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Glossary

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These are some standard terms and definitions you may see mentioned in our Manuals and articles
  • Aftertouch
    Aftertouch is an additional key feature, which allows the use to add further performance effects when a key is pressed down. For example, whilst holding a chord or an arpeggiated loop, applying additional pressure to the keys will activate a parameter of the sound such as pitch or filter frequency. This is a great feature on a synth/controller and opens up a whole new world of creativity to the keyboard player.

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  • Automap
    Automap is a system devised by Novation, whereby parameter mapping is done automatically as the user navigates around their session with ease. When an Automap-supported application is booted up (providing the simple setup procedure on the accompanying CD has been carried out), the SL will switch to the Automap Template and do all the hard work for you. Then, all you need to do is press one button on the SL or click once with the mouse to switch between controlling different instruments and areas of the session. Each application works slightly differently due to the differences in the software but every one offers the next level of software integration and makes controlling infinitely simpler than before.

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  • HUD
    The on screen Automap window that displays your control maps. This is used to navigate the browser groups that contain your clients stands for "heads up display".

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  • Local Control
    The term is used to define whether the hardware is in control of its onboard synth; if Local Control is on (default setting) then playing the keys and tweaking the controls will trigger sounds as the synth's patches are activated. With Local control off, pressing keys and adjusting controls will just output MIDI information to the sequencer, which will either trigger sounds within the computer or return to the hardware at whatever MIDI channel is determined by the sequencer (to control the unit itself or an additional MIDI instrument connected to it).

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  • MIDI
    Stands for 'Musical Instrument Digital Interface' . An internationally agreed standard of electronic hardware, along with a language of commands, which allows suitably equipped devices to be interconnected and remotely controlled. MIDI data only contains instructions necessary to carry out a performance, not the sound of the performance itself.

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  • Patch
    Originally synthesizers looked like telephone exchanges with seperate modules linked by Patchcords. Quite soon, any configuration of these modules including the relative settings of any knobs and switches on the synthesizer became known as a "patch". The word "patch" has survived through the development of synthesisers and is still used to describe the configuration of all parameters necessary to make a particular sound on a synthesiser.

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  • Program
    The MIDI specification uses the word program (i.e. program change) to have the same meaning as patch (a preset sound on a synthesizer or sound module).

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  • Sysex
    A System Exclusive MIDI message contains MIDI data that is, in almost all cases specific to the equipment of one manufacturer. Typically used to send voice data and parameter settings between synths of the same type or between synths, sequencers and librarian programs.

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  • Voice
    Strictly the word 'Voice' means one layer of a synthesisers polyphonic capability. If a synth is 8 voice polyphonic this means you can sound 8 'voices' of the same synth patch at any one time, e.g. 8 different notes.

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