Alesis FUSION Addendum

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Documentation Addendum

(Covers changes up to OS v1.20)

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About this Addendum:

The Fusion’s operating system is upgradeable and allows us to add features and make changes to existing features after the workstation has left the factory floor. Because we’re continuously striving to make your Fusion better, the Reference Manual and Quickstart Guides may not be completely up to date with the latest features.

All changes affecting the user-interface(i.e., anything the user will see) are listed in this addendum. Internal optimizations, bug fixes, and other changes that are transparent to the user are not included in this document (since internal changes are mostly geeky, technical, and don’t affect the user in any way). Important additions and changes are listed inbold font.

This addendum covers all changes that have been made since the publishing of the Reference Manual and covers all changes up to: Version 1.20

Version 1.20

1.Sample Based Programs Can Now Contain Up To Four Oscillators

Up to four multisamples can now be used for sample-basedprograms. Crossfading is available between oscillators one and two.

2.New Parameter Added To Synth Oscillator: “Monophonic Sample Reset”. When set, this will reset the sample when played legato in monophonic mode.

3.New Synthesis Filters

Four new filters were added:

RP Lowpass - an analog style4-polefilter, modeled after a famous vintagesemi-modularsynthesizer. This filter will clip (distort) when fed a loud input level.

Vocal Formant 1 - Formant filters are modeled on the human voice. This 3- band (3 bandpass filters) version emulates the “ah” and “oo” vowel sounds.

Vocal Formant 2 - A3-bandformant filter which emulates the “oh” and “ee” vowel sounds.

Vocal Formant 3 - A5-bandformant filter based on an idealized model of the vocal tract.

4.New Sample Edit Processes

The following edit functions are now possible:

Quantize Region - The ability to reduce the bit width from 1 to 15 bits. This allows for a more vintage 'dirty' sound for samples.

Reverse Region - allows the ability to reverse selected parts of, or the entire sample

5. Pressing The [UNDO] Button Will Now Undo And Redo Sample Processes

6.Live Loop Adjustment

The following parameters can now be edited while the voice is playing:

Sample loop start

sample loop end

zone loop start

zone loop end

zone loop fine tune.

7.Chained Inserts

Up to 4 different Insert effects can now be used simultaneously in series while in Program mode. Insert effects can also chained in Mix mode using the following configurations:

'Standard' - Four inserts to different parts

'1->2'- insert one routed through insert two. Insert three


and four available as in 'Standard'





'1->2, 3->4'- Insert one routed through two. Insert three routed through four.

'1->2->3'- Insert one routed through two, which is routed through three. Insert four available as in 'Standard'

'1->2->3->4'- Insert one routed through two, which is routed through three, which is routed through four

8.Envelope shape is variable per stage.

Each stage of an envelope is now variable from -100to +100%, as illustrated below:

A Value of 0% in each stage will correspond to a linear slope. A linear slope goes straight from point A to point B, and is your general plain-vanillaenvelope slope.

Values from -1to-100in each parameter corresponds to a negative exponential slope, represented previously as-Exp.A negative exponential slope is bowedupward—itrises quickly at first and then trails off. This mimics the charging characteristics of electronic capacitors, which were used to generate envelopes in vintage analog synthesizers. This slope is good for making your attacks extrasnappy.

A value of 1 to +100 represents a positive exponential curve —itstarts off slowly and bursts up at the end. If you are designing a sound to build toward a crescendo, this might be slope you need. You don’t need to learn the names of these slopes, though, since you can always see your envelope pictured on the display as you edit it. Just adjust the slopes until you see the one that looks right.

9.Added “Mono Low” and “Mono High” keyboard modes to Phrase Sequence arp.

When a phrase arp is set to either "Mono Low" or "Mono High", a phrase arp will follow only the lowest or highest note, respectively.

10.Added Ability To Copy A Volume Folder From The CF Card To The HD And Vice Versa.

All contents of a volume can now be copied to different media types. This will allow for one to back up their hard drive contents to CF Card, Copy program banks from the CF card, and even transfer songs - complete with audio - to a CF to share across Fusions.

To copy the volume contained on a CF Card to the Fusion hard drive, do the following:

Press "Global" and then press the "Media" page. You will see the following:

Press the "Copy Vol" button. You will see the following page confirming you have selected the CF Card:

Press "Copy To". You will be prompted to select a destination:

Select the Hard Drive using the "inc", "dec" or encoder wheel. You will receive a warning as displayed below:

It is important to insure there's nothing on the CF Card with the same name as on the Hard Drive. If you are sure you will not overwrite any files, press "Yes".

The copy function is complete! Press "OK".

11.Improved mixer automation recording.

When "Enable Mixer Automation" is enabled, all tracks with record enable set to "auto" will record automation.

12.Pattern Type is now also stored with the program/mix/song. When a program is loaded it will override the pattern types with its type. When a pattern is loaded it will set the type based on the pattern.

Version 1.11

1.Increased Frequency Range of Effects EQ Bands

The frequency range of EQ bands for effects have been increased to a range of 20Hz to 12kHz.

Version 1.10

1.“Dry Level” parameter now available

A new “Dry Level” parameter has been added to each Audio and Synth track. This is a particularly useful feature for sound designers since it allows you to have a much greater level of control over send levels. For example, it is now possible to create a massively reverberant sound by reducing the Dry Level parameter to near-zerowhile leaving your effects send and return level at a high level.

The following flow-diagramshould explain where the new Dry Level parameter resides in the Fusion:

2.Tap Tempo

The ability to tap a tempo has been added. Simply tap a tempo by pressing the [ARP] button (next to the TEMPO LED) at least 4 times. This will detect the requested tempo and set the current tempo parameter.

3.Import a MIDI file into Song Mode

MIDI songs can now be imported into the Fusion. After transferring a MIDI song onto a compactFlash card or onto the hard drive via USB, press the “Utility” menu in Song Edit mode and then press the “SongUtil” page. Upon pressing the “ImpSong” button, a browse window will allow you to select the MIDI song file to import into Song Mode as the current song. Remember to store this song if you want it to be selectable from within the Fusion.

4.Export Song to a MIDI file

Songs in the Fusion can now be exported to a MIDI song file. Press the “Utility” menu in Song Edit mode and then press the “SongUtil” page. Upon pressing the “ExpSong” button, a browse window will allow you to select a location for the MIDI file to be created in. The current song will be exported to a MIDI song file at the selected location. Note that only synth MIDI tracks will be exported to this MIDI song file.

5.Export all audio tracks

To expedite the exporting of audio tracks a new feature has been added to export all audio tracks at once. This option is available on the “TrackUtil” page within Song Mode’s “Utility” menu.

6.Record ready mode

The Fusion can now enter recording as a MIDI slave device. To do this press the [RECORD] button on the Fusion. The [RECORD] button will light and the [PLAY] button will blink. In this mode the Fusion will enter recoding if it receives a MIDI start message or if [PLAY] is pressed on the Fusion.

7.A new parameter has been added to the arpeggiator menu: “Use part range”. This parameter, once enabled, will only play notes if they fall within a part’s define key and alternate ranges. This is useful when you are creating a drum kit in Mix Mode and want a drum pattern to play over multiple parts. Playing a key in the mix O-6“VA FM PM PCM Kit” in the mix bank“SPLIT-LAYER”demonstrates the usefulness of this new parameter.

8.The “Track Enable” parameter has been moved to the Track/General page in Song Mode and to the Part/General page in Mix Mode.

We found that the Track/General and Part/General pages are more logical places to put this parameter since you can see the program (or audio track) name that you are enabling/disabling.