Using the VA-Beast Chord Memory Feature

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planet-h
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Using the VA-Beast Chord Memory Feature

Postby planet-h » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:28 am

The ChordMem feature of the VA-Beast Synthesizer allows you to map complete chords to a single key.
You can use it in various ways.

ChordMem standard mode (without using any KB hold, neither the one in the ChordMem section nor the one on the panic button long click):

1. Press the Chord Rec Button once, so that it turns red, which means the recording mode is enabled
2. Press some Chord on the Piano Keys.
3. While holding the Chord, press the Chord Rec Button again to save the chord

In this standard mode, the saved chord starts always with the lowest note.
In other words, when you check the tool tip below the Chord Rec Button, you can see the chord notes as a comma separated list of numbers, which always starts with a 0(zero), independent which note you pressed first (e.g. 0,3,5).
For many cases this is the expected behavior and it's the most simple way to save a chord, since you can hear the chord directly while you record it.


ChordMem with KB hold (the one in the ChordMem section):

1. Press the Chord Rec Button once, so that it turns red, which means the recording mode is enabled
2. Press the KB hold Button (above the Chord Rec Button) once, so that it turns red, which means the recording mode with KB hold is enabled
3. Press your chord one by one (each key separately).. every key gets added to the chord
4. Press the Chord Rec Button again to save the chord

In the KB hold mode you don't have to hold the chord, and sometimes it's easier to do it that way (pressing each key one by one).
But there is an another big difference to the standard mode: Try to press first a note, then press an another one below the first note. Now you can see in the tool tip, that the list is no longer starting with a 0(zero), e.g. -15,-12,0,3,5.
In other words, the master key of the chord is not the lowest key, it's always the key that you pressed first. This is very useful if you want to create chord with a range over multiple octaves, and you want the base key not at the lowest position.
Of course the same chords can be achieved using the standard mode in combination with the audible KB Hold function (on the long click of the panic button), but then you always have to start with the lowest key, which is often not the most intuitive way.


ChordMem standard mode with audible KB Hold (the one on the panic button long click):

1. Press the Chord Rec Button once, so that it turns red, which means the recording mode is enabled
2. Then press your chord one by one (each key separately).. every key gets hold, and so added to the chord
3. Press the Chord Rec Button again to save the chord

As already mentioned above, in this standard mode, the saved chord starts always with the lowest note, e.g. 0,3,5,12,15.
The difference to the standard mode without KB hold is that you can switch the octaves between your key presses.
This way is very useful if you want to hear the chord while saving it and you want the chord to spread over multiple octaves.


In all modes...

... when you finally save the chord (either with pressing the Chord Rec Button the second time or when reaching the max chord size), the memorized Chord gets enabled automatically. So you can start playing with it right away.

Note: The maximum chord size is dependent on the max voices setting (settings dialog). You can use the settings to switch between 1 and 8 voices.
L Jefe
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Re: Using the Chord Memory Feature

Postby L Jefe » Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:44 am

Thanks for this. I get it now!

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