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Generate Support

Compatibility

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We can’t test compatibility with everything, but Generate 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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Generate is 64 bit only, you must use a 64 bit plug-in host.

General

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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 change the default settings by selecting any current settings you like (including those in the SETTINGS window) and saving that preset in the “00 Default Preset/Default” location.

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Yes. In Generate, 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 Generate’s pitch after modifiers such as Octave, Portamento, and Pitch Bend have been applied.

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Generate’s chaotic generator 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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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 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/Generate folder, or on Windows by navigating to the My Documents/Newfangled Audio/Generate folder.

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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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Instead of classical oscillators Generate is based on chaotic generators, we call them generators instead of oscillators because they do not repeat the same pattern every cycle.

 

Chaos is a mathematical term for systems that seem random, but aren’t.  Generate’s chaotic generators do not output the same wave every cycle, but they’re not random.  Random is white noise, these are glitchy and weird, and somehow alive.

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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 Generate 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 Generate you may want to consider checking to make sure that the Generate 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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No need—Generate always renders at a high sample rate, converting to your DAW’s sample rate before applying effects?

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

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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 Generate opens.

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Generate’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 Generate 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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Generate’s LFO defaults to “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.  You can change this if you prefer the other options.

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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 Generate UI and close the presets window by clicking anywhere else on the UI it will go away.  Sorry.

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For MacOS, the VST3, VST, AU, and AAX versions of Generate will be installed to  /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins. For Windows10, Generate 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.

 

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

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The most likely reason Generate 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’s pitch bend setting.