MATRIXSYNTH: How to Use the SONICWARE Liven XFM - FM Synthesizer Full Tutorial

Sunday, July 04, 2021

How to Use the SONICWARE Liven XFM - FM Synthesizer Full Tutorial


video upload by ChrisLody

Demos in previous posts here.

"This video is a full tutorial for the Sonicware Liven XFM but I have only tried to cover each option on the device quickly while showing brief examples. It is intended to supplement the PDF manual that you can find on the Sonicware website here: https://sonicware.jp/pages/download

During the tutorial I'll try to explain each feature while building a short pattern.

00:00 Intro

00:49 Overview of the Liven XFM
A description of the physical construction and connectors

02:18 Getting Started
Powering up the device
Using Headphones or Line Out
Playing patterns
Shift and Func buttons, muting the speaker, changing headphone gain
Changing Tempo, Pattern Tempo and global tempo
Shift Lock function
Pattern, Bank and step buttons to load patterns, Pattern Chaining
Pattern page buttons, knob latch

06:00 What's in a Pattern?
How tracks work, how to select and mute tracks
How each pattern and track is constructed and where elements are saved in the memory

08:04 Entering Notes & Library Synth Engine
Building a pattern from scratch, erasing a pattern or track
Selecting and using the Library synth engine, how sound banks and sounds are organised
Library Attack and Tone settings
Entering notes directly into steps, clearing steps, step record function
Tied notes and auto step function
Using the octave keys, setting the velocity for the keyboard
Real-time recording mode, using the Metronome and Pre Count function
Changing the length of each track, changing the note length, transposing tracks
Pan and Level for a track
Example kick drum loop
Saving a pattern

15:12 LFO Setting & X-Lab Synth Engine
Selecting and using the X-Lab synth engine
X-Lab morphing explained, using the 1-2 control
Pitch and envelope locking, Color and Tone settings
Example lead sound
Capture mode works in X-Lab mode
Release & Gate control works
Selecting between Poly, Mono, Legato and Arp voice modes, adjusting glide and arpeggio type
LFO setting for pitch, rate, shape and delay
Sweep function, up, down, range and curve

23:38 Filter Settings & X-Form Synth Engine
Selecting and using the X-Form synth engine
Time and Delay functions
Example bass sound
Selecting a filter type and filter envelope type
Cutoff, Resonance controls, envelope Depth and Time
Filter LFO Depth control

27:49 FX Settings & X-LFO Synth Engine
Selecting and using the X-LFO synth engine
Rate and Shape controls
Example pad sound, programming chords using the Tie and record functions
Using FX types, using the -FX (FX send) control

31:32 Automation Using Parameter Locks
Parameter Lock function
Programming exact movements per step, clearing the parameter locks
Real-time recording parameter locks automation
Sound Locking function to add hi-hats to the example kick drum loop
Using the Dice feature per track or per step using the Parameter Lock feature

35:11 Sequencer Playback Modes
Random and the Random Step function
Stutter function

36:18 Miscellaneous Settings
Swing feature
Copying and Pasting steps, Clock settings, Midi channel settings, Midi options menu, Data menu System menu and Line In menu.

38:45 Sound Edit Mode Using the Overlay
Using the Edit mode to edit the library sounds
Accessing edit mode and selecting a sound using Bank and step keys
Using the overlay, Page 1 and Page 2 buttons
Initialising a sound, Copying a sound, Exporting a sound, edit the Name of the sound, Saving a sound
Changing the velocity of the keys, changing Voice mode and Voice Adjust, using the Octave buttons

41:16 4-Op FM on the XFM & Quick Edit Mode
How FM works on the XFM
Using Operator Feedback to create Sine, Saw, Noise and Square
How the Quick Edit section works, Mixer Levels, Ratio and Fine settings
Edit Feedback, Level and Detune from Quick Edit
How the Deep Edit section works in general, using the Value knob and Value encoder, selecting and muting operators, routing operators to the output

46:27 Deep Editing Each Operator
Using the OP/Mixer Receive Level to set up feedback or Modulation
Setting the Ratio/Freq, Level, Detune, Velocity Sensitivity, Gain Scaling and curves, Fixed Pitch, editing pitch in Hz, Algorithm Option

52:36 Volume and Pitch Envelopes
Volume envelope Time and Level, Up curve, down curve, Time Scale
Pitch envelope On/Off, edit pitch envelope"

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