The Advanced panel provides access to some of Arcade's deepest controls. Within the advanced panel you can tweak velocity response, block modifiers, or disable the time-stretching algorithm for a given Sample voice.
To open the Advanced panel, first click the Tweak button at the top of Arcade, then click the Advanced button from within the Sample Edit page:
Advanced Panel Controls:
The Advanced Panel features four main controls: Modifier Block, Sync, Formant, and Velocity.
When activated the Sample will not be affected by any Modifiers triggered while the Sample is playing.
Sync is ARCADE’s time and pitch shifting algorithm, enabled by default whenever a Sample is loaded onto a key. When enabled the Sample will follow the tempo you set within ARCADE and your DAW. You can adjust pitch without affecting playback speed of a Sample and vice versa.
Disable Sync by toggling the Sync power button off. The Sample will play in its originally recorded pitch tempo.
You can also set the BPM, Key, and Time Signature in which the Sample was originally recorded. The BPM Time Signature and Key cannot be edited for Factory Samples, only User Samples.
It’s recommended to edit these values sparingly since any changes to these values will update ARCADE’s database so that the Sample can be used with the same information at a later time. In general, it’s best to edit 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 Sample's BPM setting and pitch shifting is kept to a minimum. For this reason, Sample 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 Sample sound like a cello whereas turning it to the right would make it sound like a violin.
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 Sample's volume will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective MIDI key.
- Cutoff – The Sample's filter cutoff will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective MIDI key (Filter needs to be activated).
- Reso – The Sample's filter resonance will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective key (Filter needs to be activated).
- Formant – The Sample's formant filter will be controlled by the MIDI velocity of the respective MIDI key (Formant needs to be activated).