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Pendulate Support

Activations/Registration

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Pendulate is free, it does not need a license.  Just download and run the installer.

Compatibility

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We can’t test compatibility with everything, but Pendulate should run on any 64 bit VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX plug-in host.  We do test Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Bitwig, Logic, Reaper, Studio One, and Cubase, but if you’re having trouble with any DAW please let us know and we’ll try to help.

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No, it’s a VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX plug-in and can work in a variety of plug-in hosts, but it does not have a standalone version.

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Pendulate is 64 bit only, you must use a 64 bit plug-in host.

General

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No need—Pendulate always renders at a high sample rate, converting to your DAW’s sample rate before applying effects?

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Yes. In Pendulate, the Pressure modulation out also outputs Aftertouch data—though the LPG Pressure modulation knob only appears when MPE is enabled.

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Yes, it does. Key Tracking is calculated using the Pendulate’s pitch after modifiers such as Octave, Portamento, and Pitch Bend have been applied.

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The effect of this setting is only really discernible when Chaos Shape is at or near zero and Chaos Amount is greater than zero.

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Yes, you can see these by navigating to the SETTINGS menu and turning on SHOW CABLES ALWAYS.  You can make this change permanent by saving over the Default preset in the “00 Default Preset/Default” location.

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Yes, you can change the default settings of Pendulate by setting it to anything you’d like then saving over the “00 Default Preset/Default” preset in the presets folder.  Note that this functionality is currently not working correctly in AAX, it should be fixed soon.

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Yes, you can open the manual by clicking on the INFO button in the top bar.  Alternatively, you can find the PDF of it on mac by navigating to the ~/Music/Newfangled Audio/Pendulate folder, or on Windows by navigating to the My Documents/Newfangled Audio/Pendulate folder.

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Yes! Simply save a preset in the “00 Default Preset” directory with the OPENGL button set to the state you would like it to be in when Pendulate opens.

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No, it’s a synth, you cannot run audio through it, you need to put it on an instrument track and route midi or MPE to it.

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Newfangled Audio is a company started by ex-Eventide engineer Dan Gillespie.  Newfangled Audio and Eventide maintain a very good relationship and Eventide distributes Newfangled Audio software.

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Yes you can turn off the animations by opening the SETTINGS window and turning the SHOW VISUALIZATIONS button off.  You can make this change permanent by saving over the Default preset in the “00 Default Preset/Default” location.

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A double pendulum is a real thing.  You take a regular pendulum and replace the rope with a stiff arm (like metal), then you replace the weight at the end of the rope with another stiff armed pendulum.  The result is a simple mechanical device that exhibits what mathematicians call chaos - seemingly random behavior that actually isn’t.  

 

Here’s a really cool example video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ1hF_-cubA

Here is an interactive simulation: https://www.myphysicslab.com/pendulum/double-pendulum-en.html

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MPE stands for Midi Polyphonic Expression, it’s a (relatively) new standard that includes per note pitch bend, pressure, and timbre messages.  To use MPE you must have a DAW that supports MPE (check with your DAW) and a controller that supports MPE, including, but not limited to: the Sensel Morph, ROLI Seaboard, Roger Linn Design’s Linnstrument, Madrona Labs Soundplane, and Keith Macmillan Instruments KBoard Pro 4.

Support

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DAWs all use different terminology for plug-in categories, but Pendulate can be found under Newfangled Audio and under Instruments.  Make sure you’re not checking in the Eventide or Effects section.  If you still can’t find Pendulate you may want to consider checking to make sure that the Pendulate plug-in is installed in the correct folder and forcing your DAW to rescan for plug-ins - sometimes the DAW needs a little help.

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There is a bug in Logic Pro X on MacOS Catalina that requires you to either log out and log back in, or restart your computer, after installing a new Audio Unit Plug-in.

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Pendulate’s chaotic oscillator and analog models are of the highest quality, and as such they do use more CPU power than many plug-ins.  However, some computers might have a problem with the OpenGL renderer and this might be the cause of some instances of very high CPU usage.  

To turn off OpenGL you must open the SETTINGS window and turn off the OPENGL button.  After doing this you must close and re-open the plug-in UI for that change to take effect.  If you’d like this change to be permanent you can make it so by overwriting the default preset.

 
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Pendulate’s animations are cool but it’s a lot of drawing to the screen and if you’re doing a lot of other things on your computer at the same time, it can load it.  

 

One way to reduce this load is activating the OpenGL renderer, you can do this by opening the SETTINGS window, turning off the OPENGL button and closing and reopening the Pendulate UI.  Another way to do this is by turning off the animations completely in the same SETTINGS window.  You can make either of these changes permanent by saving over the Default preset in the “00 Default Preset/Default” location.

 
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Pendulate’s LFO runs in “Play Sync” mode. When your DAW’s transport isn’t in Play Mode, each note on retriggers the LFO, resetting it’s phase to zero. The LFO will not retrigger after you’ve gone into Play.

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Thank you, we’ve recently discovered this issue and can confirm it exists on many plug-ins both made by Newfangled Audio and not.  It appears that the problem has to do with the JUCE popup implementation, and we’re looking into a solution.  In the meantime, if you reopen the Pendulate UI and close the presets window by clicking anywhere else on the UI it will go away.  Sorry.

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You can get the installer by filling out the form at https://www.eventideaudio.com/promo/pendulate

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You can always download the latest installer by filling out the form at https://www.eventideaudio.com/promo/pendulate

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For MacOS, the VST3, VST, AU, and AAX versions of Pendulate will be installed to  /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins.

For Windows10, Pendulate will be installed to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2\Newfangled Audio as well as C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3\Newfangled Audio. You can change these locations during the installation process.

Pendulate AAX will always install to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins

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The most likely reason Pendulate isn’t making sound is that you have MPE mode engaged in the top bar but your DAW or controller don’t support MPE, or you do not have them in MPE mode.  To test this, turn off MPE in the top bar and see if that fixes your problem.

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The pitch change caused by an MPE pitch bend gesture depends on a variety of factors: your DAW’s MPE pitch bend range setting (if accessible), your MPE controller settings, and Generate / Pendulate’s pitch bend setting.