ACID BOX

Get your live performances further with ACID BOX, a bass line synthesizer with custom functions, a 16 to 64 steps sequencer, and 5 integrated effects.
A simple tool for real-time creation.

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(Mac, Windows and Linux – Audio Unit & VST)

Welcome to the AcidBox!

The AcidBox is a bass line synthesizer, a recreation of the iconic 303 bass line synthesizer from the 80’s with a

new interface, which makes it easier to create real-time

sequences and tweak them in a live situation.

3 synchronize modes: host sync, internal sync, MIDI in.

Up to 32 patterns

4 Distortion units.

1 Delay, with synced and ping pong mode.

A sequencer, with on the fly MIDI in record, to ease your sequencing.

Ability to export and import your sequences, patterns, and banks in multiple formats.

Key Features:

·        Up to 64 steps per pattern

·       More than 180 patterns in bank

·       5 integrated FX, 4 different distortions and one delay, with sync, ping pong mode

·        Easy pattern view

·       Record on the fly, MIDI in external devices

·       Playing chords automatically arpeggiate the sequence

·       3 sync modes: Internal, Host sync, MIDI in

·       Multiple import and export formats: .303, Phoscyon, ABL2, ABL3

·       Realtime multiple random options: only accents, slides, notes, params, all random (see more on the specifications)

·        MIDI OUT (sync with an external synth, or drag & drop the MIDI on clips in live situations)

·       Step shift: to move your sequence to the left or the right

·       Transpose: the entire sequence moves up or down

·       Multiple ways to launch patterns: via MIDI programming and launch quantifications 

Manual

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Basic operations

a) Synchronisation

There are 3 ways to use the Acid Box:

– “Host Sync” mode, to synchronize the plugin to the host.

– “Internal” mode, to use the plugin in the host but without synchronisation, with the internal tempo of the plugin.

– “MIDI in” mode, to use the plugin without the integrated sequencer.

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The “MIDI in” mode changes the GUI (Graphic User Interface), a keyboard will appear instead of the sequencer.

In this mode use the AcidBox as a classic synth, playing MIDI notes with an external keyboard

or editing sequences with a D.A.W., MIDI notes will get an accent if velocity is over 81, and

slides if you overlap these notes.

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b) The Play bar

In “Host Sync” mode, play & stop buttons are controlled by the host, in the other modes, they are independents.

By pushing the record button you can record a sequence on the fly with an external MIDI in keyboard.

The backward and forward buttons allows you to change preset (previous or next) on the current pattern.

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* Tempo

In “Host Sync”, tempo is set by the host, in the “internal” mode, it is independent.

In “MIDI in” mode there is no tempo synchronisation because the internal sequencer is not used.

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There are 5 knobs to modify the sound:

– TUNE: changes the pitch of the overall pattern, from -1 octave to +1 octave

– CUT OFF: sets the cutoff of the lowpass filter

– RES: sets the resonance of the lowpass filter : turn it high for that acid sound !

– M ENV: sets the depth of the filter envelope

– DECAY: sets the decay length of the filter envelope

There are 3 knobs modify the sequence:

– ACCENT: sets the depth of the accent : accented note/step sounds louder, with a higher

depth for filter envelope

– GATE: sets the length of the note/step

– GROOVE: add groove to the pattern sequence

CMD + click (MAC) ou ctrl+click on each knob will reset the knob at their default value.

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Effects

a) Distorsion

To activate, or deactivate the distortion, push the led button in front of the label.

There are two knobs to adjust the distortion level and the Dry/wet.

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* Select another distorsion

Right Click on the “on/off” button of the distortion to open the selection menu.

There are 4 types of distortion you can select:

– overdrive: simple overdrive with dry/wet control

– clipper: double clipping unit, use the drive to add distorsion and “scream” for a more fuzzy effect

– valve: oldschool overdrive

– cruncher: use drive to add distorsion and adjust threshold to change the sound of the distortion

CMD + click (MAC) ou ctrl+click on each knob will reset the knob at their default value.

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b) Delay

To activate or deactivate the delay, push the led button in front of the label.

To use the “ping pong” mode, push the led button in front of the label.

To use the “sync” mode, push the led button in front of the label.

There are 4 knobs to adjust the delay parameters:

– VOLUME: sets the level of the delayed signal

– TIME: sets the delay time

– FEEDBACK: sets the level of signal reinjected in the delay line

– FILTER: turn left for lowpass filter, turn right for high pass filter

CMD + click (MAC) ou ctrl+click on each knob will reset the knob at their default value.

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a) Edit

To edit the measures during playing, you can push the “edit” button to freeze the selected measure to edit.

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You can move the MIDI notes left or right on the sequence pushing the “step shift” buttons.

To transpose up and down the entire sequence push the “transpose” buttons, all the sequences will be transposed.

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* Clear, Copy, Paste

Pushing the “clear” button will clear the entire sequence.

To copy the current pattern or sequence on a other pattern push the “copy” button then change pattern and push the “paste” button on the new pattern to paste the selection.

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There is a second way to randomize only the selected parameters.

Right click on the “random” button and the random menu will appear showing you the available parameters to randomize each element.

– random: it random notes, accents, and slides

– random notes: it random notes only

– random slides: it random slides only

– random accents: it random accents only

– random params: it random parameters only (cut off, res, etc…)

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b) Import

To import a bank of patterns or a pattern, click on the “import” button.
A dialog box will appear and then you can select the path of your patterns or bank of patterns.

By pressing the left click to import a pattern, you will import the MIDI notes and the parameters.

To import only MIDI notes without parameters, right click on the “import” button.

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You can right-click on “import”, then, the import menu will appear, you can pre-select the format of the file you need to import, before opening the dialog box.

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c) export

 

To export a bank of patterns or a pattern, click on the “export” button.

A dialog box will appear and then you can select the format and the path to save your patterns

or bank of patterns.

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You can right-click on “export”, then, the export menu will appear, you can pre-select the format of the file you need to export, before opening the dialog box.

You can also drag and drop from the Patterns Display to export the MIDI message in your DAW.

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MIDI

a) MIDI in

With the acid box, as told below you can use an external keyboard to play and record sequences on the fly.

b) MIDI out

You can also send the MIDI OUT to virtual instruments or hardware external instruments.