Turbo Play Quick Tour
Welcome to Turbo Play. This quick tour will help you understand the concepts and the way Turbo Play works. Turbo Play has a very flexible, but somewhat different interface than other sequencers you might have been using. But once you are through this short tutorial, you will love the new magic wand tool you are now using.
Information here is presented in short tips, so you won't have to read much - you will just be able to use TP immediately!
- Turbo Play does not load "default" devices.
That means that TP will not remember by default any default ASIO or midi driver. For each new project, you have to use the "Devices" menu to load any number of ASIO, MIDI and other stuff. Of course, the information is saved in the project file. Learn more about devices here. Turbo Play can load more than 1 driver (asio midi or whatever is available in your system). In fact, using the "Devices" menu will usually be the first thing you will be doing in a new project.
- Turbo Play does not connect the devices automatically or assume anything about their properties or capabilities.
That means that if you load a VST, you do not necessarily lock it with a specific track or device. Doing so would limit TP capabilities. TP uses a flexible tool, called The Visual Linker which is a screen that presents you the devices you have loaded as "boxes" with "pins" . For example, if you have loaded an ASIO driver with 6 input ports and 6 output ports, it will show you a box with the name of the driver and 6 "pins" at the left (input pins) and 6 pins at the right (output pins). You can drag lines "cables" between the boxes to connect them. A box with all your tracks is Included.
For example, if you have 1 audio track, 1 VST and the asio, in order to pass the audio track data through the VST and up to the asio driver, you would first connect the track with the VST with a "cable", then the VST with the asio output. If you want to send the vst to all 6 outputs, you simply drag 6 lines from the vst to the asio outputs.
For example, in the setup below, there are a few tracks, midi green, audio red. The last midi one is directly sent to a midi out device (in my case,"SB Audigy Synth A[E880]" , the other one is sent to the VST "Synful Orchestra" which has a midi input and 2 audio outputs, which are sent to the mixer which also takes the input from the audio track. The complete mix is sent to the ASIO driver. You can save any linking scheme as a preset and load it later.
Learn more about the Visual Linker here.
- Turbo Play does not pay any attention to "stereo" or "5.1" or whatever "tracks". You are free to connect your tracks to any number of ASIO outputs or inputs, including none or all of them. In addition, Turbo Play does not lock you to a specific sample rate within all the tracks.
That means that you will never have to worry if your track is "mono" or "stereo" or "5.1" . If you have 1 track, it is always 1 channel. Whether you decide to send this 1 channel to 1 output, 2 outputs or 500 outputs is something that TP is not concerned with. TP never marks any specific VST or ASIO ports as "mono" "stereo" or whatever. In short, you can send your audio data to anywhere you wish, including nowhere.