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MuLab Tutorial

(siehe auch MuLab Online Help!!) (zuerst: Keyboard driver, setup editor, midi Monitor) Interface controls Connect Midi Controller (check Midi with Midi Monitor) --> install midi editor for keyboard! Check that all Sliders / Knobs output "Control changes". If some output something else, or output multiple datastreams, then you have to use the PCR-Editor
  • note: some host SW has fixed mappings of certain control changes (eg garageband). Mulab doesn't do this, and allows you to freely map control changes!
MuLab Setup
  • Make sure midi interface is activated (in menu "edit" -> midi setup) and running (check using midi monitor in menu "help"
  • Load VST Plugins into database (MuLab > Manage Plugins), if needed
Create Multisample
  • Load MultiSampla (option: Load MuSynth, it has a built-in Multisampler. Existing Multisamples can be used)
  • Deleting instances in Rack -> Right-click on instance, DON't use delete / backspace (deletes whole rack!)
  • Create Zone by drag& drop a soundfile or by doubleclicking the area under the keyboard and dragging the mouse -> If a sample can't be loaded, change format to aiff / wav and samplerate / bitrate to project rate
  • Usually you should start mapping your sounds starting with the lowest midi note value: C-2, / decimal value "0"
    • When you use a synth it may be necessary to transpose the synth so that sounds are audible
  • Save Multisample / Save Multisampla presets (stored in Applications/MuLab/User/Library, rename multisample, rename  -> IMPORTANT FOR IDENTIFICATION
  • Configure Loop (Loopmodes): Start of playback, start of loop and end of loop. Usually "alternating" is the best mode
    • Add Loop point for three-step loops.
Realtime Control & DSP
  • Create a Midi Mapped Controller (e.g. transpose): Right-click on interface (knob, slider) and select "map controller"
  • there are also LFO and envelope generators in MultiSampla, e.g. for ASDR curves for the amp (e.g. to create a smooth fadeout at the end of a loop)
  • if you want to ensure a sound gets played always at the same volume, regardless of key press velocity: go to mutlisampler > amplifier > adjust "velocity sensitivity" to 0%
  • Plug effects after sound generators, and map controllers in the same fashion as for multisampla
  • Use mapping overview (in menu "edit") for overview
  • Possibility to send audio to other channels (send instance in rack, after an audio generator)
  • need for using several racks: independent controls / different version of same sample, etc. -> insert "send" to next rack BEFORE sound generating instance in rack (this sends midi events, otherwise it would send audio) -> edit focus midi map to force rack 1 (in menu "edit")
  • Einschränkung mit Gebrauch von Synthesizer: spielt auf jeder Taste, kein key mapping möglich.
  • be careful: the undo funcrtion is quite unreliable / useless in mulab -about the only serious design flaw!
  • if using the filter in teh multisampla, make sure "key tracking" is set to zero in the submenu of the filter
  • you can limit parameter ranges for midi mapped controllers