WORKING WITH CABLES AND JACKS
Patching a cable is simple- click on a jack, drag it to the desired destination jack and release the mouse button, but there’s one very important thing to be aware of:
Unlike a hardware modular synth, where some jacks can be used as inputs or outputs, all Voltage Modular jacks are exclusively an input or an output. To help clarify this, when a jack is clicked and held to patch a cable, jacks not available as destinations are grayed out. For example, if you’re patching a cable from an output jack, all other output jacks are temporarily grayed out. The same applies if you’re patching a cable from an input jack- all other input jacks are grayed out.
In the screenshot above, the Pitch CV output is being patched, causing all of the oscillator output jacks to become grayed out, while all of the oscillator inputs are potential destinations.
Cables can be disconnected by grabbing one end of a jack and dragging it to any area that isn’t a jack, or by right-clicking on a jack and selecting Disconnect Cables.
The Built-In Six-Way Mult (Hiding Beneath Every Jack)
If you look closely at the I/O Panel Gate CV out, you can see we’ve routed two cables from this jack to control both envelope generators. Single-clicking on any Voltage Modular input or output jack reveals a six-way multiple jack (aka, a "mult"), which is super convenient for routing (or mixing) multiple sources. The mult will stay visible until a cable is routed, at which point it disappears. If you need more than six jacks for any connection, you can always use a dedicated Multiple module (or link together as many Multiple modules as you like), but using the built-in six-way mults will save a whole lot of patching hassle.
Choosing Cable Colors
There are a couple of ways to select cable colors. The most obvious way is to click the colored dot in the top menu bar to reveal the color picker palette and select a global color. By "global," this means all newly patched cables will be the chosen color (or a random color, if Random is selected). Existing cables are not affected.
To change the color of an existing patched cable, right-click on one of the jacks it’s connected to, then click a new color. This changes only that cable, and won’t affect the global cable color in the top menu bar.
- Super Handy "Pre-Patching" Cable Color Selection- Right-clicking a jack that doesn’t have a cable plugged in opens the color palette and changes the global color; the same as clicking the color selector in the top menu bar. This is convenient for specifying a cable color right before patching a new cable.
Rapidly Routing A Cable To Multiple Destinations
This one’s not so obvious, but it’s really handy. To patch cables from a single jack to multiple destinations, press and hold the [SHIFT] key, click the source jack, then click as many destination jacks as desired and release the [SHIFT] key when you’re done. This works with input or output jacks, and is particularly useful for patching pitch and gate CV’s from the I/O panel to multiple oscillators or envelope generators.
Virtual MIDI Cables
Voltage Modular’s virtual MIDI cables behave much like standard cables, but instead of carrying a single audio or control voltage signal, they carry all the same note and control as a traditional MIDI cable. This lets Voltage Modular transmit and receive polyphonic note and controller data, and in conjunction with the Poly Oscillator and other poly-oriented modules, greatly simplifies creating polyphonic patches.
You’ll notice that virtual MIDI cables are a bit fatter than standard cables; this is done to make them easy to recognize on-screen (and to fit all that extra data). Virtual MIDI jacks also contain the previously discussed built-in six-way mult, and if that’s not enough, there’s a MIDI Multiple module as well. There are also MIDI input, output, drum trigger modules and more for transmitting and receiving MIDI data with external instruments and other useful functions.
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