The Option Wheel for further Fader control
The Option Wheel is designed to give a number of features within a small space by utilising a finger swipe from the centre of the wheel to select the function. The user easily memorises the angle to swipe in this powerful, quick approach.
- Start in the centre of the Option Wheel (touch down) and the options expand.
- Use a cyclical gesture to dial through the options available.
- You can swipe (touch move) through the options in any radius from the centre. The suggested option (displayed in orange in the centre of the fader) is always the closest one to your finger (see touch (1) in this figure).
- The option is selected and confirmed when the finger is lifted off the screen surface (touch up).
If selecting looped playback before a gesture has been recorded, the Gesture Recorder will also go into recording standby as it is assumed that you would like the next recorded to be looped straight after finishing your control gesture of the fader.
- To cancel the selection, move the finger back into the centre of the wheel.
Available functions of the Option Wheel:
When activating the Record Next Gesture mode all value changes of a single movement will be recorded between the next touch down and touch up. This will enable a precise recording of your touch gesture as it happened. Activating the looped or one-shot playback will playback the gesture in the exact timing it was recorded in.
Activates the looped playback of the recorded gesture. Choosing this option while the looped playback mode is on will stop the playback. If the One-Shot Playback is active, this option will also act as a stop button for that function.
If the looped playback is activated before any gesture is recorded, the Gesture Recorder will automatically go into Record Next Gesture record standby and activate the looped playback at the moment the recording stops. This feature is great to capture a quick idea and have it played back immediately on lifting your finger from the fader.
- activate Gesture Record and Looped Playback
- record a single touch gesture
- playback starts immediately on lifting the finger
- Plays the gesture once from the beginning to end.
- Activating the One-Shot mode while the gesture is playing back in One-Shot mode will restart the gesture from the beginning.
- Activating the One-Shot mode while the gesture is playing back in Looped mode will continue the playback to the end of the gesture and then stop. This can be used to ensure that the looped playback ends cleanly at the end of the gesture. The One-Shot playback can also be restarted by swiping quickly from the fader area to the left, so that the touch up is to the left of the fader area.
This recording mode allows the user to record any fader movement, including multiple touch gestures. All fader changes are recorded from the first value change, either from the first touch or from the first change from a Source, after activating this recording mode until the recording is manually stopped or a playback mode is activated.
The remaining Option Wheel functions are:
Locking the fader to the current value will fix the fader at its current position and prevent any Source or gesture playback having an effect on the fader value.
Please note that this does not stop or pause the playback, unlocking the fader will just continue using the values at the time the gesture playback is at this moment.
- A locked fader does not prevent changes by touch gestures, because Touch will always set the fader value.
- Lifting the finger on the fader will disable the locked fader mode.
- Finishing your touch gesture to the right of the fader area will ALSO? lock the fader.
The calibration mode enables the user to calibrate and modify the incoming values from a Source fader. This enables the fader to react to only a portion of the Source range.
E.g. When the fader is controlled by the source /amp/2, which is an envelop follower of the mic input of your iOS device, the minimum of the calibration mode can be used to create a noise gate, specifying a amplitude threshold below which the values will be ignored. The maximum acts as a gain, when it is lowered, the amplitude values are rescaled so that the fader values will be at its maximum when the amplitude reaches the maximum of the calibrator.
The incoming values are normalised according to the minimum and maximum values of the calibrator. The fader is at 0 when the incoming Source values are smaller or equal the calibration minimum and the fader top (1) will be reached when the incoming source values reach the calibration maximum.
The touch control is absolute by default, which means than the fader position will be exactly underneath your finger tip. In certain circumstances it is an advantage to change the fader to a relative mode. In relative mode the finger movement changes the fader position in relation the the touch movement. This mode enables very accurate and fine changes to avoid any jumps of the fader value to a new finger position.
This option has a double function:
- When active the OSC transmission is prevented while all functions remain working. This can be useful to prepare a gesture for later playback, which at this moment does not cause the associated parameters to change. It is also great if you need to make any changes to the calibration of the fader, which you do not want to be causing any audible changes.
- When active, this mode will also affect the MIDI output and put the fader in solo mode. This is useful in order to stop MIDI transmission of all other faders in case they are controlled by any Sources. Most MIDI enabled software allows a MIDI learn mode, which can be very helpful, but if you have no means to ensure that you can isolate MIDI controllers, it can be very difficult to avoid unwanted connections. Because Parat+ features so many possibilities for automations, the practical application of it has shown that Parat+ required a MIDI solo mode, so we are sure it’ll come very useful.
Swipe your finger from the centre in the angle of the option you wish to activate.