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FIGURE 5: Record/manipulate panels with main preset

From left to right again, first we find the main preset.  Then the Record section, used to designate the increment (in steps from 1 to 24) to begin recording.  The Manipulate panel (here seen in pale blue) allows for a diverse set of operations, beginning with normal pitch and alternate pitch transposition during playback.  The next two sections, toggled by u and m, allow the MIDI keyboard to act as switches.  (1) Each of the 24 MIDI keyboard notes C2 through   B3 corresponds to an increment that can be either an alternate note or the normal note you recorded.  (2) The MIDI keys C4 through B5 turn on and off the corresponding increment (this is all seen graphically in the portion illustrated in Fig.1).  In this same illustration you will see the corresponding note names for each increment.  The Reset pattern w velocity, toggled with the letter v, allows you to restart a sequence by pressing the MIDI key D#1.  The harder the velocity, the farther up the increment ladder the sequence starts.  Next are Random velocity and Random duration controls, activated by toggling c and x. The range boxes set the overall range through which the velocities (1 – 127) or the durations (in milliseconds) operate.  Then, you have the Pattern direction (up, down, and up-down) and all notes off controls. 

FIGURE 6: Alternate Rhythm

Finally, the Alternate rhythm panel works in conjunction with the Tempo panel above, in that when it is toggled on, an alternate set of semi random rhythms occur, from steady rhythm at the first button, through increasingly varied rhythms.  The initial pulse is taken from the Tempo green number box in milliseconds.

FIGURE 7: Random pitch order within selected range

Found at the top of the playpen and to the top left are an assortment of random controls.  The ones above, when toggled, cause whatever set of pitches is sounding to play in random order within these specific pitches. The + normal toggle introduces a second pitch -- the accompanying normal pitch – to sound along with the first. Note also the green box showing the MIDI note being played by the MIDI keyboard controller.

FIGURE 8: Auto Random Track parameters

This area deals again with the two selection features found in the 24 stage increment panel – the decision to sound an increment or to have it be muted (ON/OFF), or the decision of whether or not to sound an alternate or a normal pitch for each increment (PITCH). The left column denotes the lowest note in the increment panel that the feature operates on, and the right column denotes the average number of notes that pass before the sequence reverts to the normal state (which is the state without the ON/OFF or PITCH toggles being checked).  This feature randomizes these choices according to the criteria just described. 

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