What are Note Kits in Arcade?
Note Kits provide up to 88 keys of chromatic playability allowing you to play chords, melodies, basslines and more. You can download Note Kits from your favorite Lines, or create your own Kits.
Just like with Sample Kits, hover your mouse over a Note Kit, select Download Kit, wait for the kit to download, then select Play Kit.
Playing Sounds In Note Engine:
Note Kit interfaces are similar to Sampler Kits with one major difference: the keyboard. Eight full octaves present themselves on the bottom of the kit and provide visual feedback on which notes you play, while the four unique Macro sliders offer easy sound manipulation.
Note Engine is polyphonic, meaning you can play more than one note at one time. You can use an external MIDI controller to play notes, or you can use your computer’s QWERTY keyboard.
If you are using your computer keyboard in your DAW to play a Note Kit, look for a feature often called “Musical Typing” or "Virtual Keyboard" - here is a screenshot of the Logic Pro Musical Typing display:
For more information on using Musical Typing features, check out this article.
How Do I Modify My Sounds?
You can easily modify, change, add, and remove the Sources used by clicking the Tweak button to the right of the Kit name. Inside the Tweak menu you'll be met with an advanced set of controls that can be changed via the digital encoders within each Layer.
Layers allow the user to add up to three sound sources to be played simultaneously when pressing a key. You can select different Sources by clicking on the Source name under Layer A, B, and C sections on the far left of each Layer section. Different Source icons correspond to different types of sources, such as one shots, or Pads.
Once selected, the Source Browser will open, allowing you to search, preview, and download samples to use in your Note Kit. Once you’ve found the perfect Source to Layer, double click to replace the existing source.
What are the additional controls in each Layer?
Layer Edit provides access to additional parameters such as Tuning, Filter, and Envelope Controls which allow you to further tweak any Source.
For beginners, an Envelope refers to change over time, often displayed as ADSR controls - Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. Arcade also includes a Hold parameter, allowing you to pause between Attack and Decay.
Several other features to note in Layer Edit:
-Waveform and Loop Splice/Edit
-New Round Robin Loop function
-Tune feature in Semi/Centitones
-Filter with several cutoff/rolloff presets
-Amp Envelope, Filter Envelope, and Pitch Envelope
-Advanced Settings including Range and Legato
-Master Volume and Pan functions
If you have any specific questions about how to use Note Engine or other features of Arcade 2.0, please reach out to our support team.