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miércoles, 18 de junio de 2008

Direct Wave - Zone Tab free tutorials


Direct Wave - Zone Tab

The Zone Tab contains filters, envelopes, effects and the modulation matrix. It is possible for every sample loaded into DW to have a unique set of Zone Tab controls, a single set applied to all samples or some combination of the two.


  • Pitch Tune - Adjusts the pitch.
  • Gain - Allows the user to map samples in both pitch and velocity space.
  • Panning - Pans the sample left (-50) or right (+50).
  • Post Gain - Volume control for the individual sample.


  • Time (switch) - When selected, the zone will be played using timestretching system.
  • Sync (switch) - When selected, the timestretching time will be expressed in ticks (1/4 beat).
  • Amount (Amt) - Timestretching length expressed in % of the original sample length or in number of ticks (1/4 beat, with sync enabled).
  • Grain - Length of each timestretching grain.
  • Smooth 'smoothing window' - Amount of smoothing betwen each timestreching grain.
  • Type - Reserved, not yet used.


There are two variable state filters that can be configured in parallel () or series ().

  • Frequency - Sets the cut-off frequency for the lowpass/bandpass/highpass filters.
  • Emphasis - Boosts a frequency band near the cut-off level to create a sound "sharpening" effect.
  • Shape - Applies hardclip limiting (distortion) on the filter output.
  • Type - Selects the filter type.
    • Off - The filter is bypassed with no effect.
    • Lowpass - Frequencies below the 'Frequency cut-off' are passed.
    • Highpass - Frequencies above the 'Frequency cut-off' are passed.
    • Bandpass- Allows a narrow band of frequencies to pass.
    • Notch - Subtracts a small band of frequencies.
    • Allpass - Alters the phase of the signal.


There is one dedicated Amplitude envelope and two freely assignable Envelopes.

  • Attack (A) - Sets the envelope Attack speed (down is fast, up is slow).
  • Decay (D) - Sets the envelope Decay speed (down is fast, up is slow).
  • Sustain (S) - Sets the envelope Sustain time (down is short, up is long).
  • Release (R) - Sets the envelope Release speed (down is fast, up is slow).


  • Rate - Low Frequency Oscillator speed.
  • Sync - Syncs the sample LFO start to the note-on event.
  • Attack - Sets the attack length of the LFO modulation (from instant through to 10 seconds delay).
  • Phase - Changes the phase of the waveform (Free Run appears when the knob is fully clockwise and allows the LFO to run independently of note start events).
  • Waveform - LFO wave shape, 8 are available.
    • Sine - Sine wave.
    • Abs Sine - Positive sine wave.
    • Triangle - Triangle wave.
    • Square - Square wave.
    • Saw - Saw wave.
    • Inv Saw - Inverted Saw wave.
    • Random - Random wave (noise).
    • LP Random - Low Pass Random.


There are 4 banks of 4 modulation pairings, the first bank is defaulted to set the basic note control parameters, banks 2 - 4 are free. The Mod Matrix allows the user to freely assign one variable to modulate another (LFO 1 modulating filter cut-off frequency for example).


There are 4 effects and 3 sends from where FX may be added to the samples. Each has a switch to the right of the label that activates it. Ringmod, Decimator, Quantizer and Phaser, are able to be applied with unique instances on a sample-by-sample basis, while Delay, Chorus and Reverb are shared amongst all voices.


  • Rate - Full Left = stopped, Full right = 100% fast modulation.
  • Mix - Full Left = 0%, Full right = 100% Chorus FX mix.


  • Step - Full Left = Minimum decimation, Full right = Maximum decimation.
  • Mix - Full Left = 0%, Full right = 100% full FX mix.


  • Bits - Full Left = More bits, Full right = less bits.
  • Mix - Full Left = 0%, Full right = 100% Chorus FX mix.


  • Frequency - Phaser frequency.
  • Mix - Full Left = 0%, Full right = 100% Chorus FX mix.


The Delay, Chorus and Reverb FX settings reside on the Program Tab, they are disabled by default. The default level for the sends is 50% (-12 dB). The reason some FX are on the Zone tab and some on the Program tab, is that Delay, Chorus and Reverb are CPU hungry FX and can't be applied on a voice-by-voice basis so are considered global FX, shared among all voices. To adjust the relative dry/wet mix, use dry = Post Gain, Wet = Sends (below).

  • Delay - Full Left = 0%, Full right = 100% Delay FX mix.
  • Chorus - Full Left = 0%, Full right = 100% Chorus FX mix.
  • Reverb - Full Left = 0%, Full right = 100% reverb FX mix.


Use this switch to decide if the changes on the Zone Tab affect only the currently selected sample (Zone) OR all samples.

  • Current - Applies the settings only to the currently selected zone.
  • Global - Applies settings to all zones. Careful! this will overwrite 'current' settings previously entered for any zones that are not locked. Lock zones using the Zone Window LK (lock) field.

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