Volume slider sets the track playback volume.
Note: The change
will affect only the notes that start after the slider
is moved. If the volume is modified during playback, there will be a
short lag until the change
sliders are inactive. But you can place them in visually pleasing
positions if you wish. Some of them will turn green after the Seed has
sliders represent the basic parameters for music generation, and
are impossible to explain without going into math, of which we have
already had quite
enough. So suffice it to say that they can be moved up or down, and
this changes the way music
is produced in unpredictable ways.
One of the rare predictable cases
is when you click the Clear button,
which sets the green slider 0 to 100 and all the rest to 0. Also set
all the pink, cyan and
yellow sliders to 0.
Press play, and you'll most likely
hear your seed repeating itself
exactly. This is a good place to start experimenting with the green
sure you Normalize the sliders before you click Play. You
can use the Auto-normalize function when moving sliders during
playback, but this
usually leads to disaster anyway. The remedy is to restart playback.
pink sliders control note pitch.
- Pitch Constant
all the generated notes up or down by a certain interval
(expressed in semitones).
- Pitch Random
Overdoing it with the PC slider
will promptly send your melody sky-high
or opposite. Advice would be to keep it close to 0, and tweak it so it
gives some random spread to the generated note pitches. It is an
essential ingredient, without some random the track goes into a melodic
it way up, and you get R2D2.
cyan sliders control note duration.
- Duration Constant
adds/subtracts a number of ticks to/from the note duration. Turn
it up, the notes get longer and the melody slows down. Conversely, a
value less than 0 will
make the notes shorter, but caution is indicated because notes may
start to disappear (I think).
- Duration Random
note duration. This slider has a strong influence on the
rhythmic character of the track melody. Treat it with respect.
yellow sliders control note velocity, which is volume in MIDI lingo.
- Velocity Constant
Red and Blue
makes all notes louder or softer. Use it to prevent fading out to
pianissimo or swelling to fortissimo.
- Velocity Random
dynamic diversity to the track melody.
sliders are "high level" controls, they have a final say on what
is finally played.
(red) - Harmony
slider determines how "harmonic" the music will be. If set to 100,
ZONK will play only the notes in the current chord (set in the Scales
and Chords window). If
set to 0, the pitches will be completely random.
(blue) - Rhythm
Note 1: Even the
random pitches will be in the current scale.
Note 2: If no
chords are set, the Harmony slider has no effect.
to the H slider, the R slider makes the melody more or less
"rhythmic". However, "rhythmic" is much more difficult to explain than
"harmonic". Let's say
that with the slider set to 100 the notes are more or less on the beat,
at 0 they are
random, and at 50 they are syncopated.