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Structure Free is a sample library playback instrument with a 64-voice multitimbral sound engine and a 640 MB sound library. It's compatible with both Structure LE and the full-blown version of Structure. Let's take a look. I am going to insert Structure Free on this track here and you will see that when you load up Structure Free. It loads with the Sine Wave patch. Actually, it is pretty useful as a safe test patch to see if Structure is working properly and let's find out if it is. (Music playing.) It is indeed. To change the patch, otherwise known as the sound, we can click this little up and down arrow button and access all of the 60 free pre-installed patches that come with Structure Free.
If you prefer to use the browser to locate a patch, we can click the Browser button and navigate to the Structure Free folder on your hard drive. I have already done that here and here is the path for a Mac. If you are using a PC, the path is a little different. So now I'm going to go into this list and actually drag and drop this patch over top of this and it will replace the Sine Wave with this Steel String Acoustic. Now that we have this loaded up, let's listen to something a little more musical than the Sine Wave to give you a sense of the quality of the samples in Structure. (Music playing.) It sounds pretty good. So if you right- click right next to the patch name here, we can get this menu up where we can load a new patch, add new patches, and we can select from the list again here, duplicate the patch, remove them, cut/copy/paste, whole bunch of options. Use this menu to help you navigate through and organize your patches in Structure Free.
Now I'm actually going to make this inactive and then move down to this Structure Free instance that I have setup with three different MIDI tracks that are aligned to the MIDI channels on three different MIDI channels here in Structure Free. Now you notice in each instrument, they all have their own solo, mute, volume, panning, and MIDI channel controls. And the cool thing about Structure Free is that Digidesign has totally covered all the tooltips for this instrument. If you mouse over anything, it's got a tooltip.
So now that we have a few patches loaded up, let's go over to the main page and we'll checkout the Edit 1 page and as you see, this shows the basic play parameters for the patch. So you are transposing it octaves, semitones and we can fine-tune the pitch as well in sense. The really cool feature of Structure is that we can actually adjust the Up pitch bend and the Down pitch bend separately. Down below, we have the polyphony, which sets the maximum number of voices that the patch can play, and right now it's at zero. That's because I'm not playing anything. If I start playing some notes, this number will go up.
We can set the key range, and we have the minimum and maximum here. These set the highest and lowest keys played by the patch, and we can use these parameters here to split the keyboard like if you want bass on the bottom two octaves, and a lead instrument on the octaves above. You can set the key range to make it so. Finally, in the Mono mode over here, you can set whether the patch is mono or polyphonic, and you can also select its glide. Let's go over to the Edit 2 page. To show off of some of the features on this page, I'm actually going to Record Enable this MIDI track, which is assigned to the Techno Stadium patch.
So let's take a look at some of the parameters for this patch. First we have the Filter type; the Filter cutoff, the Filter resonance, and the Envelope which is the envelope level, and this adjust how strongly the Filter Envelope modulates the Filter Cutoff. Fortunately, we have these great tooltips that help us see all that stuff. Let's take a listen. (Music playing.) These parameters are obviously great for helping you sculpt the sound that you are trying to create. You can also use the Filter Envelope parameters. I'm not going to go through all of these here. Down below at the Amplifier section, this knob down here changes up the Envelope Velocity Sensitivity and that's the range in decibels between the lowest and the highest velocity, and you can also adjust the envelope for that over here.
Down below, we have the Info display and when you actually twist a knob, you can see the info changing in the Info display. Below that, we have the Smart knobs and these are preassigned to useful parameters for each patch. Now I'm going to switch over to the Electronic Kit here and I want to show you how the Smart knobs work in cahoots with these Key Switches. Key Switches are special notes that switch control values instead of triggering notes. For example, here when I press them, they are going to switch the drum-set sounds from Dirty to Compressed.
Now first, I need to Record Enable this MIDI 2 track, which is lined up with the Electronic Kit on MIDI channel 2. So now I'm going to go down to the Key Switches and press them and you are going to see the Smart Knobs change in relation to the key that I press. Now let's actually hear what that sounds like when I'm playing the kick drum. You can hear how the different sounds with these different smart knobs setting will affect the kick drum sound. (Music playing.) So you can use these Smart Knobs and these Key Switches to get some really creative sounds happening here in Structure. Now I actually own the full version of Structure and I use it frequently.
To be honest with you, Structure Free leaves me wanting more and I suppose that's what Digidesign's point was by only giving away 60 patches here. However, what they did include in Structure Free is all every usable and I can certainly hear many applications for all of the included samples.
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