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East Asia Overview


The East Asia Perform page consists of key controls that allow you to tweak your sound, and provides access to a number of specialized editing pages.

East Asia offers a comprehensive yet intuitive interface suitable for both intricate performances as well as quick-starting ideas. The instrument’s interface and features are divided into five views: Perform, Scale, Mixer, Mapping, and Options, accessed via the Navigation bar visible in the Main view.

Although the exact features of the included instruments differ, many common elements will be found in most, if not all, of the instruments. As such, the controls of the instruments will be covered as one, with exceptions being pointed out along the way.

The following elements and controls are available in East Asia's main view:

  1. Performance Slider: Changes the amount of musical effect applied to the instrument to create more expressive and authentic performances. Moving the slider to the right increases the intensity of the performance effect. For more information, refer to Performance Slider.

  2. Sound Preset: Enables you to browse the preset sounds. For more information, refer to Sound Presets.

  3. Scale Controls: Enable you to browse between and make settings relates to the scales. For more information, refer to Scale Controls.

  4. Instrument Controls: Adjust the sound and dynamics of the instrument. For more information, refer to Instrument Controls.

  5. Phrases and Patterns: Enables you to browse and edit the musical phrases and rhythmical patterns included with each instrument and adjust the performance controls of the played phrase. For more information, refer to Phrases/Patterns.

  6. Navigation: Enables you to navigate between pages of the instrument. For more information, refer to Navigation.

Performance Slider

The Performance slider controls a key aspect of the instrument's sound, for example tremolo or the dynamics. It is mapped to the modulation wheel by default. It displays the current value of the modulation wheel, and can be used to adjust the sound when using the software without a keyboard controller.


You can deactivate the mapping of the Performance slider in the Controller section of the Options page. For more information, refer to Options PageOptions Page.Options Page

The Performance slider provides the following options and controls:

  • Performance Slider: Adjusts the intensity of the assigned articulation. This can be used to add expression for a more authentic performance. The intensity of the assigned articulation can also be adjusted with your MIDI keyboard's Modwheel (default control: CC1). Depending on the loaded instrument, the Performance slider controls the following articulations.

    • Tremolo: Controls the intensity of the tremolo. Tremolo is assigned to most plucked instruments.

    • Vibrato: Controls the amount of vibrato. Vibrato is assigned to a few plucked instruments, including the Guqin, Pipa, and Shamisen.

    • Dynamic: Controls the dynamics of the instrument. Dynamic is assigned to the wind and bowed instruments.

    • Balance: Controls the velocity of low and high articulations in the pattern. In the far left position, there are more low drum sounds. In the middle position, the MIDI file is played as intended. In the far right position, there are more high-pitched sounds. This slider also interacts with the Performance Controls (Groove, Feel, and Intensity) at the bottom right of the instrument. This feature is only available for percussion ensembles.

    • Fill Speed: Controls the speed of the selected drum fill. A drum fill is a short, improvisational transition between parts of a song, like a brief drum solo that fills a gap between musical phrases. With the Performance Slider in the far left position, fills are played at 1/16th notes. In the far right position, they increase to 1/32nd notes. Fills can also be set using keys in the range C2 - B2. This feature is only available for solo percussion instruments.

  • Sounding Notes: Triggers an assigned Performance or Key Switch directly from the software. Typically this is a function that will affect sounding notes. Each melodic instrument has its own set of assignments that can be viewed on the Mapping page. For more information on assignments, refer to the Mapping PageMapping Page. Here is a list of the assignments available directly from the software:Mapping Page

    • Damp: Dampens all notes that are currently playing. Damping can also be performed by using the keyswitch B1.

    • Fade: Fades the currently her note, also possible by playing note C#1.

    • Vibrato: Applies a vibrato to the currently held note. This can also be triggered by playing note F#1.

    • Tremolo Auto: Enables you to play all notes as tremolo when the Performance Slider is slightly above the minimum amount.

    • Hi Velo Ornament: Plays notes that have an unassigned articulation with an ornament when played at high velocity. The velocity level can be set on the Options page. For more information, refer to Options for Melodic Instruments. This feature is only available for sustained instruments.Options for Melodic Instruments


The articulations can be triggered either by using a keyswitch or enabling the Auto control. To learn more about keyswitches and their mapping, refer to the Mapping Page.

Sound Presets

To the top right of the interface, is the Sound Preset menu. From here, you can browse through presets that affect the mix of the instrument. The presets are useful for different mix applications, such as making the instrument play only in mono or using an ambient setting to push the instrument further back in the mix.


You can select presets using the Sound Preset menu:

  1. Click on the menu to view all available Sound Presets.

  2. Click on a Sound Preset.

    The selected Preset is loaded and the sound of the Instrument will change.

Alternatively, you can select presets using the buttons:

  • Click on the buttons to the left of the menu to cycle through the Sound Presets one at a time.


    The previous or next preset is loaded immediately each time the arrow is clicked.

Scale Controls

East Asia includes a selection of scales.

The scales are available for the melodic instruments within the collection.

This section contains the following controls:

  • Scale: Changes Scale preset slots and displays the name of the selected preset. Each Scale preset slot contained in the drop-down menu can be assigned with different scales using the Scale Browser in the Scale Editor. For more information, refer to Scale Editor.

  • Root: Selects the root note of the scale. Use the up and down arrows to change the scale's root note up or down in one semitone increments.

  • Ornament: Activates the Ornament button to play all notes with their designated ornament type.


For more information on editing scales and ornaments, refer to Scale Page.