Arcade offers full flexibility to quickly alter, morph, and manipulate the sound of a Loop using the black Modifier keys, Macros, FX, performing pitch shifts, or diving into the 'Loop Edit' controls for loops.
Accessing Advanced Pages
Edit the sound of an individual Loop
To further tweak the sound of a loop or modifier, hover over the corresponding key on the keyboard and click 'Edit.' The 'Main' Edit view of a loop page gives you control over tune, speed, loop playback modes, filter, volume, pan, fx send amounts, loop start/end markers, and envelope settings. The 'Advanced' Edit view of a loop page gives you access to the Formant filter, velocity sensitivity, and modifier block (which prevents a loop from being affected by a black key modifier). Read more about Loop Edit.
Editing Modifier Settings
In case you haven't noticed yet, the black keys in Arcade don't actually play any sound, instead they modify the playback of the Loop - so we call the black keys Modifiers. While playing a white Loop key, hold a black Modifier key for instant variation of the Loop's playback. To access the advanced controls for a modifier, hover over a black key to show the 'Edit' button for a modifier. Clicking 'Edit' will display the advanced controls for each modifier.
Resequencer is great for live remixing loops. It's a mix between a loop slicer and a sequencer. There's plenty of fine control, but randomizing various parameters will give immediate interesting results. Read more about how to use Resequencer here.
Playhead is designed to offer quick and simple variations in playback speed, loop start/end points, and reverse playback. Read more about how to use Playhead here.
Repeater is an advanced stutter effect. Read more about Repeater here.
Using FX in Arcade
Navigate to the Mixer page to access FX. Each Loop Voice can send to 2 separate FX channels (these are the 'Sends' faders - turn up the sends to hear the FX) and a Master FX channel (these are insert FX, everything routes through these). On certain kits, you might find that the sends are assigned to Macros, you can always right click to remove the macro assignment if you want.
Assigning Macros, Modulation, and MIDI CC
Right click on any knob or fader and you'll see the options to Assign Macro, Assign Modulation, and Learn MIDI.
After selecting a modulation source or macro to assign to a knob, drag the white space on the knob up or down to adjust the macro range (the range that the macro will turn the knob) or modulation amount (0 to 100% or 0 to -100%).
Setting modulation amount on the volume knob.
Setting macro range on the pan knob.
That's it! You can return to edit the mod amount/macro range by right clicking or visiting the Macro or Mod overview pages.
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