1 Foreword

Software updates

Your Schaltwerk is supplied with the software version 1.xx (xx being the latest release of version 1). It has been extensively checked, both by ourselves and numerous beta-testers, and has proved to be bug free. Given the complexity of this new software, It is nevertheless possible that a hidden problem escaped our attention. We would be very pleased to hear from you in the event that you encounter such a problem. We’ll then try to correct it as soon as possible, and will send you a cost-free update.

 

Changes in terminology

  Display: Manual:
  Gate Time Step Time
  Note Time Gate Time
  Pendel 1 Alternate
  Pendel 2 Pendulum

 

Legal aspects

© Copyright 1997

DOEPFER Musikelektronik GmbH

Geigerstraße, 13

D-82166 Gräfelfing

Tel: +49 / 89.898 095 10

Fax: +49 / 89.808.095.11

E-mail: info@doepfer.de

Internet: http://www.doepfer.de

1st English edition August 1996 by E. L-K.

 

Internet

During the course of 1997, we plan to expand our existing Internet pages through the addition of software information and update service. We would like to offer you not only detailed information about the various software releases, but also the possibility to download them. Anyhow, customers will be able to download the required software in order to burn it into an EPROM.

 

 

2 Table of contents

 

3 Precautions

3.1 Product liability and extent of the warranty

 

3.2 Device purpose

This machine is only dedicated to the applications described in the present users manual, and cannot, for security reasons, be used for other purposes than those described here. It is recommended that you ask to a specialist if you are not sure about some specific application of this machine.

 

3.3 Operating voltage

The device is only to be used on mains supply or with the further described low voltage adaptor.

 

3.4 Opening of the device

To open the device it is mandatory to disconnect the power supply.

 

3.5 Warranty expiration

3.6 Operating environment

 

3.7 Operating control

 

3.8. Transport

Transport the device carefully, do not drop it nor turn it upside down. Ensure that the unit sits firmly to prevent any fall, slip down or capsize. Only by respecting carefully these measures can injuries be avoided.

 

 

 

3.9 Installation and removal of the EPROM

 

 

 

 

3.10 Shipment

Send your machine in the original packing only. To return your machine for exchange, repair (under warranty or not), update or verification, it must be sent in its original packing! Shipments using any other packing will be refused. Be sure to keep the packing and documents in a safe place for later use.

 

 

4 Connection

All connectors described here are located at the back of the device.

4.1. Power supply

4.1.1. Version with external transformer

4.1.2 Version with built-in 230V. mains supply

 

 

 

4.2. MIDI connection

4.2.1. MIDI-IN connection

 

4.2.2. MIDI-OUT connection

4.2.3. MIDI in-out connection

4.3. Sync-input/output

 

 

It is also possible to use an ordinary LFO from an analog synthesizer as a clock source.

This way, it is possible with the appropriate shaking in the control signal to get a "floating groove" in the Schaltwerk timing.

 

 

4.4. CV/Gate connection

8 x CV1 (i.e., for pitch or controllers)

8 x CV2 (i.e., for velocity)

8 x Gate

 

 

 

5 Front panel controls

The Schaltwerk sports the following controls:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Schaltwerk

6.1 Main structural sections: General

 

6.2 Step

 

 

6.2.1 Step/Event Types

For example, it can also be:

 

 

 

 

 

6.2.2 Step/Duration

 

 

6.2.3 Step/Condition

 

6.3. Track

 

6.3.1 Global Track parameters

All 16 steps of a track share this common set of parameters, an individual setting of each step is not possible. Nevertheless, this set of global parameters can be different for each track.

 

6.3.2 Track Select button

 

6.3.3 Track mute button

 

 

6.4 Pattern

 

6.4.1 Pattern number/memory

 

6.4.2 Pattern edit

 

6.4.3. Pattern Clipboard

6.5 Song

6.5.1 Capabilities of a song

 

6.5.2 Song number/memory

 

 

7 Users manual

 

7.1 Powering the unit

 

SCHALTWERK VX.XX

DOEPFER(c)[date]

Vx.xx is a synonym. Here should appear the actual software release version implemented.

In place of "[date]" you should read a date in the format day/month/year, such as 210397 for the 21st of March 1997.

 

7.2 Menu structure

The confirmation of the selected tracks can be checked on their related Select LED and by the message in the upper row of the display.

 

Track >_2_____m<

 

- This means, for example, that track 2 is now selected and its set of parameters is available for editing.

When no select LED is lit, there is no track selected. The display will then show:

 

Track >_______m<

No Trk. selected

 

7.3 Menu overview

The main menus of the parameter groups are:

 

MidiChannel:

 

MidiEvent:

 

-->PrgChange:

 

NoteNr:

 

SNo-0XX:

 

 

MainVel:

 

SVe-0XX:

 

 

StepTim:

 

GateTim:

 

DelayTi:

 

 

EndStep:

 

StartStep:

 

Mode:

 

Arpeggiator:

 

Record-Step:

 

Overdub-Rec:

 

Transpose:

 

Gater

 

ChordTrig:

 

 

EditMode:

 

MuteMode:

 

 

Copy Track:XXX

to Track:XXX

 

Exch.Track:XXX

with Track:XXX

 

Init Track:XXX

 

 

 

Store Pattern

to Pattern:XXX

 

Copy Pattern:XXX

to Pattern:XXX

 

Exch.Pattern:XXX

with Pattern:XXX

 

SYSEX-Transfer

Pattern:

 

Init Pattern

 

 

 

Store Song

to Song:XXX

 

Copy Song:XXX

to Song:XXX

 

Exch.Song:XXX

with Song:XXX

 

SYSEX-Transfer

Song:

 

Init Song

 

 

 

Song0XX Step:XXX

Patt.XXX -*:XXX

 

Song0XX Step:XXX

Patt.End > XXX

 

Song0XX Step:XXX

Insert-Steps:XXX

 

Song0XX Step:XXX

Delete-Steps:XXX

 

 

Midi-Assign-Menu

PatternChann:XXX

 

Midi-Assign-Menu

SongChannel:XXX

 

Pattern:XXX

-->PrgChange:XXX

 

Midi-Assign-Menu

ArpHoldCtrl :XXX

 

Midi-Assign-Menu

ChordHoldCtr:XXX

 

 

Sync-Intern/Ext.

Mode:

 

7.4 Menus in detail

7.4.1 Step left/Decrement

One step to the left, specifies a precise step - used additionally in many menus. i.e. decrease a value.

 

7.4.2 Step right/Increment

Same as above but to the right and value increase.

 

7.4.3 MIDI Channel/MIDI Event

 

 

No Trk. Selected

If for example, you press the Track select button of track 2, you will get the following message in the display:

 

Track >_2_____m<

 

("m" relates to the Mastertrack, which, if active, is indicated by a capital "M" in the display)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track >_2_____m<

MidiChannel:010

If for example, the channel is set to 10 (usually assigned to drums), this value can be changed to any other in the range 1~16, with the rotary encoder.

If you press the menu button (3) once again, you will see:

 

Track >_2_____m<

MidiEvent:NoteEv

 

In the present case, the type of MIDI event selected for this track is Note-Event.

One more press of this button will bring:

 

Track >_2_____m<

-->PrgChange:OFF

Access to this parameter was added from version 1.1 upwards. Machines with version 1.0 do have an "OFF" as normal condition.

 

7.4.4 Note Number - Track/Step

Besides being instructed about dealing with MIDI data, the information still needs to be expanded in some practical messages, among which:

This brings us to the following message:

 

Track >_2_____m<

Note Nr:036=C

As the value 36 appears, a "C" will be sent.

 

Track >_2_____m<

SNo-001:000=C3

Furthermore, the step position is also shown in the display:

 

Track >_2_____m<

SNo-001:000=C3

In this example, the step position 1 is selected.

"SNo" is the abbreviation of Step Note, after the colon comes the value of the Note number.

 

7.4.5 Velocity Track/Step

 

Track >_2_____m<

MainVel:127=100%

The velocity value is 127, which translates to a level of 100%.

Similarly to the setting of Note numbers, the Velocity value can be adjusted for each step.

 

Track >_2_____m<

SVe-001:127=100%

7.4.6 Step, Gate & Delay time

For example, the Step time could be set to:

 

Track >_2_____m<

StepTim:006=1/16

For example:

 

Track >_2_____m<

GateTim:003=1/32

 

 

Track >_2_____m<

DelayTi:000=

 

7.4.7. End step/Start step/Run mode

For example:

 

Track >_2_____m<

EndStep:015

 

Track >_2_____m<

StartStep:008

The track will start playing from step 8 up to step 15, and then loop back to step 8.

Forward

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Up

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Up X-Octave

Where "X" can be any value in the range 1~5.

Backward

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Down

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Down X-Oct.

Where "X" can be any value in the range 1~5.

Alternate

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Alt.

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Alt. X-Oct.

Where "X" can be any value in the range 1~5.

 

Pendulum

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Pend.

 

Track >_2_____m<

Mode:Pend.X-Oct.

Where "X" can be any value in the range 1~5.

 

 

7.4.8 Effect menu

 

7.4.8.1. Arpeggiator Modes

 

Track >_2_____m<

Arpeggiator:IN1

The note will play repeatedly at the Schaltwerk tempo. In accordance, the arpeggiator will set the first step, so that you should normally hear something.

 

 

7.4.8.2. Record Step mode

 

Track >_2_____m<

Record-Step:IN1

 

7.4.8.3. Overdub Record

Another mode to transfer individual notes from the MIDI input to the Step-Memory is the Overdub-Mode.

 

Track >_2_____m<

Overdub-Rec:IN1

In this mode, in contrast to the Record-Step-Mode, the sequencer behaves "normally" and attempts to catch the "separately played" notes on the fly and assign them to the current Step position, while running.

7.4.8.4. Transpose mode

 

Track >_2_____m<

Transpose:OFF

It means that the transpose function for the selected track is currently switched off. Of course, you can, as in the previous menus, set the function to achieve a transposition of the Note-Events with the data coming from MIDI in 1, MIDI in 2, or both.

 

7.4.8.5. Gater

 

Track >_2_____m<

Gater:OFF

 

 

7.4.8.6. Chord Trigger

The next press of the button will bring:

 

Track >_2_____m<

Chord-Trig:OFF

7.4.8.7 Effects combination

 

7.4.9. Edit/Mute mode

 

Track >_2_____m<

EditMode:Single

 

Track >_2_____m<

MuteMode:Multi

The third possibility is:

 

Track >_2_____m<

MuteMode:SingInv

 

7.4.10 Unused

 

7.4.11 Track tools

 

Copy Track:001

to Track:002

 

Exch.Track:001

with Track:002

 

Init Track:005

 

Will initialize Track 5.

7.4.12 Pattern tools

 

Copy Pattern:001

to Pattern:002

 

Exch.Pattern:001

with Pattern:002

 

Init Pattern:001

 

In addition, it is allowed to

 

Store Pattern

to Pattern:001

 

SysEx Transfer

Pattern:[VALUE]

Where [VALUE] can be any of:

Bank1 ~ Bank4

or pattern number

001 ~ 128

 

 

7.4.13 Song tools

 

Store Song

 

Copy Song:001

 

Exch.Song:001

 

SysEx Transfer

 

Init Song

 

 

 

 

7.4.14 Song menu

The activation of the Song Seq. Menu leads us to:

7.4.14.1 Editing of the Song buffer

 

Song001 Step:001

Patt.001 -*:002

 

Song001 Step:001

Patt.END -*:000

 

 

Song001 Step:003

Jstep021 -*:128

7.4.14.2 Running song report

The display will be very similar to the previous one:

 

Song001 Step:001

Patt.001 > 002

7.4.13.3 Inserting steps in the song chain

 

Song001 Step:003

Insert-Steps:002

Two empty steps will be inserted at step position 3.

 

7.4.14.4 Deleting steps in the song chain

 

Song001 Step:003

Delete-Steps:002

Two steps will be deleted from step position 3.

 

7.4.15 MIDI remote menu

 

MIDI-Assign-Menu

PatternChan:XXX

 

MIDI-Assign-Menu

SongChannel:YYY

Set the MIDI channels for XXX, as Pattern-Change, and YYY, as Song-Change.

 

Pattern:001

-->PrgChange:001

In this example, the pattern 1 will be called upon reception of Program-Change #1

 

Song:001

-->PrgChange:001

It is also possible to set a controller for the arpeggio and chord functions.

 

MIDI-Assign-Menu

ArpHoldCtrl :064

 

MIDI-Assign-Menu

ChordHoldCtr:066

These Arpeggio and Chord controllers are set to activate a hold function upon reception of the corresponding MIDI message.

Usually, master keyboards are equipped with a set of pedals used for Sustain and Sostenuto (controller # 64 & 66). If your keyboard is only able to manage a single pedal, you can assign any other controller, such as the modulation wheel (controller # 1) in replacement of the second pedal.

 

7.4.16 Sync menu

In most applications the Schaltwerk is working with its own timebase.

 

Sync-Intern/Ext.

Mode:Intern

The Schaltwerk can however follow an external clock.

 

Sync-Intern/Ext.

Mode:Ext.MCL1

   
 

Sync-Intern/Ext.

Mode:ExtDinSync

 

Sync-Intern/Ext.

Mode:Start; Cont

 

Sync-Intern/Ext.

Mode:Start=Cont

 

Mode:MCL1

 

Mode:MCL2

 

Mode:MCL1 & MCL2

 

Mode:no MCL-Out

 

 

7.5 Typical operation

7.5.1 Loading of pattern in the Pattern edit buffer

 

7.5.2 Song-Mode inactive

If the same operation was to be performed while the sequencer is running, the new pattern would instantly replace the one in the buffer, resulting at best in a glitch in the rhythm flow, and at worst, in hanging notes, etc. The human reaction time and behavior of the pattern buttons are by far too inaccurate to ensure a proper chaining of patterns.

 

Track >_______m<

The character "m" in the display is for the master track, which, when selected is indicated by a capital "M" instead of number "8".

7.5.3 Song-Mode active

 

7.5.4 Modes 1~2 and 1~2~3~4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Appendix

8.1 Activity display during SysEx reception:

 

Receive Pat:xxx

 

Receive Song:xxx

 

MidiReceiveError

SysExDump

 

8.2 Complete initialization

This may be needed

The following warning is then displayed:

 

Init Menu! <OK>

FormatPresetRAM

 

Format total RAM

FormatPresetRAM

Afterward, the entire memory is erased and initialized.

 

Init Part:1-128

Init Song:1-16

 

 

9 Troubleshooting

 

9.1 Cabling problems

 

 

 

9.2 Reception problems

 

 

9.3 The Start, Stop, & Continue buttons "do not react"

 

9.4 Changes made to a Pattern/Song are not retained.

 

9.5 Problems to edit parameters in the menus

 

9.6 Individual buttons react differently