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The recent release of Gener8 0.6 promised extensive support for Novation Launchpad midi controllers, however it transpires that it is currently limited to the original version of the Novation Launchpad, i.e. not the newer, shinier ‘S’ or ‘Mini’ models.

On the drawing board is a functioning version of Gener8 for the ‘S’ & ‘Mini’ models, but I am still in the middle of tidying up a few bugs before this becomes a public beta. Of course, not having either of those models to hand makes this process a little awkward, but we push on nevertheless…

So, if you just can’t wait for me to find some free time to finish this up, then do contact me and I’ll pass you on a copy of the pre-release ; )

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So, here at last is some simple instructions for how to get around Gener8 on a Novation Launchpad.

KEY for notationPad numbers reference

(top left = pad-1) > (top right = pad-8)

(bottom left = pad-57) > (bottom right = pad-64)

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LP shown here in Trigger Mode before I put in the Record Arming (pad-48) & Mode Select button (pad-8).

  • Works in ‘User 2’ mode.
  • View A or B Groups (</>round buttons)
  • Scroll pages (up/down round buttons)
  • Works in three ‘modes’. Trigger/Select/Media (pad-8 to select mode)
    • Trigger Clips (Trigger mode – YELLOW)
    • Select or create clips & layers (Select mode – RED)
    • Select media from the Media Set. (Media mode – GREEN)
      • Row trigger buttons to change media pages. Access ’SP’ media  by toggling bottom row trigger.
  • Tap BPM (pad-64)
  • Start/Stop Clock. Orange = Running (pad-56)
  • Arm Timeline recording. Red = Armed (pad-48)
 
If pads become unresponsive, or you need to refresh – press ‘User 2’ button.

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Okay everyone, I’ve spent enough time on this now and it’s reached that lovely point of readiness. 0.6 is finally here!

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Tons of updates and improvements. More bug fixes than I can remember.

It’s been nearly a year since the last release (where did all that time go?), and many of those hours have gone into refining almost every function of this module suite.

NEW FEATURES IN 0.6

  • Recordable and editable Timeline for clip changes.
  • Full native Novation Launchpad support.
  • Native Korg Nano control support.
  • Syphon input support.
  • Support for new Modul8 2.7 keywords.
  • Enhanced Scrub bar for stutter free scratching.
  • Clip transition auto-fade feature. (Available in the Editor preferences)
  • Improved BPM Tap functionality.
  • Option to disable Auto-Loop function during Logical Render. (Available in the Editor preferences)
  • Deselect envelope points by clicking off the selection in the Editor timeline.
  • Edit the keyword of envelopes by text input (useful for envelopes that are difficult to pick in the main Modul8 UI)

Timeline Module:

  • Record your Gener8 Launchpad performances.
  • Dedicated module to view and edit your recording.
  • Select recorded clip events, drag to adjust timing, or delete them.
  • Adjust loop range from the timeline.
  • Zoom in for fine editing of your performances
  • Beat snapping. When dragging clip events they will stick to the nearest beat for easy editing.
  • Quantise function to tidy up your performance.
  • Beat/seconds counter display.

Novation Launchpad Support:

  • Create, Select or Trigger clips in Gener8 from the Novation Launchpad
  • Novation Launchpad displays all active clips automatically – no MIDI mapping required.
  • Select or create layers
  • Scroll pages
  • Tap BPM
  • Start/Stop Clock
  • Arm Timeline recording
  • Dedicated page for selecting media.
  • Works alongside Ableton Live (User 2 Mode)

Korg NanoKonrol Support:

  • Works in nanoKontrol Scene 3, leaving you plenty of space to map you own controls.
  • Toggles between A/B layers (top push button 9)
  • Adjust layer transparency/alpha values (faders 1-5)
  • Adjust layer audio volume (knobs 1-5)\
  • Select active row (knob 9)
  • Trigger clip on active row (bottom buttons 1-5)
  • Trigger entire active rows (bottom button 9)
  • Dedicated crossfader slider (fader 9)
  • Show/Hide layers (top push buttons 1-5)

If you’re on the mailing list you will receive a download link, and if you’re not join up and I’ll send you the goods.

I’ll be posting more info about this update over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled. So much to teach you all. I am in the process of building more tutorials and updating the manual at last too.

Hope you like it!

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One of the things I get asked fairly regularly about is how to sync Gener8 to other audio applications (Ableton, Traktor, Logic, Reason, etc.) via MIDI clock. So I thought I’d put this simple tutorial together to explain the basics.

I don’t intend to get into the nitty gritty of producing MIDI clock signals from each and every DAW out there (there’s plenty of info on the web for that, or in your favourite software’s manual, which if you haven’t already read it cover to cover I suggest you do as you’ll be surprised by some key features that are hidden away in there). And I don’t want to delve too far into getting MIDI signals into MODUL8 itself either, but I will say a little bit:

MODUL8 receives MIDI through the IAC (Inter Application Communication) Driver, so make sure you are sending your MIDI clock signals to IAC.

Also, be sure to check the IAC driver is enabled before starting up MODUL8. You can access your system MIDI settings with the ‘Audio MIDI Setup’ OSX app.

So then, we’ll begin by assuming you can get a MIDI clock signal into MODUL8. Okay then, let’s get this going…

STEP 1

Open up MODUL8, and get your GENER8 modules running. You’ll need a minimum of the Launchpad and Editor modules. (In this tutorial, we’ll be using the 0.53 version of GENER8)

Do not open any BPM module, and if you have one running, close it! – You won’t need it while running GENER8, and it will likely clash and may cause it to bug out. GENER8 has its own clock signal, which can also be accessed by other modules (info here for developers).

STEP 2

Start your MIDI clock running in your Audio app, and output it to the IAC driver.

STEP 3

Now is the time to check if we are receiving a MIDI clock in GENER8.

The Launchpad module has its Clock section to the top right. If all is good and well, it should be looking something like this:

Clock

You’ll notice the ‘MIDI CLOCK’ button. This toggles between external MIDI clock and GENER8’s internal Timecode.

Set the ‘MIDI CLOCK’ to the on position. Your clock section will now look like one of the following:

NoClockIn this image, the Launchpad is listening for incoming MIDI clock signals, but cannot find any, and gives the ‘PAUSED’ message. If you see this message, double check you are sending your MIDI clock correctly, and if in doubt: Restart MODUL8.

NoSyncQuantIn this image, the Launchpad has found a MIDI clock signal and tells us that its running at ‘BPM : 120.00’. If you see this, all is good. But we are still paused.

One more step…

STEP 4

A MIDI clock consists of 2 messages, the CLOCK message (which runs at 24 counts per beat), and the START/STOP message. So, although GENER8 is receiving a MIDI clock signal, it’s still waiting to be told when to Start.

Before you restart your DAW’s clock, now is a good time to check your Time Signature is correct.

The Time Signature of a piece of music is defined by the number of beats played in each bar. In most modern dance and western music this will likely be 4 beats per bar (Gener8’s default value), but if you happen to be performing to a Waltz you’ll want to adjust your ‘BAR BEATS’ value to ‘3’ (for 3/4 time).

Adjusting the Bar Beats value will also adjust your possible Quantize values too.

So, when you’re quite happy, restart the Clock in your audio app. Once this is done, GENER8’s clock should now look like this:

Synch-NoQuant

You may notice small fluctuations in the incoming BPM, but do not despair – GENER8 will even this out to give you a steady beat.

So, your performance should now be in perfect Sync with your audio app. Also note that any Clips using the Editors ‘Auto-Loop’ function will magically adjust to any changes made to the clock timing from your audio app. Good times. Lovely!

And while I’m at it, the ‘LINK MASTER’ option is to control Modul8’s Master Speed with the BPM. That’s this guy:-

M8 Master Speed

So then people, get creative!

Aside from other distractions, over the last few months I’ve been building the next version of Gener8. Here are the plans for the next release:

Some of these features are planned, others are already working! Most of these will be implemented for version 0.6.

Novation Launchpad support.
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Launch clips directly from a Novation Launchpad! The layout of the Novation Launchpad was such a good match for Gener8’s Launchpad module that I simply had to try this – and it works really well.
View a bank of clips, one page at a time. Trigger them individually or by row with the Launchpad’s scene buttons. I’ve implemented some transport controls, tap time etc. too. This layout works in the Launchpads ‘User 2’ mode, allowing you to switch between Ableton Live control, and Gener8 simply.

Faderfox Micromodul8 support.
The new dedicated MIDI controller for Modul8 by Faderfox will also be getting the Gener8 treatment. While the Faderfox is mostly suited to manipulating controllers for each layer, I will be integrating support for clip triggering.

• Syphon Input support for clips. Each Launchpad clip can be set to a specific syphon source, so you’ll be able to trigger your syphon input sources in time. (Modul8 version 2.7 required – currently still in beta)

OSC input and output for clip triggering, with simple mapping.

Gener8 layouts for TouchOSC.

DMX output triggers from clips.

MIDI, OSC & DMX envelopes on the clip editor. Give your clips extra oompf by linking complex data output to external devices.

Network Timecode – Link Gener8 systems without MIDI across networks for multi-screen projections.

Global timeline – Record clip changes onto an editable timeline. Edit your performances with post processing functions like ‘quantize’, which tighten your recordings by snapping them to the closest beats.

Yes, a true timeline module at last…
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There has been many posts written about building a timeline module for Modul8, and now I have a working implementation at last. This is the first concept so it’ll be interesting to see what everyone makes of it.

This module is a layer contextual module, which means that it will only show the data relevant to the focused layer. I’ve done this to keep the footprint down. The actual recording and playback is all handled by the Launchpad module. This timeline module simply allows for visualisation and editing.

I have actually been planning this timeline phase of Gener8 from nearly the beginning, and I’ve had a working sketch of this module for over a year. A timeline for live performance software is almost unnecessary, but from the standpoint of the Gener8 modules, it seemed like a logical progression. No doubt its form will develop in time too.

I’ve also been doing some serious bug fixing, rebuilding the core to improve clip transitions, and performance improvements too.

Release Date?

If all goes to plan I should have something ready for everyone to play with some time in April. No promises though.

Any comments or suggestions are most welcome!

Release 0.52

Announcing Release 0.52!

Mostly bug fixes and problem solving with this release, although some important issues have at last been tackled.

  • MIDI CLOCK Issues:

Right then, as some of you may have noticed, depending on your external clock source, when running from MIDI clock, the Launchpad clock tended to drift slightly. It is now as tight as a pair of speedos!

Any issues that affected the Clip Follow function under MIDI clock are now resolved with this update.

  • TIMECODE Update:

I have also tightened up the TIMECODE scripts and adjusted the TIMECODE protocol, making it easier to use for the developers community, and also improving performance.

Unfortunately this involves the upsetting of any other modules which use the previous TIMECODE protocols. so I am including an update of:

(at) Timecode Viewer

(at) LFO (global)

(an explanation of the new TIMECODE protocols is available here.)

  • Improved Clip Transitions:

I have made some headway into improving the visual transition between Clips, you may have noticed that it is not always as smooth as it should be….

Here we have an issue which I thought I wouldn’t be sorted till the end, but I have made a major leap in understanding. Although I feel a real solution may be at the very limits of what is possible with modules.

To explain a little:-

When sending a keyword control to update the media, Modul8 has a short delay (depending on the codec type, file size, disk access time, etc. etc.) while it preloads that media before it can be displayed on the output. Previously I have ignored this, and the results have been quite ugly in many cases. With simple media changes this problem is unnoticeable, however when changing from Clips with a complex set of filters, scaling or other effects, Modul8 was updating the other control properties before the new media kicked in (usually about 2 frames), and therefore briefly applying those effects to the previous Clip.

So, I have introduced a user definable delay, so that the media can preload before the other controller values are applied.

To access and adjust this value, click on the ‘Preferences’ button in the Editor module. Here you will find a value called ‘Media preload’. The default value is 2 frames, which seems to behave fairly well. If in doubt, leave it alone, but if you are experiencing ‘Transition Glitches’, by all means have a play. I am considering introducing a clip specific delay – let me know what you think.

This, I feel is a solution in progress, and sometimes tight delays can glitch out Modul8 to the point where controllers in the main window do not correlate to the results on the output.

This is the kind of annoying issue that users should never have to deal with, but as it is so media specific I’m afraid the ball does land in the user’s court.

  • Other Improvements:

And it’s not all boring bug fixes and stuff, some new tools have been added too.

SET WARP POINT – Accurate setting of time warping point can now be applied at the click of a button. Note, warping is still in its infancy and I will be working to smooth it out in the future.

ZOOM TO FIT – Zoom the timeline editor to fit the In-Out points of your loop.

NUMERICAL ENVELOPE VALUES – Adjust envelope points with a numerical value. Just select the point (also works with time warp markers) and adjust its value. Certain controllers still go out of range of the timeline display, but the numerical value can overcome this. I will be addressing the vertical envelope range in future updates.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you are upgrading from version 0.51, the Editor module will bug out on first run. Do not be alarmed, just restart the modules and all will be happy again. This is a symptom of the transition to the new Timecode protocol.

Clip creation, Sequencing with clip follow actions, adding filters, matching loops to BPM with the Auto-Loop function.

Tutorial 1

Gener8 – Tutorial 1 (Clip Creation / Sequencing / Filters / Beat Matching)

Announcing a new feature which is now ready, and will be available with the next beta release (1.4), MIDI Triggering.
Each Clip-Slot now has a further tab in the inspector which allows the user to set up a MIDI trigger to be sent with the start of the Clip.
The trigger can be a note value, control change, program change, or many other type of MIDI signal.
The purpose for this new feature is to allow the user to easily synchronise external audio events to accompany your video imagery. For example, Ableton Live could be mapped to accept triggers from the Launchpad which will then sync perfectly to your video clips.
This new feature works with the Clip Follow feature, so it is even possible to set up some interesting MIDI sequences straight from the Launchpad.

With regards to MIDI mapping, does anybody use any of the dedicated Ableton midi controllers, such as the AKAI APC’s or the Novation Launchpad, as I can imagine they would integrate very nicely with the Gener8 Launchpad!

It would be great to be able to fine-tune it all so that the integration is tight.

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