Release O Software Documentation
features of Release O require different hardware configurations. Minimum requirements
are as a follows
external memory, Model C processor, superfloppy, graphics terminal, VPK keyboard
II terminal with internal disk drive, color monitor at least 1024x768 resolution,
extended keyboard, trackball
Audio Event Editor
Direct-To-Disk, 1024K external memory, MG600 or Macintosh,
mouse or trackball
New STM module
64-Voice Poly Memory
O introduces the Mac, 100Khz inputs and the following software module enhancements;
Editor: Features allow cut and paste to any track, edit note and real-time
values, new edit filter, undo. recall and erase commands.
Page: Now remembers current location and the information format. Faster at
updating and indexing.
Sound File Editor:
Crossfade time increased and improved, new display modes, play both the current
and locked sound file.
Sound File Directory: Full
screen display of sound files and two memory buttons.
Display: Several enhancements, including improved Continue command.
Display: Redesigned for multiple Poly Bins and D-T-D routing.
Display: Redesigned for easier D-T-D output and input routing. Motion control,
time display and mark point added.
Includes new functions, routing cue lists and setting cuelist volume.
Editor: Optional waveform display, slide edit command. Play and edit cues
from new and old terminal keyboard.
Audio Event Editor:
Remote control capability
Configur: Updated to include
Macintosh and mouse.
now used for cue editing and playback
when the Cue Editor panel is open. (Later Releases altered
and added to these)
Now available with Release
O for both the Direct-to-Disk and the Synclavier system. Capable of recording
at up to 100kHz and with enhanced gain features.
FILE DIRECTORY (B-Page)
or type M to toggle the menu panel on and off.
The menu commands can still
be activated while off screen if you select the corresponding letter to the command.
FILE EDITOR (L-Page): Several new features and enhancements
INPUT GAIN: The new STM module has record and
gain settings in the L-Page (see above) for the Synclavier and the P-Page for
the Direct-to-Disk. Gain value range is -3dB to +28dB. Default is 1.0 - unity
TIMES: The use of crossfade times ith the DELETE, CUT, COPY, EXTRACT, LOOP
and REVERSE LOOP operations has been improved and is now more flexible. The maximum
crossfade length is now increased to 65.535 seconds (65,535ms).
crossfade times can be set for beginning and end of edit.
Select an edit command.
2. To select the default
crossfade time, press Return, if not...
Type the crossfade length for the beginning of the crossfade in seconds. Hit return
or type a comma if you want a different end crossfade time and enter the end crossfade
4. If you do not specify a time for
the end crossfade the length will be the same as you specify for the start crossfade.
Press return to complete the operation.
LINE: You can now choose to display a zero line.
Selecting U toggles this option.
MODES: You can select 2 display modes for drawing
the sound file on screen. Selection T toggles between the modes.
Mode: Connects sample points with a solid line
Mode: Plots one dot for each sample or group of samples depending on the display
SOUND FILES: When comparing two mono sound files
by placing one in the upper and one in the lower window using the LOCK command,
you can now listen to either sound file separately.
locked sound file can only be played using the trackball or mouse, it cannot be
played from any other input device.
A SOUND FILE: The entire system is now automatically searched when you recall
a sound file either by filename or treename.
a treename is entered the file is searched for only in the tree area.
a filename is entered in the RECALL command the following areas are searched in
order; Poly memory, Current Catalog, Winchester 0, Winchester 1, Optical Disk.
MARK START and
MARK END: When using a modify operation the
MARK START and MARK END play markers are preserved during and after the operation.
For use in multiple Poly Bin systems for moving sounds between bins. The operation
shuffles both bins to free up space and as many files as will fit are moved from
the first to the second bin.
The COLLECT, MAX TIME, and PRINT commands now ask you to verify the operation
by typing OK. This prevents activating a time consuming command accidently.
TIME FIELD has been expandedto include FEET:FRAMES as a selection.
The default time is MEASURES (NB Measures are also known as Bars outside of USA)
CTRL-C continues playing the sequence from the
current screen cursor position, not the song pointer position.
The frequency resolution and accuracy of the polyphonic sampling
voices has been greatly improved. The choice exists to use the old frequency table
for new and existing sequences, or you can use the improved table.
automatically use the new frequency table, and old sequences use the original
frequency table unless otherwise specified.
Press START plus PITCH CLASS on the keyboard to select the NEW
Press STOP plus PITCH CLASS
on the keyboard to select the OLD frequency table The choice is stored
in the sequence when you save it and automatically set when recalled.
AN INDEPENDENT LOOP
While a sequence is
playing press START LOOP plus STOP to ignore the independent loop
and continue playing.
option to select Macintosh Terminal running NEDStartup software.
THE MACINTOSH TERMINAL
RTP displays contain 'rolling' switches.
On rolling switches roll the trackball left and right while holding down the trackball
button and a series of options will appear. The selection is made upon release
of the button.
Hold down the COMMAND key while you click on a switch to step forward through
Hold down the OPTION key while you click on a switch to step backwards through
- INCREMENTING NUMERICAL VALUES
down the COMMAND key while clicking on a number or segment of a number (one time
field in SMPTE for example) to increment the number.
down the OPTION key while clicking decrements the number.
of the most useful shortcuts to remember on a Synclavier. SJH)
on a number and hit TAB to step through the time fields until you highlight the
one you wish to alter.
in the new value and hit return or TAB to move to the next time field.
EDITOR DISPLAY (Page - S)
The Sequence Editor
now allows you to CUT and PASTE to any track in any sequence. You can change note
pitches, durations, velocity and all real-time effects values in the whole sequence
or in only a selected segment. An EDIT FILTER filters designated pitches, durations
and real-time effects values when making changes.
sequence file management - saving, erasing, and recalling sequences from any catalog
in the system - can be done from the Sequence Editor.
can move directly between the Sequence Editor (S-Page) and the Recorder Display
(P-Page). Click on the icon in the top right or faster still just hit TAB.
can also undo editing or toggle between the last and next to last version
of an edited sequence using the button marked 'U'
INFO button - marked '?' now matches the keyboard INFO button operation.
POINT: You can now use the starting time of the first note on any track as
the mark point.
Set the MARK ON/OFF switch
to TRK. Then click on the desired track number.
The start time of the first
not now determines the sequence start time.
to the VPK keyboard TRACK+MARK button sequence).
VALUES: The current time of the sequencer is shown in the time display at
the upper right hand corner of the Sequence Editor. Other time display fields
appear in the LOCATOR PANEL.
The time in all these fields can be displayed
in any of several different formats;
Measures and Beats
Feet and Frames
change the TIME DISPLAY FORMAT step or scroll the switch through the different
formats. The current time at the upper right of the screen and all the time fields
in the LOCATOR PANEL change to the new format. SMPTE time code is displayed in
non-drop mode (30 frames per second) by default.
change to other SMPTE modes (eg drop-frame, 25 or 24 frames per second)
Select SETTINGS Set SMPTE to the desired mode from the selection
When executing certain editing commands,
you can use the Edit Filter to define pitches, durations or real-time effects
to be affected by the editing.
if the loudness of a timbre is controlled by velocity, you can increase the volume
of only the softest notes in a passage by setting the EDIT FILTER so that
the CHANGE VELOCITY command affects only those notes with velocity values
below a certain level.
The EDIT FILTER
works with the following commands;
THE EDIT FILTER
Step and scroll each of the items
in the Dialog Panel to view the available options.
in Values as needed or step the higher or lower.
RESET FILTER at any time to reset the filters to their default values.
finished click DONE. The filter settings are stored for use when an editing command
You can adjust the durations (LENGTH)
of all the notes or sounds of any selected track or region.
You can set the
duration of each note in the selected region to a single value, or you can scale
the notes longer or shorter.
You can add a value to each note, or you can
assign increasing or decreasing values throughout the region. Values are displayed
in the selected time display format.
a region for change by setting Start and End times.
Solo the track(s) to be changed
3. Click on CHANGE DURATION
4. Step to the desired selection in the Duration change
field as shown above.
5. Set the values by typing them
in or stepping each up or down.
6. Set the minimum and/or
maximum values if desired.
7. If you want to use the EDIT
FILTER, toggle the FILTER switch ON or OFF
8. Click the
CHANGE DUR. button at the lower left of the dialog panel or CANCEL to quit.
a minimum value is set, all notes with lower values are raised to the minimum.
If a maximum value is set, all notes with greater values are reduced to the maximum.
to ... All values set to the same value.
Durations by ... A percentage value with option of lower and upper limit.
to current value ... Add a value to all notes with minimum and maximum limits.
From ... To ... Increasing or decreasing values between the two chosen limits
same procedure applies to all other controllers and RTEs.
example of the filter in use.
Drag any time field and drop
it on any box from M1 to M8.
The time is stored in the memory location
until the machine is turned or until an alternative time is dragged and dropped
replacing the current time.
To restore the time drag the box M1 to M8 and
drop it on the field you wish to change.
When cutting and pasting,
you can now paste the notes of any track to any other track. That is, you can
cut a section of one track, placing the notes on the clipboard or in a designated
file, and then paste that section onto another track of the same or a DIFFERENT
Before you execute the PASTE, FILL
or MERGE command you must solo a destination track or tracks.
you solo more tracks than you cut, the additional tracks are filled by repeating
part or all of the paste beginning with the first track.
If you solo fewer tracks than you cut, only the soloed tracks are filled, and
the additional tracks in the clipboard or file are ignored.
You can expand or compress any section
of the current sequence to fit a designated length of time. You can leave the
durations of the individual sounds or notes unchanged, letting them overlap if
the sequence is compressed or inserting silence between them if the sequence is
expanded. Or you can choose to have them scaled to match the time adjustment.
When you use this feature, the starting times of all notes in the selected
region are adjusted. However, the click of the internal digital metronome remains
at it's original setting and speed.
TOP TIP: Before beginning a FIT-TO-TIME
operation, you should create a click track of quarter temp notes justified to
the original beat. (See 'Meter, Time and Tempo' in the Memory Recorder manual.
The clicks of this surrogate click track are affected by the FIT-To-TIME operation
thus generating a click track that remains accurate to the tempo change.
Select a region by setting the Start and End times in the Edit Window.
Click on FIT TO TIME
3. Enter a new END TIME, a new REGION LENGTH, or a
PERCENTAGE scale value.
4. To scale the durations of the notes to match
the adjustment toggle the SCALE DURATIONS button to YES. Leaving it at NO leaves
5. If you want a gradual change (ACCELERANDO or RITARDANDO)
toggle FIT INSTANTLY to FIT GRADUALLY.
6. If you want the new tempo to
continue beyond the selected region toggle the STAY AT NEW SPEED button to YES.
(NO leaves it as it was before)
7. Click FIT TO TIME to perform the operation.
8. If if all goes horribly wrong, click on UNDO.
Click on SEQUENCE FILES. A
panel opens enabling you to name, store, recall, rename, delete etc. your sequence
[SEQ #1] to [SEQ #8] represents your keyboard sequence
There is no longer the limit to the size of
pre-existing sequence files when saving from the S Page, but pre-existing sequence
files ('buckets') must be of adequate size when saving from the VPK keyboard.
NB: 'Buckets' are temporary or SCRATCH sequence storage areas for fast save
You may tree climb when recalling and saving
sequences. eg. W0:MYSEQ:MUSIC1 for a sequence named MUSIC1 stored in a sub-catalog
named MYSEQ which is itself stored on Winchester 0.
Direct-to-Disk section will be completed at a later date.
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