Macros provide an easy way to have instant access to one or more Program or Fx Rack parameters .
There are one to one Macros (one Macro controls one parameter), and one-knob Macros (several parameters are controlled with just one knob).
Besides, you can assign parameters to Macros in two different ways: as 'Edit-Macros', or as 'Mod-Macros' (see below).
To create a Macro, you have to right-click a parameter and choose one of the methods described below.
This will create a knob on the Program's Info view panel, or on the Fx Rack surface. Options for the Macro knob:
Continuous vs. on/off:
Continuous covers the whole range from 0 to 100%, or from -100 to 100% if bipolar. Look on Info view:
On/Off has only two states: either 0 or 100% (unipolar), or either -100 or 100% (bipolar). Info view:
Unipolar vs. Bipolar:
If you're using an 'Edit-Macro' type (see below), it makes no difference using unipolar or bipolar, as Macro knob movement will 1:1 affect parameter knob movement. If you're using a 'Mod-Macro' type, use the same polarity setting as the parameter it's assigned to.
While adding a simple one-to-one Macro is nice and easy, the fun part begins when one Macro controls several parameters at once.
To make this work, you have to right-click the knob of a second parameter and choose 'Add Modulation > Program > [already existing Macro]', or 'Assign To Macro > [already existing Macro]' (for differences see below).
Furthermore, you have to adjust Ratio (and probably Offset) so that tweaking the Macro knob gives satisfying results for all parameters.
Of course, you can use this technique not just for two parameters.
- in Info view: enable edit mode (click wrench on top left) and double-click the name of the Macro, or
- in Edit view: select the Macro and double-click the name of the Macro.
To create a Program Macro, you have to right-click a parameter knob, and then either select
(1): 'Edit-Macro' (2): 'Mod-Macro'
What's the difference?
1. With (1), you'll get an offset slider in the Modulation editor , with (2) not.
2. With (2), you can define a sub-modulation source , with (1) not.
3. If you move the Macro knob, with (1) the respective parameter knob moves too; with (2) only the purple modulation indicator moves, the parameter knob itself doesn't.
4. Also, this mod indicator acts only when the instrument is triggered by Midi (same as all other mod sources).
With 'Edit-Macros' (1), the approach is more to have a mini-editor of the Program, while with 'Mod-Macros' (2), the Macros act like regular modulation sources.
In some cases (One-knob-Macros) the last point is important; in this case method (2) is better.
To create an Effect Rack Macro, you have to right-click an Effect Rack Fx parameter knob, and then select
(see also here)
As a result a button or a knob appears on the Fx Rack surface. Otherwise everything said about Program Macros also affects Fx Rack Macros.