PAK wrote:Since this was a Diva thread, I might as well ask a final Diva specific question.. As you may know, the Octave and Detune controls share the same automation parameter, even though each control expects different behaviour.
Octave needs to add or subtract 12 in 5 steps (-24,-12,0,+12,+24). The difficulty is caused by the fact that the host automation presents the range as +/-30, and the detune knob is busy controlling the extra +/-6 of this range. On Automap, when you have (eg) Octave at +12 and Detune at +1, this makes the total +13. When Octave adds another +12, to step to +24, it sees the value generated will actually be +25, which is outside its allowed +/-24 range. This causes it to jump to the next allowed value and reset the detune position to centre.
I just wondered if your controller contains enough logic to be able to work around this rather "unique" design decision? Thanks if you could answer these
Yeah this was kind of annoying using auto map with Diva. What I did was assign a couple buttons to up/down octaves by one octave only (so it couldn't reset the detune). Then I have one knob controlling pitch by 1 semi-tone increments and another for fine tune.
This brings up a good point about automap. It allows a lot of freedom with how parameters respond to controls on the hardware. I think it's pretty essential to be able to adjust the step size/resolution for parameters since so many function differently. There are controls out there that also don't use up the whole range of a parameter, like menu items where the only the first few values are used and the rest is empty. I'm still considering buying a nektar but as far as I understand is doesn't have the ability to adjust the set size or resolution or min/max of a control to deal with this kind of thing.
I think auto map got it mostly right, except that there is no quick way to jump to different pages. The single page buttons are just a workflow killer for any larger plug-ins. But the Nektar has a page scroller where you can see the name of the parameter page, which really appeals to me. That's how it should be, it shouldn't matter how many controls there are, you should be able to jump to the one you want right away. Automap ruined it's usefulness with so many plug-ins by making you go to each next page one at a time.