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Ultranova Manual (Errors & Other)

Error pg 16: currently reads: "If Filter Resonance Link is set On (see Filter Menu page 2, RE4, below), RE2 assumes a slightly different function. RE1: Filter 1 & 2 Resonance" (should read "RE2: Filter 1&2 Resonance")

Omission pg 18: The 3 diagrams for Frequency Linking are intended to demonstrate 3 cases for Filter Offset values - but no indication of which setting corresponds to which diagram renders them useless.

 

Other Notes, pg16

FILTER ENVELOPE AMOUNT: the effect of negative values is not clear to me.

FILTER ENVELOPE: It should also be made clear that the filter envelope affects (or is used by) only the filter type and frequency (ie distortion and resonance are not affected by the envelope).

FILTER ENVELOPE: Semantically, it would be clearer to call the "Filter Envelope" the "Filter Bypass Envelope" but I suspect I'm working against established convention there (it just was clearer what it did once I conceptualized it that way).

FILTER Q NORMALIZATION: needs to be explained better; is it simply a boost to resonance (ie additional gain to that frequency) or is there more going on? Is it narrowing the bandwidth and sharpening the peak of the filter?

 

Other Notes, p20

POLYPHONY MODE: Poly 2 -  "in this alternative mode, successively playing the same note(s) uses the original voices"; Is it also true that the envelopes are not retriggered?

POLYPHONY MODE: Mono 2 – "this differs from Mono in the way the Attack phases of the Envelopes are triggered"; Is it true that this qualification is only true of the Attack phase or is it not simply true that the envelope (in total) is retriggered? The qualification re: "attack phase" (only) seems confusing.

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Other Notes, pg10

NOISE WAVES: It is unclear what the solid black block is supposed to represent ("volume" & "12345") (a chart? what are the axes? frequency?)

 

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Error, p21

ENVELOPE 2 (FILTER) PARAMETERS (PAGE 1)  "In order to hear the effect of any of the Filter Envelope parameters, you will first need to go to the Filter Menus and set up some filtering. Then set RE5 … to an initial value of approx. +30" (should read, I think, "Then set RE3 … to an initial value of approx. +30; RE5 is filter type and cannot be set to a numeric value; the name of the parameter would help here too.)

ON THE CONFUSED NATURE OF THE FILTER ENVELOPE (CONCEPT & DESCRIPTION)

I have mentioned above that it seems the Filter Envelope actually shapes the Filter Bypass (or inversely affects the Filter). This is very confusing in your definitions and descriptions.

P21 The Description of the Filter Envelope is much confused. The following statements:
Filter Decay Time "… the higher the parameter value, the longer period for which filtering is applied …"
Filter Sustain Level "… the frequency of the filter … settles at a value set by the sustain level …"
… imply that the envelope has a positive effect on the amount (or audible effect) (or frequency) of the filter - in fact the opposite is true. To be clear, 100% sustain would be no filter (where the description above implies the precise opposite) and decay moves us away from open (no filter) to filtered sound. I would suggest either the envelop should be drawn in inverse (more clear) or the envelope should be called a "FILTER BYPASS ENVELOP" (less clear).
To further illustrate, Filter Release, as defined in the manual, adds "increasingly more filter action" p.21 which would seem to be a very unintuitive sense of what "release" would do ("add more").
The sense of this is reinforced by the definition of the Amplifier / Amplitude envelope - positive values in the envelope correspond to positive values (and audible effect) in the amplitude. It doesn't help that on page 10 you describe an "open" filter as one which removes no frequencies - this implies that the envelope is shaping the "opening" (ie shaping the bypassing) of the filter, and not that it is shaping the application (ie intensity or audible effect) of the filter, which some of your descriptions seem to imply.

 

It's probably worth re-iterating that it should be clearer in your descriptions that the envelope only affects frequency as well (not distortion, resonance, etc.)

 

I'd very much like to hear some response on this, and whether I have missed or misapprehended some conceptual or historical basis.

 

[* Edit 1: I think part of the problem with the Filter Envelope descriptions might be that the filter types (high pass, band pass, low pass) actually interact differently with the various controls. So that when on pg.22, the "Filter Sustain Rate" says that the "filter frequency continues to increase during the Sustain phase", it is probably assuming a low pass filter type - or is it? I think these descriptions need to be rethought in either in universal terms (ie "audible effect increase or decrease"), or in 3 separate descriptions for each filter type.]

[* Edit 2: Additionally the "Filter Level Track" speaks of the "depth to which the envelope is applied to the filter" - is the depth of filter application? or depth of filter bypass?]

 

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ON PULSE WAVEFORMS

pg.9  states "In the Ultranova, it is possible to adjust the duty cycle of the basic square waveform to produce a waveform which is more ‘rectangular’ in shape."
pg.13 states that there are "9 ratios of sawtooth/pulse mix" and further, under the Pulse Width / WaveTable Index , "with pulse waveforms, it varies the pulse width of the oscillator output."

This brings up two confusions:

- It does not state if the Pulse Width / Wave Table Index control affects the square waveform (though page 9 would seem to imply it does).
- pg 40 lists "Saw Pulse Width" Waveforms, though they are nowhere discussed (except that page 13 describes them as "sawtooth/pulse mixes") - are they alternating saw and square waveforms? or what width exactly is being modified here in these ratios?

A comprehensive list of which waveforms are affected by the pulse-width modifier would be helpful (Square and PWM only?)

Wave Table (including Wave Table Index Modifier and Interpolation) function is clear.

 

[* Edit 1: Upon re-reading, I assume that the "PW" is a square waveform with pulse-width variations, and that the "Square" waveform does not have pulse-width variations. Further, I would assume a PW with a variation of "0" would be identical to the "Square" waveform. Please confirm.]

[* Edit 2: I see in the software editor that the Saw / Square Waveforms and Ratios are clearer (they visually explain themselves). However, the Pulse Width modifier doesn't seem to effect them in spite of their name. Perhaps just including a brief desciption and, again, a comprehensive list of which waveforms are affected by the Pulse Width / Wavetable control is in order.]

 

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"LEGATO" MODE & ENVELOPE TRIGGERING

When comparing Polyphony Modes (p.19) with Amplitude Envelope Multi-Trigger (p.20) and Filter Envelope Multi-Trigger (p.22), it isn't clear to me what the relationship is with regards to how these settings affect one another.
I assumed that the Amp and Filter Envelope Multi-Trigger settings "over-ride" the Polyphony Mode behaviour, but some quick tests seem to indicate the opposite (or is it a more complex interplay? or am I not understanding these settings?)

It states on both pg.20 and 21 that "for Legato mode to be operative, mono voicing must be selected - it will not work with polyphonic voicing." Fair enough - but does it interact the same way with all 3 Mono modes?

Pg.20 states that "In Mono mode, when playing Legato style, the envelopes are only triggered once, by the initial key press." Is this always, strictly true, or just when Multi-trigger is set to "Legato"?

Pg.20 states that "In Mono2 mode, every key press will re-trigger all the Envelopes." Is this always, strictly true, or just when Multi-trigger is set to "Re-Trig"?

 

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Error pg.22
Filter Repeat: Range of Adjustment: the manual states "Infinity" as an option where the Ultranova states "KeyOff" (similar to the Amp Repeat); one or the other should be changed.

 

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Error, Pg.23

Envelope Repeat: manual reads "Range of Adjustment: 0-127"; should be "0-126, KeyOff"

 

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p.12 Error

"Whereas an Envelope is used to control a one-off modulation over during the lifetime of a single note"

p.12 Vague

The summary diagram seems to imply that the filter envelope is applied to distortion as well as filter frequency.

 

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Thank you kindly for this, RI - I've passed your suggestions on to the correct department.

We appreciate your time spent on this greatly. :))

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Taylor,

 

I hope some of it proves useful.

I am hoping for answers to some of the outstanding questions - there are a number of them, but I'll specifically re-iterate the "Legato" Mode vs. Multi-Trigger parameters as I'm fundamentally uncertain about that in both concept and practical use.

 

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This thread should be a sticky, and the manual pdf should get updated ASAP.