Mod­u­la­tion sta­tion

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Un­fil­tered Au­dio’s pro­pri­etary mod­u­la­tion sys­tem is par­tic­u­larly at home in BYOME.

Mod­u­la­tion sources are loaded into the bot­tom strip of the in­ter­face (the Mod­u­la­tion Man­ager) – just as ef­fects mod­ules are into the strip above – and are as­signed by drag­ging ca­bles from their out­put sock­ets to the in­put sock­ets at­tached to ev­ery con­trol of ev­ery ef­fect (and, in­deed, mo­du­la­tor). Mod­u­la­tion depths are set us­ing the slid­ers be­low the out­put sock­ets.

The num­ber and va­ri­ety of mod sources on of­fer is im­pres­sive, tak­ing in the ex­pected LFOs, en­velopes and ran­domis­ers, as well as many rather less con­ven­tional op­tions in­clud­ing an XY pad, Step and Gate Se­quencers, math­e­mat­i­cal func­tions, and a mo­d­ule for in­te­grat­ing Roli’s Light­pad hard­ware con­troller. Lifted from the Zip com­pres­sor, the Spec­tral Fol­lower is a no­table stand­out, en­abling track­ing of Bright­ness, Dark­ness, Noisi­ness and Ton­al­ness in the source sig­nal.

While the Meta mo­du­la­tor works as a sim­ple knob for man­ual mod­u­la­tion, BYOME also fea­tures eight Macros, each one as­sign­a­ble to any num­ber of tar­gets. These are also nec­es­sary for host DAW au­to­ma­tion, as BYOME’s freeform ar­chi­tec­ture pre­cludes mo­d­ule pa­ram­e­ter as­sign­ment.

Patch mo­du­la­tors to tar­gets by drag­ging vir­tual ca­bles around

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