I’m new to these boards and to zynthian. I’ve been trying out zynthian on a basic setup of a Pi (4b) with some old bits from the cupboard- an old behringer uca202 audio interface, monitor/mouse/keyboard, UM-2G usb midi interface. Currently waiting for my version 4.4 hardware kit to arrive So, in the meantime I’ve managed to set up some synth layers and some effects layers - have to say it is a really nice concept and I also really like the fact that there is a mod-ui implementation. Currently controlling it with a launchkey, and using it as an effects unit for, and sequencing it from, a digitakt.
I’ve worked out how to combine audio effects with a synth layer and i’m enjoying the possibilities this gives.
So one thing i tried was a layer with:
PianoTeq (demo) Steinway → YK Chorus->GxFlanger->TalDub-3
Gives a super nice spacey piano thing.
However, the demo PT times out - so i thought I’d do the same thing with a FluidPianos yamaha grand
- and this leads me to some workflow questions. I’ve had a bit of a rummage through the wiki and searched these boards and didn’t find anything - but that doesn’t mean it’s not there so apologies if this has already been covered.
Is there a way to copy an audio effect with all its settings, or ideally a set of effects, from one layer to another? Alternatively can you clone a layer, and then change the synthesizer engine?
All I seem to be able to do is save a snapshot.
I found the snapshot page in the webconf - and that showed me the content of my layers - but it doesn’t seem to allow you to edit them, just to see the settings or delete individual effects. If it can’t be implemented in the hardware gui then it would be nice to be able to edit/copy/paste elements of layers in webconf.
Basically to do what I wanted at the moment I had to create a new synthesizer layer and then manually recreate the effect chain, and then set all the effect settings manually. Now, I appreciate that the settings would need tweaking anyway as the source audio characteristics are different. But it would be nice to be able to start with the same settings and change them.
I realise I could set up a separate audio effect chain in an effect layer and route the synth layers to it - but I like keeping them in the synthesizer layer as i can then tweak the settings to match each synthesizer.
Second issue → this led to a second workflow question - am i right that it is not possible to save effect/synth settings as new presets? If I create a nice setting on an effect I would like to be able to save it to use in another effect chain. I understand there is a program change saving feature, but that seems to be aimed more at live use, whereas I am more looking at how you set up and edit layers. I’ve seen that from the option screen for a layer you can click on the individual audio effects to access a setting page for that effect and select a preset - but how do you create a new preset?
Third thing - what is the workflow to set up a new snapshot based on layers from previous snapshot - say i wanted to create a snapshot for a new performance containing different layers taken from previously saved snapshots?
Any pointers on where to find this info gratefully received
Cheers and sorry for the rambling post