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This is an evolution of the micro sound module that makes full use of the tape operation method. The sound is re-synthesized by re-organizing the tape with the scissors, changing the playback speed and direction with Vari-Speed, and performing the sound granular process with Gene-Size. It is also possible to stack Genes with Morph. You can also use the envelope follower output or EOSG output trigger to interact with the surrounding modules.
- All parameters related to sound manipulation can be voltage controlled
- Input and output are stereo, with automatic level adjustment on input
- Virtual tape reel for recording can record up to 2.9 minutes (firmware MG137 or higher)
- It is possible to put up to 299 splice markers per reel
- SD card slot for storing multiple reels
- You can use the sound-on-sound technique to layer sound
- Playback and recording can be done independently like separate machines
- Vari-Speed can extend from 12 semitones up to 26 semitones down over 3 octaves
- Make a 24-bit codec, 48kHz / 32-bit wav file
- The contents of the reel can be backed up to a computer using an SD card
- Blank SD card included
HOW TO USE
The explanation of each part is displayed by mouse over
Reel and splice
In Morphagene, the sample sound isreel
Is played as a sound on a virtual tape called. On the reel,splice
You can create a tape-like area, and the splice marker that serves as the delimiter of the splice can be created by pressing the Splice button during playback, inputting a trigger, or on software (Reaper). The splice determines the loop range and the start and end of one-shot playback. Organize
Control, orShift button
The splice can be moved by or trigger input. If you change the splice while looping, it will play to the end of the splice and then move on to the newly selected splice playback. The maximum reel time is 2.9 minutes (firmware MG137 or higher), and up to 299 splice markers can be inserted.
When the microSD card is not mounted, Morphagene can only create one reel and the recording will be on that reel. In addition, by using a microSD card, you can select from multiple wav files and load a new reel.
To record the input sound to Morphagene, patch the input to the Inputs jack and press the REC button. Then press the REC button to stop recording. This recording method will record on the selected splice and will not overwrite other splices. Settings such as Vari-Speed do not affect recording. When recording sound on an existing splice,SOS control
Allows you to record over existing audio on the splice. When the SOS is full left, only the new input sound is recorded, and when it is full right, only the current playback sound is newly recorded on the splice. Morphagene allows you to collate various sound images by recording multiple layers like this.
To record to a new splice, hold down the REC button and press the SPLICE button. At this time, for example, turn SPLICE all the way to the right, and change the playback splice with Organize etc. or record while playing back with the playback parameters, and you can create a new splice recorded by reflecting those operations.
Recording and recalling reels on a microSD card
With Morphagene, wav files in Fat32 format microSD cards can be called and used as reels. Prepare the audio you want to use with Morphagene as a 32-bit, 48 kHz stereo wav file, and put mg1.wav, mg2.wav, mg3.wav, ... mg9.wav, mga.wav, in the root (top) folder of the microSD card. Place it as mgb.wav,… mgw.wav. (up to 32 reels).
Insert the microSD card and mount it. If the Shift button is not lit The microSD card is not mounted, so press the Shift button to mount it. Next, hold down the SPLICE button and press the REC button.Reel mode
I will enter. In reel mode, you can select the wav file prepared in the microSD card as a reel using the Organize knob. The window color changes for each selected wav file, and finally it becomes white, but this time you can load the reel and record on a new reel. Make sure that CV controls such as REC, Splice, Shift, Organize etc. do not work during reel mode. To exit the reel mode, press the REC button while holding down the SPLICE button again.
Recordings and edits of splices newly applied to the loaded reel are immediately reflected in the file in the microSD card,Can be rewritten.
If you don't want to make any changes to the file itself, just pull out the microSD card (not busy) after the new reel is called.
Sample processing by each control
In addition to cutting reels with Splice, Morphagene has a number of controls for modulating reel editing and playback. Almost all parameters correspond to control by voltage such as CV and gate in addition to knobs and buttons, and by making full use of them, a wide variety of synthesis using sound fragments (micro sound) is possible. Vari Speed
Is the playback speed control of the virtual tape. The more you turn it to the right, the faster the speed and the higher the sound. When the knob is on the left side, playback is in the opposite direction, and turning it to the left makes the sound louder. When the surrounding LEDs turn green, the sample will be at its original speed and the original pitch. Baby-Blue one octave above, pink one octave below. Gene size
Is the length of the audio played on the reel. Play all the audio on the current splice on the far left, and turn it to the right until it becomes chopped (Gene). Since Gene-Size is controlled not by the number of samples but by the unit of time, changing the Vari-Speed does not change the playback time of one Gene.
When the sample is made fine by the Gene Size control, there is a control for specifying the sample to be played back.slide
is. At the leftmost position, the first Gene on the current splice is played, and as it is turned to the right, the Gene at the back is played. The Slide control for Gene is different from the Organize control for Splice because Slide changes the playback position immediately when there is a change, whereas Organize changes the playback splice when the end of splice playback is reached. Is the point
The modulation of Slide is very effective for rearranging new sounds. With continuous voltage modulation like an LFO, the playback position also changes continuously, and with CV modulation on a step such as a sequencer, the playback position changes discontinuously. Morph
Now, determine the timing and overlap of the Gene to play. In the leftmost position, each Gene will be sounded with a short time interval. At about 8:30, Genes are played without overlapping or intervals, and beyond that, multiple Genes will be sounded with little overlap, and the degree of overlap will increase as it is turned to the right. I will continue. If you turn it further to the right, pitch and stereo effects will also be created, allowing you to create more complex textures. CLOCK
Inputs help control some parameters. When Morph is left from 12:XNUMX and the size of Gene is smaller than the whole splice, advance the Gene that plays each time the clock is received. It is also effective to modulate the Vari-Speed and Gene Size while advancing Gene one by one. The recording timing is also quantized to the clock timing. CV Out
Outputs the audio output from Morphagene in CV size (envelope follower). It can also be used to modulate Morphagene's own parameters such as Slide. As Morph is raised, the change in volume will become smoother, so the change in CV Out will also be gentle.
Vari-Speed Activity Window and time stretch
The color of the LED window around the Vari-Speed knob indicates the status of the Vari-Speed and Morph controls. When the Vari-Speed knob is on the right side of 12 o'clock (the opposite is the case on the left side), the window on the right side shows the relationship between the playback pitch and the original pitch, and when it becomes green, it means the original speed of the sample and the original pitch. Will be. Baby-Blue one octave above, pink one octave below.
The window on the opposite side of the window showing the Vari-Speed state shows the state of the Morph control. When the input is not patched to Clock, it shows the state of the overlap of Gene by Morph, and it changes from red to orange at the position of Morph where the overlapping Gene increases by one.
When patched to Clock, the role of the clock changes depending on the position of Morph. The window is displayed in red for a while from the left of Morph, and the clock is used as a normal Gene shift. If you turn it further,Time stretch
Mode is entered and the window becomes bluish. If you turn the Gene-Size knob to the right and input a clock to change the Vari-Speed, the pitch will change without changing the playback speed. The speed is controlled by the clock.
The color of the activity window that corresponds to the overlap of Morph knobs. Left is not patched to Clock, right is patched to Clock. In this case, turning Morph to some extent will cause the clock to be used for time stretching rather than Gene shifting.
Various button operations
A list of button operations, including splice and audio deletion.
- Press the REC button: Record to the current splice
- Hold down the REC button and press the SPLICE button: Create a new splice and record there
- Hold down the REC button and press and hold Shift: Automatic adjustment of input level (With the new firmware mg203 or later, automatic adjustment is abolished, and the input gain is adjusted in 4 steps each time the Shift button is pressed while holding down the REC button.)
- Press the SPLICE button: hit the splice marker at the current playback position
- Press the REC button while pressing the SPLICE button: Enter / exit reel mode
- Press Shift button: Mount SD card, move splice forward
- Hold down Shift and press REC button: Deletes the selected reel in reel mode. Erase the currently playing splice in normal mode (delete not only the splice marker, but the audio in the current splice and join the front and back)
- Shift + REC long press: Erase all splices (not only splice markers, but splices themselves)
- Shift + Splice press: Delete the splice marker of the playing splice and join the splices together
- Shift + Splice long press: Delete all splice markers on the reel and return to one splice as a whole
Update the firmware as follows.
- Download the firmware file to your playback device and prepare it for playback. Power off Morphagene
- Make sure that the playback device does not emit any sound other than firmware (notification sound, etc.)
- Remove the microSD card from Morphagene
- Set the playback device volume to about 80% and patch the device output to Morphagene's Left Input. If you want to monitor the playback sound, listen to the Left Output sound.
- While holding down the Morphagene REC button, turn on the power
- When you turn on the power, check that only the SPLICE activity window is green, then release the REC button.
- Start playing the firmware file
- Morphagene's activity window flashes in a pattern to indicate it is receiving data. When I'm monitoring, I can hear the pitch increasing
- When the update is over, all the Morphagene lights will illuminate and the sound will stop
- Turn off Morphagene, then turn it on while holding down the SPLICE button. Release the SPLICE button after confirming that only the SPLICE window is lit up.
- Turn the Vari-Speed control knob from the left end to the right end over the entire range. Then press the SPLICE button again to turn off the power and then turn it on again.
- At startup, if the activity windows of Reel and Splice are green and fuchsia (pink) respectively, the Morphagene firmware has been updated to the latest mg137.