FX Editor

Abstract

MODULAR ICONS features a range of KONTAKT effects including reverb, delay, chorus, saturation, EQ, and more. Effects are loaded into the six slots in the FX chain.

MODULAR ICONS features a range of powerful KONTAKT effects that can be loaded into six FX unit slots and applied globally to both layers. From classic time-based effects like reverb, delay and chorus, to dynamic effects, saturation, amp emulations and more, the FX Editor encourages creativity and allows you to further define the character of your sound.

In the FX Editor, you can access the various parameter controls and settings relating to the FX units, FX chain and FX presets. Using the parameter controls you can alter the effects chain of any preset and build custom effects chains for your own user presets. Browse and replace effects from the dropdown menus, and quickly change the order of the FX chain by dragging an FX unit to another position. Both layers A and B have their own EQ, which can be bypassed using the power buttons. Additionally, you can assign parameters of the loaded effects to any of the macro controls. For more information, refer to Macro Editor.

FX Editor Overview

The FX Editor Overview contains the following elements and controls:

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The FX Editor

  1. FX Preset Menu: Enables you to save and load your effects unit presets, your effects chains and quickly initialize either an effects unit or effects chain. For more information see, Managing FX Presets.

  2. Layer A/B EQ: Selects the equalizer for Layer A or B. Equalization, or EQ for short, means boosting or reducing (attenuating) the levels of different frequencies in a signal. When an EQ is selected the controls for the equalizer appear below and the settings for each frequency band (low, low mid, high mid and high) and their respective gain can be adjusted. Q allows you to attenuate or boost a very narrow or wide range of frequencies within each EQ band.

  3. FX Chain: Represents the effects chain i.e., the order of the effects for both layers which run in series. You can change the order of the effects by clicking + dragging an FX unit left or right.

  4. FX Units: Represents each effect within the FX Chain. Switch the effect on or off by clicking the power button. Use the drop-down menu on the right of each unit to load an effect. The controls for the selected FX unit are displayed below. For more information on the effects, refer to the KONTAKT manual. Its available from the Help menu or the Native Instruments website.

  5. FX Parameter Controls: Displays the parameter controls for the selected FX unit. Each effect has a its own range of controls and settings that are specific to its function and behavior. For more information on the effects and their related controls, refer to the KONTAKT manual, available from the Help menu or the Native Instruments website.

Managing FX Presets

While FX settings are automatically saved with each Snapshot, the FX Preset Management allows you to manage your FX unit and FX chain presets separately, and load them onto any Snapshot. The clear function removes the loaded FX unit or FX chain, and the reset option restores an FX unit to its default values.

The following workflows demonstrate how to save, load, reset and clear your FX units and chains:

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The FX Preset Management menu

Saving an FX Preset

To save an FX preset:

  1. Click FX to enter the FX view.

  2. Click the FX Preset Management icon in the top left corner.

  3. Select Save FX unit preset... or Save FX chain preset...

  4. Enter a name for your preset.

  5. Click Save.

    The FX preset is saved as an .nka file.

Caution

Macro assignment and settings are not stored in the FX presets.

Loading an FX Preset.

To load an FX preset:

  1. Click FX to enter the FX view.

  2. When loading an FX unit preset, first select the target FX unit slot in the chain.

  3. Click the FX Preset Management icon in the top left corner.

  4. Select Load FX unit preset... or Load FX chain preset....

  5. Select a preset file.

  6. Click Load.

    The FX preset is loaded into the selected FX unit or the FX chain.

Note

Loading an FX preset will overwrite any current User preset being used with the snapshot.

Resetting an FX Unit

To reset an FX unit:

  1. Click FX to enter the FX view.

  2. Select the FX unit you want to reset.

  3. Click the FX Preset Management icon in the top left corner.

  4. Select Reset FX unit.

    The FX unit is restored to its default settings.

Clearing FX

To clear an FX unit or FX chain:

  1. Click FX to enter the FX view.

  2. Select the FX unit or FX chain you want to clear.

  3. Click the FX Preset Management icon in the top left corner.

  4. Select Clear FX unit or Clear FX chain.

    The loaded FX is removed and None will be displayed in the FX unit(s).

Caution

A few parameters require some processing latency so they will not respond in real-time. These are Cabinet/IRVerb Size, HPF and LPF.