Using Project5's Pattern Creation Tools for Parameter Automation

Last updated on 3/29/2016

This tip will introduce you to parameter automation using Project5's pattern creation tools. When working with Project5

it is important to remember that the pattern based architecture applies to:

  • Note sequences
  • Synth parameters
  • Effects settings
  • MIDI controllers
  • Track parameters

In Project5 patterns are created and manipulated in P-SEQ. But before you can begin creating any patterns, you must
first insert a synth into the project. To do this click the ADD button on the top left corner of the arrange pane.

insert PSYN

For this example, choose PSYN.

For maximum effect, select a sharp sounding preset like patch number A30 Ibiza 5.

PSYN select preset

Next, right-click the arrange pane on track one and go to "DISK".

Select pattern

Click on one of the bass patterns like "Bass 14".

At this point you can preview the pattern by clicking the play button in P-SEQ. Hit the play button again (which is
now actually a pause button) to stop the pattern.

Now for a little parameter automation!

param automation

In P-SEQ, to the left of the vertical keyboard, are the AUTOMATION EDIT MENUS. Click on the DXi menu, and go down to
the section "Filter 1 on/off - Eg1 Start Level".

Click on Filter 2 Cutoff.

At the top of P-SEQ click the Automation Tool icon.

Now you are ready to draw an automation pattern, which will be controlling the cut-off frequency for filter # 2 in PSYN.
You can draw any kind of curve you'd like, but I would suggest starting with a simple sweep. For example, start the pattern
real low, bringing the level up high towards the middle, and then back down again at the end. When you are ready, hit play
and listen to your synth parameter automation. Feel free to experiment with other parameters in addition to the filter cutoff setting.

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