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Stylus Users Guide

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Frequently Asked Questions Introduction Mac Set-Up Installation on Mac Installation on Windows Authorization Updates Opening and Playing Stylus Memory Moving the Data File Moving the Plug-in Using Stylus Selecting Sound Exploring the Core Library Host Synchronization Groove Control™ Exploring the Interface Zone Editing Automation Midi CC Chart Stylus Speed Tips Creative Techniques Key Commands Optimization Using Stylus as a Stand-Alone Program Wrappers Rendering to Audio Troubleshooting Missing Plug-ins/Data Files Installation Issues Windows Authorization Issues Stability Problems Out of Memory Problems Loading Time Transfer Problems (Mac) Transfer Problems (Windows) Audio Problems Support Stylus Glossary Credits Software License Agreement Sound License Agreements 002 005 006 008 010 013 015 015 017 018 018 019 019 020 022 023 027 032 033 034 034 035 035 035 036 036 037 038 039 039 039 039 040 040 040 041 041 043 043 044 047 049

stylus user guide

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Stylus™? It’s a Virtual Groove Module plug-in, which combines a massive three gigabyte core library with a powerful, yet easy to use interface for manipulating the sounds. So is Stylus basically a “preset” machine? Not at all. The whole idea is to combine powerful flexibility, with an easy to use interface. You could think of it as a Groove synth with 38,000 waveforms! Because of the power of Groove Control™, you can easily create and manipulate your own grooves using the core library as a starting point for your own explorations. It is not an exaggeration to say that there are millions of possibilities. Stylus is designed to be inspiring for many years to come. Do I need a MIDI keyboard to use Stylus? No, you can use it completely with a mouse if you want. However, it is faster to use and more inspiring if you also use it with a MIDI keyboard, since Stylus can be “performed” in real-time. Which libraries are included with Stylus? The entire core library in Stylus is brand new...specially created for this virtual instrument. Nothing is taken from our previous sample libraries. What formats does Stylus import? Stylus is a virtual sound module, not a sampler. It doesn’t import or load samples other than its own core library. The interface and software exist to manipulate this particular sound set and because of this, we have been able to keep the interface very streamlined and easy to use. There are already many good options for software samplers to import and load AKAI sample libraries or AIFF/WAV/SF2 files, etc Can Stylus load Groove Control™ sample libraries? No. You need to use a sampler for that purpose. Will there ever be any updates for Stylus? Yes. We have all kinds of exciting things planned for the future…stay tuned to our web site for the announcements. Is there a printed version of this Users Guide? How can I get it? If you would like the printed version, contact us and we would be happy to send that to you when it becomes available. Are there any legal limitations to how I can use Stylus? The main limitation is that you are not allowed to use it to make a sample library or another kind of sample-based product. You are also restricted from giving away or posting online any loops or samples created using Stylus. However, you are able to use Stylus in all musical recording applications without paying any additional licenses. Does Stylus use copy protection? Yes. You have to authorize the plug-in on our web site within 48 hours. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll get your Response code for your computer immediately. You don’t have to use your music computer to do the web authorization.

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What if I need more than one install for laptop use, if my hard drive crashes or if I get a new computer? Not a problem...our web site is available around the clock to handle these situations immediately. It’s very easy to do it online. Do I have to credit Spectrasonics if I use Stylus on a project? No, it isn’t mandatory for our instruments...but we certainly would appreciate it! Do I need to obtain a special license to use Stylus on a commercial project? No, the lifetime license fee to use the samples is covered in the purchase price of the instrument. You can use it on as many of your own projects as you like and we hope that you make some hits with it! Can I use Stylus on Music Libraries or Film Trailers? Yes, this is fine. Some soundware companies restrict this kind of use, but Spectrasonics doesn’t. Can I use Stylus in multimedia or game music projects? Yes, this is OK unless you want to put Stylus samples encoded into the game. That requires an additional license. I work at a production music studio with several other composers/producers. Can we all use Stylus from our main server? No. It’s very important to know that each composer must have his or her own copy and license for Stylus. We make regular checks to verify that large production studios have obtained the proper licenses for our instruments and sample libraries. As a studio owner, can I include Stylus on a rental or studio computer for studio clients to use on their projects? No....the license to use Stylus is only granted to the buyer. If it is your own recording project that you are producing, of course that isn’t a problem…but your studio clients aren’t licensed to use it for their own projects, and Stylus use can’t be “rented”. Can my writing partner use a copy of my instrument on their computer? No....the license to use Stylus is on a per-person basis. They would need their own copy of Stylus to use it on their computer. Can I resell Stylus used to someone else? No, the sounds are licensed ONLY to you. You cannot transfer the sound license to someone else, and so you cannot sell it used. If you sell your computer, you must delete it from the hard drive. Can I use the demo songs? No, they are just there to give you an idea of what Stylus can do. Can the faders in Stylus be automated? Yes. All knobs and faders can be controlled from external MIDI controllers. Does Stylus work with Pro Tools HD? Yes! You can use it at any sample rate/bit depth session up to 24 bit/192k.

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Will you support Mac OSX? Yes. We have plans to support it in a future update, as it gets closer to being a viable host platform for the main sequencers. Watch the web site for info about this update. Will you support HTDM format for Pro Tools? We are currently investigating support for the HTDM platform. It is almost identical to the RTAS format in actual use. Will you support Pro Tools Windows RTAS platform? There are currently some limitations with using Windows RTAS for virtual instrument plug-ins. We are investigating solutions for this. Does Stylus work in Sonar? You can currently use the following VST-DXi wrappers that have been tested with Stylus in Sonar 2.0: DirectiXer, FXpansion VST-DX Adapter and the Spin Audio VSTDX wrapper. Does Stylus work with Logic Audio and TDM hardware? Yes, but you should have a lot of RAM (we’d recommend 700mb or more). And you’ll need the Emagic ESB software to use the VST plug-in with the TDM system. Does Stylus work with Digital Performer and TDM hardware? Unfortunately, No it doesn’t. In Digital Performer, you have to choose the MAS system OR the TDM system. Since the TDM implementation of Digital Performer cannot read RTAS plug-ins or MAS plug-ins, there’s no way to use Stylus in this configuration without switching over to MAS mode. Contact MOTU to see if there will be a fix for this situation. How is the latency in Stylus? It’s completely dependent on your sound card. Most current quality sound cards have drivers that are very fast for real-time playing (as low as 1.5 ms). What bit rate are the samples in Stylus? The custom UVI sampler engine that we use, can handle any bit rate/sample rate up to 32 bit 192k. This gives us the flexibility to use the highest rate necessary to capture the best quality sound on a sample by sample basis….so you always get the best possible sound, with the optimum memory efficiency. Who do I talk to if I have more questions? You can send us an email at info@spectrasonics.net The complete license agreement is located at the back of this guide.

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INTRODUCTION
Thanks for purchasing Stylus™! Stylus is the first of Spectrasonics’ unique line of virtual instrument sound modules. We are extremely excited about this new direction for our company, as it frees us to create completely new musical environments, without dealing with the previous limitations we’ve had in the past of the various competing sampler platforms. With virtual instruments we can now design the sounds, the features, the audio engine and the interface as one seamless instrument. The end result is a richer and more streamlined musical experience, where you can get right to the inspiration and music making, without having to sort out sampler compatibility issues, etc. Our goal is to create instruments that are not only powerful, and not just simple to use….but to merge the two concepts with instruments that are “powerfully simple”. Stylus is the first of numerous Groove Control™ virtual instrument plug-ins to come from Spectrasonics. Each one will focus on a particular area of Groove production. In the case of Stylus, the approach is geared towards Hip-Hop and Breakbeat oriented vinyl grooves. However, as you’ll quickly realize, Stylus can be used in a wide variety of genres because of the power of Groove Control and the many ways that grooves can be created, combined and manipulated. We hope you take the time to read this manual to get the most out of your instrument. Make sure to also visit our web site regularly as we will be including new mp3s, videos and articles about power tips on various creative ways to use Stylus. We had a lot of fun putting Stylus together & hope you have even more fun using it! All the best from Eric Persing and the Spectrasonics team

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• Enter one of these memory settings in the Preferred Size: (depending on how many channels you want to use at once) 8 16 20 24 32 Spectrasonics Spectrasonics Spectrasonics Spectrasonics Spectrasonics plug-ins=100000k plug-ins=175000k plug-ins=200000k plug-ins=225000k plug-ins=325000k (100 (175 (200 (225 (325 megabytes) megabytes) megabytes) megabytes) megabytes) stylus user guide | 006 . Get Info. Show Memory. Here’s how to do it: • Highlight the program icon.MAC SET-UP **BEFORE YOU INSTALL** You must first assign enough memory to your sequencer program to use Stylus. then enter the Preferred Size. or else you will have a wide variety of problems.

stylus user guide | 007 . Since Cubase 5 is limited to 8 instruments. 100mb assigned to Cubase should be enough.Digidesign users should add 25 megabytes to these numbers and assign the memory to DAE (not the Pro Tools application. (200mb to Logic and 250mb to DAE).) Logic users with Pro Tools TDM hardware need much more RAM than other systems. We recommend at least 700 megabytes or more for the smoothest operation.

• After it is finished copying. • First copy the “Spectrasonics Stylus™” folder from the CD to your destination drive. open the Spectrasonics Stylus™ folder on your DRIVE.INSTALLATION MAC This product has some special requirements for installation on the Macintosh. stylus user guide | 008 . • You need Mac OS 9.04 or higher . (Use Get Info to check your destination drive’s available size and its format) • You need at least 192 mb of RAM (512 or higher recommended). • You need 3.1 gigabytes of Free hard disk space on a drive formatted to Mac OS Extended (HFS+) format. • Launch the Stylus Installer inside the Stylus™ folder on your hard drive (NOT from the CD). Make sure that you follow these instructions carefully: • Turn File Sharing OFF during installation. Installation and use of Stylus will not be successful without these minimum requirements. Disc 1 must be in your CD-ROM drive for it to work properly.

dat).dat” file which contains the sounds. The plug-in always needs to see the “.The installer will combine the 5 CD-ROMs into the one big data file (Stylus.dat file in your host sequencer’s Plug Ins folder: Cubase folder -> VstPlugins Logic Audio folder -> VstPlugins Pro Tools : System folder -> DAE Folder-> Plug-Ins Digital Performer: System -> Extensions ->MOTU >Plug-ins stylus user guide | 009 . in the main Stylus™ Plug-Ins folder. depending on your drive speed).dat” file. which contains all the sounds that the Stylus plug-in needs to see to run properly. 3 gig is a LOT of data! Stylus uses two files: • The big “. The installer will put an alias of the . • The small plug-in file which contains the interface. The process takes quite a while (20-40 minutes.

INSTALLATION WINDOWS The Installation process takes approximately 30 minutes. •Clicking “Next” gives you the prompt for “Select Start Menu Folder”. •Insert Stylus Disc 1 into your CD drive. Do you wish to continue?” (If the prompt does not appear. and then click “Yes” if you agree to the license and want to continue the installation of Stylus. but you may make another of your own choosing here. “This will install Stylus. •Clicking “Next” invokes the License Agreement and Frequently Asked Questions about Stylus. • You need 3. •The Setup prompt will appear asking. but you may also change this path if you wish. Please take a moment to read these. • You need at least 192 mb of RAM (512 or higher recommended).1 gigabytes of Free hard disk space. go to “My Computer” and double-click on your CDROM icon) •Clicking “Yes” will initiate the Stylus Setup Wizard prompt. stylus user guide | 010 . •Next appears the “Select Destination Directory” prompt. C:\Program Files\Spectrasonics\Stylus is the default path. Spectrasonics\Stylus is the default.

This is the second part of the installation: (Stage 2: Data file Joiner). This will show you where you have chosen to create the Destination directory and Start Menu folder. Please select another disk.•Clicking “Next” brings the “Ready to Install” prompt. Choose your folder and Click “OK” (IMPORTANT. Click “Next”. You may choose the destination for the data file to be installed. if you decide that you would rather have the data file elsewhere. a Graphic of the Stylus interface will appear. •The Installing prompt will appear. “This disk does not have room for the 3 gigabyte datafile. If you are satisfied with your choices.1Gb you will be given the prompt. This begins the process of assembling the single 3Gb sound data file from the 5 CDs.You may not move the data file after installation.” stylus user guide | 011 . the MIDI Files and support files will now be installed. Click “Install”. Make sure the destination drive has at least 3. The Stylus plug-in. •Once finished. you must Uninstall Stylus then Reinstall Stylus and select a different folder of your choosing) •If the destination drive you have chosen does not have 3. •The prompt “Browse for Folder” appears.1 gigabytes of available space.

(Disc 2-5) After Disc 5 is copied to your drive you will receive a confirmation prompt. you can freely copy it from the Program Files\Spectrasonics\Stylus to the destination VST plug-ins folder of your host.) stylus user guide | 012 .dll file in the VST plug-ins folder.•If you have chosen a drive with 3Gb or more disk space available. (If your host sequencer does not have the Stylus. then the progress bar will indicate that the process is active until you receive a prompt to remove the current disc and insert the next disc. Click “Finish” to exit the setup.

AUTHORIZATION You can get your authorization for Stylus directly and immediately online from any browser. If you change your computer. so we suggest that you do it right away. This particular challenge number is dependent on your hardware. When you launch your sequencer and open the plug-in for the first time. The grace period is only 48 hours.spectrasonics.net/authorization stylus user guide | 013 . you’ll need to authorize again. You don’t have to use your music computer to do it. Copy or write down the Challenge and go to our web site: http://www. hard drive or reformat you hard drive. you’ll get the Authorization message with a Challenge number.

crashed hard disk. fast and hassle-free as possible for you. here what to do: Install Stylus. reinstalls. the site will give you a Response number that you can copy and paste into the plug-in’s response field. get the new Challenge from that computer. The web site is also equipped to handle additional authorizations for laptop use. Each computer’s hard drive is authorized with a unique Challenge/Response combination for that particular drive. After entering them.After you’ve completed entering your information. you need two things: The Challenge number AND your Serial number. If you change or reformat drives. To re-authorize a drive. Press the authorize button and you’re finished. and authorize again on the web site which will give you a new Response code for that computer. We want the authorization process to be as simple. stylus user guide | 014 . If you encounter problems installing or authorizing STYLUS. a new computer or a second computer. the authorization will be lost and has to be reauthorized. or for installing on a new computer. (which is found on the inside flap of the printed book) Both numbers are necessary to authorize the plug-in. please contact your Spectrasonics distributor for immediate help.

selecting “FreeMIDI preferences”. • Assign the selected MIDI track to the Stylus instrument and play. • Assign a selected (record-enabled) MIDI track to Stylus and play. and make sure the Inter-application MIDI checkbox is ticked.) • Now you can play MIDI through to the plug-in and hear it from the Audio track. (This initializes the playback buffer. • Open the mixer and click on an insert of the audio track. OMS/FREEMIDI (MAC) If you are using OMS or FreeMIDI. please note that virtual instruments need an inter-application driver in order to be “seen” by your sequencer: In OMS this is called “IAC Driver”. OPENING AND PLAYING STYLUS If you’ve never opened a virtual instrument in your sequencer. PRO TOOLS • Create a stereo audio track. open the Stylus plug-in on an audio track. • Select the track on the Arrange page and play. which is necessary in order to hear audio. Open the Stylus plug-in in the VST sub menu. DIGITAL PERFORMER • In the Mixing Board. this is how to do it: CUBASE VST • Open the VST Instrument Panel • Open the Stylus Plug In. have OMS compatibility checked.net/updates We are updating the plug-in software on a regular basis for compatibility and performance optimization. choose Stylus from multichannel RTAS plug-in list. • Press play/stop in order to initialize Stylus. If you don’t see it in your OMS Setup Window you might need to reinstall OMS. In FreeMIDI Setup. LOGIC AUDIO • In an Audio Instrument track.spectrasonics.UPDATES Please download the latest version of Stylus at http://www. (this is in French) stylus user guide | 015 . • Assign a record-enabled MIDI track to Stylus. In FreeMIDI you must activate this driver by going to the file menu. click Edit to see the interface.

Special Considerations . standard Logic 5 plug-in automation is currently not available. • In addition to the memory requirements for Logic and Pro Tools. Special Considerations . (However. Emagic has fixed this song format problem in Logic 5.Special Considerations . any ZONE EDIT changes are not saved. • Logic 5 Automation: Since Stylus has over 1200 parameters in Zone Edit mode. you may use MIDI controllers to automate any of the knobs and sliders using a MIDI track.Digital Performer ™ with TDM Hardware • Digital Performer can only address MAS or TDM one at a time. However. However.x. This limitation also affects any patches that have tuning or level offsets per zone. like the Groove and Swing menus. Aux tracks cannot be used because RTAS is not available for these tracks.x saving issue: Stylus will save and load global plug-in settings and patches in Logic 4.x.Logic Audio™ with TDM Hardware • RTAS Plug-Ins are not accessible from within Logic Audio.motu. See the Automation section for more details. (this is in French) Special Considerations . so you’ll have to switch to MAS mode to use the Stylus MAS plug-in. so you must use the Emagic System Bridge (ESB) Interface to use the Stylus VST plug-in for this configuration. and not simultaneously.com • In FreeMIDI Setup. and there isn’t a solution until MOTU can address it within Performer.33 or higher to use Stylus.x song format size limitation. • Automation: Since Stylus has over 1200 parameters in Zone Edit mode. However. stylus user guide | 016 .. Therefore. Special Considerations .Pro Tools™ • TDM users must open Stylus on an audio track. This is due to a limitation in the Logic 4. It can be downloaded at http://www.x songs. RTAS plug-ins also cannot be used with TDM hardware from Performer. this is possible for LE and Free users) • You must initialize Stylus again (by pressing play/stop) after a Bounce to disk and after every Audio record operation. we recommend getting Logic 5 as it works much better with Stylus.Logic Audio™ • Logic 4. simply reselect the patch again and your song should play properly. to use Stylus effectively in numerous instances inside a Logic/Pro Tools hybrid set-up. If you haven’t upgraded yet. standard Pro Tools automation is currently not available. your computer needs quite a bit of RAM (perhaps 700mb or higher). DAE needs a high amount of memory associated with it. have OMS compatibility checked.Digital Performer™ • You must use MOTU Audio System version 2. so you can now save and recall songs with Groove Menus and all ZONE edits perfectly. To recall the correct settings for Groove menus in Logic 4. This is a limitation of Digital Performer. you may use MIDI controllers (external MIDI faders or Hyper Draw) to automate any of the knobs and sliders. However. See the Automation section for more details.

located in the System Tools folder. Click the System Monitor’s drop down window Edit. On Windows 2000 and XP. If System Monitor Shortcut is not located in your System Tools folder. stylus user guide | 017 . The memory requirement for each patch is different. you can always check how much memory for sounds is available by checking the “About This Computer” from the Finder.MEMORY USAGE The memory you have assigned to the host sequencer is necessary for the plug-ins to function. The available memory for samples is listed as “Largest Unused Block”: On Windows 98 and ME you can check how much memory for sounds is available by checking the “System Monitor”. Of course with multiple channels of Stylus and the more patches you load. The patches and samples load into the computers RAM memory. the more RAM it will take. The size of the patches range from a few megabytes for the individual loops to over 80 megabytes for the Groove Menus. then choose Memory Manager: Unused physical memory. and is indicated in the Edit Value display. On the Mac. you will need to install System Monitor from your original Windows Installation Disk. In order to view the amount of available system RAM while working with Stylus in a host application. “System Monitor” is located in the Start\ControlPanel\Administrative Tools\Performance folder. then Add Item. but you also need to keep enough memory free to load the sounds of Stylus.

dll in C:\Program Files\Spectrasonics\Stylus. make an alias of the . you can freely copy the Stylus Plug-In to any folder that needs it. which you can activate by holding the “T” key while booting up. On Windows.dat file or an alias to it resides in the same folder. To transfer to another computer.dll file to the VST plug-in folder of the host application of your choice. which is easily accessible from another computer over firewire. the Stylus.dat file can reside on another drive from your host program. and dragging it to your plug-ins folder.dat file. they can simply reference the . You don’t need to copy the Plug-Ins. You CANNOT copy the file to another drive or computer over Appletalk or Ethernet. If you move it manually.dll plug-in will not be able to find it. On the Mac. as Appletalk is currently limited to 2 gigabyte file size maximum and the Stylus . For Windows. After the initial installation.dat file by holding COMMAND/OPTION-M.dat file on whatever drive it is on. Just make sure the Stylus. you may move or copy the Stylus.dat file is over 3gb. stylus user guide | 018 . This turns that computer into a drive. MOVING THE PLUG-IN For the Mac. (The installer does this during the install process).MOVING THE DATA FILE The Stylus. you’ll find the original Stylus. we recommend using “Firewire disk mode”. you have to uninstall and reinstall Stylus from the original CDs and select a new destination drive in order to move the Stylus.

Click on the Patch name display. We recommend checking out the included Quicktime demonstration Video and MP3 Demo songs to get familiar with some of the possibilities that Stylus offers. and you just want to listen to the variations that are available. moving up and down in the directory list. This is useful when you are already in the subdirectory you want. The colors of the Spectrasonics “prism” logo shift when Stylus is playing. You’ll find that using a MIDI keyboard is a faster and more intuitive way to select sounds and grooves. The Preview button is convenient for quick auditioning grooves and functions the same as playing a single “middle C” note (note#60 called C_4 in Stylus). and a popup directory will appear with the full listing of patches in sub-categories and organized by tempo group. authorized and opened Stylus. stylus user guide | 019 . you can now play it from a connected MIDI controller.net SELECTING SOUNDS Selecting sounds in Stylus is very easy. You can also use the arrow up/down buttons to select sounds incrementally. More are available on the Spectrasonics website: http://www. The Preview button makes it possible to use Stylus completely with a mouse. and doesn’t indicate incoming MIDI note values. or by using the Preview button on the interface. However. since Stylus can also be “performed” in real-time.USING STYLUS Once you’ve installed. if you also use a MIDI keyboard the workflow is faster and more creative. This functions as the MIDI reception indicator for Stylus. You can use the up/down arrows next to the note indicator to change the note that is triggered by the Preview button.spectrasonics. The purpose of the note value display is for selecting the preview trigger note.

but a wealth of creative options for manipulating the loop in useful and interesting ways. Once you’ve decided which one you want. matched and layered with each other or with any other groove by using Groove Control. which consist of the loop “sliced” in a special way to allow a great deal of flexibility in how you decide to use the loops.000 patches. The use of Breakbeats quickly migrated into just about every form of Dance and Pop music. We even went so far as to press our own vinyl and resample it for you! You’ll find a wealth of brand new loop material in this section to work with either as it is. for different methods of working: Loop patches. the biggest problem with using Breakbeats in the past. With Stylus. Since it was easy to sample this section. or as a starting point for your own creativity. then switch to the Groove Control version of that loop. and 38. Groove Control offers not only the tightest sync to the sequencer.EXPLORING THE CORE LIBRARY You might be wondering what is a “core library” and how is it different from a “sample library”? The reason we refer to the Stylus sounds as a Core Library is that it is best to think of it as the raw material that can be manipulated and shaped in many interesting and creative ways by using Groove Control and the capabilities of the Stylus interface and synth engine. which consist of the main Stylus loops. While Groove Control patches are designed to be played by the corresponding MIDI file. Perc Loops consists of a very useful sub library of individual percussion loops. See the Groove Control section for further details. Of course. since you can use it only as a percussion module if you want! This section is organized by percussion instrument type. and have a “GC” at the end of their patch name. essential ingredient in early Rap and Hip-Hop records. changing pitch and speed with middle C (note number 60 C_4) as the original tempo. played from the corresponding MIDI file sequence. the better approach is to use the loop patches primarily to audition the grooves that are available. The patches are organized into the following types. has been the copyright clearance issues. However. and continue to be a major part of the latest styles and hits. Breakbeats refers to the main drum loop section of the core library. they can also be played manually as “kits” with each loop slice assigned chromatically starting from C_1 note number 36. Breakbeats became a widely used. But let’s start with what the core library contains: There are over 3. These patches each contain a single audio loop and are assigned to track the whole keyboard range. The term “breakbeat” comes from the common DJ description of the open drum breakdown on many of the old R&B/Soul records.000 individual samples available in the core library of Stylus to work with. Groove Control patches are organized in the identical directory structure as the loop patches. Groove Control™ patches. stylus user guide | 020 . To use them in a sequence. This is where the genres that Stylus can be used in begins to expand. but still has an authentically “vinylized” sound. which can be mixed. you should retrigger the loop every four bars to stay in sync with your sequence. the good news is that every breakbeat loop is originally created and copyright clean.

at every BPM between 50 and 180 BPM). (Use SHIFT-Click for Windows). the sound quality change of the pitch shifting often yields surprising musical results with Breakbeats. The opposite would be to take the Fastest Menu (Groove Menu 4) and play it selecting a slow patch (65 BPM). Swing Menus are the same idea as the Groove Menu section. Playing the loops as a live performance is a completely different way of working with Stylus than by using Groove Control.Groove Menus are patches that have 61 different loops assigned to each keyboard. Although Groove Control is more flexible. but it’s often a “left-brain/right-brain” kind of difference in musical approaches. These patches are primarily designed for real-time performance and “Groove jamming”. (Groove Control is a sequencer based process). These patches were built utilizing a complex system of pitch tuning offsets to achieve this real-time sync result. To do this. will be the most similar to the sound of the original Loops. performance-oriented way. One thing some people have asked is. (Input Quantizing is a convenient feature to use if you have it on your MIDI sequencer). Another useful way to use the menus is as a faster method of auditioning grooves for later use in Groove Control versions. which changes the pitch with the tempo. and then OPTION-Click the display to see the name of that groove. (Not all of the tuning parameters we used to create these patches are available on the interface). All of the loops in the Swing Menus are different than the ones in the Groove Menus. because Groove Menus work live and in real-time. giving you a "snappy" kind of sound. “Why include the Groove Menu system. Press Zone Edit. tuned to each other to playback at the same tempo. which is underlined. Playing back a menu in the same range as the original loops (selecting Medium Groove Menu 2 at 100 BPM). in which tempo and pitch are independent?” Number one. lowdetuned. the Groove Menus method lets you work in an intuitive. Med. It all depends on what sonic effect you want to achieve. play the Groove you want. Groove Menus are the fastest way to work. The actual loops come from the Loops directory. so we don’t recommend doing that with these patches. etc) So if you play a Slow menu (Groove Menu 1) at a fast tempo patch (126 BPM Groove Menu 1) the grooves will sound higher in pitch. when you already have the Groove Control system. Both are valid ways. but using loops with a stronger Swing or Shuffle feel. but they sound quite different when played back at different pitches/tempos. and can lead you in unexpected ways. Here’s how we organized the Groove Menus to take advantage of these artifacts: The menus are grouped in categories based on the tempo range of the original loops (Slow. since you can work in sync with many loops in real-time. stylus user guide | 021 . This will produce the flabby. Adjusting the pitch of these patches will cause the loops to go out of sync with each other. "slow motion" type of sound. the loops will stay in sync with each other. If you re-trigger and quantize your real-time performances when recording. Number two. Fast.

HOST SYNCRONIZATION The Loop patches don’t automatically sync to the host sequencer. that you can put together to make your own patterns and riffs. test tones. Drag or Import the matching MIDI file into the Stylus track in your sequencer and then the loop will play in perfect sync at any tempo. Zone Editing is particularly useful with getting the scratch bits to sync up with your track. To do this. use the Groove Control version of the loop that you’ve decided to use.Turntable FX Over a thousand unique DJ effects samples are grouped into theme-based menu patches. noises and FX. and a huge library of dance/hip-hop oriented drum samples including 1000 kick drums. a collection of cymbals. …but that’s just the beginning of what you can do with Groove Control! stylus user guide | 022 . Utilities contains some very useful patches like various click/metronome sounds. with up to 61 samples each. In this section. professional tuning references and sync tones. or add your own accent touches to the loops. it’s a significant part of the core library. Add-Ons Although this section is called Add-Ons. this section is the “One-shot” part of the Stylus core library. You can get great results by using the pitch bender while you perform with the menus. It contains a percussion sample library. Essentially. This is the place to come when you want to build patterns completely from scratch. Applying creative use of Delay and Distortion plug-ins on the Turntable FX opens up many interesting possibilities. noise generators. a wide selection of handclaps and fingersnaps. 1000 Snares and 500 hi-hat samples. the approach is on shorter snippets of scratches. Performance oriented DJs (called Turntablists) function musically more often as a soloist than as a rhythm player. a variety of FX.

but offers more consistent and flexible results. stylus user guide | 023 . (It will have a “GC” extension to the name) • Assign the corresponding MIDI file to play the Stylus plug-in. Stylus offers some brand new capabilities as well. pattern. feel. select the Groove Control version of that loop in the corresponding Groove Control directory. with the highest possible sound quality. so you can get right to making music! What makes Groove Control so special is that it gives you fully independent control of the tempo. But what is Groove Control exactly? Groove Control™ is a proprietary system of loop development. This is made possible because the painstaking preparation of the Groove Control versions is created by trained experts with special tools and techniques. Best of all. pitch. This offers enormously creative possibilities. since every loop can be freely combined with any other loop. Groove Control works on a similar principle as the well-known “ReCycle™” slicing method. this difficult and timeconsuming work is already done in Stylus. • When you find one you want to use. Groove Control is a powerful musical tool. and mix of every Stylus loop.GROOVE CONTROL™ Stylus is built entirely on the foundation of our popular Groove Control system. Here’s the basic steps of using Groove Control: • Select the groove you want to use by playing the loop version. and yet is extremely easy to use. created originally by Spectrasonics and ILIO Entertainments for use in sample libraries. Since Groove Control is integrated into the instrument.

stylus user guide | 024 . and then drag the MIDI file from the Desktop to the desired track. To use this handy “drop down” menu system for the MIDI files: Mac users should open the desired folder in the Apple Menu first.In most sequencers. you can drag the MIDI file from the desktop directly to the Stylus MIDI track. The Stylus installer also puts the Stylus MIDI files in the Apple Menu on the Mac.

stylus user guide | 025 . you can copy or make an alias of the Stylus MIDI Files folder in the “Apple menu items” folder. since they don’t support drag and drop.(If you purchased an earlier “Mac-Only” version of Stylus. located in your System Folder). On Windows. Windows users can drag the desired MIDI file from the Start menu directly to the Stylus track. Stylus installs the MIDI files inside a Groove Control folder in the Windows Start Menu. Some hosts such as Pro Tools need to use the MIDI file import function.

How do you change the pitch? Change the coarse and fine pitch parameters on the Stylus interface. You can also use any of your sequencers swing and shuffle functions too! How do you change the pattern? The Zone editing function of the interface can be used to silence different slices. How do you change the feel? Quantize the MIDI track. You can also change the velocity data of the MIDI file notes to get the same result. which will alter the pattern. How do you change the mix? Use the Zone Editing feature of the interface to change the levels and pan positions of individual slices. if you want to create your own patterns.GROOVE CONTROL FAQs How do you change the tempo? Simply change your host sequencer’s tempo and the loop will follow it. Check out the Quicktime video demo for more in-depth information about techniques and tricks using Groove Control™. stylus user guide | 026 . In fact. You can also modify the MIDI data in your sequencer in many different ways. the Groove Control patches make excellent matching “kits” for programming your own unique grooves from scratch.

Clicking the Edit Value display again returns it to showing the megabyte size. simply touch it and the value will be displayed. To view the current value of any knob or slider. (TIP: Use the Shift key while you move the sliders to get finer resolution values). When you select a patch. the Edit Value display shows its precise value.EXPLORING THE INTERFACE Patch Display Click here to open the directory of sounds. Edit Value Display To the right of the Patch display. You can also use the up/down arrows on the right to move through the core library. See the Zone Editing chapter for details on using this powerful feature. When you move a knob or slider. you’ll see the Edit value display which serves as the main parameter data indicator. the Edit Value display will show the megabyte size of the patch that has been loaded into RAM. Zone Edit This button toggles the editing mode from Global (unlit) to Zone (lit). stylus user guide | 027 .

Pitch Fine Controls the fine tuning of the samples in cents. Velocity Controls the amount of Dynamic Sensitivity of the samples. Independent control for each zone is available. Independent control for each zone is available. Pitch Envelope Time Controls the decay/release time of the independent pitch envelope. Pitch Coarse Controls the tuning of the samples in semitone increments. Independent control for each zone is available. Operates as a Balance control on stereo samples. Independent control for each zone is available. within a four octave sweep range.100 cent range. An additional 8db of gain is available for getting the maximum.Level Changes the playback volume level of the samples. Independent control for each zone is available. Independent control for each zone is available. Pitch Envelope Depth Controls the amount of pitch modulation from the independent pitch envelope. Positive and negative modulation is available with the zero position in the center. within a +/. Independent control for each zone is available. within a four octave range. punchy sound. No effect will be heard without using the envelope depth knob. Pan Pans the samples from left to right. within a two octave range. stylus user guide | 028 .

Filter Selectors These select the filter mode. HPF= 12db/octave Two Pole High Pass Filter LP3= 18db/octave Three Pole Low Pass Filter LP2= 12db/octave Two Pole Low Pass Filter LP1= 24db/octave Four Pole Low Pass Filter OFF= No Filter (uses less CPU power) Cutoff Controls the Cutoff Frequency of the main sample filter. Independent control for each zone is available. Independent control for each zone is available. Independent control for each zone is available. LP1 is able to self oscillate at the maximum setting. Resonance Controls the Emphasis or “Q” of the of the main sample filter frequency. No effect will be heard without using the envelope depth knob. stylus user guide | 029 . which have independent control for each zone and full modulation capabilities. Positive and negative modulation is available with the zero position in the center Independent control for each zone is available. Filter Envelope Time Controls the decay/release time of the independent filter envelope. Filter Envelope Depth Controls the amount of modulation from the independent filter envelope to the filter cutoff frequency.

Moving the filter to the right activates a High-Pass Filter which removes the Low frequencies. Moving the filter to the left activates a Low-Pass Filter which removes the High frequencies. The RESONANCE slider controls the Emphasis or “Q” of the of the Master Filter frequency. The Master Filter slider is in its zero position when it is centered. Decay time. stylus user guide | 030 . It is very quick. Envelope This is main amplitude envelope for the samples. It is independent from the Pitch and Filter envelopes. useful and easy to use. Sustain level and Release time.Master Filter This is an additional output shaping filter that is used like a master “tone control”. It has controls for Attack time. Independent control for each zone is available.

Independent control for each zone is available. Positive and negative modulation is available with the zero position in the center.Modulation Source Selectors These buttons open up a pop up menu with the available options for modulating the filter and the panning. LFO1/LFO2 rate Controls the rates of each Low Frequency Oscillator. The available sources for modulation include: The Pitch. Filter or Amplitude Envelopes LFO1 or LFO2 Key Position Aftertouch Velocity Expression (Controller #11) LFO1 or LFO2 with amount controlled from the Mod. Independent control for each zone is available. The waveform is a sine wave and is always free-running. Positive and negative modulation is available with the zero position in the center. stylus user guide | 031 . Independent control for each zone is available. Wheel (Controller #1) The Modulation Wheel (Controller #1) Alternating positive/negative values with each successive trigger Random values with each successive trigger Filter Modulation Depth Controls the amount of modulation from the selected modulation source to the main sample filter cutoff frequency. The rates are global for all zones. Pan Modulation Depth Controls the amount of modulation from the selected modulation source to the sample panning.

Unlike many samplers. Most patches are set to use 3 or 4 voices. the sequencer or the Preview button. However. This is slightly smoother sounding with some patches (percussion and hi-fi cymbals). be aware that 32 bit playback doubles the amount of RAM used to load the sound. simply play the desired note from your keyboard. Zone editing is an extremely simple. stylus user guide | 032 . each zone is edited independently. yet powerful feature. Loops and drums require little polyphony for adequate playback. ZONE EDITING Every sample in Stylus is assigned to a sample “Zone”. A two octave range is provided. To select the zone for editing. or radically transform a loop into something completely different. When the Zone Edit button is OFF. Bend Range This sets the range of the MIDI Pitch Bender controller. you can use this to change the mix of elements inside the Groove Control loop.32 Bit Selects 32 bit playback mode. Most patches have this parameter switched off to conserve RAM. Voices This is the Polyphony limiter control for Stylus. each zone in Stylus has its own unique set of parameters. You can experiment with optimizing CPU usage by lowering the Voices to just the minimum amount you need for the musical part played. This can help increase your CPU performance even further. When the Zone Edit button is ON. and uses a little less CPU resources. filter each loop in a Groove Menu independently. all zones in the patch are Edited simultaneously. For example.

and you can even make parameter changes while the sequencer is playing! These “on-the-fly” changes will appear to be “recorded” into Stylus! To “erase” or reset a particular fader. without affecting the other faders. you can edit slices one at a time while the sequencer is stopped. so you must use external MIDI control change messages for automation. By enabling the Zone Edit mode.AUTOMATION FADER/KNOB AUTOMATION All Knobs and Faders on Stylus can be automated on a global basis using external MIDI controllers (see MIDI Control Change chart). (tip: Real-time slice automation will work better if you slow the tempo of the sequencer way down…which allows the CPU to update the graphics easier. (the host automation system would then have to handle over 1200 parameters per instance of Stylus!) Logic 5 users must enable Logic to respond to “any MIDI controller” in the Song Settings preferences. This must be done on a per song basis. SLICE “AUTOMATION” Since every zone in a Groove Control patch can have independent parameters. Standard automation in hosts like Pro Tools or Logic Audio 5 is ignored. However. You can use Hyper-draw in Logic to setup MIDI faders to automate the Stylus faders.) stylus user guide | 033 . since each zone in Stylus has it’s own set of parameters. which works very similar to the Logic 5 automation system. the fader information is not sent from the Stylus plug-in interface to the host application. Then you can re-“record” your movements for the fader. it is quite easy to “automate” each slice. turn Zone Edit off and touch the fader. since Logic defaults to a nonstandard MIDI implementation for plug-ins.

• Save your Favorite patches and edits by using the host’s “save plug-in settings” function. • Use the Groove Control patches as “kits” to build your own groove tracks. stylus user guide | 034 . • “Play” the Groove Menus to create new rhythms.MIDI CC CHART The following Stylus parameters can be controlled from MIDI Control Change messages: 07=Level 10=Pan 11=Expression (assignable) 71=Master Filter Resonance 72=Release 73=Attack 74=Master Filter Cutoff 75=Decay 76=Sustain 77=Filter Cutoff 78=Filter Resonance 79=Filter Envelope Amount 80=Filter Envelope Time 81=Filter Modulation depth 82=Pitch Coarse 83=Pitch Fine 84=Pitch Envelope Amount 85=Pitch Envelope Time 86=Pan Modulation 87=LFO1 rate 88=LFO2 rate 89=Velocity Slider STYLUS SPEED TIPS • Use a MIDI Keyboard for auditioning instead of the Preview button. • Use the Groove Menus to find the Groove Control loop you want to use. • Drag and Drop the MIDI files using the Apple Menu or Windows Start menu.

Any unnecessary polyphony takes valuable CPU power. This “Random Groove Control” works really well with Percussion loops and the Hi-Pass Filter. and assign random resonant filter modulation! • Move the faders as the GC sequence plays with Zone Edit turned on to get Real-time slice automation! • You can make a groove improvise its accents by applying Random to the Filter. Vary the decay time. • Alternate panning for each slice by selecting Alternate intead of LFO2 as the Pan Mod source. This can be helpful in optimizing complex arrangements with numerous Stylus Modules playing. that could be freed for other purposes. stylus user guide | 035 .CREATIVE TECHNIQUES A few ideas to get you thinking: • Steal the feel of a groove from one MIDI file and use it to quantize or humanize the feel of another loop using your sequencer’s Groove Template function. • Turn a percussion loop like a Conga. • Use external plug-ins to process the grooves and most of all: • HAVE FUN! KEY COMMANDS Fine Resolution mode for Sliders –SHIFT and move slider Reset Controls MAC –CONTROL or COMMAND Click Reset Controls WINDOWS –CONTROL Click Display zone sample name MAC –OPTION Click Patch Display in Zone Edit Display zone sample name WINDOWS –SHIFT Click Patch Display in Zone Edit OPTIMIZATION Although Stylus is quite processor efficient. you can try lowering the Voices parameter of each opened Stylus module to further optimize the performance of your system. Try it with multiple percussion loops…it’s amazing! • You can turn a Conga loop into a melody by changing the pitches of each slice! • Remove the kick or snare inside a loop by changing the level of the appropriate slices. into a techno groove by lowering the pitch and then applying the pitch envelope.

(check www.spinaudio.com for the best info on VST host applications) This is also the same principal behind Steinberg’s VST System Link.kvr-vst.com Spin Audio VST DX http://www. stylus user guide | 036 . Stylus has been successfully tested with: DirectiXer http://www. WRAPPERS Cakewalk Sonar users may use Stylus Windows VST plug-in by using a "wrapper" application.USING STYLUS AS A STAND-ALONE PROGRAM For live performance or to save CPU resources.com/manufacturers/dxiXer. By running another VSTi host program on the second computer and using separate MIDI/Audio interfaces.com *Digital Performer users should use the native MAS version of Stylus and not the VST version with a wrapper. you can expand your system’s power in a significant way. There are some inexpensive and freeware hosts available on the internet.fxpansion.htm FXpansion VST-DX Adapter http://www.directxfiles. Stylus can also be used as a standalone MIDI sound module on a separate computer. which is also an excellent way to expand a compatible VST system.

Logic Audio: Use the Bounce to Disc function in the Mixer’s Master section. and hit record. or use the Bounce to Disk function to render a recorded MIDI sequence. Record enable the new blank track. Pro Tools: Route the signal to another audio track for a real time record operation (you can use a Bus for this purpose). The best way to create an AIFF. sometimes you can get a better result if you have a free measure with no audio in it. This depends on how the host handles the bouncing operation. Audio will be silent while recording the new track. for further audio editing or to free up CPU resources.RENDERING TO AUDIO Sometimes.) stylus user guide | 037 . (example: Bus 11/12). Cubase: Use the Export/Render Audio tracks function (tip: When bouncing. You need to create a new stereo audio track and assign it's INPUT to that same stereo Bus (11/12 in this example). Here’s how to do it in a few of the popular apps: Digital Performer: Assign the OUTPUT of your Stylus audio track to an unused stereo bus pair. WAV or SDII file from Stylus is to use the Bounce function of your host application. it is quite useful to export the audio that you are working on in Stylus.

. I get an Error -5000 Disc error message during installation. Here’s what to check: • Is the destination disk formatted as MacOS Extended/HFS+? • Do you have enough HD space on the disc (3. please update your System Extensions to Carbon Lib 1. the computer locks up.2. try all extensions OFF. you may have a disc problem and you should contact our tech support department for a replacement.. Make sure it is turned OFF. The CD-ROM Disc won’t eject during installation. This doesn’t seem to be an issue with 9.what does it mean? If you got this message it means that File Sharing is turned on. What’s wrong? This is a rare problem.TROUBLESHOOTING Here are answers to some common technical questions regarding Stylus. If this fails. (included on Disc1) Simply drag the Carbon Lib to your System folder and then restart the computer.. This can be a little confusing because the Mac indicates “Turn File Stylus gets to a certain point of the installation and then stops. Try reinstalling from Base Extensions set in the Extensions Manager. stylus user guide | 038 .1 USERS If you have any problems with the CDs not ejecting during installation. What’s wrong? ATTENTION MacOS 9. there is probably an Extension conflict with the installer. The CDs will then eject properly during installation. Make sure to copy the top level folder.1 gig)? If these issues are OK. If this fails. INSTALLATION ISSUES MAC When I run the installer. but it can happen for a variety of reasons. then turn them on one by one as the installer asks for them.4. You have to copy the Spectrasonics Stylus folder to your hard drive and launch from the Folder within your hard drive.04 or 9. What’s happening? Are you launching the installer from the CD? Don’t do this.

net/updates/ After updating.spectrasonics. Having enough RAM assigned to the sequencer is very important for Stylus to function properly on the Macintosh.. get the new Challenge and reauthorize on the web site.. it could be a broken alias. Highlight the file then Press CONTROL "C" simultaniously to copy Stylus. contact tech support for help..spectrasonics. Is this because of bugs? Most likely the crashing is coming from not assigning the right amount of memory to the host sequencer (MAC). Check this page for the latest version: http://www.net/updates/ After updating.. and "Memory Usage" sections to make sure you have the proper memory assigned. get the new Challenge and reauthorize on the web site.dat file or an alias of it. and it says “File not found”. If there is an alias.net/updates Stylus can not load the .net/updates/ stylus user guide | 039 .what is wrong? On the Mac. http://www.spectrasonics.01 or higher.dll to the copy buffer. make sure the Stylus. Digital Performer users must use MAS 2. http://www.dat file.what should I do? Make sure you have the latest web update of Stylus (important!). For Windows. If it is. you must uninstall and reinstall to fix this problem. What should I do? Make sure you have the latest web update of Stylus (important!). If problems persist. Press CONTROL "V" to paste Stylus.dll file which was originally installed to C:\Program Files\Spectrasonics\Stylus using Windows Explorer. get the new Challenge code and reauthorize on the web site.dll into the folder. Then locate the VST instrument plugin folder that your host application requires launching VSTs. AUTHORIZATION ISSUES I reformatted by hard drive and now Stylus doesn’t work. Stylus loses its authorization or cannot authorize when entering the correct Response. http://www...MISSING PLUG-INS/DATA FILE Stylus doesn’t appear in the plug-ins list? What should I do? First check to make sure that Stylus is in the correct PlugIns folder. How can I get another authorization for my laptop/second computer/new computer? Install Stylus on the new machine.33 or higher (check your system extensions folder). Pro Tools HD users will not see the Stylus plug-in at 96 or 192k sessions unless they are using Stylus RTAS version 1.dat file is still on your hard disk.spectrasonics.dat file or place the original .Be sure to update to the latest version of Stylus as well. make sure that the plug in folder contains the Stylus plug-in and the Stylus. Read the section "Before You Install". Make a new alias to the .dat file in the host plug-in folder. INSTALLATION ISSUES WINDOWS Stylus doesn’t appear in my host application? What should I do? First locate the Stylus. STABILITY PROBLEMS I’m getting serious crashing happening on my Mac.

dat file over an Appletalk network and I keep getting an error message. and multiply that by the number of Stylus plug-ins open. I get similar problems. To find out how much RAM is available for loading sounds: MAC: Check "About this Computer" on the Mac Desktop Apple Menu WINDOWS: Check "System Monitor". Currently Appletalk cannot recognize or transfer single files that are over two gigabytes. you can see why it takes a little while to open.6.dat file from one system to another is by using an external Firewire or SCSI hard drive. and still have memory left over to load the patches. The Stylus . Please download the latest version of Stylus at: http://www. Patches range in size from under one megabyte.. each Stylus plug-in takes a few seconds to scan the data file of 38. Please download the latest driver for your interface and make sure you are using the latest version of Stylus. When it opens. You have to use this Extended HFS+ format since the . If you had three of these open you would need nearly 300 megabytes of available.net/updates OUT OF MEMORY PROBLEMS I only have three Stylus open and already it says I’m out of memory…how can this be? Stylus needs memory assigned to the host. TRANSFER PROBLEMS (MAC) I’m trying to copy the .. unassigned RAM. Giving your Stylus instrument to someone else is illegal according to the terms of the license agreement). Your best method of transferring the . What’s wrong? This is normal.spectrasonics. or there’s a problem with the driver of your audio interface.what’s happening? Check to see if the drive is formatted as a Mac OS Extended drive (COMMAND-I on the drive desktop icon). but only you are allowed to use it. stylus user guide | 040 .dat file is so huge (over 3gig).. Older drives (especially SCSI drives) could have been formatted before Mac OS 8.what’s going on? You can’t do this successfully because of an Apple limitation. LOADING TIME I have a song with 12 Stylus plug-ins that takes a long time to load.000 samples. I’m getting error messages when I copy the files over to another Mac formatted drive on my system.dat file is over 3gig. which is when Extended Format was introduced. The original Mac OS format (HFS) can only handle files of up to two gigabytes in size. When you add the time it takes to load the samples. Extended format is also known as HFS+. The size of the patch will be displayed in the edit value display after it is finished loading.Stylus will play for a while and then audio will quit. to over 80 megabytes for the Groove/Swing menus. or if I use a second instance.. since I use it all the time for other purposes. The drive should be OK. (Please also keep in mind that you are free to transfer Stylus between computers that you own. What’s wrong? Either you don’t have enough RAM assigned to the host program (MAC).

dat file to another drive or directory in my System. Please download the latest driver for your interface and also make sure you are using the latest version of Stylus.spectrasonics.. keep in mind that since this is a “Vinyl Groove Module” some of the grooves and samples have intentional vinyl noise and pops in them!) There is a significant delay in the response time when I play Stylus from MIDI in real-time…is this normal? Your audio card buffer size is probably set fairly high. This issue affects zone edits and also prevents some stock patches from recalling properly in 4.dat file on another drive.net/updates I’m using Logic 4. TRANSFER PROBLEMS (WINDOWS) When I move the Stylus. What’s wrong? It’s possible that there’s a problem with the driver of your interface. the Stylus plug-in can’t find it.. Is this a bug in Stylus? No… it’s a limitation of Logic4. What should I do? Increase your audio card’s buffer size (number of samples).dat file on my C drive? No. and individual zone levels.x (Groove menus will play out of sync..net/updates stylus user guide | 041 . You can then delete the original Stylus. AUDIO PROBLEMS I’m getting audio clicks and pops. which is why you are experiencing the delay or latency. the alias contains the word “alias” which is the problem. It will work properly if you delete the word alias in the name (including the space at the beginning of the word).. (Also. but you have to reinstall from the CDs and select the new location during the install process. http://www. Do I have to have the .spectrasonics. Either the settings of 256 or 512 samples are usually a good compromise between latency and performance.x) Simply reselect the correct patch in Stylus and you’ll be back in business.. Download the update to fix the compatibility with 48k and higher sessions on this page: http://www.7 and when I reload a song. the groove menus are out of sync and it sounds different than when I saved it.dat file can reside on any drive in your system.what’s the problem? If you make an alias or use COMMAND M. HINT: The best way to make an alias is to hold COMMAND/OPTION and drag the file to the destination folder.I’ve got the Stylus .x song size limits (only 32k).but we recommend upgrading to Logic 5 as it allows totall recall with Stylus.00 of Mac Stylus had a bug with different sample rates when playing in sessions other than 44.dat file. Audio plays and then just stops. Try reducing the buffer size and that will improve the response significantly..1k. filtering and tuning stuff will be lost in 4. Your CPU may need a larger buffer. What’s up? Version 1. I made an alias of it and dragged it into my Plug-ins folder. but Stylus won’t recognize it. The Stylus. Stylus isn’t in tune and the loops are not playing back accurately at the listed tempo.

and OPTION-Click for MAC (SHIFTClick for Windows). and trigger it with the corresponding MIDI file. This syncs the loop to your sequencer and will follow any tempo changes etc. select the Groove Control "GC" version of the patch. touch the key of the Groove.The loops don’t follow the tempo of the host sequencer? Why isn’t this working? The loops are there primarily to audition grooves at their original tempo and for the Groove Menus.00. You’ll find that the recent updates have corrected this numbering inconsistency. Once you’ve decided on a loop to use. Correct software version of Stylus is in the lower left corner of the Stylus interface. stylus user guide | 042 . Are there Groove Control versions of the loops in the Groove and Swing Menus? How can I figure out what loop is being used in a Groove Menu? Press Zone Edit.00 Stylus say ver 1. The groove’s sample name will be underlined. Why does my version 1.6 as the software version? This way a mistake in the original version of Stylus Mac 1. the patch display to see the name of the groove.

CA 91510 www. you can contact us directly. Groove: A rhythm Loop: An digitally sampled audio rhythm that repeats. P. faders and switches that controls Stylus Host: The music software program that the Stylus plug-in is residing in.spectrasonics. if you need immediate help. Breakbeat: DJ term for a vinyl drum loop Add-Ons: One shot samples Interface: The virtual panel of knobs.net info@spectrasonics.SUPPORT We’ve done our best to provide a product that is reliable and easy to use. the fastest support response will come from contacting your local Spectrasonics distributor.net TECH SUPPORT 888-870-4223 (Toll Free) 818-955-8444 FAX 818-955-8613 STYLUS GLOSSARY Sample: A digital recording encoded in Stylus Zone: The parameters for a single sample in Stylus Patch: Main sound category of an assigned sample or group of sample zones to a MIDI keyboard map. Groove Control: Proprietary sliced version of a loop Groove Menu: Patch which contains multiple loops at the same tempo Swing Menu: Patch which contains multiple loops at the same tempo with a distinct swing or shuffle rhythmic feel. If you experience problems that your distributor is unable to handle.O. Slice: a single sample contained in a Groove Control patch. Sequencer: MIDI composition program Render/Bounce: To make an audio file from Stylus Export: Saving Stylus data for use in another program stylus user guide | 043 . However. Box 7336 Burbank. and we’ll try to help you as soon as possible.

logos. Pasadena SONICS Sound and Groove design by Eric Persing Groove Control™ editing by Bob Daspit and Eric Persing Additional MIDI programming by Nick Manson. & David Abraham Fenton. Bob Wilson Turntable performances by Hector Delgado Percussion performed by Michito Sanchez Additional DJ samples by Hans-Joerg Scheffler Quality Control/Groove Menus by Nick Manson Platter lubrication by Armand Hillside MP3 demo songs by Adrian Clarida. web and packaging design by Jon Conrad Book design & Flash animation by Artist One Inc. stylus user guide | 044 . Hans-Joerg Scheffler. Diego Stocco. John Lehmkuhl. Nick Manson and Bob Daspit.CREDITS Produced by Eric Persing SOFTWARE Custom UVI Engine development by Univers Sons. Bob Wilson. Additional Graphic design by Steve Peretti Eric Persing photo by Chris Gill courtesy of Remix magazine Quicktime NAMM video by Krister Persing Printed by Green Street Press. France Software development by Jankoen de Haan UVI concept and project management by Alain Etchart Testing and engine ideas by Eric Persing Mac installer programmed by Geoffroy Soulaine Windows installer programmed by Art Gillespie Spectrasonics web site management by Netkruzer VISUALS Interface concept and layout by Eric Persing and Nick Manson Interface graphic design by Ridgley Curry and Jeff Freeman Art direction. Chris O’Brien. Eric Persing.

John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl.spectrasonics. and the Persing kiddos Jaz.Special Thanks to: Alain and JB for the great opportunity to work together. Soren and Sage. Mike Prager. Mark and Shelly Hiskey. Jankoen for having the extremely rare combination of genius. Jim Miller and all at MOTU. Pastor Mark Pickerill and our church family at Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock. and most especially to Lorey Persing. Ruth at “The Cottage”. Phil Moore. Joel Heatley. Thanks to our beta testers: Lennie Moore. Claudia Curcio. Jim Watson. Ridgley and Jeff for putting up with our zillions of interface tweaks. Daniel Holter. remixing or reuse of any kind without prior written authorization of Spectrasonics.” Hebrews 11:1 http://www. Fredrik and all the Propellerheads for the fine tools they make. Dennis Patton. Demos not for resampling. Bob D. Aunt Barb. All Rights Reserved. Max Pol. patience and communication. Tom Salta. Rick Schmunk. Markus Kraft. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Mikail Graham. Ben at KvR. Don and all at Green St. Alexie Kharlamov. Ernst.net Copyright©2002 Spectrasonics. Kevin Miller and all at Digidesign. Bill and Vibeke Calvert. Brother KP.uviengine. for being the king of Groove Control. Adrian Clarida. Paul Haslinger. Peff for those “secret weapon” MPC groove templates. Richard Souther.com THIS INSTRUMENT IS GUARANTEED TO BE 100% COPYRIGHT CLEAN All demos ©2002 and published by Big Green Music ASCAP. Uncle Bob & Aunt Laurie. Kevin Jordan for all the great web work. Hector and Michito for the beautiful finishing touches. Art Gillespie. David Abraham Fenton. All our international distributors. Bob Wilson. Ace Yukawa and all our friends at Roland Japan. Press. Chris O’Brien. Hans-Joerg Scheffler. Jon for the all the willingness to refine. Diego Stocco. rebroadcast. stylus user guide | 045 . Nick for the commitment to excellence you show every day. More about the Universal Virtual Instrument engine at www. without whose determination and encouragement Stylus would not exist. All at Audioease. Clemens Homburg and Bob Hunt at Emagic.

Stylus™ and Spectrasonics™ are registered trademarks of Spectrasonics.1 & 2 Heart of Asia Heart of Africa vol. UVI™ is a trademark of Univers Sons. SA VST™ is a trademark of Steinberg RTAS™ is a trademark of Digidesign MAS™ is a trademark of Mark of the Unicorn OTHER PRODUCTS BY SPECTRASONICS Virtual Instruments: Atmosphere –Dream Pad Module Trilogy –Total Bass Module Sample Libraries: Bass Legends Hans Zimmer Guitars vol.1&2 Supreme Beats Percussion Burning Grooves Liquid Grooves Distorted Reality 1&2 Bizarre Guitar Symphony of Voices Vocal Planet Retro Funk Backbeat Metamorphosis stylus user guide | 046 .All Trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Groove Control™ is a registered trademark of Spectrasonics and ILIO.

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