Parasites
It is the common view of all the parasites loaded into the host (PP entity). The name ’parasite’ comes from the fact that the musical and control data of the main and sub tracks occupy the elements of the effect/instrument rack and thus they are saved, can be searched, played and loaded together.
The <tab> key shifts between the overview and detailed view of the given parasite. The <enter> key launches the edit mode. The keys of the PC keyboard correspond to the notes of the midi keys on two octaves. The lower octave can be found on the lower two rows of the keyboard, whereas the upper octave is set on the upper two rows. The octave is set by the <numpad +/-> keys. The ’PC.keyb.’ part of the info toolbar indicates the currently pressed notes. Language and keyboard settings do not matter: the notes will always be available on the same physical keys. You can set the current zoom by <ctrl+up/down> and it will be indicated by the ’Resolution’ value of the info toolbar. The order of the parasites can be changed by means of the <alt+up/down> keys. The edited parasite can be changed forth and back by the <ctrl+F11/F12> keys on all the screens.
The cursor
PP is a PC QWERTY keyboard oriented application. The cursor plays an important role. It shows positions, provides information on the editing mode, the values under it and highlighting. In case of overview mode <enter>, it is a homogeneous grey transparent square. It is in this mode that you can try a given instrument/instrument rack by means of the PC keyboard. In a detailed view <tab> and edit mode <enter> the cursor is a thick frame around the given range. If you press the PC note keys, values are entered into the lanes. If there is a highlighted range, the cursor will have a background equivalent with the dark transparent range showing the highlighting. Highlighting can be aborted by pressing and releasing the <shift> key. In case of a note lane, if the cursor is just above a note right on beat, its frame changes into red.
Overview
You can see the data of the main track of the given parasite in a thin row. Wherever there are any data, a checked stripe indicates this, while in the other parts only the background can be seen. You can highlight items collectively in several parasites but only if the highlighted parasites are in an overview. Upon insertion, you can only insert the contents of the clipboard if the lanes of the target parasites correspond with the structure of the clipboard. If there are no lanes whatsoever in the main track yet, you can make some by using the mouse right click and the menu.
Detailed view
It is the data of the main track of the given parasite, broken down into lanes. By means of the mouse right click, you can click on the menu to perform operations related to lanes: creating new lanes (note, pitch bend, control change, program change, sequence block control), deleting, copying, inserting, moving <alt+up/down> lanes. In case of note lanes, you can manage sub lanes because of polyphony. In this menu, you can quantize events in line with specific zoom settings <ctrl+q>.
Lane types
Note lane
It is a lane to manage midi note events. Notes are represented by a rectangular box, in which you can see the value of the pitch and octave in a text format. New items can be placed here by a PC keyboard or record. In case of a PC keyboard, in the edit mode <enter>, the previously defined keys will write the relevant note into the given cursor position, if it can be clearly displayed with the given zoom. The zoom value can be altered by means of the <ctrl+up, ctrl+down> keys. If the cursor is exactly above a given note, it will change into red. If a given note is on a beat that has the zoom value, a small red triangle will indicate this fact in its upper left corner. The keys to change the pitch of the note are <numpad+up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down>. The note can be moved forward or backward in time by means of the <home/end> and <ctrl+home/end> keys. The velocity value of the note can be set by the combinations <F1-F12> or <numpad left/right, ctrl+numpad left/right> or <ctrl+mouse>. The length of the note is defined by the stripe underneath. To change it, press <page up/down>, <ctrl+page up/down>, <ctrl+mouse>. You can create sub lanes, which makes the management of polyphonic parts simple. In case of record, sub lanes are created automatically. You can access the list of operations related to the lane by pressing the mouse right click.
Control change lane
A lane to manage control change midi events. The values can be inserted by a PC keyboard, record or draw. C <Z key> is value 0, middle C <Q key> is 64 and C <I key> is 127. By proper zoom, if there is enough space, the given value appears numerically as well. The values can be fine-tuned by the <numpad up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down> keys. To draw, go ahead like this: <ctrl+hold+mouse down+hold+mouse move>. The resolution of draw is displayed under ’Draw. reso.’ in the toolbar menu. You can set it by means of the mouse right click by standing on the value. The values under the current cursor can be deleted by the <del> key. The highlighted part can be cut, copied, pasted and altered by <numpad up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down>, and moved by <home/end>, <ctrl+home/end>. You can access the list of operations related to the lane by pressing the mouse right click.
Pitch bend lane
A lane to manage pitch bend midi events. The values can be inserted by a PC keyboard, record or draw. The displayed lane and the PC keyboard is scaled. You have to set the PB range and the linear/logarithmic option in your plugin and here in the lane's header too. C <Z key> is the value of the -12 semitone, middle C <Q key> is 0 and C <I key> is +12 semitone. Several pre-set values are available for the range of the PB values displayed, and they can be set by the buttons on the lane header or by the <ctrl+1..ctrl+6> keys. If the set and displayed range is only part of the entire range, this part can be shift by means of the control found on the header or by the <ctrl+alt+up/down> keys. In case of a range with maximal display and width of +-24 semitones, by pressing the shift key you can set values into the 12-24 and (-12)-(-24) ranges. The values can be fine-tuned by the use of the <numpad up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down> keys. The order of drawing: <ctrl+hold+mouse down+hold+mouse move>. The resolution of draw is displayed under ’Draw. reso.’ in the toolbar menu. You can set it by means of the mouse scroll wheel by standing right on the value. The values under the current cursor can be deleted by the <del> key. The highlighted part can be cut, copied, pasted and altered by <numpad up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down>, and moved by <home/end>, <ctrl+home/end>. You can access the list of operations related to the lane by pressing the mouse right click.
Program lane
A lane to manage program change midi event. The values can be inserted by a PC keyboard or record. If the zoom set allows, the current value is displayed numerically as well. Its value can change between 0 and 127. The keys <numpad up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down> perform fine-tuning. The values under the current cursor can be deleted by the <del> key. The highlighted part can be cut, copied, pasted and altered by <numpad up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down>, and moved by <home/end>, <ctrl+home/end>. You can access the list of operations related to the lane by pressing the mouse right click.
Sequence block lane
It is a lane to manage blocks made under sequence block/sequence blocks view. Its display is similar to the note lane. You can create values in it by a PC keyboard. The value in the rectangular box specifies the number of the sequence block currently triggered. The stripe under the box shows the length of triggering. If trigger mode = ’Trigger event’ in the properties of the given sequence, the play of the given sequence is launched as an effect of the event set here. If trigger mode is ’Every note’ or ’Every first note’ in the properties of the given sequence, there must be one or more note lanes in the parasite in addition to the event set here, and the note events found in them are necessary to trigger the sequence block. These two trigger modes are typically used to play arpeggiator-type lanes, whereas the ’Trigger event’ mode is used to play static sequences. The zoom value can be altered by the <ctrl+up, ctrl+down> keys. If the cursor is right above a given item, it will turn red. If a given item is right on a beat corresponding with the zoom value, a small red triangle indicates this in its upper left corner. You can set the serial number of the sequence block by pressing the following keys: <numpad+up/down>, <ctrl+numpad up/down>. The item can be moved forward and back by the <home/end>, <ctrl+home/end> keys. The length of the item is defined by a stripe underneath. To change it, press <page up/down>, <ctrl+page up/down>, <ctrl+mouse>. You can create sub lanes so you can trigger several sequences parallel. You can access the list of operations related to the lane by clicking the mouse right click.
Lane headers
Each lane has a header. The cogwheel icon on the header leads you into the menu of the lane. Each lane can reach maximum 16 destinations using the following parameters :
  • Active: Is the given assignment active?
  • Channel: Midi channel.
  • Delay: Delay in millisecond.
  • Compress notes: Compress the note values in the given range. (Note lane)
  • Compress velocity: Compress the velocity in the given range. (Note lane)
  • Transpose: Transpose the notes. (Note lane)
  • Shift: Shift the values. (Control change lane)
  • Fix length: Set the fixed length of the notes. (Note lane)
  • Control change value: The control change number to be sent out (Control change lane)
  • Compress range: Compress values in the given range. (Control change lane)
  • Lin.: Switch between linear/logarithmic scale. (Pitch bend lane)
The ’S’ icon specifies the lane solo, while the ’M’ icon stands for mute. The numbered keys (ctrl+1..6) shift between pre-set views. In case of a pitch bend lane, you can set the managed range (12 or 24 semitones). The active destination assignments appear at the very end of the lane headers in a text format. Here you can also see which plugin the values will reach.
Record
Using the record button <numpad+*> on the toolbar, you can turn on the record mode. In such a case, with the launched play PP records the data arriving on the set midi input and by pressing the PC keys (in the overview mode <enter>), and arranges them into lanes at the end of the record. In the course of recording, you cannot see the incoming events.
Parasite properties
You can access the parasite properties block by pressing the 3-line icon <ctrl+o> in the upper right corner of the edit segment. You can set the name and short description of the PP here.
The value of the note trigger delay only matters if you have a note triggered sequence block lane, that is playing back content. It specifies the delay of the trigger notes in milliseconds. The note lane used for triggering does not have an active destination in most cases therefore delay can be set only here. If you turn on the cpu save option, the system temporarily switches off all plugins not in use. The export parasite button exports the current parasite (in which the cursor can be found) into a file. The import parasite function reloads the exported parasite. Upon exporting, all data are saved into files, including all the lanes, the plugins and the sequence blocks. In case of importing, the demo playing function plays the contents from the play locator, so when you export, make sure the play locator is in the right place. The init parasite function sets the parasite into default. It deletes the lanes, the plugins and the sequence blocks. ’Export parasites’ is capable of exporting several parasites at the same time. The ones where solo is turned on will be exported. Upon importing, it is checked whether a sufficient number of parasites are available reckoned from the parasite specified by the cursor, where the exported ones can be read. If not, you will get an error message.
Highlighting, operations
In the edit mode <enter>, an optional segment can be highlighted <shift+arrows, shift+mouse>, copied <ctrl+c>, cut <ctrl+x>, pasted <ctrl+v> and deleted <delete>. The highlighting can be deleted by pressing and releasing <shift>. In general, insertion is only performed if data complying with the destination can be found on the clipboard.