Reset button for remote-controlling it.
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If you are using the version of HALion Sonic SE that is part of a Steinberg DAW, the sounds that
come with the program are available in the form of programs, layers, and multis.
About Programs, Layers, and Multis
Programs
A program is a complex instrument or sound that can consist of up to 4 layers.
Layers
Programs are combinations of up to 4 layers. Often, a layer contains all components of a
particular instrument sound, such as the synthesis part or insert effects. You can make settings
for each layer on the corresponding macro page.
Multis
HALion Sonic SE is a multitimbral plug-in that can load up to 16 sounds (or programs) and
combine them. This combination is called a multi-program, or multi for short. You can use multis
to layer several programs or to create split sounds by setting several programs to the same
MIDI input channel, for example. However, the most common usage is to create sound sets with
different instruments set to individual MIDI channels.
RELATED LINKS
Included Instruments on page 32
Editing the Factory Content on page 29
Loading Programs
HALion Sonic SE can load the program content that comes with Steinberg’s DAWs and VST Sound
Instrument Sets, as well as any compatible user content created with HALion 6.
There are several ways to load programs:
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Via drag and drop from the File Explorer/macOS Finder
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By double-clicking them in the results list on the Load page.
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Via the slot context menu
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By clicking the Load Program button at the right of the slot
NOTE
Programs containing lots of sample data may take some time to load.
RELATED LINKS
Slot Context Menu on page 23
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Slot Rack Slot Rack
The Slot Rack has 16 slots. Each slot can hold a program, that is, you can work with 16 programs
at the same time.
Each slot has a Mute button and a Solo button. You can mute and solo several programs at the
same time. The slot number to the left of the slot lights up if incoming MIDI data is detected.
Once a program is loaded in the Slot Rack, it can be played and edited.
Slot Context Menu
The context menu provides a number of functions for managing programs.
Load Program
Opens the program loader. Double-click a program to load it into this slot.
Save Program
Saves the program. If you try to overwrite write-protected factory content, a dialog
opens that allows you to save the edited program under a new name.
Save Program As
Allows you to save the program under a new name.
Save All Programs
Allows you to save all programs as a VST preset.
Export Program
Allows you to change the attributes for your program and save it in a new location.
Export All Programs
Allows you to set up attributes for all programs at the same time and save them in a
new location.
NOTE
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Existing attribute values are kept, that is, if a program already contains an
attribute value for an attribute that you set up for all programs, this value is
not overwritten.
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The preset format of the programs is not modified, that is, if a program
contains HALion presets and HALion Sonic presets, for example, these are
saved keeping their respective formats.
Remove Program
Removes the program from the slot.
Init Program
Loads the Init program. This contains a neutral synth layer.
Revert to Last Saved Program
Discards any changes that you made to the program since the last time it was saved.
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Managing and Loading Files Cut Program
Copies the program and removes it from the slot.
Copy Program
Copies the program.
Paste Program
Pastes the copied program into the slot. If the slot already contains a program, it is
replaced.
Rename Program
Allows you to rename the program.
Reset Slot
Resets the slot to the default values.
Reset All Slots
Resets all slots to the default values.
NOTE
You can also cut, copy, and paste programs from one plug-in instance to another.
Managing and Loading Files
You can use the MediaBay to manage, navigate to, and load different file types.
Managing Multis
Multis can load multiple sounds or programs and combine them.
You can use multis to layer several programs or to create split sounds by setting several
programs to the same MIDI input channel, for example. However, the most common usage is to
create sound sets with different instruments set to individual MIDI channels.
A multi-program contains all plug-in parameters. If you use HALion Sonic SE as a plug-in in a
Steinberg DAW, these multis are listed in the Preset Management pop-up menu of the host
application. You can drag multis and programs from the MediaBay to a slot in HALion Sonic SE.
If you use HALion Sonic SE as a plug-in in a different host application, you can use the preset
functionality from the host application or the multi management features provided by HALion
Sonic SE.
Loading Multis
You can load multis in the following ways:
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Open the MediaBay and double-click a multi or drag a multi onto the multi slot.
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Click the Load Multi-Program button in the multi slot to open the Load Multi-Program
dialog, select a multi, and click OK.
Renaming Multis
PROCEDURE
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To rename a multi, click in the name field, enter a new name, and press Return.
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Managing and Loading Files Removing Multis
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To remove all programs of the current multi, click the Remove All Programs button on the
toolbar of the multi program rack.
Clearing the Plug-In Instance
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To reset the entire plug-in instance to an empty state, right-click the multi loader and
select Clear Plug-in Instance from the context menu.
Saving Multis
PROCEDURE
1.
Click the Save Multi-Program button.
2.
Enter the name of the multi.
3.
Assign any attributes that you want to use and click OK.
If the entered name already exists, a message opens. Click Make Unique Name to add a
number suffix to the name of the new multi.
Saving a Multi as Default
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To specify a default multi to be loaded with HALion Sonic SE, use the Save as Default
command on the context menu for the multi loader.
Creating Subfolders for User-Defined Multis
You can create subfolders inside the user preset folder to organize presets.
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To create a new folder, click the Create New Folder icon at the top left of the Save MultiProgram dialog.
Navigating Through the Folder Hierarchy
You can move through the folder hierarchy using the three navigation buttons at the top left of
the dialog.
These buttons allow you to navigate to the previous or next browse location, or browse the
containing folder.
Editing Attributes
You can edit the attribute values that are assigned to the preset.
PROCEDURE
1.
Open the Save Multi-Program dialog and navigate to the New Preset Tags section.
2.
To edit an attribute, click on a value field and enter the new name or value.
3.
Click OK to save the preset.
Managing Files via the MediaBay
The MediaBay functionality can be found on the Load page.
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To adjust the size of the two sections, drag the divider at the top of the results list.
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Managing and Loading Files Browsing for Files
The Load page allows you to browse for and load files. You can restrict the amount of files that
are searched by filtering the results list or entering a search text.
PROCEDURE
1.
On the Select Content Set menu, select the content set from which you want to load a
program or layer. To browse the entire content, select All.
2.
On the toolbar of the results list, specify whether you want to browse through the
available programs
3.
or layers
.
Optional: In the upper section of the page, click on an attribute to display only those files
containing the attribute, for example, percussion, or a specific musical style, etc.
You can activate several attribute filters simultaneously.
4.
If you are looking for a specific file, enter its name in the text search field on the toolbar.
You can also enter text that is part of the file name or the file attributes in the search field.
5.
In the results list, double-click a file to load it in the selected slot.
6.
Play a note on your keyboard or use the internal keyboard to listen to the selected file.
If the file is not what you were looking for, step through the files in the results list and
listen to them until you found the file that you want to use.
Filtering the Results
Category Filter
You can filter the results list based on up to four filter criteria using the configurable attribute
columns. The standard attributes are Category, Sub Category, Style, and Character.
Only the files that match the set filter are displayed in the results list.
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To set up the filter, click on specific values in the columns.
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To select different filter criteria, click the column header and select a different attribute
from the submenu.
Content Set Filter
Use the Select Content Set pop-up menu to search a specific content set. By default, the search
is performed in all installed content sets.
Results List
The results list shows all files that have been found according to the category filter.
Text Search
In the text search field on the results list toolbar, you can enter text contained in the
name or any of the attributes of a preset that you are looking for. The results list is
updated immediately and the category search section above shows all categories
that contain presets matching the text search.
To reset the text-based result filter, click Clear Search Text next to the search field.
View Filters
The toolbar has three filter buttons that allow you to define which preset types to
display: multis , programs , or layers . In the results list, the corresponding
icon is shown to the left of the preset name.
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Managing and Loading Files Rating Filter
You can limit the results list according to the rating of the presets. Use the rating
slider to define the minimum rating.
Content Filters
The content filter buttons allow you to define whether to show the entire content
only the factory content
, or only your user content
,
.
Rescan Disk
Rescans the disk for files that match the search criteria. Click this button if you added
or removed files on your hard disk, for example.
Set Up Result Columns
Allows you to select which attribute columns to display on the toolbar.
Results Counter
Displays the number of files that match the filter criteria. To stop an active scanning
process, click in the value field.
RELATED LINKS
Configuring the Results List on page 27
Configuring the Results List
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To configure which attributes are shown in the results list, click Set up Result Columns
in the upper right corner of the results list and activate the corresponding entries. New
attributes are added at the right of the list.
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To reorder the columns in the results list, drag the column headers to another position.
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To change the sorting of the list entries, click the column header. The triangle in the
column header shows the sorting direction.
Assigning General MIDI Program Change Numbers to Sounds
PROCEDURE
1.
In the MediaBay, click Set up Result Columns on the title bar of the lower section.
2.
Select Musical > GM Sound.
3.
Select the sound to which you want to apply the GM program change number.
4.
In the GM Sound column for the sound, select the General MIDI program change number
that you want to use.
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Managing and Loading Files You can assign the same GM Sound program number several times. If a program number
is used more than once, the Rating attribute can be used to decide which program to load.
RESULT
Now, you can use MIDI program change messages to load the assigned sounds into the slot of
the corresponding MIDI channel.
NOTE
Slot 10 ignores any program change messages and keeps the loaded drum set.
Loading Programs into Slots
To load a program into one of the slots of the Slot Rack, you have the following possibilities:
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Select the slot into which you want to load the program, and double-click the program in
the results list.
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Drag a program from the results list to an empty space in the Slot Rack to create a new
slot.
If you drag it to an existing slot, the current program is replaced.
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Right-click the program and select Load Program into selected Slot from the context
menu.
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Editing Programs
You can make settings for the programs and their layers on the Edit page.
The factory content that comes with the Steinberg DAW features a macro page for each layer in a
program. This page allows you to adjust the most important parameters. If a program consists of
multiple layers, you can access the different layer pages by clicking the layer buttons (L1, L2, L3,
L4) in the title bar of the macro page.
NOTE
Content that uses one of the included instruments features an instrument-specific macro page.
RELATED LINKS
Included Instruments on page 32
Editing the Factory Content
Which content is available for HALion Sonic SE depends on which Steinberg DAW you are using.
However, even though the available programs and layers may differ between versions, they use
the same macro page.
The macro page is divided into the following sections: Voice/Pitch, Filter and Amplifier.
In the top right section of the macro page, information on the content is shown.
Voice/Pitch Section
This section gives you access to the tuning parameters.
Octave
Adjusts the pitch in octave steps.
Coarse
Adjusts the pitch in semitone steps.
Fine
Allows you to fine-tune the pitch in cent steps.
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Editing the Factory Content Pitchbend Up/Pitchbend Down
Determines the range for the modulation that is applied when you move the
pitchbend wheel.
Polyphony
If Mono mode is deactivated, you can use this parameter to specify how many notes
can be played simultaneously.
Mono
Activates monophonic playback.
Filter Section
This section allows you to adjust the filter settings. These parameters work as offsets, that is,
they raise or lower the actual values.
NOTE
This section is only available when a filter is used.
Cutoff
Controls the cutoff frequency of the filter.
Resonance
Emphasizes the frequencies around the cutoff. At higher settings, the filter selfoscillates, which results in a ringing tone.
Attack
Controls the attack time of the filter envelope.
Release
Controls the release time of the filter envelope.
Amplifier Section
This section gives you access to the level and pan settings. Furthermore, you can adjust the
attack and release times of the amplifier envelopes individually.
Level
Controls the overall volume of the sound.
Pan
Determines the position of the sound in the stereo panorama. At a setting of -100 %,
the sound is panned hard left, and at +100 %, it is panned hard right.
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Editing the Factory Content Attack
Controls the attack time of the amplifier envelope.
Decay
Controls the decay time of the amplifier envelope.
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Included Instruments
Depending on the Steinberg DAW that you are using, you can find additional instrument content
that was created using two instruments: Trip, a virtual analog synth, and Flux, a wavetable synth.
You can use these instruments by loading the corresponding programs. For example, to use Flux,
set the Content Set Filter to Flux and load one of the available programs or layers.
Trip
Trip is a virtual analog synth that comes with three oscillators, a sub oscillator, a ring modulator,
and a noise generator.
Accompanied by a flexible filter section that offers 13 different filter shapes and five filter modes,
Trip provides a highly flexible sound architecture while still being easy to use. With the integrated
arpeggiator and step sequencer that comes with four different pre-configured arpeggio styles
per preset, Trip is a real source of inspiration.
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Trip Oscillator Page
In addition to the classic synth wave shapes, such as sine, triangle, saw, and square, the three
oscillators provide additional sync versions with integrated master oscillators.
Activate the oscillators by clicking their On/Off buttons.
NOTE
Deactivate the oscillators when they are not needed, because they use CPU cycles even if they
are not heard, such as in a situation where the level is set to 0 %.
OSC 1/2/3 Type
The Oscillator Type defines the basic sound character of the oscillator. The popup menu lists the wave shapes, followed by the type of algorithm. The following
algorithms are available:
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The PWM (pulse width modulation) algorithm is only supported by the square
wave shape. The Waveform parameter sets the ratio between the high and
low of the square wave. A setting of 50 % produces a pure square wave. With
settings below or above 50 %, the oscillator produces rectangular waves.
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The Sync algorithm provides different hard-sync oscillators where each is a
combination of a master and slave oscillator. The wave shape of the slave
oscillator (sine, triangle, saw, or square) is reset with each full wave cycle of the
master oscillator. This means that a single oscillator can already produce a rich
sync sound without utilizing other oscillators as slave or master. The waveform
parameter adjusts the pitch of the slave oscillator producing the typical sync
sound.
Waveform
Modifies the sound of the oscillator algorithm. Its effect depends on the selected
oscillator type.
NOTE
This parameter is only available for oscillator types that allow waveform modulation.
Filter Envelope Wave Amount
Specifies how much the modulation of the filter envelope influences the oscillator
waveform.
NOTE
This parameter is only available for oscillator types that allow waveform modulation.
Level
Adjusts the output level of the oscillator.
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Trip Octave
Adjusts the pitch in octave steps.
Coarse
Adjusts the pitch in semitone steps.
Fine
Allows you to fine-tune the pitch in cent steps.
Filter Envelope Pitch Amount
Here you can specify the modulation amount of the filter envelope on the oscillator
pitch.
Sub Page
The Sub page contains the settings for the sub oscillator, the ring modulation and the noise
generator.
To activate the sub oscillator, the ring modulator, and the noise generator, click their On/Off
buttons.
NOTE
Deactivate the sub oscillator, the ring modulator, and the noise generator if they are not needed,
because they use CPU cycles even if they are not heard, such as in a situation where the level is
set to 0 %.
Sub Oscillator
The pitch of the sub oscillator is always one octave lower than the overall pitch. The overall pitch
is determined by the Octave setting.
On/Off
Activates/Deactivates the sub oscillator.
Type
The wave shape of the sub oscillator. You can choose between Sine, Triangle, Saw,
Square, Pulse Wide, and Pulse Narrow.
Level
Adjusts the output level of the sub oscillator.
Ring Modulator
Ring modulation produces sums and differences between the frequencies of two signals.
Ring Modulation Source 1/Ring Modulation Source 2
Determines the sources to be ring modulated. You can select OSC 1 or Sub as Source
1, and OSC 2 or OSC 3 as Source 2.
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Trip NOTE
Make sure that the corresponding oscillators are activated when you select them.
Otherwise, no sound is heard.
Ring Modulation Level
Adjusts the output level of the ring modulation.
Noise Generator
Noise Type
The sound color of the noise. You can choose between standard and band-pass
filtered (BPF) versions of white and pink noise.
Noise Level
Adjusts the output level of the noise generator.
Trigger and Pitch Section
Polyphony
If Mono mode is deactivated, you can use this parameter to specify how many notes
can be played simultaneously.
Mono
Activates monophonic playback.
Retrigger
This option is only available in Mono mode. If Retrigger is activated, a note that
was stolen by another note is retriggered if you still hold the stolen note when you
release the new one.
This way, you can play trills by holding one note and quickly and repeatedly pressing
and releasing another note, for example.
Trigger Mode
Defines the trigger behavior for new notes. The following settings are available:
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In Normal mode, a new note is triggered when the previous note is stolen.
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In Resume mode, the envelope is retriggered, but resumes at the level of the
stolen note. The pitch is set to the new note.
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In Legato mode, the envelopes keep playing and the pitch is set to the new
note.
Glide
Allows you to bend the pitch between notes that follow each other. You achieve the
best results in Mono mode.
Glide Time
Sets the glide time, that is, the time it takes to bend the pitch from one note to the
next.
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Trip Fingered
Activate this parameter to glide the pitch only between notes that are played legato.
Octave
Adjusts the pitch in octave steps.
Pitchbend Up/Pitchbend Down
Determines the range for the modulation that is applied when you move the
pitchbend wheel.
Mod Page
The Mod page contains the LFO settings in the upper section and the mod wheel, or vibrato,
settings in the lower section.
LFO Settings
Freq
Controls the frequency of the modulation, that is, the speed of the LFO.
Sync
If Sync is activated, the frequency is set in fractions of beats.
Pitch
Controls the modulation depth of the pitch modulation.
Cutoff
Controls the modulation depth of the filter cutoff modulation.
Pitch
Controls the modulation depth of the pitch modulation.
Cutoff
Controls the modulation depth of the filter cutoff modulation.
Osc1/2/3 Wave
These parameters control the modulation depth of the waveform modulation of the
three main oscillators.
NOTE
These controls are only available if the selected oscillator type supports waveform
modulation.
Vibrato Parameters
Vib Freq
Controls the frequency of the second LFO that is used for pitch modulation (vibrato).
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Trip Vib Depth
Controls the depth of the pitch modulation (vibrato).
Cutoff
Controls the influence of the mod wheel on the filter cutoff.
Osc1/2/3 Wave
These parameters control the influence of the mod wheel on the waveform of the
three main oscillators.
NOTE
These controls are only available if the selected oscillator type supports waveform
modulation.
Arp Page
This page contains the integrated arpeggiator.
Variations
Click the variation buttons to switch between the available variations.
Loop
If this option is activated, the phrase plays in a loop.
Hold
Allows you to prevent the phrase from stopping or changing when the keys are
released.
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If Off is selected, the phrase changes as soon as you release a key. The phrase
stops immediately when you release all keys.
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If On is selected, the phrase plays to the end, even if the keys are released. If
Loop is activated, the phrase repeats continuously.
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If Gated is selected, the phrase starts to play when the first key is played. It
plays silently in the background, even if the keys are released, and resumes
playback at the current position when you press any of the keys again. This
way, you can gate the playback of the phrase.
Trigger Mode
Determines at which moment the arpeggiator scans for new notes that you play on
the keyboard.
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If Immediately is selected, the arpeggiator scans for new notes all the time.
The phrase changes immediately in reaction to your playing.
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If Next Beat is selected, the arpeggiator scans for new notes at every new
beat. The phrase changes in reaction to your playing on each new beat.
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Trip ●
If Next Measure is selected, the arpeggiator scans for new notes at the start
of new measures. The phrase changes in reaction to your playing on each new
measure.
Restart Mode
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If this is set to Off, the phrase runs continuously and does not restart at chord
or note changes.
●
New Chord restarts the phrase on new chords.
NOTE
The phrase does not restart upon notes that are played legato.
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New Note restarts the phrase with each new note that you play.
●
Sync to Host aligns the phrase with the beats and measures of your host
application each time that you start the transport.
Tempo Scale
Defines the rate at which notes are triggered, that is, the speed at which the phrase
is running. In addition to the Tempo parameter, this gives you further control over
the playback speed. You can specify a value in fractions of beats. You can also set
dotted and triplet note values.
For example, if you change the Tempo Scale setting from 1/16 to 1/8, the speed
is cut in half. If you set it to 1/32, the speed is doubled. Other values increase or
decrease the speed accordingly.
Swing
Shifts the timing of notes on even-numbered beats. This way, the phrase gets a
swing feeling. Negative values shift the timing backward and the notes are played
earlier. Positive values shift the timing forward and the notes are played later.
Gate Scale
Allows you to shorten or lengthen the notes of the phrase. At a value of 100 %, the
notes play with their original gate length.
Vel Scale
Allows you to raise or lower the note-on velocities of the phrase. At a value of 100 %,
the notes are played with their original velocity.
Octaves
Extends the phrase playback to include higher or lower octaves. Positive settings
extend the playback to higher and negative settings to lower octaves. For example, a
value of +1 first plays the phrase in the octave range that you originally played. Then,
it repeats the phrase one octave higher.
Working with Variations
Trip features four variations that allow you to set up different phrases or variations of phrases or
loops.
NOTE
To avoid that the variation switches in the middle of a beat or measure, use the trigger modes
Next Beat or Next Measure.
Creating Variations
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To create a variation, click a variation button and set up the arpeggiator.
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Trip The variation is instantly modified and can be recalled by clicking the Variation
button.
Copying Variations
You can copy variation settings between the variation buttons using the
corresponding commands on the context menu.
Assigning Variations to the Trigger Pads
To assign a variation to a trigger pad, right-click the variation button and select the
trigger pad on the Assign Variation to submenu.
Filter and Amplifier Settings
The lower part of the edit display contains the filter and amplifier settings.
Filter Section
Filter Shape
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LP 24, 18, 12, and 6 are low-pass filters with 24, 18, 12, and 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies above the cutoff are attenuated.
●
BP 12 and BP 24 are band-pass filters with 12 and 24 dB/oct. Frequencies
below and above the cutoff are attenuated.
●
HP 24, 18, 12, and 6 are high-pass filters with 24, 18, 12, and 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies below the cutoff are attenuated.
●
BR 12 and BR 24 are band-reject filters with 12 and 24 dB/oct. Frequencies
around the cutoff are attenuated.
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AP is an all-pass filter with 18 dB/oct. Frequencies around the cutoff are
attenuated.
Cutoff
Controls the cutoff frequency of the filter.
Resonance
Emphasizes the frequencies around the cutoff. At higher settings, the filter selfoscillates, which results in a ringing tone.
Distortion
Adds distortion to the signal. The following distortion types are available:
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Tube adds warm, tube-like distortion.
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Trip ●
Hard Clip adds bright, transistor-like distortion.
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Bit Reduction adds digital distortion by means of quantization noise.
●
Rate Reduction adds digital distortion by means of aliasing.
●
Rate Reduction Key Follow adds digital distortion by means of aliasing, but
with Key Follow. The rate reduction follows the keyboard, so the higher you
play, the higher the sample rate.
Envelope Amount
Controls the cutoff modulation from the filter envelope.
Cutoff Velocity
Controls the cutoff modulation from velocity.
Cutoff Key Follow
Adjusts the cutoff modulation using the note number. Increase this parameter
to raise the cutoff with higher notes. At 100 %, the cutoff follows the played pitch
exactly.
Filter Envelope Section
Attack
Controls the attack time of the filter envelope.
Decay
Controls the decay time of the filter envelope.
Sustain
Controls the sustain level of the filter envelope.
Release
Controls the release time of the filter envelope.
Amplifier Section
Level
Controls the overall volume of the sound.
Velocity
Controls the level modulation from velocity. At 0, all notes are played with the same
level.
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Flux Amplifier Envelope Section
Attack
Controls the attack time of the amplifier envelope.
Decay
Controls the decay time of the amplifier envelope.
Sustain
Controls the sustain level of the amplifier envelope.
Release
Controls the release time of the amplifier envelope.
Flux
Flux is a wavetable synth that uses HALion’s wavetable synthesis. It provides two main wavetable
oscillators, a classical sub oscillator, and a flexible noise generator.
You can change the waveform of the included wavetables during playback, either with the
Position control or by modulating the wavetable position with a variety of modulation sources,
such as LFOs and envelopes, to create your own sweeping sounds quickly and easily.
In addition to the wavetable oscillators, Flux also provides a filter section with 24 different filter
shapes which enables you to shape the sound even further.
Oscillator Page
The Osc page contains the settings for the two main oscillators.
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To activate/deactivate an oscillator, click the corresponding On/Off button on the right of
the Osc button.
Select Wavetable
This pop-up menu allows you to select one of the included wavetables for the
wavetable oscillator.
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Flux Retrigger Mode
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If Free Phase is selected, the behavior of analog synthesizers is emulated. The
oscillator is running freely and continuously.
●
If Random Phase is selected, the start phase is randomly set to a different
value each time that you trigger a note. In contrast to Free Phase, there is no
continuity in the phase of the waveform.
●
If Fixed Phase is selected, the oscillator runs with a fixed start phase that can
be specified between 0 and 360 degrees.
Multi-Oscillator On/Off
The multi-oscillator function allows you to trigger multiple voices simultaneously
with each note that you play.
Formant On/Off
Formants are harmonics within the spectrum of a note which are pronounced
and help to define the character of an instrument. The positions of the formants
in the spectrum mainly depend on the construction of an instrument, such as the
body of a guitar, the form of the vocal tract in a human body, the filter settings
for electronic instruments, etc. These conditions lead to specific frequency ranges
that are emphasized regardless of the pitch of the note. Playing back samples or
wavetables with a different pitch than the original is usually done by increasing or
decreasing the playback speed. This leads to the well-known monster or Mickey
Mouse effect, because all harmonics are also affected, that is, the characteristic
formants are shifted. To avoid this, you can activate the Formant option.
Octave
Adjusts the pitch in octave steps.
Coarse
Adjusts the pitch in semitone steps.
Fine
Adjusts the pitch in cent steps. This allows you to fine-tune the oscillator sound.
Level
Adjusts the output level of the oscillator.
Position
Determines where the envelope starts.
Pan
Adjusts the position of the oscillator in the stereo panorama. At a setting of -100 %,
the sound is panned hard left, and at +100 %, it is panned hard right.
Formant
Allows you to shift the formants of the entire wavetable by a fixed value.
Multi Tab
If Multi-Oscillator On/Off is activated, the following parameters become available on the Multi
tab:
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Number determines the number of oscillators that play back simultaneously. You can also
set fractions of numbers. For example, with a setting of 2.5, you hear two oscillators at full
level and a third one at half level.
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Detune detunes the oscillators.
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Pan narrows or widens the stereo panorama. With a setting of 0 %, you create a mono
signal and with 100 %, you create a stereo signal.
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Spread distributes the oscillators so that each oscillator plays from a different position in
the wavetable.
Sub Page
The Sub page contains the settings for the sub oscillator and the noise oscillator.
Sub Oscillator Section
Type
The wave shape of the sub oscillator. You can choose between Sine, Triangle, Saw,
Square, Pulse Wide, and Pulse Narrow.
Retrigger Mode
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If Free Phase is selected, the behavior of analog synthesizers is emulated. The
oscillator is running freely and continuously.
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If Random Phase is selected, the start phase is randomly set to a different
value each time that you trigger a note. In contrast to Free Phase, there is no
continuity in the phase of the waveform.
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If Fixed Phase is selected, the oscillator runs with a fixed start phase that can
be specified between 0 and 360 degrees.
Level
Adjusts the output level of the sub oscillator.
Pan
Adjusts the position of the oscillator in the stereo panorama. At a setting of -100 %,
the sound is panned hard left, and at +100 %, it is panned hard right.
Noise Oscillator Section
The noise oscillator offers you a large amount of different noise types that can be used to add
inharmonic frequencies to the overall spectrum, either for the entire sound, with looped noises
or with one-shot noise samples. This allows you to add characteristic transients to percussive
instruments based on samples, for example.
Noise Type
This pop-up menu offers you a choice of classic noises, attack transients,
soundscapes, and ambience noise samples.
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Flux Level
Adjusts the output level of the Noise section.
Sync
Activate Sync to synchronize the speed of the noise oscillator to the host tempo. This
is particularly useful for rhythmic noises that are based on a tempo of 120 BPM.
Pan
Determines the position of the noise in the stereo panorama. At a setting of -100 %,
the sound is panned hard left, and at +100 %, it is panned hard right.
Follow Pitch
If Follow Pitch is activated, zone pitch settings like Octave, Coarse, and Fine, as well
as modulations like Glide, Pitchbend, or other pitch modulations, affect the duration
length. A higher sample pitch leads to a shorter duration.
If Follow Pitch is deactivated, the duration is independent of the zone pitch and
determined by the Duration settings.
Loop
Activate this button to play the noise sample in a loop.
If this button is not activated, the sample is played once.
Speed
Adjusts the playback speed of the noise sample. A setting of 800.0 % equals an
increase of three octaves in pitch.
Speed Key Follow
Allows you to adjust the speed modulation by MIDI note number. At a setting of
+100 %, the speed doubles per octave.
Start
Adjusts the start of the noise sample. With a value of 50 %, playback starts in the
middle of the sample.
Random Start
Selects a random playback start within a specific range around the current position.
At a setting of 100 %, the playback position jumps to a random position between the
specified Start value and the end of the noise sample.
Mod Page
The Mod page contains the modulation matrix.
The modulation matrix offers you up to 16 freely assignable modulations, each with a source, a
modifier, and a destination with adjustable depth. The polarity of each source and each modifier
can be switched between unipolar and bipolar.
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Flux Creating Modulations
You create modulations by selecting a source, a modifier, and a destination from the pop-up
menus in the modulation matrix.
PROCEDURE
1.
Click the modulation Source field and select the modulation source.
2.
Optional: Click in the modulation Modifier field and select the parameter that you want to
use to modify the modulation.
This modifier is used to scale the output of the modulation source.
3.
Optional: Specify whether you want the Source and Modifier parameters to be unipolar or
bipolar.
4.
Set the modulation intensity with the Depth parameter.
5.
Click in the modulation Destination field and select the parameter that you want to
modulate.
Modulation Matrix Parameters
Modulation Sources and Modulation Modifiers
The following options are available as modulation sources and as modulation modifiers.
LFO A/B
The LFOs A and B produce cyclic modulation signals.
Amp Envelope
The amplifier envelope. The shape of the envelope determines the modulation
signal.
Filter Envelope
The filter envelope. The shape of the envelope determines the modulation signal.
Env 3
A freely assignable envelope. It is suitable for pan or pitch modulation, for example.
Key Follow
This produces an exponential modulation signal derived from the MIDI note number.
Exponential means this source works with destinations such as Pitch or Cutoff.
Note-on Velocity
Note-on velocity can be used as modulation signal.
Note-on Vel Squared
The squared version of Note-on Velocity. The harder you press the key, the higher
the modulation values.
Pitchbend
The position of the pitchbend wheel can be used as modulation signal.
Modulation Wheel
The position of the modulation wheel can be used as modulation signal.
Aftertouch
Aftertouch can be used as modulation signal. Some MIDI keyboards cannot send
aftertouch messages. However, most sequencer software is able to produce such
messages.
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Flux Arp Controller 1–3
The 3 controllers available on this submenu correspond to the three controller lanes
on the Arp page.
Bus 1–8
Modulations that are sent to one of the eight busses can be reused as sources. This
way, you can combine several modulations to produce more complex signals.
Unipolar vs. Bipolar Sources
The polarity of a modulation source specifies the value range that it produces. Unipolar sources
modulate between 0 and +1. Bipolar sources modulate between -1 and +1.
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To change the polarity of a modulation source or modifier from unipolar to bipolar,
activate its Bipolar button.
Modulation Destinations
Pitch
Modulates the pitch. For example, assign one of the LFOs to create a vibrato effect. If
Pitch is selected, the modulation depth is set in semitones.
Cutoff
Modulates the filter cutoff.
Resonance
Modulates the filter resonance. Resonance changes the character of the filter.
For example, to accent the filter the harder you hit a key, assign Velocity to
Resonance.
Distortion
Modulates the filter distortion.
Level
This modulation adds to the level setting. It can be used to create level offsets using
the mod wheel, for example.
Volume
Modulates the gain. The volume modulation multiplies with the level.
Pan
Modulates the position of the sound in the panorama.
WT 1/2 Pitch
Modulates the Pitch parameter of the corresponding wavetable oscillator.
WT 1/2 Level
Modulates the Level parameter of the corresponding wavetable oscillator.
WT 1/2 Pan
Modulates the Pan parameter of the corresponding wavetable oscillator.
WT 1/2 Multi Detune
Modulates the multi-oscillator Detune parameter of the corresponding wavetable
oscillator.
WT 1/2 Multi Pan
Modulates the multi-oscillator Pan parameter of the corresponding wavetable
oscillator.
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Flux WT 1/2 Multi Spread
Modulates the multi-oscillator Spread parameter of the corresponding wavetable
oscillator.
WT 1/2 Multi Voices
Modulates the multi-oscillator Voices parameter of the corresponding oscillator.
WT 1/2 Position
Modulates the Position parameter of the corresponding wavetable oscillator.
WT 1/2 Formant Shift
Modulates the Formant Shift parameter of the corresponding wavetable oscillator.
WT Sub Pitch
Modulates the Pitch parameter of the wavetable sub oscillator.
WT Sub Level
Modulates the Level parameter of the wavetable sub oscillator.
WT Sub Pan
Modulates the Pan parameter of the wavetable sub oscillator.
WT Noise Speed
Modulates the Speed parameter of the wavetable noise oscillator.
WT Noise Level
Modulates the Level parameter of the wavetable noise oscillator.
WT Noise Pan
Modulates the Pan parameter of the wavetable noise oscillator.
Amp Env Attack
Modulates the attack time of the amplitude envelope. This modulation destination
cannot be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the segment
starts.
Amp Env Decay
Modulates the decay time of the amplitude envelope. This modulation destination
cannot be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the segment
starts.
Amp Env Sustain
Modulates the sustain level of the amplitude envelope. This modulation destination
cannot be modulated continuously. The level is updated only when the segment
starts.
Amp Env Release
Modulates the release time of the amplitude envelope. This modulation destination
cannot be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the segment
starts.
Filter Env Attack
Modulates the attack time of the filter envelope. This modulation destination cannot
be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the segment starts.
Filter Env Decay
Modulates the decay time of the filter envelope. This modulation destination cannot
be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the segment starts.
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Flux Filter Env Sustain
Modulates the sustain level of the filter envelope. This modulation destination cannot
be modulated continuously. The level is updated only when the segment starts.
Filter Env Release
Modulates the release time of the filter envelope. This modulation destination cannot
be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the segment starts.
Env 3 Start Level
Modulates the start level of the user-definable envelope 3, that is, the level of the
first envelope node. This modulation destination cannot be modulated continuously.
The level is updated only when the segment starts.
Env 3 Attack
Modulates the attack time of the user-definable envelope 3. This modulation
destination cannot be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the
segment starts.
Env 3 Attack Level
Modulates the attack level of the user-definable envelope 3, that is, the level of
the second envelope node. This modulation destination cannot be modulated
continuously. The level is updated only when the segment starts.
Env 3 Decay
Modulates the decay time of the user-definable envelope 3. This modulation
destination cannot be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the
segment starts.
Env 3 Sustain
Modulates the sustain level of the user-definable envelope 3. This modulation
destination cannot be modulated continuously. The level is updated only when the
segment starts.
Env 3 Release
Modulates the release time of the user-definable envelope 3. This modulation
destination cannot be modulated continuously. The time is updated only when the
segment starts.
Env 3 Release Level
Modulates the release level of the user-definable envelope 3, that is, the last user
envelope node. This modulation destination cannot be modulated continuously. The
level is updated only when the segment starts.
Bus 1-8
You can send any modulation to one of the 8 busses, for example, to produce more
complex modulation signals. Select the bus that you want to send the signals to as a
destination. To use the modulation that was sent to a bus, assign the corresponding
bus as a modulation source.
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Flux Voice Page
Polyphony
If Mono mode is deactivated, you can use this parameter to specify how many notes
can be played simultaneously.
Mono
Activates monophonic playback.
Retrigger
This option is only available in Mono mode. If Retrigger is activated, a note that
was stolen by another note is retriggered if you still hold the stolen note when you
release the new one.
This way, you can play trills by holding one note and quickly and repeatedly pressing
and releasing another note, for example.
Trigger Mode
Defines the trigger behavior for new notes.
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Normal triggers a new note when the previous note gets stolen. The sample
and the envelope of the new note are triggered from the start.
To minimize discontinuities, use the Fade Out parameter of the zone.
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Resume does not always trigger a new note.
If the new note stays within the same zone, the envelope is retriggered, but
resumes at the level of the stolen note. The pitch of the zone is set to the new
note.
If the new note plays in a different zone, the sample and the envelope of the
new note are triggered from the start.
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Legato does not always trigger a new note.
If the new note stays within the same zone, the envelope keeps running. The
pitch of the zone is set to the new note.
If the new note plays in a different zone, the sample and the envelope of the
new note are triggered from the start.
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Resume Keeps Zone does not trigger a new note upon note stealing. The
envelope resumes at the level of the stolen note and the pitch of the zone is
set to the new note, even if the new note plays in a different zone.
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Legato Keeps Zone does not trigger a new note upon note stealing. The
envelope keeps running and the pitch of the zone is set to the new note, even
if the new note plays in a different zone.
Glide
Allows you to bend the pitch between notes that follow each other. You achieve the
best results in Mono mode.
Fingered
Activate this parameter to glide the pitch only between notes that are played legato.
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Flux Glide Time
Sets the glide time, that is, the time it takes to bend the pitch from one note to the
next.
Octave
Adjusts the pitch in octave steps.
Pitch Key Follow
Allows you to adjust the pitch modulation by MIDI note number. Set this parameter
to positive values in order to raise the pitch the higher you play. Use negative values
to lower the pitch the higher you play. At a setting of +100 %, the pitch follows the
played note exactly.
Distribution
Allows you to specify how unison voices are spread in pitch. Changing the unison
voice distribution will create different modulations between the unison voices.
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If this is set to 0, the distribution is linear, that is, all voices have an equal
distance in their pitch offset.
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Raising the value stretches the distribution using an exponential curve, so that
the first unison voices have a smaller pitch offset than the second and third.
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Decreasing the value stretches the distribution using a negative exponential
curve, so that the first unison voices have a larger pitch offset than the second
and third voices.
Pitchbend Up/Pitchbend Down
Determines the range for the modulation that is applied when you move the
pitchbend wheel.
Filter Section
In the filter section in the lower left, you can activate and set up the filter.
Filter On/Off
Activates/Deactivates the filter.
Filter Shape
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LP 24, 18, 12, and 6 are low-pass filters with 24, 18, 12, and 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies above the cutoff are attenuated.
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BP 12 and BP 24 are band-pass filters with 12 and 24 dB/oct. Frequencies
below and above the cutoff are attenuated.
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HP 6+LP 18 and HP 6+LP 12 are combinations of a high-pass filter with 6
dB/oct and a low-pass filter with 18 and 12 dB/oct, respectively (asymmetric
band-pass filter). Frequencies below and above the cutoff are attenuated.
Attenuation is more pronounced for the frequencies above the cutoff.
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HP 12+LP 6 and HP 18+LP 6 are combinations of a high-pass filter with 12 and
18 dB/oct and a low-pass filter with 6 dB/oct (asymmetric band-pass filter).
Frequencies below and above the cutoff are attenuated. Attenuation is more
pronounced for the frequencies below the cutoff.
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HP 24, 18, 12, and 6 are high-pass filters with 24, 18, 12, and 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies below the cutoff are attenuated.
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BR 12 and BR 24 are band-reject filters with 12 and 24 dB/oct. Frequencies
around the cutoff are attenuated.
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BR 12+LP 6 and BR 12+LP 12 are combinations of a band-reject filter with 12
dB/oct and a low-pass filter with 6 and 12 dB/oct, respectively. Frequencies
around and above the cutoff are attenuated.
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BP 12+BR 12 is a band-pass filter with 12 dB/oct plus a band-reject filter with
12 dB/oct. Frequencies below, above, and around the cutoff are attenuated.
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HP 6+BR 12 and HP 12+BR 12 are combinations of a high-pass filter with 6
and 12 dB/oct and a band-reject filter with 12 dB/oct. Frequencies below and
around the cutoff are attenuated.
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AP is an all-pass filter with 18 dB/oct. Frequencies around the cutoff are
attenuated.
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AP+LP 6 is an all-pass filter with 18 dB/oct plus a low-pass filter with 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies around and above the cutoff are attenuated.
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HP 6+AP is a high-pass filter with 6 dB/oct plus an all-pass filter with 18 dB/oct.
Frequencies around and below the cutoff are attenuated.
Cutoff
Controls the cutoff frequency of the filter.
Resonance
Emphasizes the frequencies around the cutoff. At higher settings, the filter selfoscillates, which results in a ringing tone.
Distortion
Adds distortion to the signal. The following distortion types are available:
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Tube adds warm, tube-like distortion.
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Hard Clip adds bright, transistor-like distortion.
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Bit Reduction adds digital distortion by means of quantization noise.
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Rate Reduction adds digital distortion by means of aliasing.
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Rate Reduction Key Follow adds digital distortion by means of aliasing, but
with Key Follow. The rate reduction follows the keyboard, so the higher you
play, the higher the sample rate.
Envelope Amount
Controls the cutoff modulation from the filter envelope.
Cutoff Velocity
Controls the cutoff modulation from velocity.
Cutoff Key Follow
Adjusts the cutoff modulation using the note number. Increase this parameter
to raise the cutoff with higher notes. At 100 %, the cutoff follows the played pitch
exactly.
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Flux Filter Envelope
On the left on the Env F/A tab, you can set up the filter envelope.
Attack
Controls the attack time of the filter envelope.
Decay
Controls the decay time of the filter envelope.
Sustain
Controls the sustain level of the filter envelope.
Release
Controls the release time of the filter envelope.
Amplifier and Amplifier Envelope
On the right of the Env F/A tab, you can make settings for the amplifier and the amplifier
envelope.
Amplifier Parameters
Level
Controls the overall volume of the sound.
Velocity
Controls the level modulation from velocity. At 0, all notes are played with the same
level.
Amplifier Envelope Parameters
Attack
Controls the attack time of the amplifier envelope.
Decay
Controls the decay time of the amplifier envelope.
Sustain
Controls the sustain level of the amplifier envelope.
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Flux Release
Controls the release time of the amplifier envelope.
Env3 Section
The Env3 section provides an additional envelope that can be routed freely in the modulation
matrix. This envelope is bipolar, therefore, it is particularly suited to modulate destinations like
pan or pitch, for example.
The faders below the envelope display set the following parameters:
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L0 sets the start level.
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A sets the attack time.
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L1 sets the attack level.
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D sets the decay time.
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S sets the sustain level.
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R sets the release time.
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L4 sets the end level.
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Vel determines how much the envelope intensity depends on the velocity.
If this fader is set to 0, the envelope is fully applied. Higher values reduce the intensity for
lower velocities.
LFO Section
In the LFO section, you can make settings for the two included LFOs.
LFO Waveform and Shape
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Sine produces smooth modulation, suitable for vibrato or tremolo. Shape
adds additional harmonics to the waveform.
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Triangle is similar to Sine. Shape continuously changes the triangle waveform
to a trapezoid.
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Saw produces a ramp cycle. Shape continuously changes the waveform from
ramp down to triangle to ramp up.
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Pulse produces stepped modulation, where the modulation switches abruptly
between two values. Shape continuously changes the ratio between the
high and low state of the waveform. If Shape is set to 50 %, a square wave is
produced.
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Ramp is similar to the Saw waveform. Shape increasingly puts silence before
the sawtooth ramp up begins.
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Log produces a logarithmic modulation. Shape continuously changes the
logarithmic curvature from negative to positive.
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S & H 1 produces randomly stepped modulation, where each step is different.
Shape puts ramps between the steps and changes the S & H into a smooth
random signal when fully turned right.
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S & H 2 is similar to S & H 1. The steps alternate between random high and
low values. Shape puts ramps between the steps and changes the S & H into a
smooth random signal when fully turned right.
Sync
If Sync is activated, the frequency is set in fractions of beats.
Freq
Controls the frequency of the modulation, that is, the speed of the LFO.
Phase
Sets the initial phase of the waveform when the LFO is retriggered.
Sync
If Sync is activated, the frequency is set in fractions of beats.
Freq
Controls the frequency of the modulation, that is, the speed of the LFO.
Phase
Sets the initial phase of the waveform when the LFO is retriggered.
Rnd (Random Phase)
If this button is activated, each note starts with a randomized start phase.
NOTE
The Phase control cannot be used if Rnd is activated.
Arp Page
This page contains the integrated arpeggiator.
To activate the arpeggiator, click Arpeggiator On/Off on the Arp page button.
You can select from a great variety of phrases that suit a wide range of musical instruments and
styles. Depending on the selected phrase, the phrase player uses your live playing to modify
the phrase in real time. This allows you to re-harmonize phrases by playing different chords, for
example.
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Flux User Mode
Activates the user phrase and the user phrase editor.
Variations
Click the variation buttons to switch between the available variations.
Phrase
Allows you to select a phrase.
Loop
If this option is activated, the phrase plays in a loop.
Sync
Synchronizes the phrase to the tempo of your host application.
NOTE
In addition, you can set Restart Mode to Sync to Host. This aligns the phrase with
the beats and measures of your host application.
Mute
Mutes playback. The phrase still plays in the background. If you deactivate Mute,
playback resumes immediately.
Hold
Allows you to prevent the phrase from stopping or changing when the keys are
released.
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If Off is selected, the phrase changes as soon as you release a key. The phrase
stops immediately when you release all keys.
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If On is selected, the phrase plays to the end, even if the keys are released. If
Loop is activated, the phrase repeats continuously.
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If Gated is selected, the phrase starts to play when the first key is played. It
plays silently in the background, even if the keys are released, and resumes
playback at the current position when you press any of the keys again. This
way, you can gate the playback of the phrase.
Tempo
If Sync is deactivated, you can use the Tempo control to set the internal playback
speed of the arpeggiator. The playback speed of the phrase is specified in BPM.
If Sync is activated, the Tempo parameter is not available.
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Flux Tempo Scale
Defines the rate at which notes are triggered, that is, the speed at which the phrase
is running. In addition to the Tempo parameter, this gives you further control over
the playback speed. You can specify a value in fractions of beats. You can also set
dotted and triplet note values.
For example, if you change the Tempo Scale setting from 1/16 to 1/8, the speed
is cut in half. If you set it to 1/32, the speed is doubled. Other values increase or
decrease the speed accordingly.
Trigger Mode
Determines at which moment the arpeggiator scans for new notes that you play on
the keyboard.
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If Immediately is selected, the arpeggiator scans for new notes all the time.
The phrase changes immediately in reaction to your playing.
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If Next Beat is selected, the arpeggiator scans for new notes at every new
beat. The phrase changes in reaction to your playing on each new beat.
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If Next Measure is selected, the arpeggiator scans for new notes at the start
of new measures. The phrase changes in reaction to your playing on each new
measure.
Restart Mode
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If this is set to Off, the phrase runs continuously and does not restart at chord
or note changes.
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New Chord restarts the phrase on new chords.
NOTE
The phrase does not restart upon notes that are played legato.
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New Note restarts the phrase with each new note that you play.
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Sync to Host aligns the phrase with the beats and measures of your host
application each time that you start the transport.
RstVar (Restart on Variation Change)
This option is available for new chords and new notes. If this button is activated,
changing a variation restarts the arpeggiator, even if no new notes or chords were
triggered.
Key Mode
Defines whether the order in which the notes are played on the keyboard affects the
playback of the phrase.
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If Sort is selected, the notes are played in the order of the selected pattern.
The chronological order does not have any influence.
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If As Played is selected, the notes are played in the order in which you play
them on the keyboard.
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If Direct is selected, the phrase creates controller events instead of notes. You
hear the notes that you play plus any controller events of the phrase, such as
pitch bend, volume, pan, etc.
Vel Mode
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If Original is selected, the notes of the phrase play with the velocity that is
saved in the phrase.
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If As Played is selected, the notes of the phrase use the velocity of the played
note.
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If Original + As Played is selected, the phrase velocity is determined by the
combination of the velocity saved in the phrase and the velocity of the played
note.
Swing
Shifts the timing of notes on even-numbered beats. This way, the phrase gets a
swing feeling. Negative values shift the timing backward and the notes are played
earlier. Positive values shift the timing forward and the notes are played later.
Gate Scale
Allows you to shorten or lengthen the notes of the phrase. At a value of 100 %, the
notes play with their original gate length.
Vel Scale
Allows you to raise or lower the note-on velocities of the phrase. At a value of 100 %,
the notes are played with their original velocity.
Octaves
Extends the phrase playback to include higher or lower octaves. Positive settings
extend the playback to higher and negative settings to lower octaves. For example, a
value of +1 first plays the phrase in the octave range that you originally played. Then,
it repeats the phrase one octave higher.
User Mode Parameters
Save Phrase/Delete Phrase
The two buttons on the right of the phrase field allow you to save/delete your
phrases.
Mode
Determines how the notes are played back.
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If Step is selected, the last note that is received triggers a monophonic
sequence.
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If Chord is selected, the notes are triggered as chords.
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If Up is selected, the notes are arpeggiated in ascending order.
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If Down is selected, the notes are arpeggiated in descending order.
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If Up/Down 1 is selected, the notes are arpeggiated first in ascending, then in
descending order.
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If Up/Down 2 is selected, the notes are arpeggiated first in ascending, then in
descending order. This mode depends on the set Key Mode.
If Key Mode is set to Sort, the highest and the lowest note are repeated.
If Key Mode is set to As Played, the first and the last note are repeated.
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If Down/Up 1 is selected, the notes are arpeggiated first in descending, then
in ascending order.
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If Down/Up 2 is selected, the notes are arpeggiated first in descending, then
in ascending order. This mode depends on the set Key Mode.
If Key Mode is set to Sort, the highest and the lowest note are repeated.
If Key Mode is set to As Played, the first and the last note are repeated.
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If Random is selected, the notes are arpeggiated in random order.
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Flux Key Replace
With this parameter, you can deactivate the Key Select function or specify how
missing keys are replaced.
For example, if Key Select is set to 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 and you play a chord with 3 notes, key
4 is considered missing.
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Off deactivates Key Replace and Key Select. The selected arpeggio plays back
normally.
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Arp replaces the missing keys with the note that the arpeggio would normally
play.
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Rest does not replace any missing keys. The arpeggio plays a rest instead.
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1st replaces the missing keys with the first note in the note buffer.
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Last replaces the missing keys with the last note in the note buffer.
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All replaces the missing keys with all notes in the note buffer. The notes are
played as a chord.
Wrap
For all modes except Step and Chord, you can use this parameter to restart the
arpeggio after a specified number of steps.
NOTE
Deactivated steps are taken into account.
In Step and Chord mode, this parameter only affects the Octaves setting.
If the Octaves parameter is active, the arpeggio traverses the octaves and restarts
from the original octave after the specified number of steps.
Groove Quantize
To adapt the timing of a pattern to an external MIDI file, you can drop this MIDI file
on the Groove Quantize drop field.
The Groove Quantize Depth parameter to the right of the drop field determines
how accurately the pattern follows the timing of the MIDI file.
Drag Recorded MIDI to Sequencer
Allows you to drag the recorded MIDI phrase to your host sequencer.
Record Output
Allows you to record the MIDI output of the arpeggiator.
Recording the MIDI Output of the Arpeggiator
The phrases that are played by the instrument depend on the played notes and can therefore
not be exported directly. However, it is possible to generate exportable phrases by recording the
MIDI output of the arpeggiator.
PROCEDURE
1.
Click Record MIDI Output.
The arrow in the Drag MIDI field starts blinking to indicate record mode.
2.
Play some notes.
3.
When you are done, click Record MIDI Output again.
Recording stops. In the Drag MIDI field, the arrow remains lit to indicate that a MIDI
phrase can be exported.
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Flux 4.
Click the Drag MIDI field and drag the phrase on a MIDI track in your host sequencer
application.
Creating Variations
PROCEDURE
1.
Click one of the variation buttons.
2.
You can either start from scratch or base the new variation on an existing variation.
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To start from scratch, load a phrase and edit the settings.
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To use an existing variation as base, use the Copy and Paste context menu
commands.
RESULT
The variation can now be recalled by clicking the corresponding variation button.
NOTE
The parameters Loop, Sync, Hold, Trigger Mode, Restart Mode, Key Mode, Vel Mode, Low/
High Key, and Low/High Vel are not part of the variations. You set them up only once.
User Phrases
The user phrase has up to 32 steps. Each step has an adjustable Velocity, Gate Length, and
Transpose value. By adding steps, adjusting their length, or leaving pauses, you define the
rhythm of the user phrase. Consecutive steps can be combined to create longer notes. By
selecting a Mode, you define how the notes play back. In addition, there are additional MIDI
control sequences, that is, each step can also send modulation signals.
To create your own phrases, activate the User button.
Editing User Phrases
You can make detailed settings for the user phrase in the editor for user phrases.
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To set up the phrase, activate the Vel button above the step display.
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To set up a controller curve for the phrase, activate one of the controller buttons.
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To specify the number of steps for the pattern, drag the Pattern Length handle to the
right or left.
Editing Steps
The height of a step represents its value. You can edit the steps in the following way:
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To activate all steps, select Enable All Steps from the context menu.
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Flux ●
To adjust a value, click a step and drag up or down.
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To adjust multiple steps, click and draw a curve.
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To adjust the velocity of all steps relatively, Shift-click and drag.
●
To draw a ramp with steps, hold down Alt and draw a line.
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To draw symmetric ramps at the beginning and the end of the sequence, hold down
Shift-Alt and draw a line.
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To transpose a step, click in the field below it and enter the number of semitones for the
transposition.
NOTE
You can only transpose steps if Show Transpose Values
is activated.
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To reset the velocity of a step to 127, Ctrl/Cmd-click the step.
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To reset the velocity of all steps to 127, hold Shift-Ctrl/Cmd and click a step.
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To introduce a legato between 2 steps, click the number below the first of these steps, so
that a small arrow is shown.
If Legato is activated, the Gate Scale parameter is not taken into account.
For velocity steps, the width of a step represents its gate length.
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To adjust the gate length of a step, drag its right border.
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To adjust the gate length of all steps, hold down Shift and drag the right border of a step.
You can only adjust the length this way until a step reaches the next step. If you increase
the gate length of a step so that it overlaps the following step, this following step is
deactivated.
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To reset the length of a step to 1, Ctrl/Cmd-click its highlighted right border.
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To reset the length of all steps, hold down Shift-Ctrl/Cmd and click on a highlighted right
border.
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To fill the gaps between consecutive steps, select Fill Gap or Fill All Gaps from the context
menu.
Each MIDI controller lane can send a MIDI controller.
Adjusting the Phrase
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To shift the rhythm of the phrase, click Shift Phrase Right
or Shift Phrase Left
.
If you shift the rhythm of the phrase to the left, the first step is moved to the end. If you
shift the phrase to the right, the last step is moved to the beginning.
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To reverse the phrase, click Reverse Phrase
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To duplicate short phrases, click Duplicate Phrase
.
.
NOTE
The maximum number of steps is 32. Therefore, phrases that contain more than 16 steps
cannot be duplicated entirely.
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Automation
You can automate most of the HALion Sonic SE parameters from within your host application,
whether these are parameters of a program or global parameters such as AUX effects.
Automation Page
All assigned automation parameters are shown on the Automation page.
To access this page, open the Options page and activate the Automation tab at the top.
With the tabs at the top, you can specify whether you want to show the automation parameters
for the slot, the global parameters, or all automation parameters.
On the left, the name of the automation parameter is shown, and on the right, the name of the
assigned HALion Sonic SE parameter. If multiple HALion Sonic SE parameters are assigned to one
automation parameter, these are listed below each other on the right.
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To remove an automation parameter, click the trash icon to the right of the parameter
name.
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To remove all automation parameters, click Delete All Parameters at the top of the page.
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To rename an automation parameter, double-click the parameter name and enter the new
name. This name is then used in your host application.
Setting Up Automation
Creating Automation Parameters
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To assign a parameter to an automation parameter, right-click the parameter control and
select Assign to New Automation. The automation parameter is created on the first free
automation parameter.
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To add a parameter to an existing automation parameter, right-click the control, select
Add to Automation and select the automation parameter.
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To remove a parameter from the automation, right-click an automated control and select
Forget Automation.
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Setting Up Automation ●
To assign a parameter to an automation parameter automatically while working in your
host application, activate Automation Read/Write, start playback, and use the controls on
the HALion Sonic SE interface.
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MIDI Editing and Controllers
MIDI Page
The MIDI page gives you access to the MIDI slot parameters of HALion Sonic SE.
Parameters
Channel
The slot receives MIDI signals on the MIDI port and channel that are specified here.
You can set multiple slots to the same MIDI channel and trigger them simultaneously
with the same note events.
Polyphony
Specifies how many notes can be played at the same time.
NOTE
Programs can contain various layers, therefore, the resulting number of voices can
be much higher than the value that is specified here.
Transpose
Allows you to shift the incoming MIDI notes by ±64 semitones before they are sent to
the loaded program.
Key Range (Low Key, High Key)
Allows you to limit the key range for a slot.
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MIDI Controllers Velocity Range (Low Vel, High Vel)
Allows you to limit the velocity range for a slot.
Controller Filter
Allows you to filter out the most commonly used MIDI controllers.
Editing the Key Range
Each slot can be limited to a specific key range.
To show the key range, activate the Key button above the range controls.
You can set the key range in the following ways:
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Set the range with the Low Key and High Key value fields or by dragging the ends of the
keyboard range control.
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To move the key range, click in the middle of the range control and drag.
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To set the range via MIDI input, double-click in a value field and play the note.
Editing the Velocity Range
Each slot can be limited to a specific velocity range.
To show the velocity range, activate the Vel button above the range controls.
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Set the velocity range with the Low Vel and High Vel value fields or by dragging the ends
of the velocity range control.
To move the velocity range, click in the middle of the range control and drag.
MIDI Controllers
You can assign the parameters volume, pan, mute, solo, send FX 1–4, and the quick controls
of each slot to a MIDI controller. In addition to the slot parameters, you can also assign the
parameters of the AUX FX and most of the edit parameters.
By default, volume, pan, send FX 1–4, and the program quick controls are already assigned. You
can customize this factory MIDI controller mapping by assigning your own MIDI controllers. This
way, you can adapt the mapping to your MIDI keyboard or controller.
To provide more control, you can set the minimum and maximum range for each assignment
separately.
Assigning MIDI Controllers
To assign a MIDI controller to a parameter, proceed as follows:
PROCEDURE
1.
Right-click the control that you want to control remotely and select Learn CC.
2.
On your MIDI keyboard or controller, use the potentiometer, fader, or button.
The next time you right-click the control, the menu shows the assigned MIDI controller.
NOTE
You can assign the same MIDI controller several times to different parameters. However,
you cannot assign different MIDI controllers to the same parameter.
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MIDI Controllers Unassigning MIDI Controllers
PROCEDURE
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To remove a MIDI controller assignment, right-click the control and select Forget CC.
Restoring the Factory MIDI Controller Assignment
To restore the factory MIDI controller assignments, open the Options page and click Reset to
Factory in the MIDI Controller section.
Setting the Parameter Range
You can set the minimum and maximum values for the parameter for each assignment
separately. This gives you more control over the parameter, for example, when you are
performing live on stage.
PROCEDURE
1.
Set the parameter to the minimum value.
2.
Right-click the control and select Set Minimum from the context menu.
3.
Set the parameter to the maximum value.
4.
Right-click the control and select Set Maximum.
MIDI Controllers and AUX FX
You can assign the parameters of the AUX FX to MIDI controllers.
Unlike the slots, the AUX FX do not have a MIDI port and channel of their own. Instead, they
listen to any incoming MIDI controller message, regardless of the MIDI channel. Therefore, if you
assign a parameter to a MIDI controller, you should use a controller number that is not already
in use by any of the assignments that you made for the slots.
NOTE
If you unload or replace the effect, the MIDI controller assignment of this effect is lost.
Saving a MIDI Controller Mapping as Default
After customizing the factory MIDI controller assignments, you can save them as default.
PROCEDURE
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Open the Options Editor and, in the MIDI Controller section, click Save as Default.
RESULT
Now, each time that you load a new instance of the plug-in, your customized MIDI controller
mapping is available as default.
NOTE
●
Saving the controller mapping as default does not include the MIDI controller assignments
of the AUX FX.
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The MIDI controller mapping is saved with each project. This way, you can transfer your
settings to other systems. The project also includes the MIDI controller assignments of the
AUX FX.
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MIDI Controllers Automation and Factory MIDI Controller Assignment
Several parameters on the plug-in interface are available for automation from your host software
and can be assigned to an external MIDI controller.
The table shows the controller numbers and names of the default factory MIDI controller
assignment. The assigned MIDI controller numbers are the same for all slots. However, the MIDI
controllers listen only to the MIDI channels of the corresponding slot.
Parameter
Controller Number
Name
Volume
#7
Volume
Pan
#10
Pan
Send FX 1
#91
Effect 1 Depth
Send FX 2
#92
Effect 2 Depth
Send FX 3
#93
Effect 3 Depth
Send FX 4
#94
Effect 4 Depth
Program QC 1
#74
Brightness
Program QC 2
#71
Harmonic Content
Program QC 3
#73
Attack Time
Program QC 4
#72
Release Time
Program QC 5
#75
Sound Controller #6
Program QC 6
#76
Sound Controller #7
Program QC 7
#77
Sound Controller #8
Program QC 8
#78
Sound Controller #9
NOTE
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Send FX 1-4 are only available if the corresponding AUX send effects are loaded.
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You can remotely control any other parameter by assigning the parameter first to a quick
control and then to a MIDI controller.
●
You can use MIDI controllers inside the modulation matrix of a synth or sample layer to
control the cutoff, for example.
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Mixing and Effect Handling
Mix Page
The Mix page gives you access to the audio parameters of HALion Sonic SE. This comprises the
level and pan settings, as well as the AUX effect sends and the output selector. To monitor the
output levels, each slot also features a level meter.
Mix Page Parameters
On
Activates/Deactivates MIDI input of the slot. If you deactivate a slot, its MIDI
communication is interrupted and sounds are no longer processed in the
background.
Level
Sets the output level of the slot.
Pan
Sets the position in the stereo panorama.
Meter
Indicates the output level of the slot.
FX 1–4
These controls specify the amount of signal that is sent to the four auxiliary busses
that host up to four effects each.
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Effect Handling Output
Specifies to which of the 16 plug-in outputs the slot is routed.
Effect Handling
The busses can be routed to the main plug-in output or to one of the individual outputs.
The Effects page also provides access to the main output bus which also features four inserts.
These can be used to add a global EQ or compressor to the signal chain, for example.
Default Effect Settings
Each effect comes with factory default settings. However, you can save your own default settings
for each effect as a preset.
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Set up the effect.
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Click the Save Preset button in the title bar of the effect section and save the preset under
the name “--Default--”.
The preset is saved in the presets folder of the effect and is loaded each time you load the effect.
●
To return to the factory default settings, delete your default preset.
Using the Insert Effect Slots
On the Effects page, you can set up insert effects for AUX busses.
Each bus provides four slots for insert effects.
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To assign an insert effect, click the effect slot and select the effect from the menu.
●
To remove an insert effect including its current settings, click the effect slot and select
None from the menu.
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To deactivate an effect without removing it, click its On/Off button above the slot. This
way, you can switch off the effect without losing its settings.
●
To bypass an effect, activate the Bypass button of the slot. Bypass is active when the
button lights up.
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To edit an insert effect, click the e button of the corresponding slot. You can edit only one
effect at a time. The parameters of the insert effect are displayed in the bottom section.
●
To move an effect to another slot, click its drag icon and drag it to another slot. This
replaces any effect loaded in this slot.
●
To change the order of the effects, drag them by their drag icon to a new position between
two slots.
●
To copy an effect into another slot, Alt-click the drag icon and drag it onto the new slot.
This replaces any effect loaded in this slot.
NOTE
You can also copy effects between the different mixers. First drag an effect to the
corresponding mixer tab. Then drag it to the position where you want to insert it.
●
To copy an effect and insert it between two effect slots, Alt-click its drag icon and drag it
between two slots.
NOTE
You can also copy effects between the different mixers. First drag an effect to the
corresponding mixer tab. Then drag it to the position where you want to insert it.
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Library Manager
HALion Sonic SE’s Library Manager allows you to register and manage VST Sound libraries.
Libraries created with HALion 6 and newer are handled differently and allow for more actions
than libraries that were installed with a classic installer.
The Library Manager is installed on your computer as a standalone application and can be run
independently from other Steinberg products.
For actions such as registering, moving, or deleting libraries, the Library Manager requires full
access to all VST Sound libraries. Therefore, you must close your Steinberg plug-ins and DAW
first, so that they release these files.
Library Manager Editor
All HALion-family libraries available on your system are displayed in the Library Manager.
The libraries on the Managed tab were created with HALion 6 or newer. They can be removed
from your system or moved to another location using the Library Manager functions.
The libraries on the Installed tab were installed with an installation program, for example with
Steinberg’s Cubase. These libraries cannot be moved or deleted using the Library Manager. For
this, you must use the Uninstall function of the original installation program or the operating
system.
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Library Manager Editor For both library types, a Details button is available, which extends the list to show which VST
Sound containers are part of the library and where on your hard disks they are located. If a
library contains a duplicate VST Sound container, a warning icon is displayed.
Options
Click Show Options
to open the Options section of the Library Manager.
Library default location
Allows you to specify the storage location that you want to use by default when
registering or moving libraries.
Move new libraries automatically to default location
If this option is activated and a default location is specified, this location is
automatically selected when you open the Save dialog.
RELATED LINKS
Removing Duplicate VST Sound Containers on page 72
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Library Manager Editor Installing VST Sound Libraries
To install a new library, you must register the corresponding VST Sound container files.
PROCEDURE
1.
Navigate to the folder where the new VST Sound container files are located and doubleclick one of them.
2.
If a default location is specified in the Options section of the Library Manager, this
location is automatically entered in the dialog. If no default location is set, you must
specify the location manually.
To keep your system clean and uncluttered, you might want to create a dedicated folder
for all your libraries and then create subfolders for each new library. You can also create
multiple library folders on different hard disks.
3.
Click OK.
RESULT
The libraries in the selected folder are registered to the MediaBay of HALion, HALion Sonic, and
HALion Sonic SE, as well as your Steinberg DAW, and can be used the next time that you open
HALion Sonic SE.
RELATED LINKS
Library Manager Editor on page 69
Moving Libraries
You can move the file location of a library, for example, to a faster SSD hard disk or because you
have accidentally registered it from the wrong folder and you do not want it to remain in this
location.
PROCEDURE
1.
Navigate to the library in the list and click Move.
2.
In the dialog, navigate to the new location and click OK.
Removing Libraries
You can remove a library if you do not want to use its contents any longer.
PROCEDURE
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Navigate to the library in the list and click its Remove button.
NOTE
●
Libraries can have dependencies to other libraries, for example, if a preset library
is based on samples that were delivered exclusively with another library. If you try
to delete this second library, the Library Manager will warn you that this library is
required by another library.
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Library Manager Editor Removing Duplicate VST Sound Containers
If duplicate VST Sound containers are found on your system, a warning icon lights up on the
Library Manager toolbar.
●
To remove the duplicate or duplicates, click the warning icon and select Remove
Duplicates.
This removes the container with the older internal version number. If both files are
identical, the container that is located in the default library location is kept.
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Effects Reference
Reverb Effects
REVerence
REVerence is a convolution tool that allows you to apply room characteristics (reverb) to the
audio.
By recording an impulse in a room, you capture the characteristics of this room. Convolution
superimposes these characteristics to the sound. The result is a very natural sounding reverb.
Included with this effect is a collection of high-quality reverb impulse responses.
Impulse Response
Allows you to select an impulse response. This determines the basic sound character
of the reverb.
Reverse
Reverses the impulse response.
Predelay
Determines the amount of time between the dry signal and the onset of the reverb.
With higher predelay values, you can simulate larger rooms.
Time
Controls the reverb time. At a setting of 100 %, the impulse response is applied with
its original length.
Size
Scales the size of the simulated room. At a setting of 100 %, the impulse response is
applied as recorded in the original room.
Level
Adjusts the level of the impulse response.
Equalizer
Activates the built-in three-band equalizer.
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Reverb Effects ER/Tail Split
Sets the split point between the early reflections and the reverb tail.
ER/Tail Mix
Sets the balance between the early reflections and the reverb tail. At a setting of
50 % the early reflections and the tail have the same volume level. Settings below
50 % raise the early reflections and lower the tail, as a result the sound source moves
towards the front of the room. Settings above 50 % raise the tail and lower the early
reflections, as a result the sound source moves towards the back of the room.
Reverb
This effect produces a high-quality algorithmic reverb with early reflections and reverb tail.
The early reflections are responsible for the spatial impression in the first milliseconds of
the reverb. For emulating different rooms, you can choose between different early reflection
patterns and adjust their size. The reverb tail, or late reverberation, offers parameters for
controlling the room size and the reverb time. You can adjust the reverb time individually in three
frequency bands.
Predelay
Determines how much time passes before the reverb is applied. This allows you to
simulate larger rooms by increasing the time it takes for the first reflections to reach
the listener.
Early Reflections
Here, you select an early reflections pattern. The early reflections pattern contains
the most important delays that deliver the key information for the spatial impression
of the room.
Show Early Reflections Page/Show Chorusing Page
With these two buttons below the Early Reflections pop-up menu, you can choose
whether to display the early reflections settings or the chorusing settings in the
lower left part of the effect panel.
ER/Tail
Sets the level balance between the early reflections and the reverb tail. At a setting of
50 %, early reflections and tail have the same volume. Settings below 50 % raise the
early reflections and lower the tail, as a result the sound source moves towards the
front of the room. Settings above 50 % raise the tail and lower the early reflections,
as a result the sound source moves toward the back of the room.
Delay
Delays the onset of the reverb tail.
Room Size
Controls the dimensions of the simulated room. At a setting of 100 %, the dimensions
correspond to a cathedral or a large concert hall. At a setting of 50 %, the dimensions
correspond to a medium-sized room or studio. Settings below 50 % simulate the
dimensions of small rooms or a booth.
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Reverb Effects Main Time
Controls the overall reverb time of the tail. The higher this value, the longer the
reverb tail will decay. At a setting of 100 %, the reverb time is infinitely long. The
Main Time parameter also represents the mid band of the reverb tail.
High Time
Controls the reverb time for the high frequencies of the reverb tail. With positive
values, the decay time of the high frequencies is longer. With negative values, it is
shorter. Frequencies are affected depending on the High Freq parameter.
Low Time
Controls the reverb time for the low frequencies of the reverb tail. With positive
values, low frequencies decay longer and vice versa. Frequencies will be affected
depending on the Low Freq parameter.
High Freq
Sets the cross-over frequency between the mid and the high band of the reverb tail.
You can offset the reverb time for frequencies above this value from the main reverb
time with the High Time parameter.
Low Freq
Sets the cross-over frequency between the low and the mid band of the reverb tail.
The reverb time for frequencies below this value can be offset from the main reverb
time with the Low Time parameter.
Size
Adjusts the length of the early reflections pattern. At a setting of 100 %, the pattern
is applied with its original length and the room sounds the most natural. At settings
below 100 %, the early reflections pattern is compressed and the room is perceived
smaller.
ER Low Cut
Attenuates the low frequencies of the early reflections. The higher this value, the
fewer low frequencies are present in the early reflections.
ER High Cut
Attenuates the high frequencies of the early reflections. The lower this value, the
fewer high frequencies the early reflections will have.
Shape
Controls the attack of the reverb tail. At a setting of 0 %, the attack is more
immediate, which is a good setting for drums. The higher this value, the less
immediate the attack.
Density
Adjusts the echo density of the reverb tail. At a setting of 100 %, single reflections
from walls cannot be heard. The lower this value, the more single reflections can be
heard.
Tail High Cut
Attenuates the high frequencies of the reverb tail. The lower this value, the fewer
high frequencies the reverb tail will have.
Width
Adjusts the output of the reverb signal between mono and stereo. At a setting of 0 %,
the output of the reverb is mono, at 100 % it is stereo.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
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Delay Effects Chorusing
Chorusing allows you to enrich the reverb tail through subtle pitch modulations. To access the
chorusing parameters, click the Show Chorusing Page button.
Chorusing On/Off
Activates/Deactivates the chorusing effect.
Chorusing Rate
Specifies the frequency of the pitch modulation.
Chorusing Depth
Sets the intensity of the pitch modulation.
Delay Effects
Multi Delay
This effect produces delays, with adjustable time, feedback, and filters.
Mode
●
Stereo has two independent delay lines, one for the left and one for the right
audio channel, each with a feedback path of its own.
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Cross has two delay lines with cross feedback, where the delay of the left
channel is fed back into the delay of the right channel, and vice versa.
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Ping-Pong mixes the left and right input channels and sends the mixed signal
to hard-panned left and right delays. This way, the echoes bounce like a pingpong ball between left and right in the stereo panorama.
Time
Sets the overall time for the left and right delay. Use the Delay L/R parameter to
shorten the time for the left or right delay.
Sync
Activate Sync to synchronize the delay time to the host tempo. If Sync is activated,
the time is set as a note value.
NOTE
The maximum delay time is 5000 ms. If the note length exceeds this value, it is
automatically shortened.
Delay L/R
Offsets the time of the left or right delay from the overall delay time. At a factor of 1,
the right or left delay time has the same length as the overall delay time. At a factor
of 0.5, the time is half as long as the overall delay time.
●
To offset the left delay time, turn the control to the left.
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EQ Effects ●
To offset the right delay time, turn the control to the right.
Feedback
Sets the overall amount of feedback for the left and right delay. Feedback means that
the output of the delay is fed back to its input. At a setting of 0 %, you hear one echo.
At a setting of 100 %, the echoes repeat endlessly.
Feedback L/R
Offsets the amount of feedback of the left or right delay from the overall feedback. A
factor of 1 means that the amount of feedback corresponds to the overall feedback.
A factor of 0.5 means that the amount is half the overall feedback.
●
To offset the left feedback, turn the control to the left.
●
To offset the right feedback, turn the control to the right.
NOTE
This parameter is only available in Stereo mode.
High Freq
Attenuates the high frequencies of the delays.
Low Freq
Attenuates the low frequencies of the delays.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
EQ Effects
Studio EQ
Studio EQ is a high-quality 4-band parametric equalizer.
With the four frequency bands, you can shape the tone color, to create a brighter or darker
sound, for example. The two mid-range bands act as peak filters and the low and high bands act
as shelving filters. All bands are fully parametric with adjustable gain, frequency, and Q factor.
Each frequency band offers the following controls:
On/Off
Activates/Deactivates the frequency band.
Gain
Sets the amount of cut or boost for the corresponding band.
Freq
Sets the frequency that is cut or boosted with the Gain parameter.
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EQ Effects Q (Quality)
Adjusts the bandwidth of the mid-range peak filters from wide to narrow. By
increasing the Q value on the low and high shelving filters, you can add a dip to their
shape.
Graphic EQ
Graphic EQ is an equalizer with ten frequency bands that can be cut or boosted by up to 12 dB. In
addition, you can specify the overall range and output of the equalizer.
Output
Controls the overall output level of the equalizer.
Mode
Allows you to add color or character to the equalized output. The following options
are available:
●
True Response mode uses serial filters with accurate frequency response.
●
Classic mode uses parallel filters where the resonance depends on the
amount of gain.
●
Constant Q mode uses parallel filters where the resonance is raised when
boosting the gain.
Range
Adjusts the maximum cut or boost for all frequency bands together.
Invert
Activate this to invert the EQ curve.
Flatten
Resets all frequency bands to 0 dB.
DJ-EQ
This plug-in is an easy-to-use 3-band parametric equalizer that resembles the EQs found on
typical DJ mixers. This plug-in is designed for quick sound fixes.
Low Freq/Mid Freq/High Freq
Set the amount of boost or attenuation for the low, mid, and high bands.
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Filter Effects You can also click and drag in the display to change these values.
Low Cut/Mid Cut/ High Cut
Cut the low, mid, and high bands.
Reset Output Peak Level
Resets the peak level that is displayed in the output meter.
Filter Effects
Auto Filter
Auto Filter provides two morphable filter shapes with distortion.
The morphing between the two shapes, as well as the cutoff, can be controlled with a manual
pedal control, an LFO, or an envelope shaper.
Filter Parameters
Filter Shape
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LP 24, 18, 12, and 6 are low-pass filters with 24, 18, 12, and 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies above the cutoff are attenuated.
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BP 12 and BP 24 are band-pass filters with 12 and 24 dB/oct. Frequencies
below and above the cutoff are attenuated.
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HP 6+LP 18 and HP 6+LP 12 are combinations of a high-pass filter with 6
dB/oct and a low-pass filter with 18 and 12 dB/oct, respectively (asymmetric
band-pass filter). Frequencies below and above the cutoff are attenuated.
Attenuation is more pronounced for the frequencies above the cutoff.
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HP 12+LP 6 and HP 18+LP 6 are combinations of a high-pass filter with 12 and
18 dB/oct and a low-pass filter with 6 dB/oct (asymmetric band-pass filter).
Frequencies below and above the cutoff are attenuated. Attenuation is more
pronounced for the frequencies below the cutoff.
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HP 24, 18, 12, and 6 are high-pass filters with 24, 18, 12, and 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies below the cutoff are attenuated.
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BR 12 and BR 24 are band-reject filters with 12 and 24 dB/oct. Frequencies
around the cutoff are attenuated.
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BR 12+LP 6 and BR 12+LP 12 are combinations of a band-reject filter with 12
dB/oct and a low-pass filter with 6 and 12 dB/oct, respectively. Frequencies
around and above the cutoff are attenuated.
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BP 12+BR 12 is a band-pass filter with 12 dB/oct plus a band-reject filter with
12 dB/oct. Frequencies below, above, and around the cutoff are attenuated.
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HP 6+BR 12 and HP 12+BR 12 are combinations of a high-pass filter with 6
and 12 dB/oct and a band-reject filter with 12 dB/oct. Frequencies below and
around the cutoff are attenuated.
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AP is an all-pass filter with 18 dB/oct. Frequencies around the cutoff are
attenuated.
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AP+LP 6 is an all-pass filter with 18 dB/oct plus a low-pass filter with 6 dB/oct.
Frequencies around and above the cutoff are attenuated.
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HP 6+AP is a high-pass filter with 6 dB/oct plus an all-pass filter with 18 dB/oct.
Frequencies around and below the cutoff are attenuated.
Input
Adjusts the gain before the filter and distortion. This parameter only affects the wet
signal.
Cutoff
Specifies the cutoff frequency of the filter.
Resonance
Emphasizes the frequencies around the cutoff. At higher resonance settings, the
filter self-oscillates, which results in a ringing tone.
Distortion Type
The following options are available:
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When this parameter is set to Off, the filter offers no distortion.
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Tube Drive offers a lot of character by adding warm, tube-like distortion.
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Hard Clip adds bright, transistor-like distortion.
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Bit Red adds digital distortion by means of quantization noise.
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Rate Red adds digital distortion by means of aliasing.
Distortion
Adds distortion to the signal. The effect depends on the selected distortion type. At
higher settings, it creates a very intense distortion effect.
NOTE
This parameter is not available if Distortion Type is set to Off.
Output
Adjusts the gain after the filter and distortion. This parameter only affects the wet
signal.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
LFO Section
LFO Waveform and Shape
Waveform selects the basic type of waveform. Shape changes the characteristic of
the waveform.
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Sine produces smooth modulation. Shape adds additional harmonics to the
waveform.
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Triangle is similar in character to Sine. The waveform periodically ramps up
and down. Shape continuously changes the triangle waveform to a trapezoid.
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Saw produces a ramp cycle. Shape continuously changes the waveform from
ramp down to triangle to ramp up.
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Pulse produces stepped modulation, where the modulation switches abruptly
between two values. Shape continuously changes the ratio between the high
and low state of the waveform. At 50 %, it produces a square wave.
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Ramp is similar to the Saw waveform. Shape increasingly puts silence before
the sawtooth ramps up.
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Log is a logarithmic curvature. Shape continuously changes the curvature
from negative to positive.
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S & H 1 produces random stepped modulation, where each step is different.
Shape puts ramps between the steps and produces a smooth random signal
when fully turned right.
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S & H 2 is similar to S & H 1. The steps alternate between random high and low
values. Shape puts ramps between the steps and produces a smooth random
signal when fully turned right.
Freq
Determines the frequency of the cutoff modulation.
Sync
Activate this to set the Freq parameter in fractions of beats.
Depth
Determines the output level of the LFO modulation signal.
Cutoff
Determines the modulation intensity of the LFO on the filter cutoff.
Morph
Determines the modulation intensity of the LFO on the filter morph.
Envelope Follower Section
The Envelope Follower traces the input signal with an adjustable attack and release time and
delivers a modulation signal representing the level envelope of the signal.
Sensitivity
All input signals are mixed down to mono before they are sent to the Envelope
Follower. This parameter sets the optimum input level for the Envelope Follower.
Attack
Adjusts the attack time, that is, the time the Envelope Follower needs to approach
increasing input levels.
Release
Adjusts the release time, that is, the time the Envelope Follower needs to approach
decreasing input levels.
Depth
Determines the output level of the modulation signal of the Envelope Follower.
Cutoff
Determines the modulation intensity of the Envelope Follower on the filter cutoff.
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Filter Effects Morph
Determines the modulation intensity of the Envelope Follower on the filter morph.
Pedal Section
Pedal
Sets the position of the pedal.
Depth
Determines the output level of the pedal modulation signal.
Cutoff
Determines the modulation intensity of the pedal on the filter cutoff.
Morph
Determines the modulation intensity of the pedal on the filter morph.
Morph Filter
Morph Filter allows you to mix low-pass and high-pass filter effects, allowing for creative
morphings between two filters. You can specify the filter shapes independently for filter shape A
and B.
Filter Shape B
Here, you can choose between several high-pass and band-rejection filter shapes.
Filter Shape A
Here, you can select a low-pass or a band-pass filter shape.
Morph
Allows you to mix the output between the two selected filters.
Cutoff
Adjusts the cutoff frequency of the filters.
NOTE
You can also set the Cutoff and Morph parameters simultaneously by clicking in the
display and dragging.
Resonance
Emphasizes the frequencies around the cutoff frequency. For an electronic sound,
increase the resonance. At higher resonance settings, the filter self-oscillates, which
results in a ringing tone.
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Filter Effects Resonator
The sound of the human voice or of acoustic instruments can be characterized by their distinctive
formant regions, that is, by resonances in the frequency spectrum that are typical for a particular
sound.
For example, the vowel “ah” (as in father) sung by a male singer has three characteristic
formants: F1 = 570 Hz, F2 = 840 Hz, and F3 = 2410 Hz. The Resonator effect allows you to induce
such formant regions to a sound by using three filters that are connected in parallel. You can
specify the positions and levels of the formant regions by adjusting the Cutoff, Resonance, and
Gain parameters of the filters.
The Resonator effect comes with 14 predefined filter shapes that determine the basic sound
character. In addition, three LFOs can be used to modulate each filter separately, which allows
for adding extra motion to the sound.
Resonator Shape
Defines the basic sound character of the effect. Each shape is a unique combination
of different filter types for the low, mid, and high frequency bands.
Option
Filter Low/Mid/High
Low-Pass 1
LP6/LP6/LP6
Low-Pass 2
LP12/LP12/LP12
Band-Pass 1
BP12/(-1)BP12/BP12*
Band-Pass 2
BP12/BP12/BP12
High-Pass 1
HP6/HP6/HP6
High-Pass 2
HP12/HP12/HP12
Peak 1
LP6/(-1)BP12/HP6*
Peak 2
LP6/BP12/HP6
Bat 1
HP12/BP12/LP12
Bat 2
HP6/BP12/LP6
Wings 1
LP6/BR12/HP6
Wings 2
HP12/BR12/LP12
Wings 3
LP6/(-1)BR12/HP6*
Wings 4
HP12/(-1)BR12/LP12*
*(-1) means that the phase is inverted
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Cutoff Spread
Spreads the cutoff frequencies between the channels of the effect.
For example, if the effect is used in stereo, positive Cutoff Spread values shift the
cutoff down on the left channel and up on the right channel.
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Filter Effects Filter Tab
Cutoff
Adjusts the cutoff frequency of the filter, that is, the center frequency of the formant
region.
Resonance
Adjusts the resonance of the filter. The resonance determines how much the formant
region is emphasized. At higher settings, the filter self-oscillates, which results in a
ringing tone.
Gain
Adjusts the input gain of the filter. The gain determines the level of the formant
region.
LFO Modulation Source
Allows you to select the LFO that modulates the cutoff.
LFO Modulation Depth
Adjusts the cutoff modulation from the LFO.
LFO Tab
LFO Waveform and Shape
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Sine produces smooth modulation, suitable for vibrato or tremolo. Shape
adds additional harmonics to the waveform.
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Triangle is similar to Sine. Shape continuously changes the triangle waveform
to a trapezoid.
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Saw produces a ramp cycle. Shape continuously changes the waveform from
ramp down to triangle to ramp up.
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Pulse produces stepped modulation, where the modulation switches abruptly
between two values. Shape continuously changes the ratio between the
high and low state of the waveform. If Shape is set to 50 %, a square wave is
produced.
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Ramp is similar to the Saw waveform. Shape increasingly puts silence before
the sawtooth ramp up begins.
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Log produces a logarithmic modulation. Shape continuously changes the
logarithmic curvature from negative to positive.
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S & H 1 produces randomly stepped modulation, where each step is different.
Shape puts ramps between the steps and changes the S & H into a smooth
random signal when fully turned right.
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S & H 2 is similar to S & H 1. The steps alternate between random high and
low values. Shape puts ramps between the steps and changes the S & H into a
smooth random signal when fully turned right.
Spread
For each channel of the effect, there is a separate LFO signal. This parameter spreads
the phase of the LFO signals across the different channels.
For example, if the effect is used in stereo, positive values shift the LFO phase
forward on the left channel and backward on the right channel.
Sync
Activate this to set the Freq parameter in fractions of beats.
Freq
Determines the frequency of the cutoff modulation.
WahWah
WahWah is a variable slope band-pass filter modeling the well-known analog pedal effect.
You can independently specify the frequency, width, and the gain for the low and high pedal
positions. The crossover point between the low and high pedal positions lies at 50.
Pedal
Controls the filter frequency sweep.
Freq Low/Freq High
These parameters determine the frequency of the filter for the low and high pedal
positions.
Width Low/Width High
These parameters determine the width (resonance) of the filter for the low and high
pedal positions.
Gain Low/Gain High
These parameters determine the gain of the filter for the low and high pedal
positions.
Slope
Here, you can choose between two filter slope values: 6 dB or 12 dB.
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Distortion Effects Distortion Effects
Amplifier
This effect emulates the sound of an amplifier with speakers.
There are different amplifiers and speaker models you can combine.
Amp Model
Determines the type of amplifier. The sound character of the overdrive changes with
the amplifier. To bypass the amplifier, select No Amp.
Speaker Model
Determines the speaker model type. Each model colors the sound uniquely. To
bypass the model, select No Speaker.
Drive
Adjusts the amount of overdrive.
Bass
Adjusts the tone color of the low frequencies.
Middle
Adjusts the tone color of the mid frequencies.
Treble
Adjusts the tone color of the high frequencies.
Presence
Adds brightness to the sound.
Low Damp
Attenuates the low frequencies of the speakers.
High Damp
Attenuates the high frequencies of the speakers.
Channel Mode
Defines which output channels of the amplifier deliver a distorted signal. You can set
it to L (Left), R (Right) or L/R (Both). When set to L or R, the other channel provides a
clean signal.
Output
Controls the output level of the amplifier.
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Distortion Effects Distortion
This effect offers the whole range of distortion, from low fidelity, digital distortion to high fidelity,
analog sounding distortion. The available distortion types (Rate Red, Tube Drive, Hard Clip, and
Bit Red) can be freely combined.
In Gain
Adjusts the input level of the sound.
Rate Red (Rate Reduction)
Rate reduction distorts the sound by means of aliasing. Enable the Rate Red option
to activate the control that adjusts the amount of aliasing. The lower the setting, the
more aliasing is added.
Tube Drive
Adds warm, tube-like distortion to the sound. Enable the Tube Drive option to
activate the control that adjusts the amount of distortion. The higher the setting, the
more distortion is added.
Hard Clip
Adds bright, transistor-like distortion to the sound. Enable the Hard Clip option to
activate the control that adjusts the amount of distortion. The higher the setting, the
more distortion is added.
Bit Red (Bit Reduction)
Bit reduction distorts the sound by means of quantization noise. Enable the Bit Red
option to activate the control that adjusts the amount of quantization noise. The
lower the setting, the more quantization noise is added.
Out Gain
Adjusts the output level of the sound.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
VST Amp
This effect emulates the sound of an amplifier with speakers. There are different amplifiers and
speaker models you can combine.
Amp Model
Specifies the amplifier type. The sound character of the overdrive changes with the
amplifier. To bypass the amp modeling, select No Amplifier.
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Distortion Effects Speaker Model
Specifies the speaker model type. Each model colors the sound uniquely. To bypass
the speaker modeling, select No Cabinet.
Drive
Adjusts the amount of overdrive.
Bass
Adjusts the tone color of the low frequencies.
Middle
Adjusts the tone color of the mid frequencies.
Treble
Adjusts the tone color of the high frequencies.
Presence
Adjusts the brightness of the sound.
Mic Type
You can choose between two microphone types. If this control is set to 0 %, a largediaphragm condenser microphone is used. At 100 %, you get a dynamic microphone.
Settings in between allow you to fade between the characteristics of these two
microphones.
Microphone Position
Here, you can choose between seven positions to place the microphone. These
positions result from two different angles (center and edge) and three different
distances from the speaker, as well as an additional center position at an even
greater distance from the speaker.
Channel Mode
Determines in which way the two input channels are distorted.
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L (Left) only distorts the left input channel. The right channel remains clean
and unprocessed.
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R (Right) only distorts the right input channel. The left channel remains clean
and unprocessed.
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L+R (Left + Right) sums the two input channels into a mono signal which is
then distorted.
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Stereo distorts the two input channels independently.
NOTE
The L and R modes allow you to cascade two VST Amp effects, that is, to use the first
one to processes the left channel and the second one to process the right channel at
different settings.
Output
Controls the output level of the amplifier.
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Distortion Effects Tape Saturator
Tape Saturator simulates the behavior of classic tape recorders. These machines produced a
specific saturation when recording higher input levels, which led to a compressed signal with
light distortion.
Mode
Here, you can choose between the effect of a single (One Stage) or two cascaded
tape machines (Two Stage). Two Stage mode leads to higher saturation and
compression.
Oversampling
Activate this parameter to increase the accuracy of the effect by oversampling.
NOTE
If this parameter is activated, the effect requires more processing power.
Drive
Determines the level of the input signal and thus the amount of saturation.
Auto Gain
Activate this option for an automatic level compensation.
Low Filter
Here, you can adjust the low frequency range below 1000 Hz by +/- 3 dB.
High Filter
Here, you can attenuate the high frequency range. This high-cut filter works with a
slope of 24 dB/octave.
Output
Determines the level of the output signal.
Tube Saturator
This effect enriches the sound by adding the characteristic harmonics of a saturated tube to the
audio signal.
Oversampling
Increases the accuracy of the effect by oversampling.
NOTE
If this parameter is activated, the effect requires more processing power.
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Pitch Shift Effects Drive
Determines the level of the input signal and thus the amount of saturation.
Low Filter
Allows you to reduce the low frequency range by up to 6 dB before saturation.
High Filter
Allows you to adjust the high frequency range by -/+ 6 dB before saturation.
Output
Determines the level of the output signal.
Pitch Shift Effects
Octaver
Octaver allows you to create two additional voices that follow the original voice an octave below
and above. This effect is best suited for monophonic signals.
Direct
Determines the level of the input signal.
Octave 1
Determines the level of the signal that is produced an octave below the original
voice.
Octave 2
Determines the level of the signal that is produced an octave above the original
voice.
Modulation Effects
Chorus
Chorus thickens and broadens the sound by means of pitch modulation.
Rate
Determines the frequency of the pitch modulation, in Hertz.
Sync
Activate this to set the Rate value in fractions of beats.
Depth
Sets the intensity of the pitch modulation.
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Modulation Effects Phase
Widens the sound image of the effect from mono to stereo.
Shape
Adjusts the characteristics of the modulation. At a setting of 0 %, the pitch changes
continuously, producing a steady modulation. At a setting of 100 %, the pitch does
not change all the time, producing a less steady modulation.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Flanger
This effect thickens and broadens the sound by means of pitch modulation.
Rate
Allows you to specify the frequency of the pitch modulation in Hertz.
Sync
Activate this to set the Rate value in fractions of beats.
Depth
Sets the intensity of the pitch modulation.
Phase
Widens the sound image of the effect from mono to stereo. This parameter also
changes the characteristic of the Cross FB parameter.
Shape
Adjusts the characteristics of the modulation. You hear this best when Feedback is
activated. At a setting of 0 %, the sound sweeps linearly up and down. At a setting of
100 %, the sound sweeps exponentially up and down.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Feedback
Adds resonances to the effect. This allows for jet-like sweeps of the sound.
Cross FB
Mixes the feedback of the left channel with the right channel, and vice versa. The
effect of this parameter is influenced by the Phase parameter.
NOTE
This parameter only takes effect if the Feedback parameter is set to a value above
0 %.
Tone
Adjusts the tone color of the feedback. At lower values, the feedback is less bright.
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Modulation Effects Step Flanger
The Step Flanger expands the Flanger with a Sample and Hold section that divides the
modulation signal into a definable number of steps.
Rate
Allows you to specify the frequency of the pitch modulation in Hertz.
Sync
Activate this to set the Rate value in fractions of beats.
Depth
Sets the intensity of the pitch modulation.
Phase
Widens the sound image of the effect from mono to stereo. This parameter also
changes the characteristic of the Cross FB parameter.
Shape
Adjusts the characteristics of the modulation. You hear this best when Feedback is
activated. At a setting of 0 %, the sound sweeps linearly up and down. At a setting of
100 %, the sound sweeps exponentially up and down.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Feedback
Adds resonances to the effect. This allows for jet-like sweeps of the sound.
Cross FB
Mixes the feedback of the left channel with the right channel, and vice versa. The
effect of this parameter is influenced by the Phase parameter.
NOTE
This parameter only takes effect if the Feedback parameter is set to a value above
0 %.
Tone
Adjusts the tone color of the feedback. At lower values, the feedback is less bright.
Type
Defines the length of the delay line that is modulated. Short produces a sharper and
Long a less defined, more blurred flanger sound.
S&H Mix
Use this parameter to blend the normal modulation signal with the stepped
modulation signal. At 100 %, only the stepped modulation is used.
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Modulation Effects Smooth
Use this parameter to create ramps between the steps. This way, the stepped
modulation signal sounds smoother.
Steps
Determines into how many steps the modulation signal is divided. You can use up to
32 steps.
Phaser
The Phaser effect thickens and broadens the sound by means of phase modulation.
Rate
Specifies the frequency of the phase modulation.
Sync
Activate this to set the Rate value in fractions of beats.
Depth
Sets the intensity of the phase modulation.
Shift
Shifts the phase modulation upwards to higher frequencies of the spectrum.
Phase
Widens the sound image of the effect from mono to stereo.
Feedback
Adds resonances to the effect. Higher settings produce a more pronounced effect.
Low Cut
Attenuates the low frequencies.
High Cut
Attenuates the high frequencies.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Tremolo
This effect produces amplitude modulation, that is, cyclic modulation of the level of the sound.
Rate
Determines the frequency of the amplitude modulation.
Sync
Activate this to set the Rate value in fractions of beats.
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Modulation Effects Depth
Sets the intensity of the amplitude modulation.
Phase
Widens the sound image of the effect from mono to stereo.
Output
Sets the output level of the effect.
Ring Modulator
The Ring Modulator provides a sine oscillator that is multiplied with the input signal. This creates
metallic, or bell-like, frequencies.
The integrated LFO modulates the frequency of the sine oscillator to vary the created frequencies
over time. In addition, an envelope follower is available, which can be used to modulate the
frequency of the sine oscillator depending on the level of the input signal.
LFO Waveform and Shape
Waveform selects the basic type of waveform. Shape changes the characteristic of
the waveform.
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Sine produces smooth modulation. Shape adds additional harmonics to the
waveform.
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Triangle is similar in character to Sine. The waveform periodically ramps up
and down. Shape continuously changes the triangle waveform to a trapezoid.
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Saw produces a ramp cycle. Shape continuously changes the waveform from
ramp down to triangle to ramp up.
●
Pulse produces stepped modulation, where the modulation switches abruptly
between two values. Shape continuously changes the ratio between the high
and low state of the waveform. At 50 %, it produces a square wave.
●
Ramp is similar to the Saw waveform. Shape increasingly puts silence before
the sawtooth ramps up.
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Log is a logarithmic curvature. Shape continuously changes the curvature
from negative to positive.
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S & H 1 produces random stepped modulation, where each step is different.
Shape puts ramps between the steps and produces a smooth random signal
when fully turned right.
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S & H 2 is similar to S & H 1. The steps alternate between random high and low
values. Shape puts ramps between the steps and produces a smooth random
signal when fully turned right.
LFO Freq
Use this to specify the frequency of the LFO for modulating the frequency of the sine
oscillator.
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Modulation Effects Sync
Activate this to set the LFO Freq value in fractions of beats.
LFO Depth
Sets the intensity of the LFO modulation of the sine oscillator frequency.
Frequency
Determines the frequency of the sine oscillator.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Envelope Follower
The Envelope Follower traces the input signal with an adjustable attack and release
time and delivers a modulation signal representing the level envelope of the signal.
Sensitivity
All input signals are mixed down to mono before they are sent to the Envelope
Follower. The Sensitivity parameter sets the optimum input level for the Envelope
Follower.
Attack
This adjusts the attack time, that is, the time the Envelope Follower needs to
approach increasing input levels.
Release
This adjusts the release time, that is, the time the Envelope Follower needs to
approach decreasing input levels.
Depth
Determines the output level of the modulation signal of the Envelope Follower.
Frequency Shifter
A frequency shifter shifts each frequency of the input signal by a fixed amount.
Unlike pitch shifters, where the frequencies are shifted by a factor, and where the harmonic
relations are kept, a frequency shifter alters the harmonic relations. Therefore, a larger
frequency shift usually results in a disharmonic sound.
Furthermore, a frequency shifter alters the frequencies by adding an offset, while a pitch shifter
multiplies the frequencies by a factor. The frequency shifter alters lower frequencies more than
higher frequencies.
For example, if the input signal has the frequencies 100 Hz, 1000 Hz, and 10000 Hz, and you shift
the frequency by +100 Hz, the resulting frequencies are 200 Hz, 1100 Hz, and 10100 Hz.
Freq Coarse
Here you set the amount of frequency shift.
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Modulation Effects Freq Fine
Here you can fine adjust the amount of frequency shift.
L/R Offset Coarse
Sets an offset for the left and right channels. Positive values shift the right channel
upwards and the left channel downwards, and vice versa.
L/R Offset Fine
Allows for fine-adjustments of the offset between the left and right channels. Positive
values shift the right channel upwards and the left channel downwards, and vice
versa.
Mod Coarse
Sets the maximum amount of frequency shift via modulation from LFO and Envelope
Follower.
Mod Fine
Allows for fine-adjustments to the amount of frequency shift via modulation from
LFO and Envelope Follower.
Feedback
Sets the amount of feedback, that is, the amount of signal that is sent from the
output of the effect back to its input. The sound is similar to that of a phaser. You can
control the direction and speed of this effect with the Frequency Fine parameter.
Notches
Here you set the number of notches the phaser effect produces when you use larger
amounts of Feedback.
LFO Section
LFO Waveform and Shape
Waveform selects the basic type of waveform. Shape changes the characteristic of
the waveform.
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Sine produces smooth modulation. Shape adds additional harmonics to the
waveform.
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Triangle is similar in character to Sine. The waveform periodically ramps up
and down. Shape continuously changes the triangle waveform to a trapezoid.
●
Saw produces a ramp cycle. Shape continuously changes the waveform from
ramp down to triangle to ramp up.
●
Pulse produces stepped modulation, where the modulation switches abruptly
between two values. Shape continuously changes the ratio between the high
and low state of the waveform. At 50 %, it produces a square wave.
●
Ramp is similar to the Saw waveform. Shape increasingly puts silence before
the sawtooth ramps up.
●
Log is a logarithmic curvature. Shape continuously changes the curvature
from negative to positive.
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S & H 1 produces random stepped modulation, where each step is different.
Shape puts ramps between the steps and produces a smooth random signal
when fully turned right.
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S & H 2 is similar to S & H 1. The steps alternate between random high and low
values. Shape puts ramps between the steps and produces a smooth random
signal when fully turned right.
Freq
Specifies the frequency of the LFO in Hertz.
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Modulation Effects Sync
Activate this to set the Freq parameter in fractions of beats.
Depth
Determines the direction and amount of frequency shift from the LFO modulation
signal.
Envelope Follower
The Envelope Follower traces the input signal with an adjustable attack and release time and
delivers a modulation signal representing the level envelope of the signal.
Sensitivity
All input signals are mixed down to mono before they are sent to the Envelope
Follower. This parameter sets the optimum input level for the Envelope Follower.
Attack
Adjusts the attack time, that is, the time the Envelope Follower needs to approach
increasing input levels.
Release
Adjusts the release time, that is, the time the Envelope Follower needs to approach
decreasing input levels.
Depth
Determines the direction and amount of frequency shift from the envelope follower
modulation signal.
NOTE
The maximum frequency shift via modulation from LFO or the Envelope Follower is
determined by the parameters Modulation Range Coarse and Modulation Range
Fine.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Rotary
The Rotary effect emulates the sound of a vintage rotary speaker including amplifier, horn, drum,
and cabinet.
By emitting the sound via a rotating horn and drum, the rotary speaker produces a Doppler
effect that thickens the sound. The horn and drum rotate at variable speed producing different
amounts of Doppler effect. The amplifier of the rotary speaker adds a warm sounding distortion,
and the horn, drum, and cabinet color the sound uniquely. The horn and drum are recorded via
(virtual) microphones that can be set to different angles to broaden the sound image. Typically,
rotary speakers are used with electric organs.
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Modulation Effects Rotation
This parameter changes the rotation speed of the horn and drum. When set to
Fast, the Doppler effect is stronger. When set to Stop, there is no Doppler effect
because the drum and horn do not rotate. Because the horn and drum accelerate
and decelerate at different speeds, the transition from Slow to Fast and vice versa
sounds the most interesting.
Distance
Sets the distance between the microphones and the horn and drum. The amplitude
modulation of the sound decreases with the distance of the microphones. Set this to
higher values for less amplitude modulation.
Cabinet
The horn and drum sound different when recorded through the louvers of the
cabinet. Use this to color the horn and drum with the sound of the cabinet. At a
setting of 100 %, you get the full sound of the cabinet.
Balance
Here you adjust the balance between the horn and drum microphones. At a setting
of 0 %, you hear only the drum. At a setting of 100 %, you hear only the horn.
Slow
Adjusts the slow speed of the horn and drum together.
Fast
Adjusts the fast speed of the horn and drum together.
Accel
Adjusts the acceleration time for raising and lowering the rotation speed of the horn
and drum.
Horn Mic Angle
This adjusts the stereo spread of the horn microphones. At a setting of 0°, the sound
image is monophonic. At a setting of 180°, the sound image is fully stereo.
Drum Mic Angle
This adjusts the stereo spread of the drum microphones. At a setting of 0°, the sound
image is monophonic. At a setting of 180°, the sound image is fully stereo.
Input
Adjusts the gain before the rotary and drive.
Drive
Adjusts the distortion of the amplifier.
Output
Adjusts the gain after the rotary and drive.
Color
Alters the sound of the Rotary effect by changing the timbre, which leads to the
rotation of the horn and the drum being perceived with greater depth.
Bass
Adjusts the tone color of the low frequencies.
Treble
Adjusts the tone color of the high frequencies.
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Modulation Effects Vibrato
The Vibrato effect emulates the chorus and vibrato effects of vintage organs. It thickens the
sound by means of pitch modulation.
The effect provides direct access to the classic chorus and vibrato settings (C1, C2 and C3 and V1,
V2 and V3). In addition, there is a custom mode that allows you to adjust the amount of chorus or
vibrato freely.
Type
Here, you can select the classic chorus and vibrato settings. This control is only
available if the effect is set to Classic mode.
Custom Mode
Activate this to adjust the chorus and vibrato settings freely with the Rate, Depth,
and Vibr/Chor controls.
Rate
Sets the frequency of the pitch modulation.
Depth
Sets the intensity of the pitch modulation.
Vibr/Chor
Controls the mix between the vibrato and the chorus signal. At 100 %, you only hear
the chorus effect.
Vintage Ensemble
This effect emulates the sound of classic ensemble modulation effects. It is based on a delay with
LFO-modulated delay times. A secondary LFO with higher frequencies is used to produce the socalled shimmer.
Rate
Sets the frequency of the LFO.
Sync
If Sync is activated, you can set the Rate value in fractions of beats.
Depth
Sets the intensity of the delay time modulation by the LFO.
Shimmer
Sets the intensity of a secondary faster delay time modulation.
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Dynamics Effects Shimmer Rate
Determines the relation between the speed of the primary and the secondary delay
modulation. For example, with a value of 10, the secondary modulation is 10 times
faster.
Low Cut
Applies a low-cut filter to the signal. Only frequencies above the set frequency are
sent to the effect.
High Cut
Applies a high-cut filter to the signal. Only frequencies below the set frequency are
sent to the effect.
FX Level
Allows you to adapt the effect signal level to compensate for level reductions caused
by the low-cut and high-cut filters.
Mix
Sets the ratio between the dry and the wet signal.
Dynamics Effects
Compressor
The Compressor reduces the dynamic range of a sound. This way, the sound gains headroom.
You can use this extra headroom to make the overall sound louder again.
The graphical control to the left indicates the compression curve. You can edit the Threshold and
Ratio values with the handles of this control. The input and output VU meters indicate the level
before and after the compression. The Gain Reduction meter indicates the current attenuation of
the level.
Threshold
Sets the threshold. Sounds that are louder than the threshold are reduced in gain.
Sounds below the threshold stay untreated.
Ratio
Sets the amount of gain reduction for sounds that are louder than the threshold. The
higher the ratio, the more the output is lowered. For example, if the ratio is set to 2:1
and the amplitude of the sound is 4 dB above the threshold, the output is lowered by
2 dB. If the amplitude is 8 dB above the threshold, the output is lowered by 4 dB.
Soft Knee
If this button is deactivated, signals above the threshold are compressed instantly
according to the set ratio. If Soft Knee is activated, the onset of the compression is
more gradual, producing a less drastic result.
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Dynamics Effects Make-Up
Raises the overall sound. This can become necessary if too much gain reduction is
introduced by the Threshold and Ratio parameters. You can see the amount of gain
reduction in the Gain Reduction meter.
NOTE
This parameter is not available if the Auto button is activated.
Auto Make-Up Gain
Sets the Make-Up value automatically, depending on the current Threshold and
Ratio settings.
Attack
Determines how fast the Compressor reacts to sounds that exceed the threshold.
The longer the attack time, the longer the time it takes to reduce the gain. With
longer attack times, the onset of sounds exceeding the threshold pass through
unprocessed.
Hold
Sets the time period during which the compression is applied after the sound
exceeds the set threshold.
Release
Determines how fast the Compressor effect reacts to sounds that fall below the set
threshold. The longer the release time, the longer it takes to return to the original
level.
NOTE
This parameter is not available if the Auto Release button is activated.
Auto Release
Activate this to set the release time automatically. The Compressor analyzes the
input sound continuously to find the optimal setting.
Peak/RMS
Determines whether the input signal is analyzed according to peak or RMS values or
a mixture of both. At a setting of 0 %, the Compressor uses Peak sensing only and at
100 %, RMS sensing only. Peak means that the Compressor directly senses the peak
level of the sound. RMS means that the Compressor senses the average power of the
sound. Peak sensing responds faster than RMS sensing. Typically, Peak sensing is
used for transient and RMS sensing for sustained sounds.
Live
If this button is activated, the look-ahead feature of the effect is disengaged. Lookahead produces more accurate processing, but adds a certain amount of latency
as a trade-off. If Live mode is activated, there is no latency, which is better for live
processing.
Vintage Compressor
Vintage Compressor is modeled after vintage type compressors.
This compressor features separate controls for Input and Output gain, Attack, and Release. In
addition, there is a Punch mode which preserves the attack phase of the signal and a programdependent Auto feature for the Release parameter.
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Dynamics Effects In/Out Meters
Show the highest peaks of all available input and output channels.
GR Meter
Shows the amount of gain reduction.
Input
Determines the compression amount. The higher the input gain, the more
compression is applied.
Ratio
Sets the amount of gain reduction for sounds that are louder than the threshold. The
higher the ratio, the more the output is lowered.
Attack (0.1 to 100 ms)
Determines how fast the compressor responds. If the attack time is long, more of the
initial part of the signal passes through unprocessed.
Punch
If this is activated, the early attack phase of the signal is preserved, retaining the
original punch in the audio material, even with short Attack settings.
Release (10 to 1000 ms or Auto mode)
Sets the time after which the gain returns to its original level. If the Auto button
is activated, the plug-in automatically finds the best release setting for the audio
material.
Output (-48 to 24 dB)
Sets the output gain.
Tube Compressor
This versatile compressor with integrated tube-simulation allows you to achieve smooth and
warm compression effects. The GR meter shows the amount of gain reduction. Tube Compressor
features an internal side-chain section that lets you filter the trigger signal.
In/Out Meters
Show the highest peaks of all available input and output channels.
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Dynamics Effects GR Meter
Shows the amount of gain reduction.
Input
Determines the compression amount. The higher the input gain, the more
compression is applied.
Limit
Increases the ratio of the compressor for a limiting effect.
Drive (1.0 to 6.0)
Controls the amount of tube saturation.
Attack (0.1 to 100 ms)
Determines how fast the compressor responds. If the attack time is long, more of the
initial part of the signal passes through unprocessed.
Release (10 to 1000 ms or Auto mode)
Sets the time after which the gain returns to its original level. If the Auto button
is activated, the plug-in automatically finds the best release setting for the audio
material.
Output (-12 to 12 dB)
Sets the output gain.
Mix
Adjusts the mix between dry signal and wet signal preserving the transients of the
input signal.
Side-Chain
Activates the internal side-chain filter. The input signal can then be shaped according
to the filter parameters. Internal side-chaining is useful for tailoring how the gate
operates.
Monitor
Allows you to monitor the filtered signal.
Filter buttons (LP, BP, and HP)
If the Side-Chain button is activated, you can use these buttons to set the filter type
to low-pass, band-pass, or high-pass.
Center (50 to 20000 Hz)
If the Side-Chain button is activated, this sets the center frequency of the filter.
Q-Factor
If the Side-Chain button is activated, this sets the resonance or width of the filter.
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Dynamics Effects Limiter
The Limiter effect prevents the sound from exceeding the set output level. This can be used to
avoid clipping in following effects, for example.
The input and output meters indicate the level before and after the Limiter. The Gain Reduction
meter in the middle indicates the current attenuation of the level.
Input
Adjusts the input level of the sound. By increasing the input level, you can drive the
sound more and more into limiting.
Output
Sets the maximum output level of the sound.
Release
Sets the time that the gain needs to return to its original level. The longer the release
time, the longer it takes to return to the original level.
NOTE
This parameter is not available if the Auto button is activated.
Auto
Activate this to set the release time automatically. The Limiter analyzes the input
sound continuously to find the optimal setting.
Brickwall Limiter
Brickwall Limiter ensures that the output level never exceeds a set limit.
Due to its fast attack time, Brickwall Limiter can reduce even short audio level peaks without
creating audible artifacts. However, this plug-in creates a latency of 1 ms. Brickwall Limiter
features separate meters for input, output, and the amount of limiting.
Threshold (-20 to 0 dB)
Determines the level where the limiter kicks in. Only signal levels above the set
threshold are processed.
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Dynamics Effects Release (ms or Auto mode)
Sets the time after which the gain returns to the original level when the signal drops
below the threshold. If the Auto button is activated, the plug-in automatically finds
the best release setting for the audio material.
Link
If this button is activated, Brickwall Limiter uses the channel with the highest level
to analyze the input signal. If the button is deactivated, each channel is analyzed
separately.
Detect Intersample Clipping
If this option is activated, Brickwall Limiter uses oversampling to detect and limit
signal levels between two samples to prevent distortion when converting digital
signals into analog signals.
NOTE
Brickwall Limiter is designed for the reduction of occasional peaks in the signal. If the Gain
Reduction meter indicates constant limiting, try raising the threshold or lowering the overall level
of the input signal.
Maximizer
This plug-in raises the loudness of audio material without the risk of clipping.
Optimize
Determines the loudness of the signal.
Output
Sets the maximum output level.
Soft Clip
If this button is activated, Maximizer starts limiting or clipping the signal softly. At the
same time, harmonics are generated, adding a warm, tube-like characteristic to the
audio material.
Expander
The Expander reduces the output level in relation to the input level for signals below the set
threshold. This is useful to enhance the dynamic range or reduce the noise in quiet passages.
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Dynamics Effects The graphical control to the left shows the expansion curve. You can edit the Threshold and
Ratio values with the handles of this control. The input and output meters indicate the level
before and after the expansion. The Gain Reduction meter indicates the current attenuation of
the level.
Threshold
Sets the threshold. Sounds that are softer than the threshold are reduced in gain.
Sounds above the threshold stay untreated.
Ratio
Sets the amount of gain reduction for sounds that are softer than the threshold. The
higher the ratio, the more the output is lowered. For example, if the ratio is set to 2:1
and the amplitude of the sound is 4 dB below the threshold, the output is lowered by
2 dB. If the amplitude is 8 dB below the threshold, the output is lowered by 4 dB.
Soft Knee
If this button is deactivated, signals above the threshold are compressed instantly
according to the set ratio. When Soft Knee is activated, the onset of the expansion is
more gradual, producing a less drastic result.
Attack
Determines how fast the Expander reduces the gain when the sound falls below the
set threshold. The longer the attack time, the longer it takes to reduce the gain.
Hold
Sets the time period during which the expansion is applied after the sound falls
below the set threshold.
Release
Determines how fast the Expander effect raises the gain after the sound exceeds the
set threshold. The longer the release time, the longer it takes to raise the gain.
NOTE
This parameter is not available when the Auto Release button is activated.
Auto
Activate this to set the release time automatically. The Expander analyzes the input
sound continuously to find the optimal setting.
Peak/RMS
Determines whether the input signal is analyzed according to peak or RMS values
or a mixture of both. At a setting of 0 %, the Expander uses Peak sensing only and
at 100 %, RMS sensing only. Peak means that the Expander directly senses the peak
level of the sound. RMS means that the Expander senses the average power of the
sound. Peak sensing responds faster than RMS sensing. Typically, Peak sensing is
used for transient and RMS sensing for sustained sounds.
Live
If this button is activated, the look-ahead feature of the effect is disengaged. Lookahead produces more accurate processing, but adds a certain amount of latency
as a trade-off. If Live mode is activated, there is no latency, which is better for live
processing.
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Dynamics Effects Gate
The Gate effect passes sound only to its output if the input sound exceeds the set threshold.
Sounds below the threshold are silenced.
An internal side-chain filter allows you to analyze a filtered version of the input sound instead.
This way, the gate detects only certain frequencies of the input sound.
Threshold
Determines the level that activates the gate. Signal levels above the set threshold
trigger the gate to open, and signal levels below the set threshold close the gate.
Filter
Activates the internal side-chain filter. If this button is activated, the input sound
is filtered before it is analyzed. The gate opens only if the filtered sound exceeds
the set threshold. When the Filter button is deactivated, the filter controls are not
available.
Filter Type
Sets the filter type for the side-chain filter. Select high-pass (HP) to detect high
frequencies, band-pass (BP) to detect mid frequencies, and low-pass (LP) to detect
low frequencies only.
Monitor
Activate this button to listen to the sound of the side-chain filter. The gate is inactive
when the Monitor button is activated.
Center
Sets the center frequency of the side-chain filter.
Q-Factor
Adjusts the bandwidth of the filter from wide to narrow.
Attack
Determines how fast the gate opens when the sound exceeds the set threshold. The
longer the attack time, the longer it takes for the sound to fade in.
Hold
Sets the time period during which the gate is applied after the sound falls below the
set threshold.
Release
Determines how fast the gate closes after the sound falls below the set threshold.
The longer the release time, the longer it takes for the sound to fade out.
NOTE
This parameter is not available when the Auto button is activated.
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Spatial and Panner Effects Auto
Activate this to set the Release time automatically. The Gate analyzes the input sound
continuously to find the optimal setting.
Peak/RMS
Determines whether the input signal is analyzed according to peak or RMS values
(or a mixture of both). At a setting of 0 %, the Gate uses Peak sensing only and at
100 %, RMS sensing only. Peak means that the Gate directly senses the peak level
of the sound. RMS means that the Gate senses the average power of the sound.
Peak sensing responds faster than RMS sensing. Typically, Peak sensing is used for
transient and RMS sensing for sustained sounds.
Live
If this button is activated, the look-ahead feature of the effect is disengaged. Lookahead produces more accurate processing, but adds a certain amount of latency
as a trade-off. If Live mode is activated, there is no latency, which is better for live
processing.
Envelope Shaper
This effect can be used to attenuate or boost the gain of the attack and release phase of audio
material.
Be careful with levels when boosting the gain and, if needed, reduce the output level to avoid
clipping.
Attack – Gain
Changes the gain of the attack phase of the signal.
Attack - Length
Determines the length of the attack phase of the signal.
Release - Gain
Changes the gain of the release phase of the signal.
Output
Sets the output level.
Spatial and Panner Effects
Stereo Pan
This effect allows you to set the stereo position and width of the signal.
Input Swap
Swaps the stereo channels.
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Legacy Effects Pan
Sets the pan position of the signal. The panning is available for mono and stereo
input signals.
Width
Adjusts the stereo width of the signal from stereo to mono.
Stereo Enhancer
This plug-in expands the stereo width of (stereo) audio material. It cannot be used with mono
files.
Width
Controls the width or depth of the stereo enhancement. Turn clockwise to increase
the enhancement.
Delay
Increases the amount of differences between the left and right channels to further
increase the stereo effect.
Color
Generates additional differences between the channels to increase the stereo
enhancement.
Mono
Switches the output to mono, to check for possible unwanted coloring of the sound
which sometimes can occur when enhancing the stereo image.
Legacy Effects
HALion 3 Legacy Effects
In addition to the standard effects, a number of effects from HALion 3 is also provided. These
effects can be selected from the Legacy submenu of the effects menu.
Hall Reverb
A simple reverb with adjustable pre-delay and damping.
PreDelay
Delays the wet signal to simulate larger acoustic spaces or to create a slap-back
effect.
Time
Length of reverb tail.
Damp
Progressive damping of high frequencies.
Low EQ
Low-cut EQ.
High EQ
High-cut EQ.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
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Legacy Effects Non-Linear Reverb
A gated reverb with a sharp cutoff.
Time
Length of reverb tail. It also allows you to change the sound from dense early
reflections to a trashy, grainy 1980’s-type reverb.
Low EQ
Low-cut EQ.
High EQ
High-cut EQ.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Early Reflections
A short, dense reverb for simulating small acoustic spaces and to thicken or blur sounds.
Time
Length of reverb tail. It also allows you to change the sound from dense early
reflections to a trashy, grainy 80’s-type reverb.
Low EQ
Low-cut EQ.
High EQ
High-cut EQ.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Delay
A simple mono-in/stereo-out delay.
Time
Delay time.
Sync
If Sync is activated, you can set the delay time in fractions of beats.
Feedback
Controls the number of delay repeats.
Balance
Ratio of left delay time to right delay time.
Damp
High-cut filter to soften delay repeats.
Stereo Delay
A stereo-in/stereo-out delay.
Time
Delay time.
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Legacy Effects Feedback
Controls the number of delay repeats. For minimum feedback, set the slider to the
mid position. By moving the slider to the left or right, cross delay is applied, where
left output feeds back into right input or vice versa.
Sync
If Sync is activated, you can set the delay time in fractions of beats.
Balance
Ratio of left delay time to right delay time.
Damp
High-cut filter to soften delay repeats.
Long Delay
This effect provides the same parameter set as the Delay effect, except that longer delays of up
to four seconds can be set.
Tape Delay
Simulation of a vintage 4-head analog tape delay.
Time
Delay time.
Sync
If Sync is activated, you can set the delay time in fractions of beats.
Feedback
Controls the number of delay repeats.
Vintage
Amount of vintage color and tape flutter.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Head 1
Delay level 1 (the output is panned left).
Head 2
Delay level 2 (the output is panned right).
Head 3
Delay level 3.
Head 4
Delay level 4.
Pan 3+4
Varies the panning of delays 3 and 4 from center to hard left/right.
Vol 3+4
Varies the volume of delay outputs 3 and 4.
Chorus
A straightforward chorus effect that can be used to widen sounds.
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Legacy Effects Rate
The modulation rate.
Depth
The amount of pitch modulation.
PreDelay
The initial delay, to vary the tightness of the chorused voices in relation to the dry
signal.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Ensemble
Chorus with a more complex modulation waveform for a lively thickening effect.
Rate
The modulation rate.
Depth
The amount of pitch modulation.
Shimmer
Creates a more complex modulation effect.
Width
Stereo width adjustment.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Flanger
A classic flanger effect.
Rate
Sweep rate.
Depth
Sweep depth.
Feedback
Feedback amount. Increase for a more intense flanging effect.
PreDelay
Initial delay. Adjusts the minimum delay time/maximum flange frequency.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Phaser
A four pole phaser for subtle phasing effects.
Rate
Sweep rate.
Depth
Sweep depth.
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Legacy Effects Feedback
Feedback amount. Increase for a more pronounced effect.
Stereo
Offset between left and right modulation.
Center
Sets the center frequency around which the modulation occurs.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Pan & Tremolo
Autopan and Tremolo effect as used in vintage electric pianos.
Rate
Sweep rate.
Phase
Relative phase of left and right channel amplitude modulation, to vary from tremolo
to autopan.
Shape
Shape of modulation waveform from thin pulse, through sine, to fat pulse.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Stereo Width
A stereo width enhancer with 4 modes.
Mode
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Adjust mode adjusts the existing width of the stereo signal.
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Swap mode adjusts the existing width of the stereo signal and additionally
swaps the left and right channels.
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Comb mode applies a stereo comb filter effect.
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Haas mode synthesizes the stereo width by delaying one channel.
Delay
Delay time (not used in Adjust and Swap modes).
Width
Overall width adjustment.
Low/Mid/High
Width adjustment for the low, mid, and high frequencies.
Output
Output level trim.
Rotary Speaker
Simulation of a rotary speaker cabinet with high and low rotors.
Rate
Master speed control: Stop, Slow, Fast.
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Legacy Effects Dirt
Amount of overdrive.
LoHi
Crossover frequency between low and high rotors.
Width
Stereo width.
Tone
Adjusts the tone of the overdriven signal.
Low/High Speed
Speed of the high and low rotors.
Low/High Acceleration
Acceleration of the high and low rotors.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Wah Pedal
An auto-wah effect.
Rate
Modulation rate.
Depth
Modulation depth.
Pedal
Adjusts the filter frequency.
Mode
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Auto Wah: Envelope controlled wah effect.
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Pedal Wah: No modulation. The Pedal parameter sets the frequency.
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Mod Wah: LFO modulation. The Rate parameter controls the modulation rate.
Resonance
Sets the amount of filter resonance.
Tracking
Adjusts the envelope tracking speed in Auto mode, and the envelope rate
modulation in Mod mode.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
TalkBox
Modulated vowel formant filter.
Rate
LFO modulation rate.
Depth
LFO modulation depth.
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Legacy Effects Vowel
In center setting, vowels are produced when there is no modulation.
Env Mod
Amount of vowel modulation by input signal level.
Env Att
Rate of response to a rising input signal level.
Env Rel
Rate of response to a falling input signal level.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Shelf EQ
Simple tone control.
Output
Output level trim.
Bass
Low frequency cut/boost.
Treble
High frequency cut/boost.
Parametric EQ
Two-band parametric equalizer.
Gain 1/2
Cut/boost amount for the two bands.
Freq 1/2
Sets the center frequency for the two bands.
Width 1/2
Sets the bandwidth for the two bands (Q).
Output
Output level trim.
Enhancer
Psycho acoustic spectrum shaping.
High Depth
High frequency boost, combined with mid cut.
High Tune
High/mid tune.
Low Depth
Low frequency boost.
Low Tune
Low frequency tune.
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Legacy Effects Limiter
Hard level limiting.
Drive
Input signal drive.
Attack
Attack time.
Release
Release time.
Output
Output level trim.
Compressor
A simple compressor effect.
Threshold
Compression threshold.
Ratio
Compression amount.
Attack
Attack time.
Release
Release time.
Output
Output level trim.
Multiband
Three-band compressor.
Drive
Input signal drive (increase for more density).
Lo/Hi
Balance of low and high frequency bands.
Mid
Level of mid frequency band.
Attack
Attack time.
Release
Release time.
Output
Output level trim.
Gate
Simple gate effect.
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Legacy Effects Threshold
Gate threshold.
Range
Level reduction when gate closed.
Attack
Attack time.
Release
Release time.
Output
Output level trim.
Distortion
Hard clipping distortion.
Drive
Distortion amount.
Bias
Adjusts the balance between even and odd harmonics, that is, the character of the
distortion.
Tone
Distortion tone.
Out
Output level trim.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Overdrive
Softer distortion with a gradual onset.
Drive
Overdrive amount.
Bias
Overdrive character. Adjusts the balance between even and odd harmonics.
Out
Output level trim.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Bit Reduction
Digital, lo-fi, quality degradation.
Mode
Determines whether the bit depth is fixed (Linear) or depends on the signal level
(Companding).
Rate
Simulated sample rate.
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Legacy Effects Depth
Sample bit depth.
Slew Rate
Maximum rate of change of output waveform, for a soft, wooly distortion.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Amp Simulator
Amplifier modeling effect.
Model
The type of amplifier model. This changes the tone character.
Mode
Mono/Stereo operation. Mono saves CPU, and in some cases sounds more solid.
Drive
Overdrive amount.
Feedback
Feedback amount. The result depends on the input signal.
Treble
Treble boost. Optionally in or out of phase for different tones.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
Modulate L/R
This effect features three modes of signal distortion, where one side of a stereo signal is used to
modulate the other.
Mode
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Ring Mod: Ring modulation.
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Env Mod: The signal level of the right channel is modulated by the level of the
left channel.
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Duck: The signal level of the right channel is reduced when the level of the left
channel increases.
Thru
Defines which input signals are used as the dry signal for the Mix.
Smooth
Smoothing of modulation.
Drive
Level trim.
Mix
Wet/dry mix.
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Using the Standalone Version
of the Plug-In
If you use HALion Sonic SE as a standalone application, an additional section is available at the
top of the control panel. Here, you can define key commands, set up audio and MIDI interface
routings, adjust the master volume, and access the integrated MIDI scratch pad, which allows
you to record your musical ideas without having to start a MIDI sequencer application. It can also
be used to play multitrack arrangements that trigger the different programs.
Making Preferences Settings
You can configure the standalone version of HALion Sonic SE in the Plug-In Preferences dialog.
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To open the Plug-In Preferences dialog, click the Open Preferences button
to the
right of the audio output field or right-click in the topmost section of the control panel and
select Plug-In Preferences on the context menu.
Preferences Dialog
The Plug-In Preferences dialog has several pages on which you can make settings.
MIDI Page
MIDI Input Ports
Use this pop-up menu to specify a MIDI input.
Channel Filter
Determines whether MIDI events are recorded on all MIDI channels, or only on one
specific channel.
Filter ‘All Notes Off’ Controller
Activate this parameter to avoid unwanted “All Notes Off” messages. Such messages
are sent by some keyboards when the last key is released. This causes HALion Sonic
SE to stop playback, even when the sustain pedal is still in use.
Outputs Page
You can use the Audio Output Ports pop-up menus to assign different audio outputs. You can
assign different audio outputs for each channel.
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To map an output to a channel, select it from the pop-up menu.
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To set the front and rear channels to incrementing audio output ports, hold down Shift
and select an audio output.
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To assign the audio outputs in pairs to the front and rear channels, hold down Alt-Shift
and select an audio output.
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Using the Standalone Version of the Plug-In
Selecting the MIDI Input and the Audio Output Metronome Page
On the Metronome page, a number of settings can be made regarding the use of a metronome.
Mode
Activates/Deactivates the metronome or sets it to Count In mode.
Accent
Accentuates the first beat of each bar.
Level
Adjusts the volume of the metronome.
Connections
Allows you to select a separate stereo output for the metronome.
General Page
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If you want the plug-in to close without prompting when you quit the program, activate
Don’t prompt for confirmation when quitting HALion Sonic SE.
ASIO Driver Page
On the ASIO Driver pop-up menu, you can select your audio hardware driver.
Release Driver when Application is in Background
Activate this option if you plan to use several audio applications simultaneously.
Input Latency/Output Latency
The input and output latency values for your audio hardware are displayed. Latency
is the amount of time it takes for your system to respond to any messages that are
sent to it. High latency results in a noticeable delay between when you press a key
and when you hear the sound.
You can change the latency with the Buffer Size parameter in the control panel for
your driver, opened by clicking the Control Panel button on the Advanced tab.
Sample Rate
Below the latency values, you can set the sample rate for the connected audio
hardware.
Audio Priority
Determines which of the HALion Sonic SE processes gets priority when accessing
processor resources on your computer.
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In Normal mode, non-audio processes and audio playback get roughly equal
priorities.
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In Boost mode, audio precedes MIDI in priority. Try this mode if audio
playback problems occur when playing back MIDI and audio material.
Advanced Page
Once you have selected the driver, you can specify which inputs and outputs to use and name
these on the Advanced page. Click the Control Panel button to open the control panel for the
audio hardware and adjust the settings as recommended by the audio hardware manufacturer.
Selecting the MIDI Input and the Audio Output
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Scratch Pad The MIDI input pop-up menu lists all MIDI devices that are installed on your system.
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Select the MIDI device that you want to use from the MIDI Input pop-up menu.
The MIDI activity LED in the top left corner of the control panel indicates incoming
MIDI messages via the selected MIDI input. The LED lights up on receiving note-on and
controller messages. This way, you can check if HALion Sonic SE and your MIDI keyboard
are connected to the same MIDI device input.
The Audio output pop-up menu lists all outputs of the selected ASIO device.
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To select an audio output for the main stereo channel of the plug-in, open the Audio
Output pop-up menu.
If you select an audio output, the front and rear channels are set to incrementing audio
output ports. To assign the audio outputs in pairs to the front and rear channels instead,
hold down Alt-Shift and select an output.
RELATED LINKS
ASIO Driver Page on page 120
Scratch Pad
The scratch pad allows you to record and play back MIDI files in Standard MIDI File format. You
can load existing MIDI files and you can record your own files and save them.
The transport section provides buttons for play, stop, record, and loop. The display shows
the song position, the tempo, and the time signature of the MIDI file. In addition, there is a
metronome that you can use for recording and practicing.
The scratch pad can play back multi-track MIDI files sending notes on all 16 MIDI channels.
Transport Controls
Play
Click Play to start playback of the MIDI file. Playback always starts at the song
position.
Stop
Click Stop to pause the MIDI file at the current position. Click the button twice to
reset the song position to the start.
Record
Click Record to start recording.
Loop
Activate Loop to play the entire MIDI file in a loop.
Info Icon
To check which MIDI file is loaded, point the mouse at the info icon in the top left corner of the
scratch pad. A tooltip appears, showing the name of the MIDI file.
Song Position Indicator
The song position indicator shows the position of the transport. Above the song position
indicator, the position is displayed numerically.
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Scratch Pad After loading a MIDI file, the display shows the full length of the file.
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To move the transport to a different song position, drag the song position indicator to the
new position.
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To switch the time format between Time and Bars, click Select Time Format in the top
right corner of the display.
Tempo and Time Signature
Below the song position display, the Tempo and Time Signature fields are located. These fields
provide HALion Sonic SE with tempo and time signature information. These settings are used by
the scratch pad and the metronome.
Fixed Tempo/Tempo Track
Set this parameter to Track to follow the original tempo of the MIDI file.
Set this parameter to Fixed to enter the tempo manually. You can either enter the
value directly in the value field or you can enter a tempo by repeatedly clicking the
Tap to set Tempo field next to the value field.
Tempo Value
Determines the tempo of the MIDI file.
Adjust Tempo
If the Tempo Track option is selected, this parameter is available, allowing you to
scale the playback relatively to the original tempo of the MIDI file.
Time Signature
Determines the time signature. You can enter the new signature as fractions of
beats.
Recording Your Performance
PROCEDURE
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Click the record symbol below the Record button to select a record mode.
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To start recording immediately when you click the record button, select Direct.
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To start recording with the first MIDI note, select MIDI.
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To start the recording after a count-in of one bar, select Count In 1.
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To start the recording after a count-in of 2 bars, select Count In 2.
Click the Record button to start recording.
To indicate that the recording is running, the song position indicator moves from left to
right.
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When you are done recording, click the Stop button.
RELATED LINKS
Saving a MIDI File on page 123
Using the Metronome
PROCEDURE
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To select the playback mode of the metronome, click Metronome and select one of the
options from the pop-up menu:
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If On is selected, the metronome is activated and plays continuously.
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Loading a MIDI File ●
If Count In is selected, the metronome plays only during the count-in of a
recording.
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To deactivate the metronome, select Off.
Loading a MIDI File
You can load MIDI files in Standard MIDI File format (file name extension .mid).
PROCEDURE
1.
Click the Load MIDI File button below the transport buttons.
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In the file dialog, select the file that you want to use.
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Click Open to load the MIDI file.
MIDI Channel Filter
If a multitrack MIDI file is loaded, you can play back all MIDI events or only the events of a
specific MIDI channel.
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To specify which events to play back, click the MIDI Channel Filter field to the right of the
info icon and select an option from the pop-up menu.
Saving a MIDI File
PROCEDURE
1.
Click the Save MIDI File button below the transport buttons.
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In the file dialog, specify a location and a file name.
3.
Click Save to save your recorded performance as a MIDI file.
Master Volume
Use the volume control on the right to set the master volume of the outputs of the standalone
version of HALion Sonic SE. This includes the volume of the main outputs, the rear outputs, and
the output of the metronome.
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Index
A
Vintage Compressor 101
Vintage Ensemble 99
VST Amp 87
WahWah 85
Effects Page 68
EQ Effects 77
Audio Output 120
D
Delay Effects 76
Distortion Effects 86
Dynamics Effects 100
F
Filter Effects 79
E
H
Edit Page 29
Effect Slots 68
Effects 67
About 68
Amplifier 86
Auto Filter 79
Brickwall Limiter 104
Chorus 90
Compressor 100
Distortion 87
DJ-EQ 78
Envelope Shaper 108
Expander 105
Flanger 91
Frequency Shifter 95
Gate 107
Graphic EQ 78
Limiter 104
Maximizer 105
MorphFilter 82
Multi Delay 76
Octaver 90
Phaser 93
Resonator 83
Reverb 74
REVerence 73
Ring Modulator 94
Rotary 97
Step Flanger 92
Stereo Pan 108
StereoEnhancer 109
Studio EQ 77
Tape Saturator 89
Tremolo 93
Tube Compressor 102
Tube Saturator 89
Using 68
Vibrato 99
HALion 3 Effects 109
L
Legacy Effects 109
M
Macro Page 29
Master Section 13
MediaBay
About 25
Filters 26
Managing files 25
Results List 26
MIDI Controllers
About 64
Assigning 64
Factory Controller Assignment 66
Parameter Range 65
MIDI Input 120
MIDI Page 63
Mix Page
About 67
Mixing 67
Modulation Effects 90
Multis
About 22
O
Options Page 17
P
Panner Effects 108
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Index
Pitch Shift Effects 90
Preferences Dialog 119
Presets
Module Presets 10
VST Presets 10
Program Slot Section 12
Programs 29
About 22
Editing 29
Loading 22
Q
Quick Controls 15
R
Reverb Effects 73
S
Spatial Effects 108
Standalone Plug-In Version
About 119
Saving MIDI Files 123
T
Trigger Pads 15
Trip
Amplifier Settings 39
Filter Settings 39
Oscillator Page 33
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