Below is a screenshot of uPhase+ in Solo Mode. This is the app’s “lab”, where you can experiment with 3 virtual sources and save your patterns for use in Network Mode.
In the main chunk of the screen, the 3 colored displays represent 3 potential iDevices you could take control of in Network Mode, which allows up to 7 simultaneous sources.
Each display/device plays a simple loop. These loops can have different lengths and meters to create complex phasing behaviours.
A. Keyboard Notes
Pattern notes are represented both on the displays and on the keyboard. To change a note’s pitch, simply drag and drop it from one key to another.
You can also tap a note in a display to select it, and tap a key to move it.
B. Toggle Sample Editor / Keyboard
Tap to access the sample editor, or to return to the keyboard.
C. /D. /E. Pattern Manager and shortcuts
Tap C. to access the pattern manager. D and E give quick access to saved patterns.
F. Spatial Grouper
Patterns can be grouped to lock their spatial and metrical relationships, allowing much faster interactions with many sources.
Shortcut to quickly change a display’s meter. Use default presets, or make your own.
Access the session menu, where you can save your session or go back to the main menu.
-uPhase+ is a multi-touch instrument. For ease of use, many interactions have an alternate version, triggered when one finger is held on the background. This will be refered to as Alt Action (Alt Tap, Alt Drag and Release, etc…)
-Displays can show two different patterns, toggled by the Toggle Display button (J. above): an active pattern, and a cached pattern. In the first picture of this page, the white and red displays are showing their active pattern, the purple one its cached pattern (greyed display).
Note Display – Zoomed View
A. Play/Stop Wave
Tap : start playing / stop the pattern.
Alt Tap : Applies the tap action above to all displays showing their active pattern. In other words :
- If stopped, starts playing all stopped displays showing their active pattern.
- If playing, stops all playing displays showing their active pattern.
This is especialy useful in Network Mode, where you might need to start playing only 3 out of 6 patterns together.
Important note : Playback is not immediate, as the system will wait until the next beat to ensure all patterns stay in sync.
B. /C. /D. Notes
Pitches are represented in standard western notation, as if on a piano score (2 staves, upper is in treble clef, lower is in bass clef). There are no flats, only sharps.
Each pattern may have up to 8 notes.
Tap : Select note (the note shape will grow slightly bigger).
Drag and release left : Remove note.
Drag and release right : Insert the same note, or, if a keyboard key is held at the same time, insert that note instead.
Drag and release down : Mute/Unmute note (a muted note appears darker – see C. in the diagram above).
Pressing above or below a note will circle it with the Sustain Ring (D. in the diagram above). When the pattern is playing, releasing the sustain ring will play the note’s sustain sample at the same position in the loop.
E. Main Volume
- Drag and release the handle to adjust a pattern’s volume.
- Changes will apply when releasing the handle.
- By default, volume will be faded to the new level in 1 second.
- Fading duration can be adjusted using the contextual slider on the left side of the screen, which automatically appears when adjusting volumes.
F. Sustain Volume
Same functionalities as above, but controls sounds played through the Sustain System.
G. Meter Scale
This represents the duration of a pattern note, and where in the beat it should start. The scale represents one beat with 16 subdivisions.
In the diagram above, each note is 8/16th of a beat (i.e. a quaver), and the pattern will start on the beat.
H. Show/Hide Meter Handles
I. Meter Handles
Move the handles to change a pattern’s meter. The right handle controls duration, the left handle controls the pattern’s initial offset to the beat.
Important Note : When adjusting the meter of a display’s current pattern, changes will apply when retracting the meter handles (button H.)
J. Toggle Display
Tap : Switch between a display’s current and cached patterns.
Alt Tap : Switch all displays.
Double Tap : Copies the current pattern to cache, or the cached pattern to current.
K. Line Handle
Start dragging here to extend a line and connect a display to the Spatial Grouper sphere (F. in the top screenshot) or to a Rythm Preset box (G. in the top screenshot).
L. Move Display
In Network Mode, it can be useful to move the displays to screen positions representative of the controlled devices spatial positions.