Gen4 (Bank Window)
Gen4 opens the Patch Generator 4 Dialog. It is used to create a Bank of new Patches by mixing the parameters of four selected Patches. The percentage of each Patch is determined by the location of each of your mouse clicks.
This function is intended to create new sounds. As a result, this option is only active in bank editors for components which are tagged as sound generators.
ROM banks: To mix or blend patches from a ROM bank, the patches must first be copied to a RAM bank.
To open the Gen4 Dialog:
The Generator 4 Dialog
The Generator 4 dialog allows four Patches to be mixed together to create a Bank of new Patches. Two Patch names are displayed at the ends of both the X and Y axes. Each click of the mouse in the grid area will create a new Patch. The parameters of the new Patch are determined by the location of each of your mouse clicks. As the mouse is clicked closer to a particular Patch, more of that Patch is included in the newly created Patch. With each click, a black dot is placed in the grid to indicate that a Patch was created for that position.
An entire Bank of new Patches can be created in one of two ways. For instance, First, by the click of your mouse. If the Bank has 32 Patches, the mouse can be clicked 32 separate times to create 32 new Patches. Secondly, the mouse button can be clicked, held down and dragged. New Patches are then created as the mouse is dragged within the grid. In each case, it is possible to automatically finish creating the Bank at any time by checking Complete Bank on next click and clicking once in the grid.
New Patches can be created in one of two ways. The method of creation can be changed at any time. If the Mix button is selected, the program randomly gets a parameter value directly from one of the four Patches based on the location of the mouse click in the grid. In this way the new Patch will only contain parameter values drawn from the four source Patches. If the Blend button is selected, the program takes the parameter values from each of the four Patches and combines them to create a new value based on the location of the mouse click. This new value may not be the same as any of the source values.
For example, assume the attack time of the amplitude envelope is 85, 65, 80, and 84 for each of the four Patches. If Mix is selected, the new Patch will have either 85, 65, 80, or 84 as it's amplitude. If Blend is selected and equal percentages of the four Patches are requested, the program will create the new value as follows: (0.25x85) + (0.25x65) + (0.25x80) + (0.25x84) = 78. The amplitude of the new Patch would be 78.
The following are some examples of where to click in the grid to create various combinations of the four Patches:
Post Gen 4
Once all of the new patches have been created, one of two things will happen. In Midi Quest or Midi Quest Pro, a new bank containing the patches is created. In Midi Quest Essentials and Midi Quest one, the new patches are opened in a new Set where they can be auditioned and experimented with.
The following Bank was created by Gen4ing the following Patches: Piano1, Choir, Clavi, and HarpsiBox.