||Deluge 2.1 beta testing
| br>I´ve posted it on the Deluge-Octatrack thread, but it deserves an extra thread. The beta testing for the new firmware has begun and its beyond MASSIVE. This is the message of Rohan in the facebook beta testers group:
Hello Deluge beta testers! I'm extremely excited to present to you Deluge firmware V2.1.0-beta1!
Feast your eyes on this list of new features and improvements.
-- Automatic pitch detection and transposing of all samples loaded into “synth” instruments, including single-cycle waveforms
-- Waveform view
-- Higher quality sample pitch adjustment / sample rate conversion
-- Higher quality and less CPU-heavy pitch shifting and time stretching
-- AIFF file support
-- 8-bit WAV file support
**MIDI / gate**
-- Greatly reduced jitter on MIDI, gate, and trigger-clock output, regardless of CPU load
-- When MIDI clock or trigger clock output is enabled, stopping all tracks and then starting one again no longer restarts the clock
-- Can set to ignore MIDI clock input
-- Adding / deleting instruments directly in arranger - press an unused “audition” pad to add
-- Learn input MIDI channels to instruments in arranger - press learn + an audition pad like in track view
-- Arrangement recording from live performance in song view
-- Automation of “affect entire song” params, in arranger only
-- Can import a whole folder of samples as a kit
-- Collect media tool - copies all song’s samples to folder
-- For certain sample params (MODE, REVERSE, SPEED, PITCH/SPEED), holding affect-entire while editing the param will apply the change to the whole kit
-- Further, sizeable improvements to CPU optimization, leading to increased polyphony
-- Horizontal scroll position numeric indication is now present in arranger, and has been changed everywhere to the more standard “bar.beat” format (let me know your thoughts on this change?)
-- Settable defaults and randomness for tempo, swing, key and scale
-- Multiplying a track now alters notes’ iteration dependence to keep the piece sounding the same where possible
-- Sidechain and pitch adjustment at the “kit” level, under “affect-entire”
-- Can now see and change a track’s preset when holding down a pad on it in song view
-- Factory reset function - hold down the select knob when powering on
** Multisampling ** (see video, though it's since been changed so you no longer auto-import with the shift button: http://www.synthtopia.com/…/synthstrom-audible-deluge-2-1-…/ )
“Synth” instruments are no longer limited to having just one sample (per “oscillator”) across all notes - different “ranges” of notes may be set up with different samples. This is especially helpful for replicating the sounds of acoustic instruments by importing recordings of various different notes.
When entering the “browse” shortcut for a sound's “oscillator”, you are first prompted to select the range of notes you wish to select a sample for. The default option is “BOT-TOP” (bottom to top, meaning applying to all notes).
The easiest way to set up a multisampled instrument, if you have its various recorded notes all in the same folder, is to go into that default “BOT-TOP” range, browse to the folder, and long-pressing down on the select encoder, either while viewing that folder’s name or a file in it. Select “MULT” from the resulting context menu. The Deluge will import all samples in the folder, perform pitch detection on them, and set up note ranges for them based on those detected pitches. This will work whether you have a separate sample for every single note, or a smaller selection of files and notes, in which case the Deluge will set up ranges with bounds halfway between neighbouring samples’ pitches.
The Deluge’s pitch detection algorithm does a fairly good job on its own, but will then also compare its results to the sample files’ names. If it realises that it’s got the samples in the wrong order, it will re-evaluate the pitches. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have your samples named alphabetically from low notes to high notes. Numbers and note names are taken into account when looking at the order - e.g. the Deluge knows that “B#2” comes before “A3”, despite B being later in the alphabet than A. Only the ordering of the files is important though - the Deluge does not read the actual note names - just looks at the files’ ordering and then uses its pitch detection for the rest.
You can also manually edit the multisample note ranges. When selecting a range (e.g. after pressing the “browse” shortcut), the existing ranges may be flicked through by turning the select knob. They will display in the format of “A2-D2”, meaning that the range covers the notes A2 to D2, inclusive of those notes. Sharps are represented with a “.”, and “BOT” and “TOP” are used to mean that the range applies all the way to the bottom or the top.
To edit a note range’s bounds, turn the <> knob to select either the lower or upper bound (it will blink). Then turn the select knob to edit it. The corresponding boundary of the neighbouring range will be moved as well to accommodate the change.
To insert a new range, hold the shift button and turn the select knob clockwise or anticlockwise to create a new range above or below the currently selected one, respectively. And to delete the currently selected range, press the save/delete button.
** Loading a whole folder as a kit **
Similar context menu. Long-press the select knob on a folder (or a file in that folder), and select "ALL". The slicer option now lives in this menu too. The menu is only available if it's a brand new kit.
** Waveform view ** (see video: http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2018/08/21/synthstrom-audible-deluge -2-1-multisampling-sneak-preview/?fbclid=IwAR1IWWh3Z2_nTmyBgCJmqgGUtrb tSlh3W8wiYdjGO47AURQdbt4y-w2sYW8
Waveform view allows you to view sample waveforms as a low-resolution graphics on the Deluge’s pads, and edit a sound’s set start, end and loop points.
The view is entered via the zone start and end shortcuts for either of a sound’s “oscillators”.
You may scroll and zoom using the <> knob, in much the same way as in the Deluge’s other views.
You will notice the a green and red vertical bar, representing the set start and end points respectively. One will be blinking by default, meaning it is selected for editing. Tapping any of these points will change that selection.
For the point that is selected for editing, you may move it by tapping where you want it to go, or turning the select knob.
Loop start and end points may be created, and may then be edited in the same way. To create a loop start point, hold down a pad on the regular start point, and press a new pad to its right. To create a loop end point, hold down a pad on the regular end point, and press a new pad to its left.
** Arrangement recording from song view **
You may wish to place track-instances in the arranger by way of recording a “performance” in song view, launching and stopping tracks as you wish and tweaking parameters as you go.
In song view, this mode is activated by pressing record+song. This will immediately begin playback, with the resulting music being recorded into the arranger. The record and song buttons will blink fast to indicate that this mode is active. Recording will stop when you end playback, or if you press either the record or song button.
While arrangement recording is active, some functions are not available - for instance you cannot delete tracks or enter track view or arranger view.
You can however adjust track parameters from song view by holding down a track and turning a gold knob. You can also use MIDI inputs to affect parameters, or play notes, and these changes will be recorded into the arrangement too - see further details below.
As tracks play, your performance is recorded into the arranger by way of track-instances being placed in the arranger on the relevant instruments’ rows. These track-instances refer back to the original track (i.e. they have coloured head-squares), so if you modify the track later, the change will show up in your arrangement too. You can always clone these track-instances into unique instances in the arranger if you wish.
If you adjust any track parameters or live-play any notes by MIDI, however, the corresponding track-instance is instantly cloned into a unique instance, and your adjustment is recorded into that new copy of the track which exists only in the arranger, and will not affect the original track which exists in song view.
When you begin arrangement recording, the recording of your performance in the arranger will begin from wherever your current scroll-position is in arranger view. (This defaults to time 0 for new songs.) Anything which previously existed to the right of this start-point is immediately deleted to make way for what you are about to record. You can, however, undo arrangement recording by pressing back, which will also restore whatever arrangement existed previously.
If you instant-launch a track (shift + launch pad), then it will be placed in the recorded arrangement as if it had been played right from the start of that loop - this may be helpful if you forget to launch something quite in time.
** Collect-media tool **
This tool allows you to collect together all sample files which a song uses, allowing you to transfer the song to another SD card, or give to another Deluge user.
When saving your song, after selecting the slot number, long-press the save button. A context menu will appear with just one option, "COLL". Select that. Now, as the song is saved, a new folder is created with the same name as your song file (inside the SONGS folder on your card), containing all copies of your song’s samples.
To transfer the song to another card or user, both the song file (e.g. “SONG100.XML”) and the song folder (“SONG100”) need to be placed in the SONGS folder on the destination card. The song can now be loaded from that card with all its samples.
As soon as a song loaded in such a way is re-saved, the samples are all copied into that card’s normal SAMPLES folder.
The Deluge automatically adds a string of random characters onto the ends of Deluge-recorded samples, so there won't be confusion / overwriting between Deluge users who all have a different e.g. "REC00001.wav" file present.
** Higher quality sample pitch adjustment **
This sounds "better", and less "bitcrushed" than the "linear interpolation" that was used previously. It defaults to on. However you can manually revert back to linear interpolation, which might give a desirable sound in some cases - there's a menu option - OSCx->INTerpolation. Old song files for which sample pitch was adjusted have it default back to using linear interpolation - so your existing songs should sound the same as before.
** Defaults submenu **
"DEFA" in the settings menu allows you to set default tempo, swing, key and scale to be applied to new songs. You can also set most of these to have a "range" within which a random value will be selected each time - to do that, turn the <> knob left or right to edit the minimum or maximum. br> br>
| br>These guys are insanely amazing with the power they give their instrument in each release. This is 'the' instrument for people that like updates and product support. These guys exceed wild expectations even. br> br>
| br>And they’re in stock , could arrive before Xmas if ordered..
Unfortunately I’ve stopped buying things at the moment.
Great support / device from a small developer.. br> br>
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