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Solving Kaskade..

OMG so many Knobs and Buttons!!!


But actually Kaskade is made up of 8 separate poly-synths so lets start by examining just one of these in detail..
The Synth..




Ok lets break it down, starting with the Oscillators.

Each synth has two Oscillators. The waveform of each is set with the top& bottom right squares in the block of 4.
The Octave of both oscillators is set with the topleft square. Osc2 can be detuned against Osc1 using the Det
(detune) control and the mix between Osc1 and Osc2 can be set using the Mix control.
The bottom left square toggles Osc2 between its various modes. Wave, Sync and Various FM modes. The FM modes
in particular result in some very extreme effects.
The Sync and FM modes can also be affected by the lowest set of controls in the sequencer section, The amount of
effect can be adjusted using the Sync Swp (sweep) control.

The LFO

There are two independent LFOs per synth. One used for Vibrato, the other used for Filter Mod. The top Rate
control is used for the Filter LFO and the lower Rate control is used for Vibrato. The amount of effect is set by the FLT
(Filter) and VIB (Vibrato) controls.

The Filter Section.

Each filter can be adjusted between Lo-band-hi pass by using the control at the top of the strip.

Sweeping this sideways will affect the filter range and change the label to signify the change.
The cutoff of the filter is adjusted using the CUT control, the resonance of the filter using The RES control. The
amount that the filter Envelope effects the sound is set with the ENV ontrol and the amount that the sequencers
bottom row effects the filter is set with the SEQ control.
The Envelopes

Standard Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release (ADSR) envelopes are available hardwired to the filter (the left hand strip)
and to the amplitude (the right hand strip).

The Sequencer Section.


The Note/Synth Selector

With Kaskade, you are able to allocate the notes played (in the order that they are played) to one or more synths.
The matrix above is used to achieve this. Each column refers to Synths 1 to 8. Each row refers to notes played 1 to 8
and beyond. By lighting the switch at the intersecting point the chosen note will play a voice on the chosen synth.

The Master Clock

Kaskade can be synced to the Midi Clock of your DAW or if you wish the clock can be set manually. Either way the
BPM is indicated with the display on the right.
The Mixer Section

The bottom row of controls sets the speed of each synths sequencer in relation to the master clock. The level sliders
adjust the volume of each synth the Pan controls move the synth between the left and right of the stereo outputs.
Then remaining controls are used to send the synths output to either the echo or the reverb units described below.

The Effects Section

Kaskade includes a built-in Tempo-synced delay and a Reverb unit. These can have various amounts of each synths
signal sent to them using the mixer send controls mentioned above.


Hopefully this helps explain the workings of Kaskade. For updates keep watching WWW.KRAKLI.COM