2007-04-10 :: OS v1.00 Navigation Guide (a.k.a. the Octopus Manual)
To update previous OS versions to OS v1.00
please follow the instructions given in the
OS v1.00 Navigation Guide.
The update will require the following files:
OS Updater Utility - System Exclusive file
Bootloader Updater - System Exclusive file
OS v1.00 - System Exclusive file
Refer to the the Release Notes section in the Navigation Guide
to see what's new in OS v1.0. Some highlights:
following, we use the following mark convention:
(***) for new features,
for evolved functionality, and
(*) for minor changes.
FREE TRACK CHAINING (***)
Tracks in a Page may be chained according to
any configuration desired by the user.
TRACK PROGRAM CHANGE (***)
retain the MIDI program change information as a
track specific value.
EDIT TRACK DIRECTIONS (***)
6-16 are freely editable by the user, including re-trigger
and randomize options.
STEP GROOVE ATTRIBUTE
A step may
be delayed at playtime by a random amount of time in multiples of 1/192 of a
GRID-TRACK MODE (***)
Up to 90 tracks are mapped to Matrix buttons and act as virtual track selectors allowing for direct track operation.
STEP-NOTE RECORDING (***)
be recorded directly on pre-selected positions in a page, irrespective of
timeline and chase-light position.
PAGE SCALE CAD (***)
Changes to a
scale may be set to affect the pitch values of the tracks in the page. Whenever
the scale is modified, the track pitches are aligned to the new scale,
modifying the harmonic structure of a page in a musical way.
VAST MIDI-IN CONTROL (***)
recording MIDI data, MIDI IN ports can be used to
control various functions of the machine via MIDI IN signals. This includes
selecting grid sets and toggling grid pages via program change messages, or
even creating and modifying scales on the Octopus - all at runtime of course.
VIRTUAL MIDI CHANNELS (***)
internal wiring of tracks to the Octopus MIDI in. In this way, Octopus tracks
may be used to leverage the capabilities of MIDI IN control, right on the
MAP FACTORS (***)
relevant attribute map now has a map factor, which indicates the amount to
which that map is applied to the current output.
EXPORT CONTENT TO SYSEX
content may now be exported as MIDI system exclusive streams, providing a means to
store machine state data outside of the Octopus.
PITCH BEND HANDLING (**)
bend data can be recorded and worked with, similarly to any other MIDI controller data.
TRACK FLATTENING (**)
mutator has evolved to new semantics. It is now applied to two or more tracks
to create a "stacked" version of that track selection into a single track.
NEW EFFECTOR STATE (**)
now take on an additional state with regard to the Effector. In addition to
being unaffected, a sender, or a receiver, tracks may now be receiving senders.
CC MAP LEARNING (**)
to programming CC maps, you can now have them learn by listening to MIDI IN
input. Saves time and comes in handy.
FORCE TO SCALE INPUT (**)
played notes can be passed through the Octopus and forced to the scale of the
TRACK SPEED MULTIPLIERS (**)
features additional track speed multipliers. These include: 1.5 (for direct creation of triplets), as
well as the following: 1/1.5, 1/8, 8, 1/16 and 16.
BANK CHANGE MESSAGES (*)
to sending program change messages Octopus now also sends bank change