Multi Slot View
The Slot View of Multi Articulation Patches looks vastly different to its Performance View counterpart for Single Articulation patches.
Each Multi Articulation Patch contains 12 slots for hosting individual articulations.
Empty slots have . . . as their slot name. Occupied slots show an abbreviation for the articulation loaded in them with an icon for that articulation displayed below. The icon, in a graphical way, tells you a bit about how the articulation sounds.
A slur left of the slot name (like in the 2nd slot above) means that legato behaviour is active for that slot.
If you click on a slot, a menu will open that allows you to select an articulation. Use the scroll arrows to cycle through the different articulation pages.
Click X or click the articulation name again to close the menu. The menu will also close when selecting an articulation. Each articulation can only be loaded once. To load an already loaded articulation in another slot, you first need to clear the slot the articulation is loaded in, then load it in the new slot.
The vertical CLEAR Button to the left of the slots clears all currently loaded articulations so all twelve slots are empty.
Legato and Settings
To the side of the menu, there is the legato button (displaying a slur) and the settings button (with a wrench). Click the slur icon (it will light up if active) to switch on the legato mode.
You can configure which transitions to use, as well as other options, in the settings page by clicking the settings icon. These options are largely the same found in their Single Articulation counterparts' Performance View.
Here you can also set whether a slot will react to key velocity or a MIDI CC for its dynamics.
You can select up to three different legato zones accessed by playing speed. If you only need one or two types of legato, just set two or even three slots to the same legato type.
The other settings displayed on this page correspond to the settings of that particular Single Articulation in the Settings View.
The settings made on this page apply only to the selected articulation. Global settings are set in the Settings View.
Nocturne Series & BST First Chairs
The Nocturne Series features alternative transitions, which are triggered by a controller configurable in the Controller Table.
Berlin Strings - First Chairs uses the Alternative Transitions feature in its multis to control Portamento, triggered by a controller configurable in the Controller Table.
If the controller is engaged, the slur graphic above the slot will turn orange.
If a legato style features alternative transitions, this is marked by an asterisk (*) next to the transition name in the legato slots.
There are multiple ways of selecting an articulation:
1) Click on the icon displayed below the slot name to select an articulation.
2a) If the KS Mono/KS Poly switch is set to Mono, you can use freely assignable keyswitches to select any of the 12 slots. Use the <KS> buttons in the lower left of the patch to move the keyswitches. In this mode, you can switch articulations any time and the newly selected articulation will become active with the next played note even if notes are still held in polyphonic playing.
2b) It is also possible to select any slot with a MIDI CC. You can assign any MIDI CC you like to the MI - Slot Switch CC
If both the original slot as well as the slot switched to has legato enabled, a legato transition will be played connecting the slots, enabling fluent changes between legato articulations. If the slot switched to does not have legato enabled, the original slot will still be connected and afterwards muted, but without a further transition after the initial connection. This also applies to Guitar patches using Auto Sustain.
Ctrl/Cmd-Click on the <KS> buttons to move the keyswitches directly adjacent to the lowest playable note of the patch. On very low instruments, the keyswitches will be moved adjacent to the top of the range.
Shift-Click on the <KS> buttons to move the start of the keyswitches to C0. Very low instruments (like BST Basses) will have their keyswitches start at C6.
3) If the KS Mono/KS Poly switch is set to Poly, the full power of Capsule is unleashed with Poly Keyswitching and Morphing.
The playable range of an articulation is displayed via coloured keys in Kontakt‘s on-screen keyboard. If monophonic keyswitching is active, the displayed range is the range of the currently selected slot. If any polyphonic switching/morphing mode is active, the displayed range is the combined range of all slots. In this case single articulations (for example flageolet) may have silent notes.
Capsule introduces the ability to have more than one keyswitch (or, in this case, slot) enabled at the same time. You can select up to four slots at a time by pressing multiple keyswitches at the same time. The newly selected slot(s) will become active for all new notes as soon as all already sounding notes are released. Already sounding notes are not affected and will also not be cut off when selecting other keyswitches.
Capsule not only allows switching between multiple selected slots via different means, but also morphing freely between them. There are two modes for switching and two for morphing, selected by either clicking the respective button or by a CC defined in the Controller Table:
With this option selected, the CC assigned to X Fade/Switch in the Controller Table will switch between the selected slots. For this, by default the range of the CC is divided by the number of selected keyswitches, for example 128/4 if four slots are selected.
This option works in a similar way to CC Switch, but instead of a MIDI CC, the slots will be switched by key velocity. Again by default the number of selected keyswitches determines the value range in which each slot will react.
Instead of switching through the selected slots, this option will morph between them using the X Fade/Switch CC. By default, the number of selected keyswitches determines the value range in which each slot will react.
When using the CC Switch or CC XFade modes, the lower portion of the Active Slots display will show the current state of the respective CC by highlighting that section of the display.
CC XFade 2D
The 2D XFade allows you to morph freely between up to four slots using equal power crossfading. Each corner of the graphic displayed in the UI represents one of the slots soloed. Use the CCs assigned to X Fade/Switch and Y Fade (2D) in the Controller Table to move between the slots.
In any of the modes you can change the selected slots at any time simply by pressing different keyswitches.
Custom Velocity/CC Thresholds
If any Poly KS mode is active, the value boxes at the left of all but the first active slot control the switch thresholds for either CC or velocity, depending on the mode selected.
If Vel Switch is selected, the boxes control the velocities where Capsule will switch. This way you can for example set the first and last slot to only trigger on very soft or high velocities, respectively, whereas the middle slot(s) will use a much broader value range.
If CC Switch is selected, the boxes control the CC values where the switch will take place. You can for example set the second slot to trigger from CC value 10, the third one from 90 and the fourth one only if a CC value of 127 is received.
Custom thresholds are not available in the XFade modes (CC XFade or 2D XFade).
The Switch Imm option determines whether a newly selected slot becomes active as soon as it is selected while a note is still playing or whether it only sounds on new notes.
If set to off, switching to a slot while a note is sounding will make the current sound continue. The new slot will sound on the next note.
If set to on, switching to a slot while a note is sounding will switch that note to the new slot.
Switching to Locked View
Capsule's Multi Articulation patches are intended for creating your custom switching and layering solutions as well as for building unique Legato articulations. To help you preserve your custom patches, Multi Articulation patches feature a Locked View that freezes the current instrument settings.
Click the Lock icon next to the preset controls to enter or leave Locked View.