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Quick Links. Download this manual See also: Operating Manual. Table of Contents. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1 This device may not cause harmful interference and 2 this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Your Evolver also has some very cool features for use as a stereo signal processor — be sure to check this out.
Page 8 Summary You should be up and running now; for more operation information, read on. Or, just look up specific parameters for detailed notes. Pages 33 through 35 contain a handy reference for mod destinations and sources. At some point you should read through the manual to discover all the little features that you might not notice at first. Page 9 Note: Remember to occasionally save your sounds via program dumps! The programs are organized as follows: Bank 1 and 2: These are classic Evolver sounds to be played from the keyboard.
Bank 3: These programs are all sequencer-based; they will not play from the keyboard; We suggest using a mixer to balance the levels. You will also need to load the same programs into both instruments. A Note on Versions The same basic voice structure is used on all Evolvers.
All are unbalanced stereo pairs two mono jacks. First, there are the Audio Inputs for using the Evolver as a signal processor. Next are the Stereo Outputs. Page Basic Operations 2 for a different bank. ARAM If there is a Poly Chained Evolver or Poly Evolver, and they have been updated to the latest software revisions, the program will also be saved in the chained units.
Compare Feature: While editing a Program, you can press the C Check page for more details. Page 17 Prog Tempo: Off, On — When set to Off, changing a Program will not change the tempo- this is useful for keeping a constant tempo but using different sounds. Of the 58 controls, 43 of them are pots. Generally speaking, the more performance-oriented controls—like the filter's Frequency and Audio Mod controls— The dumps include Program and Bank numbers, so when received the programs will be stored in the same Oscillators There are four oscillators in the Evolver voice.
To select a particular oscillator for editing, press the appropriate oscillator switch, Turning a knob will then adjust the parameters of the selected oscillator. The Evolver ships with waves 97 - the same as 1 - Level: 0… — Sets the volume of the selected Oscillator. There is a clip LED to the right of the control to indicate clipping on the input signal. Sustain: 0… — Sets the Sustain level. Release: 0… — Sets the Release time. Audio Mod: 0… — Sets the amount of audio modulation from the analog oscillator to the filter, separate in left and right channels that is, Oscillator 1 modulates the left filter, and Oscillator 2 mods the right filter.
Refer to the Signal Flow diagram on page 8 for details on the signal path. There are two separate high-pass filters, one for each channel, and they are controlled in tandem. Page Delay Note: There is a built-in noise gate that is enabled when distortion is not zero.
If you want to use the noise gate but without distortion, use a distortion setting of 1. The noise gate uses the Left channel signal level to gate both channels. Key Sync on each LFO can be set independently. Since each Evolver mod source has a single destination, the four general purpose Mods provide a way to send a mod source such as a sequence or LFO to additional destinations, with a different amount. Page Miscellaneous Parameters Misc Parameters The Misc Params section lets you configure a variety of parameters not found elsewhere.
The parameter list is printed on the panel for easy reference. Page 31 Last note hit priority, re-trigger envelopes LastRetrg As mentioned above, the four groups are basically ignored when playing the Evolver stand-alone. When Poly Chained for polyphonic playing, the Poly group is for normal polyphonic playing; in which case the six key modes will have no effect.. The Mono group will only play one voice. Page 32 Osc Slop: 0…5 — The amount of random oscillator frequency slop.
The analog and digital oscillators in Evolver are very accurate, and will not drift. This works great for accurate sounds, and allows precise de-tuning.
The Oscillator Slop parameter allows subtle amounts of frequency drift. Page 34 Tip: Using Reset while programming a sequence can be helpful. For example, when programming a specific melodic line, start by shortening the sequence to four or eight steps until those steps are set, and then gradually move the reset point to lengthen the loop until the desired number of steps is playing.
Sequences do not have to be the same length, however, which makes for some very interesting, less repetitive patterns, particularly when sequences are set to odd and even numbers of steps.
When Off, changing this parameter has no effect. Page 36 To program a sequence: Press S Select the sequence you want to program by pressing the appropriate switch, Select the destination for that sequence using the Destination knob. For example, to generate a sequence of notes, select OscAllFreq. Note: When a sequence is routed to oscillator frequency, each knob increment equals half of a semitone. Page 37 Suggested Destinations You can really have some fun with other destinations.
For example, route a sequence to Delay amount to have the delay level change; or to feedback amount to drastically change the sound every step. FM and Ring Mod Levels are fun to sequence, too— you get the idea. Page Arpeggiator Arpeggiator As a last-minute addition, a simple arpeggiator was included as a hidden function. Note: The Arpeggiator settings are not saved as part of the Program. In addition, there is interaction between some of the Program parameters that determine the overall response of Evolver to MIDI data.
Velocity is ignored nnnn 0kkkkkkk 0vvvvvvv Note On. Page 45 Channel Number Global Parameters are listed starting on page Note that some parameter numbers are not used; this is to maintain compatibility with other Evolver models.
It also sends a Program Name Dump message also on page 43 after the Program dump. This makes it a complete Program dump while maintaining compatibility with other Evolver models.
Page 50 Waveshape Data 0vvv vvvv Waveshape number, 0 — , corresponds to Waveshapes 1 — Only Waveshapes 96 — can be sent to Evolver and saved as user programmable; others will be ignored. Bookmark not defined. Print page 1 Print document 64 pages. Cancel Delete. Sign In OR. Don't have an account? Sign up! Restore password. Upload from disk. Upload from URL.
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Dave Smith, creator of the Prophet 5 and Wavestation, moved into software synthesis in the '90s, but now he's back with what he calls 'the ultimate dongle' — a hardware analogue and digital synth. We find out if he's still evolving Photo: Mike Cameron It's no exaggeration to say that Dave Smith is one of the founders of music technology as we know it today. Not only did he create the world's first commercial polyphonic, programmable synthesizer the Prophet 5 , but he was a key player in the development of the MIDI protocol, as well as co-author of the first commercial software synthesizer to run on the PC, Seer Systems' Reality see SOS November More recently, Dave helped out on Roger Linn's Adrenalinn, and this sparked an interest in making a new instrument of his own.
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