How to use the GM-2
The GM-2 is an easy-to-use sample instrument and one of Soundation’s Virtual instruments. Sampled instruments have audio recordings, also known as samples, mapped out on the keyboard for you to play. This makes it possible to get a realistic sound of a live instrument in a software instrument.
The GM-2 comes loaded with sounds in the “General MIDI level 2” standard. Including anything from live instruments like piano, guitar, drums, and strings, to synths and sound effects.
- Yamaha grand piano
- Palm muted guitar
Adding GM-2 presets
- 1Open Soundation and create a project
- 2Click on Virtual instruments in the Sound library
- 3Search for “SAM-1”
- 4Drag in a preset to the Arrangement area
- 5Start playing or drawing in notes
GM-2 has an Envelope that controls the shape and movement of the amplitude (loudness). It’s a standard ADSR envelope, which stands for Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. You can adjust the envelope to make it sound snappier, softer, or keep it natural.
Attack is the amount of time it takes for the amplitude to reach the maximum level from when the note starts. Set it low to hear the natural attack of the selected instrument. Set it high for more of a swelling quality.
Decay is the amount of time it takes to move from the maximum amplitude to the Sustain amplitude. Set it low for a fast plucky sound and high for a slower descent. If the Sustain is all the way up, the Decay will not make a difference.
Sustain is the amplitude level for when a note is being held out. Set it low for a sound that doesn’t sustain, which is good for a pluckier sound. Set it high for a more sustained sound.
Release is the amount of time it takes for the amplitude to drop to silence after the note has ended. Set it low if you want the note to go away quickly. Set it high if you want the note to continue to ring out.