Get with the pro­gram

Computer Music - - Reviews -

The ex­tent to which Pacer can be pro­grammed is truly im­pres­sive, al­though the old-skool sin­gle- knob-and-al­phanu­mer­icdis­play in­ter­face is a chore to use.

Each switch (and the en­coder, out­side edit mode) can out­put any of a range of MIDI mes­sages – all CCs, note, NRPN, Pro­gram Change, Pitch­bend and After­touch. A switch can be con­fig­ured to send up to six MIDI mes­sages at a press, ei­ther at the same time or in a se­quence, ad­vanc­ing through them with re­peated presses of the switch in ques­tion or one of the oth­ers. In­ge­niously, each pre­set can also be as­signed up to 16 mes­sages that fire when it’s loaded, so a pre­set ded­i­cated to a par­tic­u­lar song, say, could ac­ti­vate and/or by­pass mul­ti­ple plug­ins when called up. In­di­vid­ual pre­sets can be as­signed to switches, too, for easy step­ping be­tween spe­cific set­ups, en­abling in­cor­po­ra­tion of pre-planned tran­si­tions through pre­sets into the pre­sets them­selves.

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