Top Toolbar and Preset Browser

The purple strip at the top of the PS-20 contains all of the preset loading and saving navigation, "under-the-hood" settings, zoom and focus control, and more.

New- Opens a new blank patch preset. 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 PS-20 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 sepa-rated" 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 “huge,” “noisy,” “poly,” 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.

Preset- Step Back/Forward Arrows- These step to the previous or next preset.

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 PS-20 interface window. 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.

MPE Tab- Short for "MIDI Polyphonic Expression," PS-20 supports MPE, a specialized MIDI protocol enabling multidimensional controllers to control multiple parameters of individual notes. The MPE Settings toolbar icon is only visible if Settings>Interface>Enable MPE mode is checked. See the Using MPE section for full information.

! (MIDI Panic)- Click to send an all-notes-off message in case of, "make this freaking thing shut up?!?" stuck-note incidents.

Tempo (Standalone Version Only)- Displays PS-20's current internal tempo setting. PS-20's internal tempo affects the Modulation Generator, Sequencer, and the Mod/Echo sections when their corresponding Sync switches are in the up position. The tempo setting can be changed by moving the mouse up and down anywhere in the tempo section, or by double-clicking the number and entering the desired BPM value.

The tempo display only appears in the standalone version of PS-20. VST, AU, and AAX plug-in versions receive tempo data from their host DAW app. 

Cable Transparency- Clicking the checkerboard icon displays the cable transparency slider. Slide this to the left for more transparent cables, or to the right for more opaque cables.

Cable Color Select- Click this to select the global cable color, i.e. the color of any newly patched cable. Clicking Random randomly chooses a color for each new cable.

Show/Hide Cables- Clicking this hides or shows all cables. It has no effect on sounds, and its status does not save with patches. Cables can also be shown or hidden using the key shortcuts [CONT-D] (Windows) or [⌘-D] (Mac).

Special Cool Cable Color Select Feature- The color of any existing cable can be changed by right-clicking in jack area. Right-clicking on a jack that doesn’t have a cable plugged in will change the global cable color (i.e. the same as changing the color with the toolbar button).

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. (Cheech and Chong voice) So like, if you're already reading this, did you already find the ? button and or was it the other way around, man...

Cherry Audio PS-20 Synthesizer logo- Clicking this displays “about” information, and shows the version number and current registered user ID. We'll never tell what the Japanese writing says!

Focus

PS-20 packs a fairly large number of controls and jacks into a limited space. If you have limited screen real estate, the Focus button conveniently blows up PS-20's user interface 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.

Using Focus mode couldn't be easier - just click the Focus button the top menu bar. To return to standard view, click Reset. Focus can also be directly accessed with [CTRL]+click (Windows) or [CMD]+click (Mac) by clicking anywhere in the user interface. [CTRL]+click / [CMD]+click again will resume normal view.

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 'PS-20 Presets'- If any patches from the "factory" PS-20 bank are edited and saved, selecting this command restores all of them to their unaltered factory setting. (BTW, we TOTALLY have a GIANT factory at Cherry Audio, because where else are you gonna put all those ones and zeros?)

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. At the time of writing, the PS-20 bank mentioned above is the only factory bank, so this function and the Restore All Factory Presets From 'PS-20 Presets' above have the same effect.

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.

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