The MONO section
MONO section offers 9 Monophonic instruments (from left to right, fig 6a., 6b.
one of the instruments can be played at a time. If you have switched down more
than one tab you'll here the instrument of the most right tab you have
switched down. On the other hand you can combine a MONO instrument with a POLI instrument.
MONO (= Monophonic) instruments can be played only one note at a time. If you
play more than one key at a time, the most right key pressed will sound (right
volume slider is - together with the volume slider of the POLI section - at the
far left of the panel (fig 2).
is the development of the sound, in volume and/or filtering, from the moment a
key is pressed until/after a key is released.
Syntorchestra offers two kinds of ENVELOPE:
the two ENVELOPEs must be chosen by the tab at the far right of the
instrument, situated under the keyboard (fig. 7). When SOFFIATO is chosen, DECAY
will be not working and vice versa.
the SOFFIATO slider is at zero, the tone is immediately at his highest volume,
stays at that point (DECAY + sustain), at when the key is released, there is no
release in the tone, but it stops right at the moment the key is released (fig 8.).
moving the SOFFIATO slider up, the attack of the tone -
when a key is pressed - gets slower and slower, stays at a height volume
(DECAY + sustain) and after the key is released, there is a small release which
is getting longer as the slider is moved towards the highest position (fig.9).
the DECAY slider is at zero, a note will sound very short when a key is pressed
(fig. 10). There is no sustain, no attack, and only a very short DECAY and/or
moving the DECAY slider up, the DECAY and/or release of the tone -
when a key is pressed - gets
longer and longer, it doesn't stay at a certain volume (so sustain = 0). The DECAY
time and the release time are the same. (fig.11).
settings of the MONO section.
Cut Off Frequency of the filter is set with the BRILLIANCE slider (fig 3.). The
more the slider is moved up, the sharper the sound will be.
Resonance of the filter is somewhat hidden. The WHA WHA has two functions, it
will turn on the Filter modulation, but also the Resonance (fig 7.).
matter what the position of the ENVELOPE or the BRILLIANCE sliders are, turning
on the Resonance will immediately affect the sound.
Changing the BRILLIANCE will sound different with the Resonance on.
The Resonance is - VERY - affective on the ENVELOPE.
Pitch of the MONO section can be changed by the Pitch slider, for about half a
note up and half a note down (fig 12.)
way of changing the pitch of the MONO section is the knob, positioned above the pitch slider. (fig 13.) This knob has four positions to choose:
3rd: turns the pitch a 3rd down.
5th: turns the pitch a 5th down.
6th: turns the pitch a 6th down.
playing a solo, with use of the POLI section as an extra MONO oscillator this
switch can be very effective. Try for instance a solo with both trumpets (POLI
and MONO), with the pitch knob on 5th.
is an effect which smoothly changes the pitch form the first-played key to the
is switched on by the PORTAMENTO CONSTANT tab (fig. 14) or by pressing the
large PORTAMENTO TEMPORARY tab (fig. 15). The last one will automatically
turn to it's OUT position after it is released.
time (the time which takes the pitch to go to the next pressed key) can be set
with the PORTAM. TIME slider (fig. 16).
The WHA WHA tab
(fig. 7) was already described at the filter settings part. The WHA WHA tab is also used to turn on the filter modulation.
Note that the
WHA WHA only will work, with ENVELOPE set to DECAY and VIBRATO on. The speed of
the modulation can be set with the VIBRATO slider.
complete MONO section can be switched on/off with the Cancel MONO tab (fig.