Click the Advanced button to open the Advanced Panel, where you’ll find deeper controls for editing your loops:
Advanced Panel Controls:
Modifier Block – When activated the Loop will not be affected by any Modifiers triggered while the Loop is playing.
Sync – This is ARCADE’s time and pitch shifting algorithm, enabled by default whenever a Loop is loaded onto a key. When enabled the Loop will follow the tempo you set within ARCADE and your DAW. You can adjust pitch without affecting playback speed of a Loop and vice versa.
Disable Sync by toggling the Sync power button off. The Loop will play in its originally recorded pitch tempo.
In the Sync section, you can also set the BPM, Key, and Time Signature in which the Loop was originally recorded. The BPM Time Signature and Key cannot be edited for Factory Loops, only User Loops. It’s recommended to edit these values sparingly since any changes to these values will update ARCADE’s database so it can be used with the same information at a later time. In general, it’s best to approach editing these settings only if they are incorrect, to begin with.
This section also contains the Note On dropdown menu. This allows you to choose between Efficient and HQ modes. Efficient is lighter on CPU, but can occasionally cause transient artifacts and smearing of transient information. HQ is heavier on CPU but preserves transients well. There’s not much of a difference between HQ or Efficient mode when your DAW tempo matches the Loop’s BPM setting and pitch shifting is kept to a minimum. For this reason, Loop voices default to having Efficient mode on.
The Formant power button engages the ability to control the filtering effect that alters the perceived acoustic resonance of a source and changes the characteristics (or ‘timbre’) of a sound. For example, turning the Formant knob to the left could make a string-based Loop sound like a cello whereas turning it to the right would make it sound like a violin.
Velocity Sensitivity – There are 4 knobs that allow you to control velocity sensitivity modulation in useful ways. Each velocity knob is bipolar, so think of it this way:
Left velocity knob setting + high note on velocity = negative keyboard velocity modulation (i.e. will turn the parameter down)
Right velocity knob setting + high note on velocity = positive keyboard velocity modulation (i.e. will turn the parameter up)
- Volume – The Loop’s volume will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective MIDI key.
- Cutoff – The Loop’s filter cutoff will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective MIDI key (Filter needs to be activated).
- Reso – The Loop’s filter resonance will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective key (Filter needs to be activated).
- Formant – The Loop’s formant filter will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective MIDI key (Formant needs to be activated).