Trigger Mode enables real-time quantization of incoming MIDI notes, so that multiple Parts will always play in sync.

Trigger Mode is accessed from the LIVE MODE page, using the Latch Mode View button.

NOTE: Trigger Modes can also be viewed & accessed from the STACK MODE page using Part Regions and their context menus, or from the EDIT Page using the controls in the Footer.

When playing complex phrases or rhythmic sounds along with other sequences, it can be difficult to sync those performances. Trigger Mode solves these problems by quantizing live MIDI input. With Trigger Modes other than Immediate selected, the playback from each incoming MIDI note is delayed until the the next point on the bar/beat grid is reached. This makes it much easier to play in a live performance setting with complete synchronization.

Trigger Mode controls the playback start time of MIDI notes played live via a MIDI controller or from MIDI notes sent from a MIDI track in the host sequencer.

Trigger Modes are set independently for each of the eight Parts, and Trigger Modes are independent from Live Mode, so Live Mode does not need to be enabled for Trigger Modes to be active.

Using Trigger Mode in Live Mode

Using the switching and layering capabilities of Live Mode together with Trigger Mode quantizing allows for some exciting performance possibilities. For example, you can easily switch between or layer two different arpeggiating sounds, without worrying about falling out of sync as you play.

Trigger Modes can also be used while browsing and auditioning sounds. If you have selected a Trigger Mode other than Immediate for the Part, the sounds will be quantized in real-time and will play in sync with the host or other clocked source as you audition them.

Viewing & Selecting Trigger Modes

To view and select the Trigger Mode for a Part, open the LIVE MODE page, and select the Latch Mode View button to open the Latch Mode View.

NOTE: The Latch Mode View button toggles between the Latch Mode and Live Mode views. Closing the Latch Mode View does not change or disable Latch Mode or Trigger Mode settings.

When the Latch Mode View is enabled, you will see the Latch & Trigger Mode Part Controls. The Trigger Mode Icon will display the currently selected Trigger Mode for the Part, and allows you to access the Trigger Mode menu for that Part.

Select the Trigger Mode icon, and choose the desired Trigger Mode from drop-down menu. A checkmark will appear next to the selected option, and the Trigger Mode icon will change to reflect the selected Trigger Mode.

Trigger Modes

  • Immediate: this is the default Trigger Mode. MIDI input is not quantized, and playback of MIDI notes is immediate.
  • Next 16th: this option delays the playback of incoming MIDI notes to the next 16th note. In other words, notes are quantized in real time to the next 16th note. If you play ahead of the next 16th, there may be a slight delay before the note sounds. This delay will be a maximum of a 16th note at the current tempo. This mode makes it easy to play quick phrases in perfect sync with other Parts or clocked sources.
  • Next Beat: this option delays playback to the next beat. If incoming MIDI notes arrive ahead of the next beat, the delay is a maximum of one beat. Next Beat mode makes it very easy to trigger rhythmic patches in perfect sync, and when used together with Latch Mode, for layering phrases that are quantized to the beat in real time.
  • Next Bar: delays playback until the next bar. If MIDI messages arrive ahead of the next bar, the delay is a maximum of one bar. This mode is especially useful if you want to synchronize phrases on the downbeat of a measure. You can press a note anytime in the previous bar and it will wait until the next bar to play.

NOTE: The selected Trigger Mode also affects a Part’s Arpeggiator, LFOs and Envelopes. These will also be delayed until the note itself is triggered.