Sytrus - The Main Module

The main module contains some global settings for the current patch. It provides less experienced users with easy to use global filter and volume envelope levels, allowing them to adjust the existing patches to their preferences, even if they lack experience in the programming of FM synthesizers.

Master Levels

Global Volume Envelope Levels

These properties allow you to define global offsets to the volume envelopes of all modules in the patch. Please note that if the patch does not use ADSR Vol parameters these will have no effect.

Global Filter Envelope Levels

These properties allow you to define global offsets to the cutoff/resonance filter envelopes in the patch. Please note that if the patch does not use ADSR filter parameters these will have no effect.

Unison Mode

The highly customizable unison mode is a great feature that allows you to quickly add depth and texture to even simple sounds. Unison works by triggering a user-defined number of 'subvoices' for each note played. Each sub-voice can have slight variations of panning, volume, pitch, phasing to generate a thicker, softer sound with rich stereo spread.

The global unison settings are:

NOTES: Several Unison variations are selectable from the Effects section of the Options menu () The Unison is also fully programmable via the unison mapping envelope available in the articulation section for each module.

Keep in mind that unison triggers real voices rather than simulating FX via audio processing (such as the Chorus effect in the effects section). The polyphony of Sytrus in unison mode is multiplied by the number of unison voices (in the case of a sub-level higher than zero, an additional copy of each subvoice is generated). This can use a lot of CPU if not used carefully, so use unison mode with a moderate number of voices and try to use the integrated chorus effect if you don't want to use any of the advanced features of the unison mode.


Modulation (X/Y Controller)

The modulation interface represents two adjustable controllers (horizontal and vertical direction). These have no inherent effect on patch sound and parameters, but are provided so they can be linked to real-time controllable parameters within the articulation section of each of the Sytrus modules.

To set the values of both controllers, drag inside the controller screen or adjust the knob values provided for the X and Y values.

You can also set the initial Mod X/Y values for each note via the Piano roll properties (in the Note Properties menu you will find two additional entries: Mod X and Mod Y).

The Smooth option can be enabled if gradual smooth changes are preferred over quick changes for the linked properties and articulators.

For more information on the Mod X/Y mappings, see the Envelope Editor.

Equalizer (EQ)

Sytrus includes a parametric 3-band equalizer, which can filter the effects module signal and/or the output signal.

Misc Settings

Quality Settings

The quality settings are split into two sections - draft (real-time) and rendering, thus allowing you to optimize Sytrus for real-time performance and for high-quality output during rendering.

Info / Comments

In this area you can assign the patch name and author name, as well as add any comments on the patch usage (such as X/Y controller usage, recommended patch usage, etc.)