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    Layering sounds in giga studio

    Hi All
    With giga sampler you could layer up to 4 sounds on one midi channel . Just wondering how to do that one giga studio.
    Im sure you could put the sounds on the same channel on another port.but if you have a 4 in 4 out midi interface on your computer , your taking away one of those 64 [4 times 16]
    patches available .thanks , Ken

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    Re: Layering sounds in giga studio

    Hi GigaFriends!

    Read chapter 8.5 in the Getting Started Manual at page 74, it\'s pretty easy!


    8.5 Instrument Editor – Merge, Layer, and Crossfade
    This tutorial is somewhat advanced, and introduces some of the new features of the Instrument Editor. The GigaStudio Instrument Editor is a very powerful tool with many functions and parameters. If you are not familiar with the basics of the instrument editor, please refer to the integrated help manual.
    Merging Two Instruments
    To build a layered instrument we will assume you have 2 instruments, “HZ V S A.gig” and “HZ V S A.gig”. The first step is to Open the GigaStudio Instrument Editor (from the Windows Start > Programs > NemeSys > GigaStudio > GigaStudio Editor or from the GigaStudio Toolbar).

    Now open the first instrument, as shown below-left. The instrument will be shown in the instrument bank as shown below-right.

    By pressing the download toolbar button ( ), you can load the instrument and play it from your midi controller (or GigaStudio’s virtual keyboard if GigaStudio is running).
    Now merge in the second instrument, as shown below-left. The instrument will be shown in the instrument bank as shown below-right.

    Press the download button ( ) to load the newly merged instrument.

    If you select the new instrument in the instrument bank, you will be able to play the instrument. You have successfully merged two instruments!
    Building a Layered Instrument
    In the previous section you merged 2 instruments. Now we will combine these instruments to create a layered instrument. Select the first instrument to be combined in the instrument bank, then hold the control key down and select the other instrument. Both instruments should be highlighted. Now right mouse click on one of the highlighted instruments to bring up the context menu shown below.

    Select Combine instruments, as shown above, to create a single instrument from the original two instruments. This will invoke the following dialog:

    Note that the defaults for this dialog indicate that the Mod Wheel with switch between instruments “HZ V S A” and “HZ V S B”. “HZ V S B” will occupy the higher Mod Wheel values as dictated by the ordering in the upper left portion of the dialog. You can change the MIDI value ordering by selecting the instrument and then clicking on the MoveUp ( ) or MoveDown ( ) buttons.

    To avoid having the “Mod Wheel” simply switch between the two instruments, change the controller selection to “Layer”You may then name the new layered instrument and press OK to create the instrument. The new layered instrument will appear in the Instrument Bank.If you select one of the original instruments in the Instrument Bank, you will see that the dimension map will look similar to the one on the left below. Selecting the newly created layered instrument will look similar, but will have an added dimension layer, as shown on the right below.

    If you compare one of the original instruments to the newly created layered instrument (by selecting them in the Instrument Bank), you will see (in the dimension map) that the newly created instrument has an added dimension (Layer). If we had created a switched instrument (by leaving Mod Wheel as the controller, the dimension would be ‘Mod Wheel’ instead of ‘Layer’).

    Original Instrument without Layer Dimension New Instrument with Layer Dimension

    Control of the layered instrument will be explained in the next section.
    Crossfading Layered Instruments
    The GigaStudio Instrument Editor has a new Crossfade Editor that allows you to numerically or graphically control the way 2 or 4 layered instruments are crossfaded. To invoke the Crossfade editor, simply right mouse click on a layered instrument (such as the one created in the last section) and select Crossfade Editor, as shown below. You can also access the editor from the Edit menu item on the main menu bar.

    This invokes the Crossfade Editor as shown below. This example shows a traditional equal power crossfade using the Mod Wheel controller. Using the Lock check boxes on the right, the Begin Fade Out value of the first 3 layers are locked to the Begin Fade In value of the layers that follow, so that moving the apex of one layer’s controller position also adjusts the beginning of the following layer (and vice-versa).

    The Apply to selector also allows you to specify ‘Single instrument, 2-layer regions’ or ‘Multiple Instruments’. The Fader In/Out values specify the controller range represented by the respective layer.

    Only the Apply button is selected, you will be able to hear any changes you may have made (assuming GigaStudio is running, and the instrument has been downloaded).

    Another example shows a crescendo layering. Here we had to release the Lock check boxes because we want the layers to superimpose, not displace each other. Note the End Fade In and Begin Fade Out indicators, have been separated to give each layer a sustained peak amplitude.

    You may also specify – or fine tune – the crossfade parameters numerically using the numeric input area, shown below. Note that “Layer 3” is selected by the Layer dimension selector on the left and the we fine tuned the crossfade in values from (31-119) to (32-120). Note that the Crossfade Editor may also be launched with the graphical input button ( ).

    The numeric input panel also allows you to specify the layer’s pan position or invert the Mod Wheel control range values. See the integrated help manual for detailed information on this panel.

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