Trigger Mode controls the playback timing of incoming MIDI notes, providing real-time quantization as those notes are played.

When the Stack Mode page is open, you can access the Trigger Mode settings for a Part by right/control-clicking on the Part Region.

NOTE: Trigger Mode can also be accessed from the LIVE MODE page using the Latch Mode View button, 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. Trigger Modes are also independent from Stack Mode, so Stack Mode does not need to be enabled for Trigger Modes to be active.

Using Trigger Modes in Stack Mode

Using the splits, layers and crossfades in Stack Mode together with Trigger Mode quantizing allows for very complex and interesting performance possibilities.

One simple example is to setup a split with an arpeggiated synth bass on the lower keys, and another arpeggiated sound on the upper keys. Playing them together in sync can be really difficult. Setting the Trigger Modes to Next 16th for both Parts would quantize them together in real time as you played, so your arpeggiated phrases will always sync perfectly.

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 real-time quantized and will play in sync with the host or other clocked source as you audition them.

Viewing & Selecting Trigger Modes

When a Trigger Mode other than Immediate is selected for a Part, the name of the selected Trigger Mode will be appended to the Part Region name.

To select or change the Trigger Mode for a Part, control/right-click its Part Region, and select the desired Trigger Mode from the context menu. A checkmark will appear next to 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.
    NOTE: When Immediate is selected, no Trigger Mode name will be appended to the Part Name.
  • *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.