SampleScience standard UI plugins are plugins that come with the same user interface but with different sounds. Many free SampleScience plugins are like that and for a beginner, it can be a challenge to understand everything that is on screen.
The Main Amplitude Envelope
The Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release knobs are used to shape the amplitude (or volume) of the selected sound. For example, if you want a very short sound, turn completely down the Attack, Sustain and Release knobs, and turn the Decay to almost zero. You'll get a very short sound.
The preamp knob can be used to avoid distorted sounds. For example, if you play a big chord, distortion can occur, turn the preamp knob down until you don't hear any distortion.
The glide will do nothing in polyphonic mode. In order to use it, you need to select the legato or mono mode in the voice mode selector:
You also need to overlap your music notes to hear the glide in action. Useful for certain types of sounds like analog synth bass and long evolving sounds.
Velocity Curve: used to get a softer or rougher sound when you're playing on your MIDI controller.
License: the Music Production license means that the plugin can be used for commercial and non-commercial music production. When the license is Public Domain, you can do anything you want with the sound, even resell it! If you decide to resell the sound, at least add your own touch to it. :)
Memory: this is the amount of RAM used by the sound content that is loaded in the plugin. It's an approximation. Usually, the real RAM usage.
The LFO sections: Notice the LFO Wave, Target, and Source sections. Select the Sin as a Wave and the Pitch as a Target, and then turn the rate and depth knob up to hear a nice vibrato effect. You could also select the Square as a Wave and the Pan as the Target to add an 8-bit stereo effect to your sound! Easy and fun!
Just below the Depth and Rate knobs that are used for the LFO, you see the Low and High knobs. These knobs are used to control the velocity range of the selected sound. Lowering the High will squash the sound and create effects that range from soft saturation to distortion. On the opposite, a wider range will prevent unwanted distortion to the selected sound. It can be used in conjunction with the preamp knob to prevent distortion.
When a Filter Type is selected, you can use the Cutoff knob to filter your sound. If None is selected in the Filter Type section, the Cutoff knob won't have any effect on your sound.
The Reverb is a simple Room Reverb that can be used to quickly add depth to your sound.
The Pan and Volume controls the global sound pan and volume.
That's it! The rest should be fairly self-explanatory.
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