asked Mar 19 '19 at 23:18 by DNEAVES (26)

This idea may fall flat, due to the fact that this effect can be done without the idea of per-note macros. But I think it would be a neat idea none-the-less.

So we do have the standard per-note controls, like velocity, gain, etc. But what if we had 4 per-note macros?

These macros could be assigned to any/all parameters along your chain of effects. But unlike automation curves, these are adjusted on a per-note basis (obviously).

An obvious example of the use of this would be to assign the 4 per-note macros (I'm abbreviating that as PNM's from now on) to each of the ADSR parameters, either from the main envelope of the synth, or a DCA plugin anywhere in the effect chain.

But it could be used for anything, really. If you wanted to assign it to the gain of an oscillator into another oscillator in an FM synth, you could do that. Modulate a low/high pass filter, per-note? Yep. And exactly how current macro knobs can be assigned to as many parameters are available to them, so could these. Whatever combination of effects you wanted to modulate per-note, you could.

Now the placement and modulation of the actual macros themselves: I think that the knobs and their macro assignment buttons would be on the left of the effect chain (when viewing the effect chain), and typically hidden by a button on the effect chain label. (*Note: I'm still on BW 1.3.16, so I'm not sure if that "effect chain label" is still a thing in version 2.0+, or if it will continue to be a thing in version 3.0+. I really need to update my Bitwig, hopefully I can when 3.0 comes out). For the actual adjusting of the parameters, it would be exactly like adjusting velocity (either method), just with 4 new options.

Lastly, "Why would I use this, when I can just use blocky automation curves and existing macro knobs?" It would essentially be two different ways of the same idea, but it would come down to a matter of preference. Some people might like the idea of PNM'S, and it could help them produce. It's a thing you don't have to use, but could, and if you like it then cool. If not, then don't.

So what would you all think of this idea? Worthwhile, or not so (due to already explained reasons)?

There's feature called Stack voices. Instrument can have 5 of them and then there's modulation arrow for each of them and also Stack Spread modulation. It works like Unison, but you chose on your own which differences each 'voice' stacked will have. You can also assign it to effects of the instrument.

Then, if you want modulation for each consecutive note, then you just use Note Counter modulator, maybe in combination with Math modulator, to have relative modulations.


answered Mar 22 '19 at 16:19 by xiso (76)

edited Mar 22 '19 at 16:20

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