The Rack is where you mostly compose your output by adding and removing Clips, loading Patches, starting and stopping Slots.
The rack has 2 Buses each having 4 layers with 8 channels. The bus can be quick selected by using the 'A' or 'B' buttons, and each slot is assigned to the keyboard as indicated by its label.
TIP: You can switch back and forth the active Bus by using the TAB key.
Bus A is on the left and Bus B is on the right. In the middle is the 'Trashcan' and the Workbench slot.
The current selected slot (shown by the yellow box outline), has its details displayed in the slot parameters panel below the rack.
You drag and drop
- Clips from the Library to the Rack
- Between the Workbench and Rack
- Between any slot on the Rack, swapping and moving the Clips around
- From the Rack to the Trashcan to Eject Clips
- Each layer has a 'Muted' and 'Solo' option, and a manual in the mix override
Slot playback and slot triggering options have some global controls. These are either side of the top section of the screen as shown above.
Master Speed and overrides on the left
The large (light blue) slider controls the playback speed of everything (except if a plugin ignores it!), you can slow to a stop, or speed up as frenetic as possible.
- The horizontal slider is a Global Speed override control with reset button
- Pause, 1/4, x4, x16 speed override options
- JG - when enabled the speed override slider will jump back to default on release
- RST - resets the override speed to none
- < - Reverses Global playback
- Sync - re-triggers all playing slots and tapes from start points
- Beat Tap - tap 8 times to set a BPM. This is used to calculate / auto speed clip playback when the 'NB' option is enabled
- NB - (Nearest Bar/Beat): for any clips triggered when this is enabled, adjust the clip speed so its total playback length fits to the the nearest power of 2 bars. e.g which ever of the these bar counts would change the playback speed the least 1 bar, 2 bars, 4,8 16,32 etc... (if the clip is very short then will fit to beat)
On Far Right
- There is a Master Level (green slider) will fade Screens to and from black OR a Interlude setup
- OFF - toggles an auto fade of the Master Level
This panel has 3 areas,
The 4 buttons above the Bus B preview are mostly for touch screen usage.
- SWAP - (ALT Key) select two slots or fx plugins to swap them around
- SHIFT - (SHIFT Key) toggle alternative action, e.g. Trigger OFF, or Clone rather then swap
- TRIG - Trigger slots with mouse / touch rather then just select slots
- GKU - (General Key Up Mode) when enabled many of the controls become 'Momentary' switches rather the toggles, i.e On when pressed, Off when released, esp the Hot snap shots.
Trigger behavior controls
The other buttons effect slots as they are played.
- Sideways 8 Loop playback, <> Bounce playback, < Reverse Play. These become the default playback state for any triggered slots which haven't been locked into a their own play state. (see slot details)
- RT (re-trigger) and slice count - when enabled will re-trigger from the next start frame, when disabled slots continue from their last frame played. Slice counts, 1 always starts on the first frame, 2 toggles between first frame and 50% of clip length, 4 splits the clip into 4 parts, rolls through first frame, 25% 50% 75%, and 8 splits the clip into 8 parts
- LTP - Loop on Trigger Points, loop within current trigger points.
- PTP - Progress Trigger Points, next trigger starts on next point.
- KU - (key-up): when enabled will stop slot playback on key release or midi off command.
- TG - (Toggle): when enabled will stop/start slots when triggered
- AS - (auto select): when enabled will auto select each slot as it is triggered
- XAS - (FX auto select): when enabled auto select each FX slot when triggered.
- DAS - (Driver auto select): when driver panel follows slot trigger
Note: there is an Auto Play option in the User Configuration panel which will cause clips to start playing as soon as they are dropped into a Rack slot.
Transition Speed (TX) controls
This is the speed that any slot transitions or trigger auto cross fades will run at. With reference to the current BPM.