GrooveMaster Old School Bass Manual

GrooveMaster
Tony Newton’s Old School Bass
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User Manual
Play the GrooveMaster bass libraries from a midi keyboard, and it will sound just
like a bass player playing the real instrument. Intelligent scripting interprets the
incoming keyboard midi signal and automatically plays back the instrument the
way a real bass player would play it. For more control, any of the automatic
playback articulations can also be selected by keyboard switches, if so desired.
Both velocity-switched and key-switched playback is automatically controlled by
intelligent scripting to produce realistic bass tracks.
Quick Start
• Select your midi keyboard controller preset for a calibrated playback
response.
• “Funk Factor” (CC1, or, user selected CC) controls the way velocity will
trigger different playing techniques: a low Funk Factor setting will produce
mostly fingered sustained notes and pulled-string notes at high velocity,
while a high value will produce more slaps and pops. Assigning an
expression pedal to the Funk Factor CC will allow two-hand playing while
controlling playback technique with the foot in real-time.
• Grace notes will be triggered at a high velocities when the sustain pedal
is engaged. This setting can be changed to key-switching.(See #33)
• Bass slides can be triggered either by the soft pedal (CC67), or by any
other midi CC, selectable by the user. Bass slides can also be triggered
by a specific user-assigned key. The bass slide sample is automatically
selected depending on playback context.
• Set the limiter to your taste. It can also be switched off.
• Instrument presets provide a variety of pre-configured EQ settings.
• All automation can be user configured and allow key-switching, semiautomation, as well as tweaking of every parameter that controls
playback. Please see the Interface Controls descriptions below.
• Reset any default preset that has been changed by clicking the “Reset”
button. Individual parameters can be reset to default value by holding Ctrl
and clicking on the control.
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Interface Controls – Main View
1. Keyboard Velocity Response Presets - choose your keyboard brand
and/or model for a calibrated touch. This enables you to maintain the
same touch and feel of the instrument while switching midi keyboards.
2. Instrument Presets - provides a variety of different EQ settings.
3. Three-band parametric equalizer with on/off switch - the retro-styled
knobs control the amount of cut or boost. To change active frequency,
see the “Settings View”.
4. Limiter with on/off switch - the limiter will increase perceived loudness
and “punch” by compressing the playback.
5. Pulls - sets the velocity needed to trigger pulled accent notes. The pulls
can be turned off altogether with the on/off switch. Pulls will only be
triggered at a low Funk Factor. See also #29.
6. Slaps & Pops - turn clock-wise for more slaps and pops at lower
velocities. The velocity-automated control over slaps and pops can be
switched off to allow the slaps & pops to be controlled by key-switches.
See #11-12 and #30 below.
7. Muted Notes - controls the velocity break-point between muted notes and
regular notes. The velocity-automated control over muted notes can be
switched off to allow the muted notes to be controlled by key-switches.
See #13 and #31 below.
8. String Noise - controls how often the sound of fingers moving along the
string will be heard. The automatic string noise can be switched off to
allow triggering by a designated key. See #14 and #32 below.
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9. Detail On/Off Switch - switching to “off” will result in less high frequency
content in transitional and accented sounds.
10. Funk Factor - real-time control over keyboard velocity mapping to muted
notes, regular fingered notes, and slaps and pops. Can be controlled by
any midi cc and is by default controlled by CC1. This playback control is
very suitable to use with an expression pedal. See also #24-25 below.
11. Slaps & Pops key-switch settings - when Slaps & Pops velocityautomation is turned “off”, a drop down menu for key-switch settings is
shown:
A. “Automatic” - slaps and pops will be intelligently played back only
when the specified key is held down.
B. “Semi-Automatic” - pops will play only when the specified key is
held down. Slaps will always be velocity-switched.
12. Key Selector for Slaps & Pops Key-Switch - when the slaps & pops
velocity-automation is turned “off”, this window allows you to select a key
for key-switching slaps & pops.
13. Key Selector for Muted Notes Key - when the muted notes velocityautomation is turned “off”, this window allows you to select a key for keyswitching muted notes.
14. Key Selector for String Noise - when string noise automation is turned
“off”, this window allows you to select a key for playing back string noise
manually.
15. Reset button - when a preset is changed, the ”Reset” button will appear.
Clicking the reset button will bring back the factory settings for the preset
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you are currently using. Individual parameters can be reset to default
value by holding Ctrl and clicking on the control.
16. Settings - toggles between the interface “Main View” and the “Settings
View”.
Interface Controls – Settings View
17. No Mutes - internal control parameter for the automation of muted notes.
Sets the break-point limiting the velocity range of muted notes.
18. Legato - internal control parameter for the automation of hammer-on
notes. Controls the speed at which a note must be played to trigger a
hammer-on note. At a low setting, only very fast notes will trigger
hammer-on notes.
19. Pull-offs - controls the speed at which a note must be played to trigger a
pull-off note. At a low setting, only very fast notes will trigger pull-off
notes.
20. Pops Velocity - sets the velocity break-point between slaps and pops.
21. Rhythm Key - maps muted pats to the selected key and the key two halfsteps above. These muted pats will only play back when the “Rhythm CC”
is above 64. (See #23)
22. Rhythm CC - sets the midi CC enabling the muted pats in #22. (default
setting is CC67, soft pedal)
23. Octave Transpose - transposes the whole instrument keyboard mapping
by octave.
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24. Funky Up/Down - switches the polarity for the Funk Factor CC. For
example: an expression pedal can be configured to play back the fingered
notes either in highest or lowest position.
25. Funk CC - sets the midi CC controlling the Funk Factor. (The default
setting is CC1)
26. Slide Key - sets a key that will trigger music-contextual bass slides.
27. Slide CC - sets a midi CC that will trigger music-contextual bass slides.
The default setting is CC67, soft pedal. Depressing the soft pedal will
trigger a slide.
28. Parametric EQ Frequencies - sets the center frequencies for the three
parametric EQ controls.
29. Pulls Volume - sets the volume for the pulled string accents.
30. Pops Volume - sets the volume for pops.
31. Muted Notes Volume - sets the volume for muted notes.
32. String Noise Volume - sets the volume for string noise.
33. Grace Note function - choose sustain pedal or key-switching to control
grace note triggering.
34. Key Selector for Grace Notes Key - this window allows you to select a
key for key-switching grace notes.
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