If your Track is longer than 16 steps and the zoom level is greater than 16ths, zooming in on the track always takes you into the first 16 steps.
It would be way cooler if you could hold a pad on a Track in zoomed out mode and then when you zoom in it actually zooms into the section that contains the pad you're holding.
Does that make sense?
IMHO, the Sample parameters should be changed to Start and Length. Currently, if you want to 'scan' through a sample you have to move both the Start and End points. If the End point was Length instead, you could scan through a sample with just the Start point as the Length stays fixed.
This change shouldn't affect existing samples as by default the Start and End is set to the length of the sample anyway.
This would also pave the way for proper modulation of these parameters via LFOs etc.
(cross posted from Reddit group)
Deluge Cheat Sheet for V3 onwards. I tried to keep it all iconized where possible. The principle is that each key is represented by an icon and is augmented with an action icon. Key combinations taken from the latest version of the user manual. Not everything is represented, I just picked the ones I thought were the most useful or the easiest to forget!
I designed it to print as an A4 sheet but obviously you could scale it down (or up!) to suit your needs.
Edit: 5th October 2019. New improved version. More commands, tidier layout and also a small legend/key/guide section to hopefully help.
First off, apologies for dumping all of this in one post and apologies if I (or other people) have suggested these before. I'd been keeping electronic notes as I explored the Deluge and I looked at the notes today and realised it had started to get a bit long so I thought I'd just dump the lot on here.
Here goes! As always, these are just my opinions and they're intended to be constructive to promote discussion that will hopefully make the Deluge even better. Feel free to disagree or if there's any you'd like me to clarify then just reply in the thread.
Sequencing : General
1) Option to turn off the audio when pressing matrix pads. That way you can program stuff without it sounding and then you hear it on the next loop (or as the playhead reaches it)
2) Velocity Editing - remember the last velocity setting you modified with X knob so that the next note you enter doesn’t default to 65. Remember this on a per-row basis (for kits) and per-track for synths.
3) ‘Ghost notes’ - notes which don’t re-trigger envelopes etc. This could be done by holding a matrix pad and then tapping shift. Existing notes can be turned into ‘ghost notes’ by holding the note on the matrix and tapping shift. This will toggle between ‘normal’ and ‘ghost’ notes. Ghost Notes can also be used to lock synth parameters like a normal note. They could appear dark grey in the matrix (for example).
4) Option to prevent Deluge from automatically extending a track when you place a sample that is longer than the current track length.
5) When zoomed out on a track that is longer than 16 16ths, you should be able to zoom in on a particular section by holding a note then pressing and turning the X knob. It should zoom in so that the note you are holding moves towards the left-hand side of the matrix.
6) Option for a ‘follow mode’ where the display follows the playback position.
7) External MIDI kits would be very useful. Set OSC type to ‘MIDI’ then Transpose becomes either an absolute MIDI note number or an offset from C3.
8) A way to alter the length of a note in the same way you can alter the velocity: hold the note then PRESS+ROTATE the X knob (currently unassigned).
9) Hold Audition pad on a row and rotate X knob to affect all velocities on that row. This should be a relative adjustment, left to decrease current value on each step, right to increase.
10) In keyboard mode, holding a key and turning the Y knob doesn’t update the MIDI note name as it does when you’re not in keyboard mode.
11) Keyboard mode and non-keyboard mode vertical position should keep in sync. Currently, you can Y scroll one or the other and they get out of alignment meaning you could practice something in keyboard mode, switch back to step programming and the octave will be different.
12) Holding a sequencer pad in step mode and turning the Y knob doesn’t update the display of the MIDI note as it does if you hold an audition pad.
13) For sample-based oscillators it would be better to have the oscillator volume range from -25 to +25 (with 0 being ‘max’) That way if you have a quiet sample you can make it louder than ‘max’ to compensate.
14) Option to turn off auto-preview of samples in the file browser. You should also be able to preview the currently highlighted sample (in file browser mode) by pressing the current row pad.
15) When in parameter editing mode, pressing an Audition pad should take you to a different drum but stay in the same parameter e.g. if you are editing the Filter Frequency of your snare, without having to back out, pressing the Audition pad of your kick should enable you to edit the Filter Frequency of your kick drum.
Sampling / Sample Editing
16) Need a way to monitor sampling input prior to sampling. My suggestion would be to change the process used to record a sample:
1st press (shift+record) = enable input monitoring
2nd press = start sampling
3rd press = stop sampling
17) Start and End should be changed to Start and Length so that the End value is actually relative to the Start value. That way you can easily mark a section of a large sample and scrub through it by modifying the Start point. Currently, to do this you have to edit both the Start and End points to maintain the distance between them.
18) When using the X knob to edit the Start or End of a sample, play sample automatically to preview the Start/End change. For Start, play the first 1 second (maybe have the length as a Setup option) and for End point play 0.5 seconds before end time.
19) Use modulation sources to modulate Start/End parameters.
20) Ability to record step values/automation to modify sample Start End.
21) Playhead white cursor needs independent brightness.
22) On a track that is longer than the current display zoom level shows, some way of indicating which ‘page’ of the track you are on. Haven’t thought of a good idea for this yet!
23) Option to set default Sample Mode when loading or recording new samples.
24) Arpeggio mode that doesn’t re-trigger envelopes etc. for every generated note.
25) 0 to 50 for parameters is quite an odd choice of values. 0 to 64 might be better as it divides down by two easier.
Currently parameters such as LFO depth can be set from -50 to +50 but if you assign this parameter to one of the gold knobs you can only apply positive amounts when recording automation. This behavior should change so that the middle setting of the gold knob is 0 (2 lights on), fully anti-clockwise (0 lights on) should be -50 and fully clockwise (all lights on) should be +50
( I tried searching for this request and while there was a couple of discussions nobody seemed to have explicitly asked for this)
Some of you non-Facebook crew might not have seen my latest: a random Synth generator written in Python.
Install and stuff is a bit messy as it requires Python 3.x, Pip tools and a couple of Python libraries (it's all in the readme text etc.). There's loads of configuration options to limit or ignore certain parameters. Really exposes the potential in the Deluge's synth engine.
It's command-line only (so have to run it on your computer) and basically you supply a base patch number e.g. 250 and it will generate 26 random variations (250a, 250b, 250c etc.) based on the parameters you set. You then just copy the .XML files to the SYNTH folder on your SD card. You can run it without any options to use default randomisation and run it without any parameters at all to show the options.
Report back here with any problems or suggestions.
My main gripe with this is that I probably spend 90% of my time zooming into the start/end point and fine tune by tapping on the waveform display pads. This means that most of the time I'm holding down the L/R knob which is not only uncomfortable but is adding mechanical stress to the potentiometer, potentially.
Here's my proposal for changing the operation slightly:
- Rotating L/R will zoom in/out of the waveform at either the start or end marker
- Tapping the L/R knob will toggle the cursor between start and end point (centering the start/end point on the 'screen' if possible). Currently you have to zoom right out to see the cursor (green/red column) and tap it to change which point you are editing.
- Shift + rotating L/R will scroll the waveform display
I think this would be a great improvement both for your fingers and the hardware.
(I am aware of the fact that you can also add a loop point in addition to the start/end markers. In that case tapping the L/R knob would just move between all of the marker points to change the one you are currently editing)
I removed mine, trimmed them down a bit (with a wood file) and painted them black (and replaced the knobs with silver ones).
My suggestion on the FB group was for the Deluge to 'remember' the last velocity you dialled in. Then maybe upon exiting Track mode it could be reset to 64.
I'd also like to see an option to completely turn off the sample preview as you're scrolling through the file browser. Personally I'd be happy using the preview pad for the track/kit to preview the currently selected sample rather than it play automatically