INSTRUMENT 1 STEP-BY-STEP COURSE
Modulate effects after triggering a note by applying sustained pressure to the fingerboard.
Capo Step Size
Adjust the Capo Buttons to shift notes by a half-step or a full octave.
Plays a pattern of repeating notes.
Adjust the velocity output of the instrument.
Adjusts the threshold of triggering Hammer-ons.
Apply pressure to the fingerboard to affect pitch.
Tilt is the INSTRUMENT 1's answer to mod wheel (CC#1).
The INSTRUMENT 1's internal tempo. This affects the speed of the arpeggiator.
Adjust the instrument's MIDI settings.
Pitch Bend Range
Match the pitch bend range of the INSTRUMENT 1 to your synth.
When activated, the INSTRUMENT 1 will send a MIDI program change message every time the Volume and Preset Knob is pressed.
Let's make sure we've gone through all of the preset settings and INSTRUMENT 1 settings. The first setting is Aftertouch sensitivity. With Aftertouch sensitivity, I'll be able to continue to modulate the note, even after I've triggered it. Some people want a little more of that, others a little bit less. So, there's a slider for it. If I turn it to low, or even off, I won't get any Aftertouch sensitivity. Capo Step Size. It's a simple C major scale. If I press on the Capo, I've now transposed the key. Every press on the Capo is another half step. Or, I can change it to 12, and every time I press the Capo button, it'll move an entire octave. The Arpeggiator is really a blast. Turn that on and the instrument will play a pattern of notes, in the order in which I press my fingers down. And you can use that in the Guitar Mode, as well. Just press and hold on the bridge and it will arpeggiate the notes.
The arpeggiator subdivider tells the instrument how many beats should be played, every time you arpeggiate. So, if I choose 16th notes, it'll go a bit quicker. String Flip Override is one of my favorites because I'm a left-handed player. You can choose, Always Right, which you'll do if you always play right. Always Left, if you always play left. And, No Override. String Flip Override allows you to save a string flip setting to a specific preset. So, if I had a buddy and he were a righty and I was playing lefty, and we wanted to play different presets, we could do that. Down here, in INSTRUMENT 1 Settings, is where we set the global setting for String Flip. As you see, I'm a lefty, I tend to keep mine on Always Left. I could also use Automatic. This would allow the instrument to choose whether it's lefty or righty, depending on the way that you're holding it.
Method Sensitivity adjusts the amount of velocity that you're outputting. So, if I put it on "High", it'll be more sensitive. If I put it on "Low", less sensitive. On "Low", I need to press harder to get the same velocity I would, if it were on high. Hammer-On Sensitivity is really important if you're a guitarist, so much in fact, that we have made an entire video dedicated to dialing these settings for guitarists. And we'll include that in the class notes below. For now, just a brief overview. If I choose "Very High", I don't even need to strum the bridge. I can just tap the neck. If I put it to "Low" or "Off, I'm not hammering on at all. I set mine to "High", but it defaults to "Medium". Spend a minute figuring out which one is comfortable for you.
If you're coming from a strings background, String Bend is an awesome feature. Turn that on, and now by using inward pressure, I can bend notes. If I turn Tilt on, moving the INSTRUMENT 1, up and down in a motion like this, will modulate the note. For those of you who are used to digital music production and MIDI, this is our version of Mod Wheel. Tilt Range gives you the option of being a little bit more discrete with that motion. Or really showing off. So, if I turned it all the way up to 90, I won't get the full range of effects until the INSTRUMENT 1 is at 90 degrees. Making it a little bit smaller, you might call this Coffee Shop Mode, where you don't want to make a scene. Global Tempo adjusts the tempo for everything INSTRUMENT 1 related. Mostly, we're talking about the arpeggiator here. So, if you were trying to match your arpeggiator to the BPM of your song, you would just simply, enter that right here.
Multichannel and Single-channel mode will really come in handy with certain apps, like Soundtrap that we used in the Windows video. You need to turn the INSTRUMENT 1 into single-channel, to make that work. MIDI Pitch Bend Range, is a slider that we've added, because not ever synth accepts the same pitch bend range. Garage Band defaults to 48, but it wasn't always the case. These things are always being updated and changing synth to synth. So, we've given people the option to choose between 12, 24, and 48. Getting this right is how you'll use Fretless Modes, Sting Bend, and anything that uses pitch.
Not only does the knob switch between presets on the INSTRUMENT 1, but it also sends program changes. You have to turn it on down here, on or off. So, if you were using MainStage for your live set and you want it to switch between tracks, you can do that, as long as you have this toggled on. Those are some additional settings with the INSTRUMENT 1. We hope that makes it come to life a little bit for you guys. Next, we're going to look at some third-party apps for iOS.
Guitar Playing Tips + Tricks
If you're a guitarist looking to take your muscle memory of the fretboard into the digital world, this is the video for you. Here are seven easy steps to help make the INSTRUMENT 1 adapt to your unique playing style.