INSTRUMENT 1 STEP-BY-STEP COURSE

7. MAKE YOUR OWN PRESETS

Customizing presets is at the heart of the INSTRUMENT 1 experience. In this lesson we’ll show you how even the most minor adjustments to your presets can have a major impact.




LESSON NOTES

  • OVERVIEW
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  • TRANSCRIPT

TOPICS COVERED

What are Presets?
A saved combination of mode, method, tuning, sometimes sound, and other settings.

Arpeggiation
Notes will activate at a set tempo as long as they are held down.

Global Tempo
Sets the speed of arpeggiation on the INSTRUMENT 1

Saving Presets in the app
Tap the small carrot icon next to the Preset name to save presets in the iOS app. In the desktop Editor you'll select 'Save Preset' from the File dropdown menu.  

Saving Presets to the dotted User Presets slots
Drag any saved preset to the red INSTRUMENT 1 icon in the upper left-hand side of the iOS app. In the desktop Editor select a user slot from the Presets dropdown menu.

VIDEOS

How to Make a Ukulele
Get more practice building presets with this quick demo.

(00:00)
Let's take a minute to talk about presets, why they're so powerful and how you can use different playing techniques to craft your own custom preset. Normally a MIDI controller has a single way of playing. A keyboard, for example, is played by pressing down the keys. The INSTRUMENT 1 is quite unique in this respect. Presets allow you to play your music in a variety of ways. Each preset is like a whole new instrument, and when you customize your presets you're effectively building your own instrument. Let's dive in and see what we can make.

(00:33)
Editing a preset can be as simple as making a small change to an existing preset. For example, we'll set the instrument to the guitar preset. Great. Now we'll just change the sound from a guitar to a piano. And so now I'm able to strum a piano. It's like a piano that's tuned to a guitar. But we could take this a step further. Let's try adding some arpeggiation to this. I'll navigate to the More section and turn on the arpeggiator here. Let's see if we can amp things up a bit. I'll change the rate of subdivisions here from eighth notes to sixteenth notes, and maybe we'll change the tempo and see what this sounds like.

(01:58)
It's almost like you have a cloud of piano notes tuned to a guitar, which is to say that it's an impossible instrument. This doesn't really even scratch the surface. We'll get into custom tunings for example in another video. But in the meantime this is a great starting point.

(02:13)
Now let's figure out how to save this preset. So if we want to save this preset that we just created, we will tap the dropdown carrot here, select Save As. We'll call it, "Cloud". Now it's saved to our presets. And we'll find it in our presets folder. It's here now whenever we need it. We'll just select it and it'll be loaded onto the instrument.

(02:49)
But we can also save it to the INSTRUMENT 1 itself. To do that we'll select our preset, hold it, and then drag it over to the red INSTRUMENT 1 icon here. These user presets correspond to the dotted presets on the instrument. So user preset one is the first dotted preset. We'll just save it to that. Now whenever I want to come back to our preset, I'll just use the preset knob to navigate right back to our cloud preset.

(03:23)
Next we're going to learn some of the mechanics of this, modes and methods.