Designing Innovative Electronic Musical Instruments
Designing Innovative Electronic Musical Instruments
Version 2.1.0 Software
Hold or tap this button to display and change the status of the Per-Split Settings printed in small rectangles above the playing surface. (Hold for momentary, tap to toggle on/off.)
This button has both momentary and toggle action. If held, it is momentary. If tapped briefly, it toggles between on and off.
The status of these printed settings is indicated by the lights in the four note pads below them. These settings are unique for each keyboard split.
Midi Mode and MIDI Channels
ONE CHANNEL: All touches are sent on the main channel.
Note: if a pitch slide is performed while another note is held, the slide is automatically quantized to semitones, insuring that the pitch of the held note is not changed. Similarly, Y-axis messages are sent only from movements of the most recent touch. (This is because MIDI Pitch Bend and CC messages apply to all notes on the channel.)
CHANNEL PER NOTE: Each touch is sent on its own unique MIDI channel, permitting unique Pitch/X, Timbre/Y and Loudness/Z messages for each touch. Played notes are rotated through the assigned Per-Note channels. Messages common to all notes (like Program Change and Volume CC7) are sent over the Main channel.
Hold for MPE mode (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) or for use with our Logic and Mainstage sounds files. The light will turn light blue and MIDI settings will be set as follows:
Left split: Main Ch 1, Per-Note Chs 2-8
Right split: Main Ch 16, Per-Note Chs 9-15
Bend Range: 24
Loudness/Z: Chan Pres
CHANNEL PER ROW: Each row’s touches are sent on a unique MIDI channel. Messages common to all notes (like Program Change and Volume CC7) are sent over the main channel.
Hold to reverse the channel order, and the light will change to the split's accent color. This is useful, for example, when using some guitar synthesizers that prefer the high E string to use channel 1 and the low E string to use channel 6.
If VIEW = Main Channel, you can view or change the main MIDI channel at right.
IF VIEW = PerNote Chs, you can view or change at right which of the 16 MIDI channels are used for per-note messages during CHANNEL PER NOTE mode.
If VIEW = PerRow Chs, select at right the first of 8 contiguous MIDI channels used for the 8 per-row messages during CHANNEL PER ROW mode.
Bend Range, Pitch/X, Timbre/Y, and Loudness/Z
This is the number of columns you must slide your finger left or right in order to send the minimum or maximum MIDI Pitch Bend value. For example, a setting of 12 means sliding left or right 12 note cells produces the maximum bend value. Set your synth’s Bend Range to the same value. Options are +/- 2, 3, 12 or 24.
Note: To change the "+/-24" option to any value from 1 to 96, hold the "+/-24" pad and the screen will display the current value in large numbers. Swipe left or right to adjust it from 1 to 96. If other than 24, its light in the Per-Split Settings screen will change to the split's accent color.
ON: Enables sending of pitch bend messages from left/right finger movements.
QUANTIZE: Enables pitch correction of initial touch.
QUANTIZE HOLD: If on, pitch will be gradually corrected after a vibrato or pitch slide is finished.
QHOLD FAST: Same as Quantize Hold but with a faster pitch correction.
For slower pitch correction, Press QUANTIZE HOLD + QHOLD FAST together. Turn both off for no quantize hold.
RESET ON RELEASE (Hidden Setting)
Press the 5th pad from the top to turn on RESET ON RELEASE, which sends a Pitch Bend value of zero when a note is released. Normally this should be off to prevent pitch change upon release for sounds with long releases. However for sounds with fast releases, if you're hearing an occasional fast pitch swept at the beginning of notes, it's because a previous note's bend value is remembered by the synth and is quickly being zeroed at the start of the new note. Turning this on will correct that.
ON: Enables sending of pressure (Z axis) messages.
Normally the value sent has a range of 0 to 127. To change these range limits, hold the On pad and the screen will display large characters. Swipe up or down to switch between the following 3 settings, and left or right to edit each setting’s value:
"L 0": This is the Low Loudness/Z limit, from 0 to 127.
"H127": This is the High Loudness/Z limit, from 0 to 127. Note that if the high limit is lower than the low limit, the output range will be inverted. Also, if these settings are changed from their default values of L 0 and H127, the On pad in the Per-Split Settings screen will be lit in the accent color.
"7 BT": Normally pressure is sent as a 7-bit value from 0 to 127. Swipe right to send a 14-bit value as two CC messages. Then you must hold the “CC11” note pad and select a CC from 0 to 31. LSB data will be sent on the CC number that is 32 higher than the selected CC. For example, select CC11 to send MSB on CC11 and LSB on CC43.
POLY PRES: Send pressure data using Poly Pressure messages.
CHAN PRES: Send pressure data using Channel Pressure messages.
CC11: Send pressure data using Control Change 11 messages.
To change the CC number, hold this pad and the current value will be displayed in large characters. Swipe left or right to change the CC number (0 to 127). If anything other than the default 11 is selected, the CC11 pad in the Per-Split Settings screen will change to the split's accent color.
ON: Enables sending of Control Change messages from forward/backward (Y axis) finger movements.
Normally the value sent for Timbre/Y has a range of 0 to 127. However, you can change the low and high limits so that the sent values will be scaled between these limits. To change these range limits, hold the On pad and the screen will display large characters. Swipe up or down to switch between the following two settings, and left or right to edit each setting’s value:
"L 0": the Low Timbre/Y limit, from 0 to 127.
"H127": the High Timbre/Y limit, from 0 to 127.
If these settings are changed from their default values of L 0 and H127, the On pad in the Per-Split Settings screen will be lit in the accent color. Note that if the high limit is lower than the low limit, the output range will be inverted.
CC1: Send Y axis movements on CC 1.
CC74: Send Y axis movements on CC 74.
Hold to select any CC number, Poly Pressure or Channel Pressure messages for sending Y-axis data. The current value will be displayed in large characters. Slide left or right to adjust the CC number (0 to 127), followed by Poly Pressure and Channel Pressure. If Poly Pressure is selected, this permits polyphonic Y-axis data over a single MIDI channel.
RELATIVE: If off, CC messages reflect absolute finger position within note cell. If on, a CC value of 64 is sent at first regardless of position of touch, and subsequent Y-axis movements increase or decrease that value.
Hold to set the starting relative value from its default of 64 to any value from 0 to 127. For example, if using Y-axis to add a modulation amount, a value of zero will the Y-axis value at first touch to be zero, then increase as you tilt your finger forward.
Color, Low Row, Special, Select Split
Select red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, white, orange, lime or pink for:
MAIN: the primary lit cells in performance mode.
ACCENT: cells lit in an alternate color in performance mode, like the C within each octave.
PLAYED: cells that are played live or received over MIDI. You can also select an eleventh option, no light, to disable lighting of played notes. Hold to select one of the following animations surrounding the pressed note pad:
• Cell (only lights pressed cell, default)
• Same (lights same-pitch notes in other rows)
• Sparkles (Roger's favorite, in white)
LOW ROW: color of the Low Row when turned on (see Low Row description.)
The lowest row can be changed to have a variety of alternate functions, conveniently operated by the thumb while the fingers are used to play notes on the other rows. The options are:
RESTRIKE: Replays any held notes.
STRUM: Replays any notes held above the cell touched in the low row.
ARPEG: Momentarily enables the Arpeggiator. Sliding your finger left or right changes the arpeggiator rate from current rate to as low as 8th notes or as high as 32nd triplets.
SUSTAIN: Acts as a momentary sustain pedal to sustain held notes.
BEND: Acts as a pitch bend strip to bend all held notes up or down. The bend range is set by the Bend Range parameter.
CC1: The low row acts like a continuous control strip sending CC1 messages from left/right movements.
To change the CC number or to select Hold or Fader operation, hold the “X=CC1” pad and the screen will display large characters. Swipe up or down to switch between the following two settings, and left or right to edit each setting’s value:
1) Hold/Fader select: Select “HLD” (Hold mode; press anywhere to send a CC value of 0, slide right up to 7 pads to increase the sent value to 127; release to send a zero value) or “FDR” (Fader mode; press to send a CC value of 0-99 proportional to your finger position that persists after release).
2) CC#: 1 (normal) though 127, followed by Channel Pressure. If other than 1, the “CC=1” pad’s light in the Per-Split Settings screen will change to the Accent color.
XYZ=16-18: The low row acts as a three-dimensional control strip, sending CC16 from X axis movements, CC17 from Y-axis movements and CC18 from Z-axis movements.
To change the CC number used for X, Y or Z and more, hold "XYZ=16-18" and the screen will display large characters. Swipe up or down to switch between the following four settings, and left or right to edit each setting’s value:
1) X-axis Hold/Fader select: Select “HLD” (Hold mode; press anywhere to send an X-axis CC value of 0, slide right up to 7 pads to increase the sent value to 127; release to send a zero value) or “FDR” (Fader mode; press to send an X-axis CC value of 0-127 proportional to your finger position that persists after release).
2) X CC#: Select CC for X axis (X1 - X127, Channel Pressure)
3) Y CC#: Select CC for Y axis (Y1 - Y127, Channel Pressure).
4) Z CC#: Select CC for Z axis (Z1 - Z127, Channel Pressure).
If any of the above CC numbers are not set to the default values, the “XYZ=16-18” pad (in the Per-Split Settings screen) will light in the accent color.
Engages one (or none) of three special playing modes:
ARPEGGIATOR: Turns the Arpeggiator on, using the Arpeggiator values in Global Settings.
CC FADERS: Changes the surface into 8 horizontal sliders sending Control Change 1 through 8 messages over the Main channel. Notice the CC1 through CC8 printing on the right edge of the playing surface.
To change the CC number used for each fader, hold CC FADERS. The screen will display a large number and 8 blue lights on the right edge, one of which is lit in green to indicate which of the 8 faders is selected. Select one of these 8 lights to select a fader, then adjust its CC number (or Channel Pressure) by swiping left or right. Note that these 8 assignments are unique for the left and right splits. Press Left Split or Right Split to view/edit the left or right split’s 8 assignments. If any value is changed from its default, the CC FADERS pad in the Per-Split Settings screen will be lit in the split's accent color.
STRUM: If on and Split is on, any cell played in this split will play notes held in the same row of the other split. For example, select STRUM in the right split, turn the SPLIT button on, then drag your finger forward and backward over the rows in the right split to "strum" any notes fingered in the same row of the left split, similar to strumming a guitar.
1) When you finger a note in the opposite split, the note will not sound until you strum it in the Strum split.
2) If you strum a row that contains no touched notes in the other split, its lowest note pitch will play, similar to strumming open strings on a guitar.
3) If multiple notes are fingered in a single row, only the highest-pitch note will play.
4) Hammer-ons and pull-offs can be performed.
5) Sensitivity of the Strum split is increased while Strum is on.
Select whether to display/change the settings for Left or Right keyboard splits. These settings are displayed in the selected split’s main color (except the Color settings.)
Also, when Split mode is off, the split selected here will play from the entire touch surface.