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MuLab & MUX Modular 7:   What's New

 

Enhanced Audio Tracks
 

Several improvements and new features all together greatly increase MuLab's workflow when using audio tracks:

Easified Audio Recording

In previous versions, audio recording relied on the modular Audio Recorder module.
Although this allows for very flexible recording setups, for users that are used to traditional audio track recording, this modular approach could be daunting. Now MuLab 7 also supports easy traditional audio track recording: Add an audio track, arm, record, done. While the modular flexibility still is there in case you want it.

Improved Audio Parts

In previous versions audio parts always used a marker as start position.
So when splitting an audio part, a new marker was added.
When doing many splits this could end up in many markers, which was not very comfortable.
In MuLab 7, when splitting an audio part, no new marker is created, but a part specific start point is used. That's easier.
You can also still use start markers, just like in MuLab 6, so to manage a common start point for multiple audio parts.

Snap Markers

Audio parts now also feature a snap marker for easily moving/copying an audio part with a specific audio cue point.
For example if you have a vocal audio part that starts with the word "Spring" you can put a snap marker on the "P" so to perfectly align it to the beat.

Improved Support For Streaming Audio Files With Different Samplerate

When playing back an audio file with a different samplerate, MuLab creates a resampled version of that audio file.
This is more CPU and RAM efficient than resampling the audio file in realtime.
In previous versions however, when switching a lot between various audio setups, this could result in multiple intermediate resampled audio files like "SomeName-resampled48000-resampled44100-resampled48000.wav" etc.

Now MuLab 7 always keeps track of the original source audio file and will only create a single "SomeName[Resampled].MuWave" that will only be used for playing the original file.
At the same time the resampling speed and quality have been greatly improved compared to MuLab 6 thanks to the use of Voxengo's R8Brain resampling library.

 

 

Step Sequencer / Arpeggiator

 

M7's new Step Sequencer module is a very creative tool to experiment with and generate all kinds of sequences like drum patterns, melodic riffs, chord progressions etc. It features 12 lanes of 32 steps. Each lane can be a single note, a (strummed) chord, or even a micro sequence on its own. Each step can be easily toggled on/off, transposed, etc.

When playing the Step Sequencer via MIDI the step sequence is automatically transposed so you can play melodies of sequences, a great way to generate new musical ideas. At the same time the Step Sequencer also features multiple patterns, each with its own loop, and state of the art sync modes that allow realtime switching between patterns and come up with original dynamic sequences.

M7's Step Sequencer also features Modulation Groups which let you group certain steps and vary (and automate!) the pitch, velocity and length of the grouped steps on the fly!

More specs of the M7 Step Sequencer:

  • Supports multiple MIDI channels hence multi-timbral sequences.
  • Unlimited number of pattern, each with its own loop length and step length.
  • Seamless pattern switching, recordable.
  • Includes 4 lanes for sequencing MIDI Controller/Aftertouch/Pitchbend. Pitchbend features an auto-glide function.
  • Arpeggiator mode with the same creative power and flexibility.
  • Can be driven by another step sequencer, which can be driven by another one... Unlimited creativity.

 

Audio-rate Parameter Modulation
Using the new "Audio To Modulation Converter" and "Modulation To Audio Converter" modules, modulations can now also be done on audio rate.
Almost all parameters effectively support audiorate modulation with only a few exceptions. (eg ADSR Attack/Release Speed, LFO Frequency)
Being able to do audiorate modulations has several advantages:
  • More sonic options as you can route audio to modulation and vice versa.
    This allows for unlimited FM, PM, AM, filter FM, scan wavetables at audio rate, etc...
  • All audio processor modules (filters, delays, ...) can also be used to process audiorate modulation signals.
Modulation Sample & Hold

 

The new Modulation Sample & Hold module samples and holds the input value upon every note-on.

 

Parameter Value Randomizer

 

New Parameter Value Randomizer module.
Upon receiving a note-on, this new module randomizes the selected parameters within a defined range.
This also works any VST plug-in!

 

New "Pitch Bend Generator" Module

 

The new Pitch Bend Generator generates a new pitch bend event whenever its parameter value changes. Of course this parameter can also be modulated by all means eg. LFOs, Envelopes, Audio To Modulation Converter, ...

 

Enhanced Racks

 

Aux I/O

Racks can now import/export the auxiliary inputs and outputs of the plug-in modules in that rack.
This results in enhanced support for side-chaining, multi-out VSTs etc.

Freeze/Render

Racks now have a "Freeze/Render Audio" function that will render the audio up to just before the volume fader, as well as any used sends and aux outs.
This way you can freeze CPU-intensive plug-ins while still having realtime control over the mix. You can also return to the original situation to make edits to the source and refreeze again.

On/Off Switch

Racks now have an on/off button.
This way you have more control over the CPU usage.

 

User Definable Grids
Grids are now fully user definable.
This allows to make your own grooves or extract grooves from audio eg. drum loops.
You can also store & recall your favorite grids to the preset library.

 

Swing Parameter

 

New "Swing" parameter allows for instantly swinging sequences, resulting a nice human-feel grooves.
You can easily set a common swing amount for the complete composition, but also a separate amount per sequence part, resulting in extra groovy multi-swing.

 

Improved Piano Roll

 

Double-clicking notes will delete them.
In previous versions this only worked on the sides of a note, but in the new M7 it works on the entire note.
Simple and easy.

There also is a new preference "Right-Click Deletes Notes".
When switched on then:


This preference is switched on by default.

 

Audio File Search Function

 

When you open a project of which some of the audio files cannot be found, you can now use the new M7 built-in audio file search function to help finding these missing audio files.

 

Improved Look & Feel

 

Better looking UI and polished workflow thanks to many subtle improvements, among which a new font and better font rendering.

Also delete actions are now undoable, including deleting tracks, racks and plug-ins, thus avoiding "Are you sure?" popup alerts.

 

Enhanced Sound & Factory Library

 

M7 features an extended sonic palette & even better sound quality thanks to enhanced algorithms.
On top of that the factory library has been improved and extended.

 

More M7 Details

 

Composer

MUX Modular Sound System

MUX Modular Front Panels

MUX Modular Plug-In Specific

Misc.