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 the 'Mod-Macro' type, Bipolar quite makes sense because you'll have the choice to increase and decrease the knob's original value.
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 between those two methods?
With method (1), the Macro knob has a 1:1 relation to the relevant knob in the edit window, whereas method (2) provides only a modulation of the original value of the relevant knob in the edit window.
IMO method 1 isn't that much useful; it would be useful if you could mimic the layout of a synth, which isn't quite possible due to limited Info view space. Other differences:
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 is only visible when the instrument is triggered by Midi (same as all other mod sources).
The maximum number of Macros you can place on Info panel is 28.
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.