automating parameters

This page documents how you can automate module parameters while your track is playing. By changing the properties of your playing notes / synthesizers modules you can add interest to your compositions.

creating a parameter change

Currently there are three targets for parameter automation, each presented in a row in the attached screenshot:

  • A: Automating note event properties
  • B: Automating filter properties
  • C: Automating delay properties

When automating notes, the effect is only applied to the currently playing note. So changing the pitch or volume value of a previously playing note will not affect the next note on.

When automating filter and delay properties, the effect is applied to the whole instrument. The result of these parameter changes remain fixed, until the next property change.

gradual / instant transitions

By using toggle D you can activate glide. By default glide is off meaning that the parameter change will happen instantaneously.

When glide is on, the parameter change will smoothly transition from its current value to the target value specified by slider E. The duration of this transition is equal to the duration of a single step within the current pattern.

For instance: if your pattern has 16 steps, the transition will occur over a 16th note in duration. If you song is in 120 BPM, this means that the transition lasts (120 BPM / 60 seconds) / 16 steps = 0.125 (one eighth) seconds.

assigning a target value

By using slider E you can assign a target value to the property you are automating. The slider works in a range of 0 - 100 and works in percentages of the property's associated value (for instance: a percentage of the filters maximum frequency of 22050 Hz).

Except for these two. They are special:

Pitch works over a full octave (12 note) range. In order to bend a single semitone (a half note), you work in steps of 8.

Module on/off properties. When toggling a device on/off the slider must have a value below 50 to toggle the device off, and above 50 to toggle it on.

speedy editing

Keyboard users are in luck, you can quickly add a parameter automation instruction by using shortcuts:

By typing the first letter of a parameter name, you can quickly jump to the first parameter which name starts with that letter. Subsequent typing jumps to the next available parameter (for instance: type "P" to select "pitch +8ve" and type it again to select "pitch -8ve".

Glide can be toggled by pressing the "G"-key. A smooth glide between two parameter values can be automated using "ctrl + G, see Creating patterns.

Entering a numerical value alters that value of slider E. Pressing a single digit in the 1-0 range selects a decimal value from 10 to 100. By typing two digits in succession you can more precisely change the value, for instance typing : "2, 2" sets the value to "22", whereas "0, 8" sets the value to "08".