Stagelight features several inbuilt synths with simplified interfaces showing only what Open Labs think are the most often used controls.
In this article, we’ll look at ElectroSynth, Stagelight’s virtual analog synthesizer.
The GUI (graphical user interface) offers control over the oscillators/voices, LFOs, filter and effects. The pitch and mod wheels as well as the AMP envelope are IMHO confusingly placed under the filter section. I guess that’s where there was most available space to tuck in all those sliders.
The good thing is that ElectroSynth has more to offer than what the GUI suggests.
Access all the Goodies
Click the “plug” button in the top left corner, right under the Stagelight logo and then click Show Parameters.
You will see all available ElectroSynth parameters listed as a grid of horizontal sliders. Here you can adjust settings not available on the GUI.
To understand what all those sliders are and what they do, look at this list of all ElectroSynth’s hidden parameters.
- Filter Speed
There is an additional LFO hidden and it is for the filter only. This controls the filter LFO rate.
- Filter Depth
The depth of the filter LFO.
- Filter Env Attack
Luckily there is a filter envelope with controls for attack…
- Filter Env Release
- Filter Env Str
… and envelope amount.
- Chorus Delay
The chorus has a hidden delay parameter.
- Delay Gain 1
The Delay effect has a whole lot of hidden parameters. There’s two delay lines with independent controls for…
- Delay Pan 1
- Delay Low Cut 1
… low cut filter…
- Delay High Cut 1
… high cut filter…
- Delay Gain 2
The second delay line has all the same parameters. It starts with gain, then…
- Delay Feedback 2
- Delay Rate 2
- Delay Pan 2
- Delay Low Cut 2
… low cut filter…
- Delay High Cut 2
… and finally high cut filter…
- Reverb Width *
The GUI features a reverb width button which switches it from 0 to 100%, but here we have a slider for fine tuning.
- Reverb High Cut
You can use the high cut filter to tame the high end…
- Reverb Low Cut
as well as the low cut for the low end.
- Reverb Pre-Delay
Set the time it takes for the reverb to kick in. Set the delay time at a higher value if you use big reverbs, but still want your sound to stand out.
- V1 Pan
You can pan all three voices independently which allows for rich stereo sounds. These parameters set the panning for voice 1…
- V2 Pan
… voice 2…
- V3 Pan
… and voice 3.
- Pitch Env Amount
Another hidden envelope! This time for the pitch. You can set the amount…
- Pitch Env Decay
… and the decay. All you really need.
- Pitch Bend *
There is a pitch bend on the GUI, but here it acts differently, like a slider, because it doesn’t reset on release. It can be used to set ElectroSynth’s master tuning.
Here you can set the amount of the pitch bend, up to +/- 12 semitones.
Another hidden gem – portamento time.
Another control for the volume. You probably won’t ever need it, but it’s here anyway.
Set ElectroSynth to poly for chords, or mono to mimic the sound of old analog monophonic synths.
Master pan control. It seems to work as an offset to individual voice pan controls.
If you switch antialiasing on, ElectroSynth will consume more CPU power, but will sound smoother. This can be best heard on higher notes and filter sweeps.
As you can see, there’s a lot more going on than what the GUI suggests.
I was happy to find filter and pitch envelopes as well as independent voice pan controls.
What’s your favorite hidden parameter? Let me know in the comments below.