The keyboard provides multiple complex modes and color indicators. The Globals panel includes settings that affect the MIDI input and output globally.
Sets the output gain for the arpeggiator notes. After changing it, the level is applied as a multiplier to the output velocity for all subsequent notes. Any notes that were already playing still play at the previous set velocity; it can't be changed, because the note-on events were already sent to MIDI. So, to change the output level immediately from your musical instrument, use its own level control, or adjust the output mixer. To save the level with the snapshot, find a default level for the mixers in your other equipment, then adjust the level in Godel for changes across its snapshots.
Sets the number of output voices in the custom voice allocation logic. To stop hung notes in other Reaktor instruments triggered by Godel, you must set this to the same number as the number of voices in your other Reaktor instruments. That may not be necessary when playing other musical instruments across MIDI, depending on your equipment.
Sets the behavior of the on-screen keyboard. If HOLD is off, the behavior is as follows. See the description of HOLD also, below.
- Trigger ~ Pressing a key causes it to be turned on briefly, then turned off again. This is useful, for example, to insert a transient replacement note into a playing arpeggio.
- Toggle ~ Pressing an inactive key activates it. Pressing an active key deactivates it.
- Transpose ~ Sets the single pitch which is applied as a global transposition to all instrument output, after all other transpositions and arpeggios, but before pitch remapping. All transposition is around middle C. If set to middle C (indicated with an arrow below the color keyboard display) there is no global transposition.
When hold is off, notes play normally. When Hold is on, all notes remain on until a new note is played after all previously playing notes were released.
HOLD lets you build up an arpeggio with two fingers from MIDI. To do so, turn HOLD on and play the first note, but don't release it. Now play all the other notes, making sure you still have one note depressed. Then to replace the arpeggio, release all notes, then press a new one.
HOLD also changes the behavior of the on-screen keyboard when it is in TRIGGER mode. If you are playing the on-screen keyboard in TRIGGER mode, and you have HOLD on, then the notes remain on (they have no note-off events) until you press the REPLAY or OFF! buttons.
A special transient button to let you replace all active notes at once.
First there must be some notes on. Now turn REPLAY on. The next time you play a note, no matter how many notes are on previously, all the old notes turn off. REPLAY then turns itself off automatically.
Turns off all active notes, clears all note buffers, and sends global MIDI off messages to all note pitches.
OFF! only affects the notes. The clock, SONGPOS position, and other panel settings do not change.
Turns off all playing notes and restores the notes saved with the snapshot, without changing anything else.
To recall the rest of the snapshot, you can use MIDI program change or Reaktor's built-in snapshot panel. This transient button simply clears the note buffers, issues global MIDI note-off events, and restores the notes saved in the snapshot, in the same order as they were originally played.
The on-screen keyboard displays active notes, arpeggio output, and the transpose key in color: Different colors indicate different states for each note, to help you make interesting arpeggios and snaphots.
This section describes the colors,which are significant. The keyboard behavior itself is set in the GLOBAL panel, described in the next section.
Any input notes which are ON, both from pressing keys on screen with the mouse, and from MIDI, are bright red. All these keys will save in the snapshot too, and recalling the snapshot will restore and play them in the same order as they were originally.
When the arpeggiator is off, then playing any new notes always causes them to be turned on and played immediately. So bright red always indicates a key that is turned on, regardless whether it was input by pressing the color keyboard's keys with the mouse, or whether the instrument received it as a note-on event from MIDI.
A single key is blue, indicating the pitch offset applied to all output from the color keyboard when it is set in TRANSPOSE mode. For more information, see MODE in the description of the GLOBAL panel.
These are simply notes currently being played by the arpeggiator. Some of the keys for the arpeggiator output notes may also be yellow or purple.
When the arpeggiator is running, then yellow highlights all keys which are both turned on, and also, simultaneously being played by the arpeggiator.
If the key is additionally the transpose key too, then it is light yellow.
The brown color simply indicates notes which are turned on, but their output is turned off because the the arpeggiator was stopped.
When you turn on the arpeggiator, then the arpeggio sequence replaces any active output notes After the clock has been running the arpeggiator and the clock is turned off, then the arpeggio notes all turn off after their set duration. Some notes which were previously on (from MIDI on from mouse presses on the on-screen keyboard) may still be active and stored in the snapshot note buffer, but as the arpeggiator was turned off, there is no sound output to be heard from them. To indicate those notes, the color keyboard shades them as brown.
After turning off and restarting the arpeggiator, any brown keys are still in the arpeggio and play again in sequence just as before, and their color again brightens again.
When you save the snapshot, brown keys also store in the snapshot. When you recall the snapshot, they are restored in the same order they were played. When you save a snaphot, youalways save the active notes, even if the arpeggiator is off in the snapshot. Any new notes you put into the arpeggio are added after the restored notes in the note sequence.
After recalling a snapshot in which the arpeggiator was turned off, the brown keys will be restored as they were initially and bright red again, just like any new notes you play before turning the arpeggio clock on.
When turning on the same note as set as the TRANSPOSE key, it displays as purple. The shade darkens after the arpeggiator has been running and is turned off.
The tranpose key is also stored in the snapshot, just as for brown keys, described in more detail above.
When the arpeggiator restarts, then the shade brightens again to light purple.