Modulox - Quick Start Guide
Connect the modulox with a USB cable. Then go on The online editor.
If you have an old version, you can either update the firmware of all your modulox to take advantage of the latest features (see section “loading new firmware” below), or access the editors corresponding to your firmware versions:
Click on to establish the connection with the modulox.
If it is detected, the button turns green and one or more modules appear on the right of the screen. You can move them on the central grid. When you move a module to the editor, the physical module flashes. If there are several, you can find them and place them in the same order.
Once all the modules are placed, you can now set them in detail. For that you have two solutions:
. Settings encoder by encoder
Go to the tab then click on the encoder you want to configure. A red circle indicates the selected encoder The encoder will flash on the module so that you are sure to set the correct one.
On the right, several parameters appear. The first to select is the mode, because it will condition all the other parameters. If you choose “Toggle” mode there will be a DC signal sent back when you turn the encoder to ON mode. If you press the button it goes into OFF mode. The different modes are described in the help topic, you must choose the most suitable for your needs..
You can access a lot of parameters by clicking on the button . You can for example choose the color that the encoder will take if a button is pressed, for a parameter of type “Turn” you can select the “Logarithmic” mode which will follow the speed at which you turn the encoder, or "normal “, Which will be incremented by a step defined by” sensibility ".
. Preset setting
To save time, you can load presets to apply a particular setting mode to all encoders. Whether you have 1 or more connected modules, an algorithm will give different MIDI notes or CC between different functions so that there is no conflict. To load a preset, just select it from the drop-down list of presets .
. Patch settings
If you want to save your configuration to reload it later, or exchange it with someone, or even with us you have problems with your patch, you can save or reload it with the “Load patch” and "Save patch »
Once all the encoders set by one method or another just load the configuration in the memory of the modulox by clicking on the button. As long as you do not do this, no changes will be taken into account in the module (s).
Only in V0.34. Obsolete in other versions for compatibility reasons.
Modulox has full integration into Ableton. For that we have to start by downloading the plugin. Then you have to uncompress the archive and put the “modulox” folder in the Ableton remote script folder, by default here: C: \ Users \ All Users \ Ableton \ Live 9 Trial \ Resources \ MIDI Remote Scripts.
Plug in the modulox, open Ableton, go to “Options”, then “Preferences”, go to the MIDI tab, then in the control surfaces select “modulox”.
Ableton will configure your modulox automatically. The two encoders on top allow you to select the clip on the first two tracks. They take the color of the clips to better identify themselves, without having to look at the screen. Once the clip is selected, just press the encoder to start the clip.
The encoders below allow to modulate the volumes of the two tracks. If the color of the encoder is red, the track is stopped. If pressed, the track starts and the encoder turns green. By turning it, you can change the volume.
Loading a new firmware
Download software DfuSe from ST Microelectronics (the Demo version is enough).
Download the firmware version that suits you:
Install the software, then start it. Then plug the modulox while holding down the button at the top right , knowing that the bottom of the modulox is on the part with USB port. As soon as you plug it in, you should see “STM Device in DFU mode” at the top left of the software.
Then click on “Choose …”, choose the firmware then click on “Upgrade”. Wait until it is finished, and you can unplug / reconnect the modulox.
To access the “Sequencer” tab, you must first choose the “Step” sequence mode in the “Module” tab:
The sequencer makes it possible to load in the memory of the modulox a sequence with maximum 4 measurements of 16 steps, and 4 different notes. It is suitable for rhythms, and not enough for melodies (unless you want to make a bass line on 4 notes).
We must first choose the notes and channels we want to use. If a kick is on the MIDI note 51, the snare 54, charley closed on 56 and open charley 57, we can configure as in the diagram on the left.
Then you just have to write your rhythm in the fruity loops style grid. In green, the note is On, and in orange it is Off.
Example of a classic “poum chacha” rhythm:
If the rhythm is more than one measure, you can change the total number of measures, then select the measure you want to edit
When you press the “Write” button, the sequence will be loaded into the modulox’s memory.
Triggering and setting the sequencer
You must first configure a button that will allow you to select the sequence mode. For that you have to go into the Detail of a parameter of the encselected odor, and choose the “Sequencer” mode. The choice of parameter values changes. If it is a “push” type parameter, you can choose between “Start” and “Stop”, if it is a “turn” type parameter, you can choose between different actions such as “BPM”, “Volume” …
A typical configuration and put an encoder in “Toggle” mode, then assign the BPM to the CC parameter, and assign the Start / Stop to the note parameters. Thus, when the encoder is pressed and it lights up in green, the sequencer starts. When you press and it turns red, the sequencer stops. When we turn the encoder, we change the BPM.
You can also save time by loading the “Sequencer” preset which sets all the sequencer functions on a moduknob.
The arpeggiator can generate sequences of notes.
To access the tab, you must configure the module (“Module” tab) in “Arpeggiator” mode.
In this tab, you can enter up to 8 arpeggios. Just click on the keyboard to add a note, and click again to delete it. You can add only 4 notes per arpeggio.
Several options allow you to modify this sequence of notes, and can be assigned to CC parameters.
As for the sequencer, in the detail of the parameters of the encoders, it is necessary to select the option “Sequencer”.
Then, several parameters allow to modify the composition and reading of the arpeggio:
BPM : to edit the BPM.
Transpose : change the pitch of the tune of the chord (or the first note)
Arpege num : Select the number of the arpeggio you entered in the “Arpege” tab
Fashion : choose a reading one way or the other, or randomly.
Distance : Repeat the scheme over several octaves.
Release : the time played by a note.