Trigger Modes control 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 Modes can also be accessed from the LIVE MODE page using the LATCH View button, or from the MAIN Page using the controls on the left.
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 Modes control 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. These modes are set independently for each of the eight Parts and 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 complex and interesting performance possibilities.
One simple example is to set up 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 difficult. Setting the Trigger Mode to “Next 16th” for both Parts will quantize them in real-time as you play, 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 quantized in real-time and play in sync with the host or other clocked source as you audition them.
Viewing and 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 mode.
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 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.
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