MATRIXSYNTH: VECTOR Get's a Firmware Update

Monday, March 01, 2021

VECTOR Get's a Firmware Update


Dear Operators,

Some say we live in a golden age of hardware synthesizers. So many opportunities to play exciting new devices with different concepts, such incredible, ever growing communities enabling and creating the right environment for experimentation, discovery and innovation.

Five years ago, we embarked on a journey to build a different synthesizer. A synthesizer to break comfort zones. A synthesizer which doesn’t use a touch interface and fluid visuals as gimmicks, but has them right at the core — a true bridge between the theater of the mind and sound waves.

Along the way we tried to question many assumptions. Many of those turned out to be useful customary conveniences, but many others simply obstacles of the past. We believe it is time to cherish the old, and embrace the new.

Reworked preset manager

The first important news is the 2.5 firmware update, which brings us yet closer to the 3.0 line. The new preset manger is is now is split into two categories and not only provides more capacity for user presets, but also plots a clear path to having many more built-in. If you have some interesting presets you’d like to include with Vector by default, let us know.

New formula for crossfading

One of the interesting things in this firmware update are modified mixing curves for the corners. The reason is that most of the time, the Orbiter is moving around the center and reaches the outermost edges only rarely. Using an S-shape mixing curve results in a weaker center, so the changes in timbre are more dramatic — no need to go all the way to a corner for that corner to dominate. It’s useful to think of it like increasing contrast on a picture.

Change log

Increased contrast on the 2D plane by crossfading with an S-shape, instead of linearly

New preset manager

A couple of new presets added

Available space for user presets increased

Added tempo sync mode to persistent system settings

Fixed the chorus Stereo switch bug

Fixed a bug with Poly Mode not always showing the proper controls

Increased hitbox size for some UI elements

Other bugfixes and tweaks

There’s two ways to update your Vector: with a LAN cable or a USB flash drive.

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