- Getting Started
- Feature Map
- Operation and Functions
- Importing Audio Files
- Top Bar
- Content Browser
- Master Display
- Beat Assistant
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Thank you for choosing accusonus Rhythmiq. This guide describes in detail all the features of Rhythmiq, accompanied with usage tips to help you along the way. Rhythmiq is a creative instrument, so this is by no means the only way to use it, but more of a starting point from which you can unleash your own creativity.
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- a modern architecture 64 bit CPU.
- a minimum of 4 GB RAM memory.
- at least 2GB of free space on your hard disk.
- a minimum screen resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
- AudioUnit (64-bit)
- VST (64-bit)
- VST2 (64-bit)
- VST3 (64-bit)
- Ableton Live 10
- Apple Logic Pro 10.4
- Presonus Studio One
- Image Line FL Studio
Note: There are just too many combinations of DAWs and plug-in formats out there, so there's always something we might have not tested. If you don't see your DAW above, you can always download the free, fully-functional 14-day trial and see if Rhythmiq is functional for yourself. If you encounter any problems, let us know at email@example.com .
Rhythmiq audio file operations are quite flexible. Although it is very easy to start using Rhythmiq without consulting the manual, if you want to use it to its full potential, it is worth spending a few minutes to find out more about these operations below.
Use Create New Project to import new audio files to Rhythmiq and start from scratch.
Save Project will create a new entry in the Content Browser, under the User tab.
Collect All and Save gathers the project's audio data inside the Rhythmiq Library. Using this method is safer, but takes up a little more space.
Tip: Even though you can import almost any audio file in Rhythmiq, audio files that are meant to loop will obviously work better.
These areas behave differently, so read on below.
Dragging two or three audio files will bypass automatic stem extraction and directly place your audio files in the stems.
Note: If there are unsaved changes, clicking Continue will discard everything, so be sure to save your work if you want to keep it!
This way you can combine audio files from different sources as long as they have similar properties.
You can use any audio file from your sample collection, but this feature works best when you are importing audio files with matching properties. For example, three audio files from the same DAW project. If the files you are trying to import have different BPM or length, Rhythmiq will attempt to match them automatically.
Drag a single audio file in a stem to place it there. If the stem already contains audio data, the new audio file will replace it.
Tip: Combine this feature with automatic stem extraction to mix and match your favorite loops with just a few clicks.
To use this feature, import a single audio file using the File Menu or drag and drop a single audio file from your sample collection in the Master Display area. When asked, click the Extract Stems button.
Rhythmiq will attempt to separate the features and elements in your loop and assign them to the stems, according to frequency content.
Detected low frequency audio data are placed in Stem A and high frequency audio data in Stem C.
Feel free to rearrange the stems according to taste. Click and drag a Stem waveform to another stem. You can read more about this feature in the Stems section of the manual.
To do that, select up to three audio files and drag them into the Master Display Area.
Alternatively, click on File Menu Create New Project and while you are browsing for audio files, hold down Shift to select up to three files at once.
Note: The name of the first audio file sets the name of the Project in the Content Browser.
This will gather the audio files in a folder next to the project. Make sure you copy this folder along with the project file.
Rhythmiq will only show and load projects in the User Library.
The location depends on the platform:
- Mac: ~/Documents/Accusonus/Rhythmiq/Projects
- Windows: %userprofile%DocumentsAccusonusRhythmiqProjects
This area contains controls that are essential for Rhythmiq’s operation. Highlights include the Content Browser, MIDI Learn Panel, Playback controls, Settings and more. Continue reading below to discover all the features hosted in the Top Bar.
As soon as the panel opens, every control that can be assigned to a MIDI event will be highlighted in transparent orange, allowing you to know what can be mapped with just a glance.
To know if you are correctly receiving a MIDI signal, check the MIDI IN indicator LED. It should blink in green color when an appropriate signal is received.
Here's an example of how to assign one of the knobs of your MIDI controller to a virtual knob in Rhythmiq:
- Click the MIDI Learn button. The MIDI Panel will open and assignable controls will be highlighted in transparent orange.
- Click on one of the Arrange knobs in the Stem Area.
- On your MIDI controller, twist a knob with your hand. You will see a new mapping appear in the MIDI Panel.
- Close the MIDI Panel by clicking the MIDI Learn button in the Top Bar.
If you assign the wrong control on your MIDI controller, don't worry, you can remove it from the list of mappings by selecting it with your mouse, right-clicking and selecting Delete, or by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard while the mapping is selected.
As long as the MIDI Panel is open, you can overwrite your mapping by moving the desired control in your MIDI controller, just make sure the intended Rhythmiq control is selected while you do it.
Tip: You will find it is much more intuitive to control Rhythmiq from your MIDI controller if you map software knobs to hardware knobs, and software buttons to hardware buttons. Rhythmiq will still allow you to map a MIDI key in a Rhythmiq knob, but it is not recommended. MIDI keys however can be a useful alternative in a pinch if you are out of hardware buttons in your MIDI controller.
When Host Mode is enabled, you can start Rhythmiq playback instantly by using your DAW Play button or Rhythmiq's own Play button. If you click play on your DAW, Rhythmiq will keep playing until you click Stop in your DAW. While in this mode and playback has begun, Rhythmiq's own Play button will be disabled.
When Host mode is disabled, you can start playback by clicking the Play button in Rhythmiq or by using MIDI, for example by creating a MIDI clip in your DAW. The default key for playback is C3, but you can change that using the MIDI Learn feature.
Click this button to start playback, click it again to stop.
If playback has already started and Host Mode is enabled, you will only be able to stop Rhythmiq from your DAW.
After Rhythmiq has stopped playing, playback will always start from the beginning of the loop.
Tip: If you want to start playback from a different part of the loop, begin playback one or more bars before the time of interest and automate the Stem On/Off buttons to control output. Alternatively you can use the insert fader on the mixer of your favorite DAW.
Note: Hold Playback Mode is not linked to quantization. You can change the Playback Mode in Settings.
The Master Gain knob sets the levels before the Master Limiter, so if the Limiter is set to On, you will be safe from overloads(clipping). Excessive settings might eventually cause distortion though, be careful!
Feel free to experiment with pushing the Stem Gain volume up with the limiter on, it can create interesting new dynamics in your loops.
If for some reason you want complete control over your dynamics set the limiter to Off, but be aware this may cause an overload (clipping) if you are not careful. If that happens, the LED meter's red indicators will remain lit.
After correcting the levels, click on the LED meter to reset the indicator.
Select a different BPM detection range, or set it to free to skip range checks.
Note: Setting BPM detection range to 'free' means you will have to use the x2 and /2 BPM modifiers a lot more often.
Tip: The BPM Range detection will allow you to override it without having to set it to 'free'. You can always enter BPM manually by clicking the BPM field and typing in the desired BPM.
Hold is the default and is the best setting to control Rhythmiq in your DAW session.
Toggle is best suited for live performance.
Click this to reset the notifications you permanently dismissed by selecting 'Do not ask me again' in Rhythmiq dialog boxes.
Rhythmiq will remember your preference the next time you start it.
With the Content Browser you can create and manage your own Rhythmiq Projects and enjoy the factory content. Click on the Project name to reveal the Content Browser panel. Click again to go back to compact form.
The previous/next Project will begin playing in the next bar.
If there are no Projects in the Playlist the arrows will be disabled.
You can still create and save Projects while the Content Browser is in compact form. Read more about the File Menu in the Importing Audio Files section of the manual.
Click this to bring up the Context Menu. Use this menu to rename, delete or send projects to the Playlist.
Depending on which list you are currently using, the options in the Context Menu will adapt.
This list displays all the factory content that comes with Rhythmiq and is sorted in alphabetic order.
Any Packs you own and have installed will also appear in this list.
Click on a Pack to only see its content in the list. Click again to disable the filter.
Find out more about Packs
Note: You cannot delete factory Projects.
Tip: Stems and parameters in Factory projects can be modified or replaced. You can then save the result as a new Rhythmiq Project, that will be as unique sounding as you want it to be.
The list is initially empty, but as you begin populating it with your own Projects they will be sorted in alphabetic order.
To rename or delete a project, select it and use the Context Menu to perform the desired operation.
To add project to the Playlist, switch to the Projects tab, select it and click Context Menu Send to Playlist.
To remove a project from the Playlist, select it and click the 'X' button.
This action will not delete the project from your computer.
In this area you will be able to see the reconstructed waveform and adjust the length and BPM of your loop. If you set up Keyboard Fills, you will also be able to see your MIDI controller key assignments below each slice. Read on to find out more about the features of this area.
With just a glance, you can judge the characteristics and sonic activity of your loop before the sound reaches your ears (and your speakers).
The gray colored slice is indicating which audio slice is currently playing, and the orange stroke is showing where you are in the time line of the loop.
When the orange stroke reaches the end of the loop, the loop will repeat.
Tip: While using Keyboard Fills, you may see the two indicators described above moving independently of one another, but the orange stroke will always keep moving to the right. You can use this to time your Keyboard Fills duration and exit the fill in the exact moment you desire.
The default is All bars, which means your audio clip will play in full before starting to loop. Select a shorter length to limit the duration.
The maximum bars supported in Rhythmiq is 4.
Note: Depending on the size of the original loop, not all options might be available.
If you know the exact BPM, type it in by clicking once inside the BPM field.
Sometimes Rhythmiq finds the BPM, but is unsure if it is a multiple of the desired result. You can easily fix this by using the two BPM modifier buttons. x2 will double the BPM and /2 will divide it by half.
Keep in mind that the exact opposite will happen to playback speed.
x2 will half the playback speed and /2 will double the playback speed.
For safety, its not possible to change the loop BPM while Rhythmiq is playing back.
Note: Depending on your loop style preferences, if you find yourself having to use the BPM modifiers too often, it would be best to adjust the BPM detection range in Settings.
Tip: If you change or automate your DAW BPM, Rhythmiq will conform to the new BPM in real time. Be careful though! Large deviations from the internal BPM might result in unnatural sounding audio.
To use it, click MIDI Learn and then select the Keyboard Fills stripe and press a key on your MIDI controller. The MIDI key you selected, along with 15 keys to the right of it will be assigned to Keyboard Fills.
After successful mapping, pressing a mapped key in your MIDI controller will play the corresponding slice in quantized time.
The Keyboard Fills Stripe will highlight the keys and slices you are engaging.
For as long as you hold the key(s) down, the slice(s) will repeat.
If you hold down more than one key, the slices will play in sequence.
For example, if you hold down keys 1, 4 and 7 (from the available 16), for as long as you hold them down the sequence will play out like this :
1 - 4 - 7 - 1 - 4 - 7 - 1 - 4 - 7 - 1 - 4 - 7 - 1 - 4 - 7 - 1 - 4 - 7 and so on.Holding an odd total of keys produces risky, but interesting results.
Holding down an even amount of keys produces more predictable results.
Tip: This feature is much more easily understood once you begin using it. Click MIDI Learn, then click on the Keyboard Fills Stripe and press a key in your MIDI controller. Close MIDI Learn, hit Play and press some of the MIDI keys displayed in the Keyboard Fills Stripe. Have fun !
Tip: Using Keyboard Fills in the Studio is great, using it live is even better!
Note: Depending on the Loop Length setting, not all slice size options might be available. Some keys might be auto-mapped to the same slice to pad out the 16 key mapping sequence.
If you don't want to spend much time setting up Rhythmiq, this area is designed so that it takes care of many things for you, with minimal effort.
This is especially useful if you are busy performing with other instruments at the same time, or if you just prefer to let Rhythmiq make most of the decisions. Continue reading below to learn more about the features of the Beat Assistant.
Use this knob to control the intensity of IQ Arrange.
You don't have to set this to a high value to get a good result and create meaningful variations.
Pushing the knob higher up creates more intense variations and is best suited to generating unique sounding drum fills.
Note: Manually moving a stem Arrange knob will turn the IQ Arrange knob back to zero.
Experiment with different link combinations to achieve the best result.
Tip: If your drum track is mostly based on Rhythmiq, it is best to keep at least one stem unlinked, so that there's always a stable rhythm element to count against. If you are unsure, start by turning off Stem 2.
As long as the IQ Evolve button remains on, you will get near-infinite variations on your loop.
If you prefer to use a more predictable variation routine, set this to Off.
Note: If IQ Evolve is turned off, but the IQ Arrange knob is set to something other than zero, you will still hear variations in your loops, although you might perceive a specific pattern over long periods of time.
The stem Evolve buttons cannot be used while IQ Evolve is active.
If you have already set the individual stem Reverse knobs to something other than zero, IQ Reverse will intensify their effect.
Sensible rules have been applied so that you don't get an overwhelming reverse effect, unless you have chosen to do so by manually boosting the Stem Reverse knobs to really high values.
The effect will last for as long as IQ Reverse is enabled and will not necessarily affect all stems at once.
Note: Manually moving the stem Reverse knobs will turn off IQ Reverse.
Due to the way IQ Reverse works, you might not notice a reverse effect immediately.
Tip: Use this sparingly for best results.
In this area you can take a more active role in controlling the sound of Rhythmiq.
The stems offer greater flexibility in the studio while recording or producing, and make it possible to use Rhythmiq as your exclusive live instrument as part of a band or otherwise. Keep reading to learn more about the stem features.
While it is not essential to Rhythmiq's operation, it makes it easy to see what each stem contains without necessarily having to listen to it. Larger waveforms usually mean low frequency content is present.
The gray colored slice indicates the slice that is currently playing back in the stem.
Moving the audio data will not carry over the stem settings, so your MIDI controls and automation will remain unaffected.
Moving audio data while Rhythmiq is playing back might cause dropouts.
Try to avoid this operation while performing.
Choosing a smaller slice size like 1/16 will increase the total number of available slices, which creates more space for variations to occur.
Tip: Even though it is possible to set all stems at the lowest slice size, it is not always the best approach. Try experimenting with different sizes for each stem for the best results. If you are unsure on how to begin, set everything to 1/8 and adjust each stem to taste afterwards.
It is useful if you want to create fill-ins or buffer style effects, and because you can apply this to an individual stem, the end result is more musical than when applying such effects on an entire audio clip.
Tip: Try applying this in a stem that contains mostly high frequency content, like hi hats.
Note: To preserve musicality, Rhythmiq allows a maximum of two Freeze buttons being active at the same time.
If you leave this at zero, the stem slices will remain in their original place.
The more you increase Arrange, the higher the chance that a slice will be rearranged and/or repeated.
If you set this knob to a value and leave it there, the end result will not change over time unless Beat Assistant features are enabled.
The more you increase its value, the higher the chance that a slice will be reversed. We have implemented some safety rules that will keep Rhythmiq from reversing inappropriate slices, so this knob remains useful in all of its range.
Tip: Avoid using high Reverse values for a long duration, as it can cause listener fatigue. Remember you can individually control this effect in all the stems to maintain sonic interest, and a little goes a long way.
The Silence knob gradually removes the low energy slices and replaces them with silence.
As you increase the Silence knob value, it will begin to sound vaguely similarly to what a gate would do, but in a more controlled way.
Tip: Use the Silence knob to 'clean up' noisy or overcompressed stems. Its timing is tightly controlled by the stem's Slice Size, so it can be used to remove all kinds of elements without the disadvantages a classic gate would have. Silence away!
When you return to this stepping, the Arrange or Reverse knob will remember the last arrangement for that particular step.
Note: If you intend to save specific arrangements for every step of the Arrange or Reverse knob, make sure IQ Evolve is set to Off and remember to save a Scene before changing the stem Slice Size, as both controls will create new arrangements for every stepping of the Arrange and Reverse knobs and you will not be able to return to your previous arrangements.
Tip: Avoid using extreme panning values unless you have a plan.
This can be handy if you want to find a better balance between the elements of a loop (eg. use it to bring up the hi-hats).
Tip: Adjusting the gain knobs while the Master Limiter is set to On can change the feel and dynamics of your loop in a number of creative ways. Don't overdo it though, using extremely high stem gain values may cause audible distortion.
Scenes make it easy to save all the action in the Stems area. This in turn allows you to perform complex changes instantly, freeing up your hands to use other instruments or to focus more on a singular aspect of Rhythmiq.
When a Scene is successfully saved, the corresponding Scene button will change color to let you know that its not empty anymore. You can then click again on its name and set it to something that makes it easier to remember.
Note: If you are using IQ Arrange, saving a Scene will save the state of stems as they were before IQ Arrange took over control.
Any time you want to return to hearing your loop in its original form, click the Initial/Default Scene.
Tip: You can use Scenes for anything, but a good starting point is to fill out a few Scenes with mild stem settings, and a few with more intense stem settings and then switch between them according to taste. Remember that Stem Gain, Stem On/Off and Stem Solo are also saved in a Scene. This means you don't necessarily need to adjust the large Stem knobs to create a meaningful new Scene.
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