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Interface: Overview

Falcon's interface has three sections that are always visible: Toolbar, Main Section, and Status Bar.

The Toolbar  

Global controls, Main Window view, sidebar (un) hide and tempo settings can be adjusted here.

Main toolbar: After clicking the wrench icon, you'll get

  • file options for Multis: Load, Recent, Save, Save as, Save as with samples, Save as default, Clear
  • file options for Programs: New, Load, Recent, Save, Save with samples, Save as, Save as with Samples, Save Program samples
  • Preferences:
  • General: Sample drag'n'drop mode (One Shot yes/no); Warn of unsaved changes (yes/no); Part colouring scheme (grey, chromatic);
    Use OpenGL renderer (on/off); UI scaling (75, 90, 100, 110. 125, 150%); Always use best interpolation (on/off);
    Default VST Audio Config (Stereo, Mono, Quad, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 10.2)
  • Streaming: Hard drive type (Very fast - SSD; Fast - 7200 RPM; Medium - 5400 RPM (default); Slow - USB1/Network);
    Cache Size (1-256 MB)
  • Soundbanks: all installed sound banks are listed here. You can define the search path, see if it's indexed, recursive or auto mounted.
  • OSC: OSC Server (on/off); Desired Name (...); Desired UDP Port (...); after successful connection, actual name and port are shown below.
  • Falcon window size options: small, big and Fit Screen size. (You can also adjust window size by click - dragging the right bottom corner.)

Multi Management: Here you can see the name of the current Multi. Double-clicking opens a browser.

Change primary view of the Main window.
Sidebar visibility. In Main view, you can hide left and right sidebars. In the other views (which have no left sidebar), trying to hide it results in a somewhat erratic behaviour.
  Tempo and transport controls: manually set the tempo (10 to 400 bpm); sync it to host DAW or an external Midi clock ;
or click in sync on the   button. If Auto Play is activated, Falcon starts and stops sequences along with the host application.
Global Tune (392 to 493.88 Hz; def 440 Hz) and Global Volume (∞ to 6 dB; def. 0 dB).

Main Section  

Falcon’s workbench. Its three primary views Main, Mixer, Perf provide the necessary tools for sound developing, exploring the library, or playing live.
What view you want to use depends on the way you'll want to use Falcon itself:

  • If you want to create new Programs, you have to use Main view with its left and right sidebars; the other two views are useless in this case.
  • If you're about to compose and mix several Falcon Programs, you probably want to use the Mixer view.
  • note that Mixer is only useful if you want to use Falcon as a multitimbral Vst. In my experience, it's better to have individual Falcon instances for every Falcon Midi track.
  • If you want to use Falcon in a live situation, Mixer as well as Performance view are helpful.

Main View  

This is the place for creating and editing Parts. This view has five tabs (Info, Edit, Effects, Events, Mods). Click here for a detailed description.

Main view provides left and right sidebars. Especially the left sidebar is essential for editing Programs. Both can be hidden if

Mixer View  

Mixer view is handy when using Falcon in a live situation, or if you want to mix many Parts in Falcon itself. In both cases it's important to keep an eye on signal levels, which the Mixer view perfectly supplies. More on Mixer View here.
There's no left sidebar in Mixer view. The right sidebar (the browsers) can be shown or hidden if wanted.

Performance View  

A useful view for preparing a live situation. All basic Part settings, including key and velocity ranges, are neatly arranged. More info here.
There's no left sidebar in Performance view. The right sidebar (the browsers) can be shown or hidden if wanted.

The Status Bar  

The Status Bar just gives program - specific information. There is nothing to edit here.

From left to right:

  • Falcon version
  • mouse over help
  • Falcon memory usage
  • Falcon CPU usage
  • number of voices currently used