Synthstrom Audible Updates Deluge Workstation With Note Probability & More

Synthstrom Audible has released version 1.4 of the firmware for their Deluge workstation.

Here’s what’s new in Deluge 1.4:

  • Note probability / Iteration dependence
  • Copy / paste
  • Copying and pasting parameter automation.
  • Soloing tracks
  • Sending multiple MIDI tracks to same output MIDI channel
  • File browser scrolls long filenames left and right so you can read them, and now orders files alphabetically
  • “Undo” now works in song view for note recording and parameters / automation

Here’s what they have to say about the features in Deluge 1.4:

Note probability / Iteration dependence

Hold a note and turn the select knob to set a % probability (anticlockwise) or to set an iteration dependence (clockwise).

For notes at the same time (horizontal) position, if they have the same probability number, they’ll always either all play together, or all not play – so you could have a whole chord which either all plays, or all doesn’t play.

Or, if the probabilities of multiple notes at the same time (horizontal) position add up to 100, then always exactly just one of them will play. So you could have one note in your sequence randomly play one of several different pitches every time. (Don’t make any of the notes’ probabilities the same as each other, otherwise the previous paragraph’s logic will apply.)

Notes’ triggering maybe dependent on earlier notes’ being triggered. Let’s say you’ve set a note’s probability at 70%. If you make another note at a different time-position and set its probability to 70% also, you’ll notice that you’re offered an additional option a 70 with a dot (.) after it. This means “play me only if the previous 70% note was successfully triggered”. Or, there will also be an option of 30% with a dot after it, which in this case will mean “play me only if the previous 70% note was *not* triggered”. (30% being 100% minus 70%.)

As a shortcut to automatically set up the above for you, you can hold multiple notes simultaneously (even at different time-positions) and turn the knob to set them to always play together.

Copy / paste

Holding the learn button and pressing down on the <> knob copies the current track view.

Additionally holding down the shift button will instead paste onto the current track view.

Note – we’ve seen your feedback regarding concern that these press combinations might be too inconvenient. We are open to further feedback once people have had a play – the shortcuts currently are not necessary final.

You can copy and paste between different tracks or even song files. The bit which is copied and pasted is the horizontal “length” of your view, or the time-region that your view makes up. But this also will include notes which are “offscreen” above or below what you can see, because these are in the same time-region.

Your vertical scroll position is taken into account. You could “transpose” something by copying it, scrolling up or down, then pasting it.

You can even change your zoom level between copying and pasting – if your zoom level is different when you paste, the notes are stretched out or squeezed in to fill the view you’re on.

Only notes are copied – not automation data, because it’s expected that often you will be copying between tracks with completely different sounds / parameters anyway.

Copying and pasting parameter automation.

You can copy between different params, different scroll positions and zoom levels, different tracks, and different songs.

To copy the automation from a param, hold down “learn” and press down on the gold knob with that parameter. Then to paste, after you’ve navigated where you want to go, hold down learn and shift, and press the gold knob whose parameter you want to paste onto.

Like with copying notes, it just copies and pastes the automation on your current “screen”.

Soloing tracks

Hold down the <> knob and press a track’s “launch” pad in song view to arm it for soloing. The pad will turn blue when the track solos. You can solo as many tracks as you like together. Or instead of arming-to-solo, you can instantly solo tracks by additionally holding down the shift button.

You can un-solo a track by simply pressing its “launch” pad.

Sending multiple MIDI tracks to same output MIDI channel

Once you have a track assigned to a MIDI output channel, e.g. channel 2, if you then try to set another track to MIDI output channel 2, you will instead be offered 2A. Do it again, and you’ll be offered 2B, and so on. These tracks with the same channel number but a different suffix may play simultaneously and will send on the same MIDI channel – 2, in this case.

The update is available now at the Synthstrom Audible site.

14 thoughts on “Synthstrom Audible Updates Deluge Workstation With Note Probability & More

      1. There’s no shame in wanting a comfortable interface. This isn’t a contest. There should be no pride in playing a guitar with ridiculously high action as opposed to one that’s set up properly.

  1. I was interested but now I too would need some form of menu system. I’d definitely be ordering the magnetic template but now I’m thinking it would go out of date with every firmware update 🙁

    1. i recommend getting it printed on the machine for convenience.

      because it’s the other way around: there used to be menu points already printed, labeled “SOON” via the magic non-display datawindow, if you tried to select them. the shortcuts menu lists only things you would expect as standard in a DAW so it can’t really be broken.

      it’s the manual that gets rewritten every time the workflow includes new tricks, which is why it is online per default. thus the videos for each real update, are there other manufacturers working so inclusive?

      i just feel they’re constantly a few steps ahead, including questioning the size of the data display while working with ears and an interactive 3D interface 😉

  2. The graphical display issue, I mean… take it for what it is. It’s an instrument. Reed instruments can only play one note at a time. A piano can’t really have its notes bent. A cowbell, well, we just need more of ’em.. Certain limitations enable real creativity, it’s a well known fact.

    I think most people (myself included) tend to gravitate toward things that effortlessly allow them to feel comfortable. Not trying to get all philosophical, but working with a new tool or interface like this can open up new ways of thinking and bring new workflows. And you definitely have a greater chance of accidentally creating something you’d never think of on your own. In music, accidents are awesome imho.

    A fantastic graphical UI could easily blind you to all of that, and probably just allow you to make music that sounds like everyone else. So really, no matter what the tool/instrument is, I think it’s good to appreciate it for what it is.

  3. A display is not needed. If you find your way fine around Circuit, Monome, Launchpad w/ NativKontrol patch, etc… this should be easy.

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