LIQUID RHYTHM USER MANUAL
The Molecule Tools are a suite of MIDI effects along the bottom of the Liquid Rhythm window. They add variety, character, and excitement to the beats you create using Liquid Rhythm. From unexpected to completely musical, the results you get with these effects are totally up to you.
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9.1 Accent Modifiers
Use the Accent Modifiers to quickly and easily alter the velocity and / or groove of a selected region(s). To access the Molecule Tools panel, either:
- Click the MT button to the far right of the toolbar.
- Press [command]/[ctrl]+
9.1.1 Strong, Medium, and Weak
Each 8th note beat in a 4/4 bar has unique rhythmic significance. This musical nuance is visualized in Liquid Rhythm using dark, medium, and light tones of red and blue; these three tones are referred to as:
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Tip: Blue blocks represent note groupings of two and red blocks represent groupings of three.
9.1.2 Accent Modifier Target Buttons
Accent modifiers target the velocity and groove of a note(s) based on their positions within a beat or an entire bar. To toggle focus between the notes in a bar and the notes in a beat, click the Accent Modifiers Target buttons.
- BeatForm targets all the notes grouped by the smaller step sequencer.
- BarForm targets all the notes grouped by the larger step sequencer.
(image of BeatForm/BarForm radio button and image highlighting the targeting on the Molecule)
9.1.3 Velocity Sliders
Velocity Sliders target the velocity, or volume, as well as timbre of a sound(s) based on their position within the whole bar or single beat.
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Click the slider and drag up or down using your mouse to increase or decrease velocity.
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Humanize the velocity of your beat by dragging the handles above and below the sliders. Random velocity values within the slider’s range will be applied to the selection.
Velocity Sliders in Action
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All the notes in the strong positions have lower velocities.
Hovering over a slider highlights the affected notes. In this case, all the notes occurring on the weak beats are lit up.
Notice that changes are being applied at the BarForm level.
9.1.4 Groove Sliders
Groove Sliders target the groove, or offset of time, of notes or groups of notes based on their position within a bar or beat.
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Click the slider and drag left or right to move the notes earlier or later in time.
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Humanize the groove of your beat by dragging the handles to the left and right of the sliders. Note that random groove values within the sliders’ range will be generated.
Groove Sliders in Action
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Liquid Rhythm helps you keep track of what you’re editing: Hovering over a slider highlights the affected notes. In this case, all the notes occurring on the Strong ( IMAGE ) beats are lit up.
Notice that the Notes in the Beat are being targeted.
9.1.5 Learn, Apply, Auto, Reset Buttons
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Learn the velocity and groove values from the currently selected region(s) in the Arranger.
Apply the velocity and groove values of the current sliders to all selected regions in the Arranger.
When enabled, Auto adjusts velocity and groove settings to reflect the selected region(s) in the Arranger.
Reset the velocity and groove values of the selected region(s) in the Arranger to defaults.
9.2 BeatForm Palette
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BeatForms (or clusters of notes) can be used to create rhythmic variations instantly. The BeatForm Palette is a library of palettes that contain various note clusters.
9.2.1 Interacting with Individual BeatForms
The individual BeatForms in the BeatForm Palette are interactive objects.
- Drag-and-drop them onto tracks in the arranger to manually build rhythm patterns with note clusters.
- Drag-and-drop them into the BeatWeaver panel to populate the In, Mid, Out Grid.
- Select the BeatForm you want to draw or paint with in BeatForm Edit mode.
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9.2.2 BeatForm Palette List
Liquid Rhythm contains a list of factory sets of BeatForms including Suggested, Simple, Standard, Binary, Triplet Swing, and Glitch.
Add and Remove BeatForm Sets
Use the Plus button beneath the list the create a customizable User Set. If needed, click the Minus button to delete a user set.
Zoom Into the BeatForm Palette
The Magnifying Glass zooms into the Palette to give you a better look at the note clusters.
9.2.3 How the BeatForm Palette affects other features
The following features and Molecule Tools in Liquid Rhythm are directly affected by the list you select in the BeatForm Palette:
- Can be set to generate patterns using BeatForms contained in the Palettes.
- Each knob in the BeatForm Tumbler cycles through the BeatForms currently in the BeatForm Palette.
- BeatForms can be dragged into the Sequencer from the Palette.
- There is an option in the BeatForm Sequencer to automatically grab its contents from the Palette.
- To do so, right-click anywhere in the BeatForm Sequencer and select Auto-Load BeatForms from BeatForm Palette.
- When painting patterns with note clusters in BeatForm Editing mode, use the BeatForm Palette to select which note cluster you want to paint with.
Tip: More information on how these features are affected can be found in this chapter in their respective sections.
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The Randomizer generates musically informed rhythm patterns from a customizable palette. To use it, either:
- Press the Surprise Me! button.
- Select Auto-Apply to apply changes as you drag the sliders.
The generated results are based on four distinct parameters which can be activated or deactivated by clicking the checkbox to the left of each slider. Also, note that you can click and drag the yellow sliders.
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9.3.1 Random BarForm
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Activate BarForm to populate the selected region(s) in the Arranger with a BarForm(s) from the BarForm List. Click the arrow to the right of the slider to reveal a drop-down menu. It’s divided into two sections:
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Random BarForm Source
- The upper section of the drop-down menu is where you choose the list that the random BarForms will be chosen from.
- The lower section of the drop-down menu defines the slider behavior:
- Slider indicates likelihood of change: The BarForm slider will indicate the likelihood that each of the selected bars will change when “Surprise Me!” is hit.
- Slider indicates how different from previous: The BarForm slider will indicate how different the generated beat can be from the current one.
- Slider indicates target amount of activity: The BarForm slider will indicate how dense the generated beat should be.
9.3.2 Random BeatForm
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Activate Random BeatForm to populate the selected region(s) in the Arranger with a BeatForm(s) from the BeatForm Palette or BeatForm Sequencer. Click the arrow to the right of the slider to reveal a drop-down menu. It’s divided into two sections:
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Random BeatForm Source
- The upper section of the drop-down menu is where you can select the source of the random BeatForm.
- Note that selecting Follow Beat Sequencer means that these results will be directly linked to the contents of the BeatForm Palette.
Repeat BeatForm on Accents
- The lower section of the drop-down menu features an option to Repeat BeatForm on Accents. Basically, this locks the same randomly generated BeatForm into each accent position (strong/medium/weak).
For example, in the image below:
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8th notes BeatForms are repeated on the strong beats (or the four dark blue positions).
32nd note BeatForms are repeated on the weaker beats (or the four light blue positions).
(image below of the resultant BarForm)
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When Collaborate is active, it prevents notes from overlapping across each track – no two notes
playing at the same time across the random generation. We call this “collaborate” because (in a
sense) multiple drum instruments are collaborating on one distinct performance pattern.
Click the arrow to the right of the slider to reveal a drop-down menu. It’s divided into three sections:
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The top section of the drop-down menu is where you select the type of group to preserve when spreading notes across bars. For example, selecting BeatForm will cause notes grouped by BeatForms to stay together.
The middle section of the drop-down menu is where you choose the shape to generate notes across. For example, to generate notes in a zigzag pattern, choose Sawtooth, select bars over three tracks in the arranger, and click Surprise Me!
The last option in the drop-down menu is where you Select the number of units (BeatForm, BarForm, codon) to cluster together. (Higher numbers result in a higher number of sequential notes).
The image below is an example of Collaborate in action. Note that the tracks have been folded to display the whole arrangement. The settings here are:
- Collaborate on Notes
- Cluster Count: 3
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9.3.4 Random Velocity and/or Groove
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The Random Velocity and/or Groove slider lets you control the amount of randomness in the new velocity, groove, or both velocity and groove values chosen. The higher the slider value, the more the velocity will vary.
To select which parameter you want to control, click the arrow to show the drop-down menu and select either:
- Velocity and Groove
Tip: A great trick to humanize an entire beat very quickly is to select every region in the arranger, tune down the velocity, and click Surprise Me!
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The GrooveMover rearranges the beats in your bar, giving you instant variations or remixes of your note patterns. To use it, click the up and down arrow buttons, or the colored pattern buttons.
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9.4.1 Understanding the GrooveMover
Every 4/4 bar used in Liquid Rhythm is categorized by four unique rhythmic accent patterns (the uppermost row of colors in the image above). The dark colors represent accented 8th notes in a 4/4 bar; the light colors represent the less-stressed beats. These patterns come into play with all our editing tools, so you don’t just get random results when experimenting; the results will be based on beats you have made.
When you apply the GrooveMover, note clusters that originally occur on dark-colored spaces move to the new dark-colored locations. This way, though your accents have clearly changed, the resulting beat still shares some commonality with the original.
Tip: Try selecting every region in a four bar loop and applying GrooveMover.
9.4.2 Move Notes
Deselect Move Notes to override Liquid Rhythm’s underlying pattern suggestions without shifting the notes around.
Simply click on a BarForm pattern (any colored rectangle) to swap it into the selected region(s).
Tip: Notice how the Accent Modifiers shift as you change underlying BarForm patterns. Try different patterns to use the Accent Modifiers on and to get a wider variety of results from the GrooveMover.
9.5 BeatForm Tumbler
With the BeatForm Tumbler, you can select a region(s) in the Arranger and tumble through possible rhythmic variations, affecting either:
- Each of the eight beats in the bar individually.
- Strong, Medium, and Weak positions in a bar.
Click either Position or Beat to switch between the two. To use the tumblers, simple click and drag the knobs.
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9.5.1 How the BeatForm Palette affects the BeatForm Tumbler
Use the BeatForm Palette to determine which BeatForms you can cycle through while using the Tumblers. For example, select the Simple palette to limit your options to “simple” BeatForms in the Tumblers (as illustrated below):