The purple strip at the top of the interface is where you’ll load, save, and create patch presets. It contains utility functions such as undo/redo, UI zoom, under-the-hood settings, and more.

Anatomy of a Preset (Important!)

If you've used other Cherry Audio instruments, the patch browser should be familiar. Since CR-78 is a drum machine with pattern creation and storage integrated in the main UI, we'll go over the hierarchy of rhythm and sound storage.

A patch browser preset stores all current sound settings and patterns. What you'll hear when you hit play depends on the current Play Mode switch position, but regardless of the switch position, a patch stores the following:

Global/Panel Mode buttons

The current Panel Mode view is saved with a patch.

Main Panel

  • Play Mode / Preset- The current rhythm button(s) selection

  • Play Mode / User- A patch includes 98 rhythm patterns. In Pattern mode, the currently playing pattern is selected using the Pattern Select up/down buttons.

  • Song Mode- When Song mode is selected, a chain of user patterns of up to 99 steps can be created. A single song is saved with a patch.

All other main panel settings are stored with the exception of Start/Stop state. Play or stop status is not stored with patches. When a new patch is selected, CR-78 remains in the current state; that is, if it's currently playing, it continues to play; if it's stopped, it stays stopped. We did it this way so users wouldn't have to keep hitting the Start/Stop button every time the pattern was switched.

Voice Edit Panel

All voice edit panel settings are saved with a patch.

Effects/Mixer Panel

All effects and mixer settings are saved with a patch.

Top Toolbar and Preset Browser Controls

New- Opens a new blank patch. If an unsaved patch is currently open or you’ve modified an existing saved patch, a dialog asks if you’d like to save the patch in its current state. This greatly reduces the possibility of losing an edited unsaved patch.

Save- Use this to save patches. There are a couple of levels of hierarchy:

  • Collection- This is the top level of organization, and contains entire “sets” of presets. The CR-78 Presets are the main included collection. We also include a User Presets Collection for storing your own presets, but you’re free to create your own collections. To create a new collections, click in the Collection text field (where it says User Presets above) and type a name. User-created sounds can be freely saved to any collection; we like to keep ‘em separated for organizational purposes.

  • Categories- Within each Collection are a number of sound categories. As with collections, you’re free to create as many categories as you like. To create a category, click in the Category text field of the Save dialog window and type a new category name.

  • Patch- A patch is an individual sound. To save a patch, simply type the name in the Name field and click Save.

  • Keywords- You can add descriptive words such as “vintage,” “new wave,” “boing boom tschak,” etc., to patches to make them appear when terms are typed in the Search field. Use commas to separate multiple keywords entries.

Browsing Patches- Patches can be browsed by clicking the <Select Preset> field. To select a preset collection, click in the area that says <All Collections> or on the downward-facing arrow next to it.

Clicking on the left-side categories narrows down which patches are displayed.

  • <All Presets> will show presets from all collections and categories.

  • <Recent> displays recently used presets.

  • Refresh- This is the circular arrow button to the right of the downward arrow; clicking this checks the Cherry Audio server for new or updated presets.

Pin- Clicking the push-pin icon locks the patch selection list open, allowing fast and easy browsing and auditioning of patches. Click the icon again to disable pin mode. when in pin mode, the up and down arrow keys can be used to select patches. (Thanks to Starship/Phil Bennett for this useful feature suggestion.)

Preset- Step Back/Forward Arrows- These step to the previous or next preset. macOS [⌘+left/right arrow key] or Windows [CTRL+left/right arrow key] will navigate through presets back and forth in the currently selected collection/category.

Preset List Right-Click Functions

Show File- This displays the selected preset in the Mac or Windows folder containing it. This is useful for backing up or sending a preset file to another user.

Show In Original Category- Selects the preset within its category, i.e. the category will highlight in the left preset menu. The Show In Original Category command only displays if the preset was selected within the <All Presets>, <Favorites>, or <Recent> categories.

Favorites- Favorited presets will show in when the <Favorites> category is selected. A star will display next to the preset name. Right-click on the preset and reselect Favorite to un-favorite it.

Delete- Deletes the selected preset.

Restore Factory Preset- If one of the factory (i.e. not user) patches is edited and saved, selecting this command restores the patch to its unaltered "factory" setting. This menu will be grayed-out for user bank patches.

Restore All Factory Presets From 'CR-78 Factory Presets'- If any patches from the "factory" bank are edited and saved, selecting this command restores all of them to their unaltered "factory" setting.

Restore All From Factory- If any patches from the "factory" banks are edited and saved, selecting this command restores all of them to their unaltered "factory" setting.

Importing Presets with drag-and-drop

Presets can be imported singly or en masse (as a single compressed ZIP file) simply by dragging and dropping from the desktop anywhere on the user interface.

If a single .*preset file is dragged and dropped, the sound is immediately loaded and the standard Save Preset dialog appears; this lets you save the sound to the instrument's preset browser. Note that you don't have to save the sound to preset browser; if you just want to hear and play the sound, click the Cancel button in the Save Preset dialog - the sound will still be loaded.

Compressed zip files containing multiple sounds can also be drag and dropped onto the UI. This works the same as with single sounds, but instead of the Save Preset dialog, you'll see the Import Preset Collection dialog. The presets will be added as a new collection and available in the categories for which they were tagged.

Menu Strip Buttons

Undo/Redo- These circular arrows will undo or redo the last action. It remembers many steps, so if you really loused something up, keep on clickin'...

Settings- This is where user preferences for user interface, audio interfaces, user account, and more are configured. See the Settings section for full information.

Zoom Magnifying Glass- Click to resize the interface. Selecting 100% returns the user interface to native size.

MIDI Tab- Opens the MIDI controllers tab for configuring internal and hardware MIDI controls. See the MIDI Controllers Setup and MIDI Tab section for full information.

! (MIDI Panic) - Click to send an all-notes-off message in case of, "why won't this thing stop making noise?!?" stuck-note incidents.

(If the ! MIDI Panic button doesn't shut off the sound, make sure the VCA switch at the bottom of the panel isn't in set to On position.)

Q (Oversampling Quality)- The Q button sets CR-78's internal oversampling rate; the higher the setting, the better audio fidelity will be, with the caveat that more computer processing power will be required.

Internal processing can be set to 1x (same rate as the current sample rate of the host DAW or in the Settings>Audio/MIDI window for the standalone version) or to 2x, 3x, or 4x the current sample rate. The sample rate is downsampled at the instrument output stage to match the current host sample rate.

For example, if the current DAW/instrument sample rate setting is 48 kHz, and oversampling is set to 2x, CR-78's internal processing runs at 96 kHz, and is then reduced back to 48kHz at the output stage. 

QWERTY Musical Typing Keyboard- Opens an onscreen keyboard allowing a standard QWERTY computer keyboard to be used for playing music notes. For more information, see QWERTY Musical Typing Keyboard (MTK) section.

? (Help) - Clicking this launches your web browser and opens the help document you’re currently reading. Which means you're already here...

Focus Button

If you're using a tiny laptop, the user interface can potentially be hard to see. With this in mind, the Focus button conveniently blows up CR-78's view to roughly twice its normal size within the current window size. Unlike the Zoom "magnifying glass" function, Focus doesn't affect the current window size. By default, the patch panel section fills the current window, but the view can be scrolled vertically and horizontally with a mouse wheel, track pad, or Apple Mighty Mouse finger-scrolling. Or if you're the last person on earth still using a single-button mouse, scroll bars will appear at the window edges when in Focus mode. (Drop us a line from your AOL email account, 'kay?)

Using Focus mode couldn't be easier - just click the Focus button the top menu bar. To return to standard view, click Reset.

CA / CherryRhythm CR-78 logo - Clicking this displays “about” information, and shows the version number and current registered user ID.

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