INSTRUMENTS / GENERATORS
DirectWave - Options
To open the Options Window - Left-click on the 'Options' button above the peak-meter. The options dialog allows you to select the
Browser directories and rendering quality, and set up an automated sample VST session.
- Content Library - Click on the [...] button to link DirectWave to your sample library. The directory set here will also be the default used when saving DWP files and sample data.
- VST plugins - Click on the [...] button to link DirectWave to your VST plugin directory.
- 16-Point sinc interpolation - When deselected 64 point sinc is used. 16 point sinc uses less CPU but may produce more
aliasing for transposed samples.
- Total recall mode - Bundles wave data with the project file. NOTE: this may create large project files, but projects
using DirectWave will be directly portable to other users/machines without the need for separate sample data. By default Total Recall is disabled, and only filename references to the wave files will be
saved with the project.
- File browser - Turns the integrated Browser on.
- Import content to library - Copy imported .dwp and contained samples to the content library folder on opening.
- Multitimbral Mode - Allows DirectWave to respond independently on all 16 MIDI channels (VST only).
- Show note names in host - Informs the host what name a note has (based on the zone name) when the host requests this information.
- Use tablet PC or digitizing stylus - Switch on when using a stylus based interface.
- Switch program channel - Select the MIDI channel DirectWave responds to program changes on. The default '---' is off.
- Pitch analysis after sample load - Analyses pitch of loaded samples. Useful when creating banks from scratch.
- Auto normalize samples - Maximizes the volume of samples so that the maximum peak hits 100% volume.
- Extract root key from filename - Sets the sample root key from the end of the file name, e.g. 'Strings_C4.wav' or 'Strings - C4.wav' (note the spaces either side of the dash)
will set the Root Key to C4. So, C4_Strings.wav and Strings-C4.wav won't work.
There are additional functions available when used in conjunction with the Open > Create program from samples option. Use the file name/s with on an _ (underscore) or - separating the last
characters. Everything after the _ or - will be interpreted according to these rules:
- Multiple Commands - You can use multiple sample program settings using the +character to separate commands.
- Root notes - A through G is a root key: C#5, D2, ...
- Key range - K, it's a key range, min and max separated by a " - ". Example: 'KC3-B3' for the entire octave 3.
- Velocity range - V, it's a velocity range (between 0 and 127). Example: 'V64-127'
- Trigger group - T, it's a trigger group. There are four subtypes: TG = group index (0..99), TY = type (0, 1, 2 or 3 for normal, cycle, random and avoid previous
respectively), TF = frequency (0..100 for the percentage), TO = overlap (0..100 for the percentage)
For example: samplename_C4+KA3-F#4+V64-95+TG1+TY3+TF100+TO15.wav sets root key = C4, key range = A3 to F#4, velocity range = 64 to 95, trigger group = #1,
trigger type = avoid previous, trigger frequency = 100%, trigger overlap = 15%.
- Show load progress - Displays the load state when opening sample banks.
- Compatible velocity - Backward compatibility for velocity handling, should be left off for new banks.
- Clip volume - Try this with old banks/songs that have 'volume' issues' (too loud), should be left off for new songs/banks.
VST instrument host
- Current Instance - Host a VST instrument in DirectWave for sampling purposes.
- Selected Program - Selects a program to sample.
VST Instrument Sampler
Sets the automated sampling options. Please be aware that long sample settings combined with multiple velocity layers and small key-steps will result
in very large programs.
- Low Key - Lowest key to sample.
- High Key - Highest key to sample.
- Key Step - Number of Keys to step up from the lowest note before taking the next sample.
- Samplerate - Samplerate used when sampling VSTi plugins.
- Velocity Splits - Number of velocity layers to sample.
- Number Programs - When autosampling VSTi Plugins, you can render current program only (set to '1'), or render a number of programs. For example, Num Programs set to 16 will render
16 programs into content library. VST instruments have different number programs, up to 128. Programs and presets in a VST instrument are the same thing.
- Length (seconds) - Sample duration.
- Max release (sec) - Time to wait if the audio has not faded to zero after the note release.
- Process - Starts auto-sampling.
NOTE: The Auto sampling works as follows:
- DirectWave triggers a note (working individually through the MIDI notes Low key to High key, sampling every Step notes at each of Velocity splits velocities).
- The note is held for the duration set (Length).
- After that time, a 'note off' message is sent.
- DirectWave waits until the note is silent, if it reaches silence you will see a 'skipping release' message.
- If the note has not reached silence after the time set at Max release, DirectWave stops sampling and fades to silence (linearly).
- The samples and patch will be saved in Options > Content library AFTER you manually instruct DirectWave to do so from the Program Zone window