Special Connections

A couple special cases exist within The Grid that are worth looking at.

Module Pre-cords

There are some common connections that are made more often than not. Pre-cords provide wireless connections for some of the most common connections, generally taking the form of a toggle near an in port that connects to the same module buss. This both allows modules to be preconfigured with regular connections and saves the clutter of cords running from single I/O modules to various destinations across each patch.

For example, the default Poly Grid patch contains three pre-cords.

  • On the AR module, there is an icon in the bottom left corner representing a two-state logic signal. This is a pre-cord for bringing all note gate signals reaching the device to the envelope generator's gate in port. This toggle is enabled by default as envelope generators are most often gated by note input. Manually creating this connection would require the Gate In module.

  • On the Triangle module, there is an arrow icon to the right of the yellow retrigger in port. This is a pre-cord for bringing all note gate signals reaching the device to the oscillator's retrigger port (for restarting the oscillator's phase). This toggle is disabled by default. Manually creating this connection would also require the Gate In module.

  • On the Triangle module, there is an icon in the bottom left corner showing a piano keyboard with arrows in both directions, representing keyboard tracking. This is a pre-cord for bringing all note pitch signals reaching the device to the oscillator's pitch buss. This toggle is enabled by default as oscillators usually incorporate the pitch of incoming notes. Manually creating this connection would also require the Pitch In module — and to open the module's pitch in port attenuator all the way so that notes land in the proper place.

Multiple modules have pre-cords from note gate signals, with various icons to help illustrate the buss's behavior.

Several modules have pre-cords from note pitch signals. In the case of oscillators, these are toggles. For filters, the pre-cord takes the form of an attenuator.

And the data-sequencer modules have pre-cords from the device's phase signal (which is configured in the Inspector Panel for the device). These connections could be made manually from the Phase In module.

Some other modules (such as Sampler and Pitch Quantize) use pre-cords in ways specific only to those modules, which make their module-specific help views especially useful.

Making Feedback with "Long Delay"

Feedback loops are possible but prevented when made directly in The Grid.

For example, the patch below is attempting to create a looping envelope. (The logic is that the envelope should trigger both when a new note is played [via Gate In] OR if the envelope signal [second output of AD] is equal to zero AND the note is still being held down [via Gate In].) In the screenshot, I am adding a cable to complete the feedback loop, passing a signal coming out of the envelope generator and back to its gate input.

But once the mouse/touch is released, the cable disappears because this kind of direct feedback is not allowed.

To make a feedback connection: insert a Long Delay module into the feedback path.

Long Delay is specially configured to allow feedback and has a minimum delay time of one block size (see Audio Settings).

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