Layer Settings

The Layer Channel is not a sound generating instrument, it passes note data from its Piano roll and controller input to any number of other Channels (child channels). For example, notes played on a Layer Channel are passed to all children of that Channel. Layers can be used to create complex instruments with different samples or to mix the sound of several instruments in one Channel, controlled by a single Layer Channel. The child of a Layer Channel can be any sampler channel, Fruity Plugin generator or VSTi/DXi generator, except another Layer Channel. Related plugin: Patcher.

Setting Child Channels

To set child Channels -

  1. Open the Layer Channel so the interface is showing. You need access to the Set children button in a later step.
  2. Deselect all Channels (Left-click any Channel selector then Right-click it). Just making sure there are no unwanted Channels in the layer.
  3. Right-click on each Channel selector that you want to include in the layer.
  4. Click the Set children button on the Layer Channel and you are done.
  5. Select the Layer Channel and test. The Layer Channel should now play all child layers.

Things you can do: You can use a Layer Channel to create multi-sampled instruments by assigning unique keyboard regions to each child. You can include an Envelope Controller as one of the children and use it to automate the crossfade control. Here imagination is key, think horizontal (keyboard) and vertical (velocity, modulation, etc.) layering.

1. Levels Adjustment

This section contains controls for the volume (VOL), panning (PAN) and Pitch of the linked layers.

NOTE: The levels you set in the Layer Channel apply ONLY to the notes played through that layer. If you play a child of this Channel through its own Step Sequencer dots or Piano roll, these settings will not be applied.

2. Layering

Click on the small arrow at the top left of this panel you can access some additional commands:

3. Preview Keyboard

The preview keyboard allows you to preview the Channel instrument (Left-clicking on the piano-keyboard), set the root key (Right-click a key), and set key region (Left-click and drag on the ruler). See the Miscellaneous Channel Settings page for more information on using the Preview Keyboard.