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Gener8 LFO Tutorial

As promised, here’s a little tutorial on the new LFO feature in the Launchpad module 😀

This Tutorial goes through some of the ways to implement LFOs into your compositions by effecting controllers and settings in the (at) Filter module.

 

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Gener8 Upd8 0.62

Today is the day for the latest incarnation of Gener8. Exciting new features. Bugs defeated. What more can you possibly want.

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NEW FEATURES 0.62

  • LFO generator integrated into the Launchpad module.
  • DMX input & output triggers from the Launchpad.
  • Novation Launchpad S Support.
  • Novation Launchpad Mini Support.
  • New media select mode behaviour in Novation Launchpad. Now changes media of ‘selected’ Clips, rather than ‘active’. Active Clips can now have their media changes quantised by using the Novation Launchpad’s media mode.

 

FIXED BUGS

  • Korg NanoKontrol2 issue fixed – (I hope, cannot test yet – please feedback if this re-occurs. The Nano2 is not yet supported, but should not cause problems as did with version 0.60-0.61.)
  • MIDI clock now produces timecode correctly in Loop mode.
  • Zero Division Error’ in Editor module corrected. Mostly – there may be more situations which cause this.
  • Duplicating Clips problem fixed. Copy / Paste of Clips now works correctly again.
  • Loading Clips from the library issue causing scrambled Clip data fixed.
  • Probably some other fixes I forget…

 

Tutorials of the new features to follow…

It’s about time for a new update to Gener8!

In the following week (if all goes well), I will be publishing version 0.62.

Things to look forward to in 0.62:

  • LFO Generator within the Launchpad module. (3 LFO’s – 6 Waveform types, and an extended range to the BPM LFO)

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LFO CONTROLS FROM WITHIN THE LAUNCHPAD MODULE

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APPLYING LFO VALUES TO CONTROLLERS IN THE EDITOR MODULE

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  • Send and receive DMX triggers from Clips.

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  • Novation Launchpad 2 & Launchpad Mini support.
  • New media selection behaviour from Novation Launchpad. Alter media of non-active Clips, and quantise the media changes of active Clips!
  • More bug fixes!

I will of course be giving a more thorough explanation of these new features when the update is ready…

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Mapping Festival 2014

 

Oh yes, you lucky people! I will be appearing at the Mapping Festival in Geneva this May to host a workshop on Modul8 module creation, with the one and only Gael Lupin (writer of the Modul8 Modules Manual).

We’ll be covering practically everything there is to know about making module for Modul8 and maybe some other treats too.

So, if you’re in the area and want to brush up your skills, or even gain some new ones, come join us. Places are limited so get your name down fast!

FULL DETAILS HERE!!

For those of you who have never experienced this festival, it truly is something to behold – a meeting of wonderful minds and an explosion of creativity and a little craziness of course.

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One of the powerful but hidden delights of Gener8 is a sequencing method which can quickly produce small Clip sequences in a live situation: Follow Actions

So, here’s a short tutorial to help you master it.

Some salient points to remember:

  • Each Clip can have its own ‘Follow Action‘.
  • A Clip’s ‘Follow Action‘ will occur a set number of beats after that Clip has been triggered.
  • There are a number of different types of ‘Follow Actions‘ which can be applied: Increment, Random, Other, etc.

Step 1 – Prepare your Clips

To do any kind of sequence of Clips, we’re going to need some Clips to sequence. So let’s get started:

  1. Spark up Modul8, make sure you have a ‘New Project’ so things don’t get confusing.
  2. Open up the Gener8 Launchpad and Editor modules (these are the core modules and you’ll need to run these together).
  3. Once the Launchpad is ready, create yourself a few Clips on the 1st layer. To do this simply click on the preview panels on the empty Clip holders. NOTE: It’ll be useful for the sake of this tutorial to create your Clips in the same clip-slots as the image below.

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Step 2 – Assign Media to your Clips

You can skip this step, but the final result will obviously be more effective with media!

  1. Chuck some of your favourite media in your Media Panel. (select a few files from a Finder window and drag/drop them into the Media Panel)Follow3
  2. Activate a Gener8 Clip.Follow4
  3. Select a media for that Clip from the Media Panel.Follow5
  4. Activate the next Gener8 Clip (make sure the Clip trigger has stopped flashing – a useful tip when you are assigning a lot of media’s is to turn off the quantise to speed the process up)Follow6
  5. Select the next media for the second Clip. 🙂
  6. And so on, repeat until all your Clips have media assigned to them.

Tip: You can also change the media assigned to a Clip in the Clip Inspector (top left – Trig pane). There is a value for ‘Media’ number there.

Step 3 – Create a Follow Actions

As I mentioned before, there are quite a few different types of Follow Actions, but first we will have a play with the ‘Increment’ action.

  1. Select the topmost Clip by clicking on the media preview of the Clip in the Launchpad (it doesn’t need to be active, you can do this on the sly during your performance.)  Selected Clips have an orange square around them.
  2. Okay, the Clip Inspector will now be open on the top left of the Gener8 Launchpad, and will be displaying the properties of the selected clip. Select the ‘TRIG’ pane to view the Follow Actions settings.Follow7
  3. Next, set the Follow Actions menu to ‘Increment’. You will see a further setting appear, we’ll leave this at the default setting of ‘1’ for now. Time for some explanations…Follow8

How Does a ‘Follow Action’ Work?

Okay, now we have a Follow Action in place (in the above instance it’s an ‘Increment’ action), the next time this Clip is triggered, it will send out a secondary trigger which will occur a set number of beats after the initial Clip is triggered. You have options for which Clip is triggered next, and how many beats will occur before the ‘follow trigger’ happens.

You can only:

  • Trigger Clips in the same layer.
  • Delay triggers by whole beats.

Everything else is pretty much game, but remember – changes to a Clip’s Follow Actions settings will not take effect until that Clip is re-triggered.

Step 4 – Let’s make a Follow Loop.

We have an Increment action on our 1st Clip, let’s see if we can make a simple sequence which works in a loop.

  1. Select Clip 2 and make a further ‘Increment’ action for this Clip, only this time let’s set the ‘INCR.’ value to ‘2’.Follow9
  2. Now select Clip 4 and again make another ‘Increment’ action. This time we will set our ‘INCR.’ value to ‘-3’.
  3. Re-trigger Clip 1 and sit back while you sequence plays…Follow10

So, how is this working?

Our 1st Clip has an increment value of 1, which means it will trigger the Clip ‘1’ space below it, which is ‘Clip 2’.

Clip 2 has an increment value of ‘2’, so it will trigger the Clip ‘2’ spaces below it: ‘Clip 4’.

Clip 4 has an increment value of ‘-3’, so it will trigger the Clip 3 spaces above it: ‘Clip 1’.

Clip 1 has an increment value of ‘1’, so…. are you getting the idea?

Positive incremental value trigger Clips below the current Clip. Negative incremental values trigger Clips above the current Clip. Zero values simply re-trigger the same Clip.

Play around with the settings.

The most enjoyable way to learn something is through play, so have a go at changing the values until you’re happy with how they behave.

  • Change the ‘beats’ value to adjust the timing of the Follow Action.
  • Change the style of Action to get familiar with the different results.
  • Make sure you make some other pages to see how far this can go.

What are all these settings?

Okay, explanation time again. Here’s a little run through all the options.

  • Increment – Triggers to a specific Clip by using a numeric value (positive = move down, negative = move up, zero = re-trigger).
  • Random (All) – Triggers any Clip on the layer, on any page.
  • Random (Page) – Triggers any Clip on the same page.
  • Other (All) – Triggers any Clip on any page except itself.
  • Other (Page) – Triggers any Clip on the same page except itself.

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 ; )

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:

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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:

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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!

So here we have the new ‘(at) LFO to DMX (DMX)’ module for Modul8.

It’s basically a router for applying the Global LFO output (from my LFO Global module) to DMX channels. Much like the other LFO routers I have written for Modul8 keywords/controllers.

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For those of you who don’t know the LFO module and a still using the BPM router, it has 2 Low Frequency Oscillators (one of which can feed back into the other), and 1 BPM controlled waveform. All oscillators can produce a number of different waveforms (sine / tri / ramp / cut / square / random), and output the result through the sharedDictionary to other modules such as this new ‘LFO to DMX’ one. There’s even a version of the Filter module which accepts Global LFO inputs, so you can keep your whole composition synced to the same oscillations!

Now, I’m not a big (or small) user of DMX gear, and I don’t actually have any to hand (so I’m not even sure why I spent the afternoon putting this thing together). Therefore, I haven’t actually tested it on any proper lighting rig – but that said, I’m pretty confident it’s gonna do the job, as all the maths tests out okay. Just seemed like it should exist, so I made it. It would be pretty cool to get some feedback though, so if you fancy having a play around, please do let me know how it goes!

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!

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

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

Layer Sequencer Bug Fix

An issue which created a conflict between the (at) Layer Sequencer v2.2 module and the Gener8 modules is now resolved.

If you have been using the Layer Sequencer in conjunction with Gener8, you will probably have experienced some freezing of the Clips after triggering them in the Launchpad module.

I advise anyone running Layer Sequencer v2.2 to update to the new version in the online modules library (open the Modul8 app, click the Modules menu, then select ‘online library’, version 2.3 will be available in the public section).

Just to let you all know that I have made a small improvement to the Clip Follow functions in the Launchpad module, giving you two more modes to improve your creative flexibility.

New modes are:-

Top Clip – triggers the topmost Clip in the vertical block.

Bottom Clip – triggers the lowest Clip in a vertical block.

These new function are available in the Beta download Gener8 Launchpad v1.3.1 – email me for the links.

More functions are on the drawing board…

BUG REPORT: Also, I’d like to warn you that my fears over the issue with media changes not informing the editor module correctly about media length were understated.

It appears that changes to the media on a layer (either by yourself, or triggered by the Gener8 Launchpad) will result in the editor module picking up the length information of the previous media file and applying to the active one. The Auto Loop function will then attempt to timestretch based on false data.

I shall be rounding up my brain cells to work this one out as a priority.

Anyone with any ideas is more than welcome to come forward….

…although, that said, I think I may have just discovered a way around it – i have more testing and figuring out to be done before I can say anymore, though.

I am pleased to announce that I have now reached a level of development that I am ready to share with you all again.

This new version (1.3b), has hopefully tackled many of the bugs you were all experiencing on previous versions, and should be much more stable.

It is, however, not yet perfect (this is still a beta after all), and it will be down to your help to show me any of the limitations I may have overlooked.

As usual, please email me for the download details. I shall be putting together the package later today.

Online Manual

You can find a basic manual for Gener8 HERE.

Note: It does not yet explain the newer features, such as the extended file management, or midi mapability, but it should give you an idea of the scope of the system.

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Today, rather than working on Gener8, I have released another module for you all to have some fun with.

Announcing the LFO (global) mod!

Yes, Modul8 is riddled with LFO’s (low frequency oscillators), and I’ve never really been short of one when I needed it, but years of working/playing with analogue synthesis has made me become quite comfortable with the idea of a global LFO available from every point in the system, which is what I have done with this mod.

You’ll find it in the online library (within the Modul8 app itself – modules menu – online library – public library).

Entitled: (at) LFO (global) v1.0
also: (at) LFO Router (layer) v1.0 and (master)

Specifics:
The mod contains 2 LFO’s and one BPM controlled waveform. LFO 2 has the option of being modulated by LFO 1, giving rise to quite complex waveforms, and all three can be applied to your selected controllers in varying amounts in the router modules.

The mod makes the values of the LFO’s available through the shared dictionary. Details of how to use this are in the info section of the module itself. But if you need any help I’ll be glad to help.

I shall be writing a more extensive manual on the mods on my website. In due course.

Have fun!

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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.

Welcome to Gener8

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Welcome to the Gener8 blog.

If you have stumbled across this blog, it’s about a piece of vjing software.

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