Version 1.0.8 – March 2013
Changes from Version 1.0.7
1: New Custom Installer Option – allows User to choose Installation components.
2: Native AAX Pro Tools Build – Mac Only for this release.
3: Background Sync-Generation Options added.
Sync-Gen II is compatible with Mac OSX 10.4 (32 bit - Intel/PPC) and later, Mac OSX 10.6 (64 bit - Intel) and
later, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8.
Sync-Gen II runs in VST, AU, and RTAS format in 32 and 64 bit hosts. AAX for MAC OS is included in this
version. AAX for Windows will be included in the next build.
RTAS Support: Pro Tools 7.0 and later.
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MAC-OSX Installation
(1) Open [Sync-Gen II OSX Setup V108.dmg] and follow the installer instructions on screen.
(2) For new User-Select Install Options – Click ‘Customize’
(3) Select the components you wish to install.
Windows Installation
(1) (2) Open the [SyncGen II setup V108 .exe] installer and follow instructions on screen
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Connections and Setup for correct Operation
Sync-Gen II is a true Stereo Plug-in. Two separate channels of pulses are required for correct
operation when used with your Innerclock Systems synchronisation interface.
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Channel One (Left Hand Side) provides the continuous sync pulses from the Sync-Sequencer.
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Channel Two (Right Hand Side) provides the continuous transport pulses from the TransportSequencer and the DAW Host Transport commands.
Soundcard Output Assignment
You will require a DAW soundcard with a minimum of four separate outputs for correct operation of
Sync-Gen II and your Innerclock Systems synchronisation interface. No DC Coupling or any other
electronic modification or special cables are needed.
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Outputs 1+2 for your normal DAW Audio Playback
Outputs 3+4 for your Sync-Gen II Plug-in Playback
Levels
All Innerclock Systems Sync Interfaces use sophisticated electronics and software to convert full
frequency AC audio signals into precision synchronisation clocks within 20 microseconds.
A pulse input signal of -20dB is the ideal operation level for reliable and jitter-free sync generation.
Too much or too little input signal will lead to erratic and unstable synchronisation. If your external
hardware does not slave-sync correctly, check the output levels of Sync-Gen II in your DAW Mixer
Window.
By default the output levels of Sync-Gen II are set correctly in the software preferences on first
launch. Certain soundcard outputs may be calibrated differently [-10dB, 0dB, +4dB] and you may
need to adjust the output levels of Sync-Gen II to match.
To do this see page 21.
These new levels are stored within Sync-Gen II preferences and will remain set until changed.
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Connect whichever output of your soundcard is producing the continuous sync signal from
the Sync-Sequencer side of Sync-Gen II (Left Hand Side) to the [Clock In] input of the SyncGen IILS Module.
Connect whichever output of your soundcard is producing the continuous sync signal from
the Transport-Sequencer and the DAW Host Application transport commands side of SyncGen II (Right Hand Side) to the [Trans In] input of the Sync-Gen IILS Module.
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Other Connections
Power
On the rear of your Sync-Gen IILS Module there are two sockets for providing power. In your SyncGen IILS packaging you will find two power looms to suit both power supply formats as required for
your particular modular system configuration.
Midi CLK Out (Midi Clock)
Connect this to any Hardware Midi Device or Software Midi Interface that accepts Midi Clock Input.
DIN-SYNC Out (Din-Sync/Sync 24)
Connect this to any Hardware Din-Sync Slave Device that accepts Din-Sync Input.
Trigger Pulse Outputs
There are nine 1/8” Mini Jacks that provide continuous and sample-accurate rhythmic trigger pulses
[5ms/+5VDC] when the DAW is running.
From the top of the Sync-Gen II Module down these are as follows:(a)
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[1] – One Trigger Pulse is generated at the start of each Whole Bar
[2] – One Trigger Pulse is generated every Half Bar
[2] - One Trigger Pulse is generated every Half Bar
[4] - One Trigger Pulse is generated every Quarter Note Division
[4] - One Trigger Pulse is generated every Quarter Note Division
[8] - One Trigger Pulse is generated every Eighth Note Division
[8] - One Trigger Pulse is generated every Eighth Note Division
[16] - One Trigger Pulse is generated every Sixteenth Note Division
[2T/4T] - One Trigger Pulse is generated every 2nd or 4th Triplet Note Division
Invert Toggle Switches
There are nine Toggle Switches assigned to each of the trigger pulse output jacks. The first eight of
these allow you to select [Normal/Left Switch Position] or [Inverted/Right Switch Position]. Normal
Position corresponds to rhythmic ‘On’ and Inverted Position corresponds to rhythmic ‘Off’. These
may all be used in real-time with no loss of sync position or added tempo-jitter while the DAW is
running.
2T/4T Toggle Switch
[Left Switch Position] indicates that continuous Half Bar Triplet Trigger Pulses are generated at this
trigger pulse output jack. [Right Switch Position] indicates that continuous Quarter Note Triplet
Trigger Pulses are generated at this trigger pulse output jack. This switch may also be used in realtime with no loss of sync position or added tempo-jitter while the DAW is running.
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Reset Pulse Output
This 1/8” Mini Jack generates a single Trigger Pulse [5ms/+5VDC] on DAW Stop.
LEDs
There are thirteen LEDs on the Sync-Gen IILS Module.
(a) Rhythmic Trigger Pulse Outputs 1-9: These flash continuously whenever a Trigger Pulse is
generated at the output.
(b) Clock and Trans Inputs: These glow continuously when the Sync-Gen IILS Module is
receiving audio pulse signals from the Sync-Gen II software.
(c) Reset Trigger Pulse Output: This flashes once whenever the DAW is stopped.
(d) BPM/Tempo LED: This LED is in between the Midi CLK and Din-Sync output connectors and
flashes once per Quarter Note when the DAW is running.
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Sync-Gen IILS Module Technical Specifications
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Sample-Accurate Rhythmic Pulse Synchronisation between any DAW Host and any
Modular Synthesizer System
Absolute Zero-Start Lag/Zero-Latency with precision Sync-Offset adjustment using
included Sync-Gen II software.
Programmable Pulse-Swing and Sync-Stutter using included Sync-Gen II software.
True Plug and Play Operation – works with any Multi-Channel Audio Interface.
No DC-Coupled or modified hardware or custom DIY cables required.
Includes Sync-Gen II software – AU/VST/EFX/RTAS – Win/Mac – 32/64 bit
All Outputs Simultaneous and Phase Locked
Fixed 20usec Audio Pulse to Sync Conversion Timing Core
Clock Input Impedance: 50k
Clock Input Threshold Range: 350mV – 1.40V (500mV Optimum)
Transport Input Impedance: 50k
Transport Input Threshold Range: 350mV – 1.40V (500mV Optimum)
Trigger Outputs: 5ms Pulse Width/+5VDC
Power: +/-12VDC or +/-15VDC (Euro and KK sockets provided)
Current Draw: 30mA @ +12VDC
Module Width: 14HP
Sync-Gen IILS Included Accessories
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Sync-Gen II Software Installer USB Memory Stick
Operation Manual
Euro Power Ribbon
KK Power Loom
M2.5 and M3 Black Hex Mounting Hardware
M2.5 and M3 Black Nylon Mounting Washers
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Overview
(1) Sync-Gen II is a purpose-specific, sample-position accurate and tempo-grid precise External
Tempo-Sync and Transport Control Generator/Sequencer Plug-in for the Innerclock Systems
Sync-Lock, Cynq-Lock and Sync-Gen IILS external DAW synchronisation interfaces.
The Plug-in Interface can be seen as three distinct sections:
(a) The Sync-Pulse Sequencer
(b) The Transport-Pulse Sequencer
(c) The Options, Manual Control and Sync-Offset Section
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The Sync-Sequencer
The Sync-Sequencer is responsible for creating the raw audio pulses that allow the Sync-Lock, CyncLock and Sync-Gen IILS interfaces to generate their sample-accurate and grid-relative external
tempo-sync. Midi Clock and Din Sync require rapid PPQ (Pulses per Quarter Note) to keep time – 24
Pulses per Quarter Note or 96 Pulses per Bar of 4/4. Working with such rapid fire pulses in a
traditional sequencer environment is complicated because most of the pulses required fall in
between rhythmic grid positions. They are not ‘heard’ as such but they must always be there to keep
accurate tempo. The Sync-Gen II Sync-Sequencer is unique because we have designed an interface
that allows the user to program and swing the sync pulses in a variety of musically creative ways
while the software code always maintains the correct number of outgoing pulses to keep everything
perfectly in time.
Global Settings
Global Swing: Minimum = 50% [OFF] Maximum = 75% [Full]. Change the value of these
thumbwheels using the mouse. The Swing setting here is applied across all bars in the pattern unless
they have specific swing settings of their own.
Global Swing Interval: [8ths] or [16ths]. This determines if the sync pulses generated by Sync-Gen II
swing in 8th or 16th note rhythmic intervals.
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Global Pattern Length: [1] thru to [8]. This sets how many bars will be looped within the pattern.
Global Pattern Rate: WHITE Numbers – Normal Operation - [12], [16], [24], [32] and [48]. Midi
Clock and Din Sync slave devices require 24 PPQ (Pulses per Quarter Note) to match a Master DAW
tempo at a 1:1 ratio. A setting of [24] which is the default value provides a 1:1 tempo ratio between
the DAW, your Innerclock Systems interface and your external devices. If the DAW is playing at 120
BPM, the external devices will play at 120 BPM also. A setting of [48] or [12] will mean that external
devices play at double and half the DAW Tempo respectively. Settings of [16] and [32] provide for
half time and double time external triplet sync.
Global Pattern Rate: RED Numbers – Special Mode - [32], [24], [16], [12], [8] and [4]. When the
numbers shown here are in RED, the Sync-Sequencer generates one pulse for every active step. By
connecting a simple breakout box to a single Din-Sync output from either the Sync-Lock, Cynq-Lock
and Sync-Gen IILS interfaces it is possible to gain access to the raw Sync Pulses on that specific port.
Connecting a cable from the breakout box to a Step-Sequencer or Synthesizer EG provides direct
clocking from Sync-Gen II and your DAW Application. Using these Special Mode Global Pattern Rate
values provides variable clocking rates and also allows full pattern programmability because the
Sync-Sequencer Steps provide 1:1 Pulse Generation.
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Individual Bars
Step Select and Status: There are 16 individual step switches and lamps across the top of the SyncSequencer section. By default all Steps are [On] and [Active]. An active step generates a specific
number of sync pulses as set by the [Pattern Rate] and/or [Bar Rate] thumbwheel selectors.
Individual steps may be switched on/off while the DAW is playing without altering sync stability.
Bar Indicator/Selector: Sync-Gen II provides a maximum of 8 bars of looped programmable Sync
Pulse generation. You may select any pattern Loop Length number [1-8] using the [Global Pattern
Length] Thumbwheel. Select any bar with a single mouse click. This shows the steps and the
individual parameter settings for that specific bar. Bars may be selected for editing while the DAW is
playing without altering sync stability.
The Bar Indicators can have three colour modes depending on running status:
Full Red – This is the Bar that is currently playing and is also Active for Editing.
Red/Yellow – This is the Bar that is currently playing.
Yellow – This is the Bar that is Active for Editing .
Active Bar Edit: [On] or [Off]. Select any bar with the mouse and switch [Active Bar Edit] to [On].
The parameters [Bar Swing], [Bar Rate], [Bar Start Step] and [Bar Length] are now active and most
importantly override the Global Pattern settings for that specific bar only.
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Bar Swing Interval: [8ths] or [16ths]. This determines if the pulses generated by Sync-Gen II swing in
8th or 16th note rhythmic intervals for that specific bar only.
Bar Swing: Minimum = 50% [OFF] Maximum = 75% [Full]. Change the value of these thumbwheels
using the mouse. The swing setting here is applied only to the Active and Selected Bar.
Bar Rate PPQ: WHITE Numbers – Normal Operation [12], [16], [24], [32], and [48]. This allows
synchronized tempo changes for individual Bars within a looped global pattern. Same information as
for Global Rate - Slave Midi Clock and Din Sync devices require 24 PPQ (Pulses per Quarter Note) to
match a Master tempo at a 1:1 ratio. A setting of [24] which is the default value provides a 1:1
tempo ratio between the DAW and your external devices. If the DAW is playing at 120 BPM, the
external devices will play at 120 BPM also. A setting of [48] or [12] will mean that external devices
play at double and half the DAW Tempo respectively. Settings of [16] and [32] provide for half time
and double time external triplet sync.
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Bar Rate PPQ: RED Numbers – Special Mode - [32], [24], [16], [12], [8] and [4]. When the numbers
shown here are in RED, the Sync-Sequencer generates one pulse for every active step for that
specific Bar only. By connecting a simple breakout box to a single Din-Sync output from either the
Sync-Lock, Cynq-Lock and Sync-Gen IILS interfaces it is possible to gain access to the raw Sync Pulses
on that specific port. Connecting a cable from the breakout box to a Step-Sequencer or Synthesizer
EG provides direct clocking from Sync-Gen II and your DAW Application. Using the Special Mode
Global Pattern Rate values provides variable clocking rates and also allows full pattern
programmability because the Sync-Sequencer Steps provide 1:1 Pulse Generation.
Bar Start Step: [1] thru to [16]. By default all bars start playback at Step 1. Changing this setting in an
Active Bar changes the Start Step number for that bar only.
Bar Length: [1] thru to [16]. An individual bar may have any set length between 1 and 16 steps.
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Pattern Management – Copy/Paste/Default/Preset/ Save
Copy and Paste: Any individual bar settings may be copied to another. Select the bar you wish to
copy from with the mouse and click [Copy]. Now select the bar you wish to copy to and click [Paste].
Default: Click this button to return any selected bar to its default setting.
Preset: Clicking this button opens a new window that lets you:(a) Load the Default Sync-Sequencer Pattern.
(b) Load a previously created and saved Sync-Sequencer Pattern.
(c) Create a [New Preset] Sync-Sequencer Pattern.
Selecting [New Preset] brings up a new window:-
Options here are as follows:(a) [Current Settings] – This creates a new Sync-Sequencer Preset with all the current edits and
settings.
(b) [Init Settings] – This creates a new Sync-Sequencer Preset with Default settings.
(c) [Cancel] – This takes you back to the Main screen without creating a new Sync-Sequencer
Preset.
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Name: Clicking on the [Name] tab lets you edit the new Sync-Sequence name.
Save: This button saves the new Sync-Sequence and Name into the Preset List.
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The Transport Sequencer
Similar visually to the Sync-Sequencer section, the Transport Sequencer follows the same
operational principles but instead controls the Transport side of the Sync-Lock, Cynq-Lock and SyncGen IILS interfaces. This unique feature allows you to decide where you want your slave devices to
Start, Stop and Re-Start anywhere within a sequence pattern.
Step Select and Status: There are 16 individual step switches and lamps across the top of the
Transport-Sequencer section. By default all Steps are [ON] for continuous normal operation.
Individual steps may be switched on/off while the DAW is playing without altering sync stability.
Bar Indicator/Selector: Sync-Gen II provides a maximum of 8 bars of looped programmable
Transport Pulse generation. You may select any pattern Loop Length number [1-8] using the [Global
Pattern Length] Thumbwheel. Select any bar with a single mouse click. This shows the active steps,
Bar Start Position and Bar Length for that specific bar. Bars may be selected for editing while the
DAW is playing without altering sync stability.
The Bar Indicators can have three colour modes depending on running status:
Full Red – This is the Bar that is currently playing and is also Active for Editing.
Red/Yellow – This is the Bar that is currently playing.
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Yellow – This is the Bar that is Active for Editing.
System Lock: [On] or [Off]. This locks or unlocks the entire screen against accidental changes.
Pattern Length: [1] thru to [8]. This sets how many bars will be looped within the pattern.
Bar Start Step: [1] thru to [16]. By default all bars start playback at Step 1. Changing this setting in an
Active Bar changes the Start Step number for that bar only.
Bar Length: [1] thru to [16]. An individual bar may have any set length between 1 and 16 steps.
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Pattern Management – Copy/Paste/Default/Preset/ Save
Copy and Paste: Any individual bar settings may be copied to another. Select the bar you wish to
copy from with the mouse and click [Copy]. Now select the bar you wish to copy to and click [Paste].
Default: Click this button to return any selected bar to its default setting.
Preset: Clicking this button opens a new window that lets you:(d) Load the Default Transport-Sequencer Pattern.
(e) Load a previously created and saved Transport-Sequencer Pattern.
(f) Create a [New Preset] Transport-Sequencer Pattern.
Selecting [New Preset] brings up a new window:-
Options here are as follows:(d) [Current Settings] – This creates a new Transport-Sequencer Preset with all the current edits
and settings.
(e) [Init Settings] – This creates a new Transport-Sequencer Preset with Default settings.
(f) [Cancel] – This takes you back to the Main screen without creating a new TransportSequencer Preset.
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Name: Clicking on the [Name] tab lets you edit the new Transport-Sequence name.
Save: This button saves the new Transport-Sequence and Name into the Preset List.
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Options, Manual Control and Sync-Offset
Manual Start: Clicking this tab manually Starts and/or Re-Starts Sync-Gen II regardless of DAW
running status. Quantize and MIDI Assignment options are available for this feature.
Manual Stop: Clicking this tab Stops Sync-Gen II regardless of DAW running status. Quantize and
MIDI Assignment options are available for this feature.
Options: Clicking the [Options] tab opens a drop down menu that shows the following:-
Display
(a) PopUp On
When ticked/active and the mouse is clicked over any adjustable parameter the corresponding
values and name (if set) are shown on screen.
(b) PopUp Name On
When ticked/active the PopUp shows the full name of the selected parameter as well as the
corresponding value.
(c) GUI Update: [Low, Mid, Fast]
This sets how rapidly the Sync-Gen II screen interface refreshes.
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Misc
(a) Init settings from current settings:Clicking the mouse in this field resets Sync-Gen II.
(b) Out Level
Clicking on this tab opens a new window that shows the following:-
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Output Level Settings: [1-16]
These two parameters set the master output level for the Sync Pulses [Left] and Transport
Pulses [Right] of Sync-Gen II. Default settings are [Left-06] and [Right-06].
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(c) Swing Blur: [Off, Small, Medium]
When set to [Off] any swung pulses within a bar are exactly the same in terms of rhythmic timing.
When set to [Small] each second set of swung pulses has a small degree of random push or pull
applied to the timing of the sync pulses. Because the initial and subsequent odd pairs of pulses are
still grid-accurate, the overall resulting feel is very tight against the DAW audio playback but the
subtle movement in the even pairs makes for a more natural swing. A setting of [Medium] is more
pronounced.
Sync-Gen II Factory Default – All Parameters
Selecting this Menu Option allows you to return Sync-Gen II to a Factory Default state.
Background Sync and Transport Quantize
Selecting this Menu Option provides settings that control how Sync-Gen II handles background
Tempo-Sync generation and the Manual Stop/Restart Quantize Intervals.
NB: This new feature is DAW specific depending on how Plug-Ins are called or initiated by the Host
Application. Please email us if you have any questions about using this on your particular setup.
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Send Continuous Tempo-Sync when DAW is Stopped.
(a) No Continuous Background Sync: When the DAW is Stopped, Sync-Gen II does
not generate continuous background Tempo-Sync
(b) Follow Tempo: When the DAW is Stopped, Sync-Gen II generates continuous
background Tempo-Sync at the same Tempo as the Host Project.
(c) Fixed Tempo: When the DAW is Stopped, Sync-Gen II generates continuous
background Tempo-Sync at the Tempo as set in this window.
Manual Transport Quantize Interval
Clicking the mouse in this field you may can select either [Next Bar] or [Next ½ Bar]. This sets
the quantize value for the [Manual Start] and [Manual Stop] buttons on the front GUI
panel.
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Midi Panel Settings
All parameters inside Sync-Gen II may be assigned a Midi Controller.
Clicking on this tab opens a new window that shows the following:-
Click on the [Parameters] Tab and select any parameter you wish to control remotely. Next click the
[Learning] button so that it is lit green [Active] and then press or turn your Midi Controller or Midi
Key to assign it to that parameter. Click [OK] to return to the main screen.
Sync-Offset
Clicking the mouse in numerical field you may enter a value up to a maximum of 4096. This
is the number of samples Sync-Gen II may be ‘pushed’ [Advance] or ‘dragged’ [Delay]
against the DAW Tempo-Grid. Select [Bypass] when no Sync-Offset is required. Use this in a
live performance situation to time-align slow-starting external hardware with your DAW
Audio playback or in a studio recording environment to compensate for native CPU and
soundcard driver input processing latency.
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Thanks: To all our supporters and customers for your positivity and enthusiasm for all that we do.
To our customers past and present: DAWs will change over time of course and there may be things we missed in all our
strivings to build Sync-Gen II. After nearly two years of code crunching and scope analysis and beta testing over many
continents we have a very good grasp on the workings of our software and how it integrates with all the host applications.
If something seems odd, if you think something could be done better or simpler, or if you feel a new feature might make
Sync-Gen II a better system – please let us know.
Respect to you for knowing the difference and to the original Friend-Chip GmbH Berlin team, Garfield Electronics USA and
Roger Nichols (RIP) for blazing the sync-trail back in the day.
Design: David Lackey and Warren McAlister for Innerclock Systems Pty Ltd
Code: Xavier Oudin for Xils Lab.
All text and images copyright Innerclock Systems Pty Ltd 2013.
No text or image in this document may be reproduced in part or in full without prior written consent.
www.innerclocksystems.com
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