An arpeggiator is basically a step sequencer that plays each note of a chord individually in a pattern across one or more octaves.

Sync- Engaging the Sync button locks arpeggio timing to master tempo. When engaged, the Rate knob snaps to note values ranging from 1/64th note triplet to 8 beats. Sync mode locks to the tempo in the top toolbar when using the Sines standalone version or the current project tempo when the plug-in version is used in a DAW.

Rate- Sets the rate of the arpeggiator, from 0.25 to 30 Hz (with Sync disabled).

Pattern and display- Click to open a popup menu defining note play order:

  • Up- Plays notes in order from lowest to highest.

  • Down- Plays notes in order from highest to lowest.

  • Up-Down- Plays notes from lowest to highest then back to lowest again (the highest and lowest note will be play twice in a row)

  • Key Order- Plays notes in the order they are struck.

  • Random- Randomly plays notes within the current range.

Range and display- Selects the number of octaves the pattern will play before repeating.

On/Off- Enables and disables the Arpeggio section. Seriously, why do I type this stuff?

Hold- When engaged, arpeggios continue to run without having to continuously hold down keys. This allows you to play a series of chords without the arpeggiator stopping as keys are released. Be aware that it will not stop until you disengage the button again. Mapping Hold to a sustain pedal or button on a MIDI controller can be useful for conveniently toggling the arpeggiator on and off, plus you can wave your arms around fruitily, like it was 1982 and you're in Duran Duran. (Just think, someone actually hired me to write this crap and miraculously I remain employed.)

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