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Midtiby
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Gator Uses?

I've had my Ultranova for a little over a year now, and frankly i cant finde any "proper" uses for the gator.
The biggest gripe with it is that you can't make it close all the way, resulting in the sound only "jittering" as opposed to if the gator could close all the way.
It just seems like it hasn't been fully fleshed out..

Any thoughts on this? I would love for someone to disagree with me.

skijumptoes
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Oh! the gator, for me, is used for polyrhytmic groves.. i.e. you can have your arp, or indeed LFO clocking away and then the gator going over that to create some really interesting groves, especially when you have them running at different tempo rates.  Also, i use it with the mic/line-in for effects too, being a gate effect it can be quite creative.  Especially when you toy with the L/R Gate delay parameter, i love the gator!!

Most of the time, i use it to put in additional steps into the arpeggiator (i.e. have the gator running faster than the arp, so when the arp has steps that are on, the gator animates those within) and then map a control to the gators hold parameter and automate it, that way you can speed up the steps within each arp step, yet the tempo remains the same as the arp is king!

And to add to your comments you CAN shut it all the way closed, you just raise the FX level that the gator is on, and make sure to stick it at the end of the FX chain and you can put it after a reverb for example as an effect, to gate that also.

Also turn down the Gt Slew to 0 to make it harsher, however, the gator is used much better when it's not completely closing the signal out in my opinion - something the arp cannot do!

And one more thing, it gators over the length of a note, unlike the arp which retriggers each note... So you can create a patch which has a long sustain/release and using the gator which is put into a matrix slot you can assign it to an envelope, that controls the gators FX level, which will start the gator to come in gradually affecting the gate amount... so the longer you hold the note the stronger the gator gets.

So many options, and i've not even touched on the stereo modes for complete madness!! :) 

CanadaJimmy
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Midtiby wrote:

I've had my Ultranova for a little over a year now, and frankly i cant finde any "proper" uses for the gator. The biggest gripe with it is that you can't make it close all the way, resulting in the sound only "jittering" as opposed to if the gator could close all the way.It just seems like it hasn't been fully fleshed out..Any thoughts on this? I would love for someone to disagree with me.

I used it to make a preset that plays a major scale (using an LFO) with a square wave very fast and then stop afterwards with the gate - you can then play a tune with it that has that chiptune blippy kind of sound. It doesn't completely close like you said, you can faintly hear the note afterwards, but it's good enough.