MORPH SOME MORE
MORPHEUS is a VST plugin originally built for CUBASE® and NUENDO® to control their Quick Controls. Since it sends Continuous Controllers massages it can also be used to control parameters of other VST synths, mixer, light etc…
MORPHEUS will be loaded into your DAW session like any other virtual instrument or plugin, you can save presets and it will automatically load with your session next time you open it.
What can you do with MORPHEUS?
- You can use one master slider to control the behavior of up to 8 CC sliders at once
- You can save your 8 sliders and 8 internal presets assignments to a .vstpreset and recall it anytime from your DAW like you do with any other VST presets
- You can use decide what is the minimum and the maximum value of any of the available sliders to gradually morph between them
- You can use randomization buttons for just one slider or for all sliders at once
- You can set what CC# and on what MIDI channel sliders are sending
- You can set the plugin so that it changes sliders values automatically each time there is incoming MIDI data recognized (Midi ON massages)
- You can use the Edit Mode to set the Randomization timing in milliseconds
- You can assign a CC# to the Master slider and to the Moon slider
- You can mute single sliders when they shouldn’t send data
As a result of all above you will add “life” and “nonlinearity” to your synth lines, you will find new and fresh sounds very quickly, your music will benefit from some randomization here and there.
MORPHEUS 1 in Play mode:
MORPHEUS 1 in Edit mode:
MORPHEUS 2 in Play mode:
MORPHEUS 2 in Edit mode:
The only difference between MORPHEUS 1 and 2 is the initial sliders setup (can be changed if needed) and what buttons A, B and C are sending (see above “What you can’t do with MORPHEUS?” section)
The main part of the GUI consists of 8 sliders that can be moved either by touching them, clicking on them or by moving the Master slider:
The purpose of the two Master sliders is to execute the morph from the given minimum to the given maximum value of the 8 sliders. The left slider and the right slider do the exact same thing and mirror the behavior. Sometimes it is just more practical to use left hand to do the morph while the right hand plays on a keyboard, sometimes the opposite.
By going to the Edit mode we can set what CC# on what MIDI channel will be sent:
The minimum value of the Master slider will always be “0” and the maximum value “127”. What are the min and max values of the 8 sliders will be determined by the “SNAPSHOT MIN” and “SNAPSHOT MAX” buttons:
Set your desired minimum values and press/touch the “SNAPSHOT MIN” button. After setting the desired maximum values use the “SNAPSHOT MAX” button. Save the current setting to one of 8 available SNAPSHOTS by using one of the “SET” 1-8 buttons. Select the saved snapshot number. Now you can use the Master slider to morph between saved values. That’s how easy it is:
With the “MIN”, “MID” and “MAX” buttons you can quickly jump between the 0%-50%-100% values of the active snapshot:
If you like surprises you should try the “RANDOMIZE SINGLE” and “RANDOMIZE ALL” buttons. As the name says the value of either a single (and random) slider will be randomized or the values of all 8 of them. This is a great tool for finding new sounds, patches and settings very quickly:
If you wish to randomize the value of a particular slider without the risk of randomizing anything else that might be on its sweet spot use one of the “RDM” 1-8 buttons:
By activating the “LOCK” 1-8 buttons you can select particular sliders so they won’t get randomized:
Underneath each slider you can see a little “ON/OFF” button. With this button you can switch the outgoing CC massages for each slider On or Off. This is very helpful when you want to use MORPHEUS but quickly need to test how things sound when a particular parameter is not changing without the need to store a new snapshot for that. Since the Master slider is also sending its own CC# while being moved, that function can be disabled this way.
As I’ve already mentioned earlier the “A”, “B” and “C” buttons are pre-programmed to send NoteOff massages 122, 123 and 124 (D9, Eb9 and E9) and can be used to trigger some actions inside your DAW. In the example below I am using button “A” to load the previous patch, button “B” to open the patch selection window and the button “C” to load the next patch. The VST instrument that I am using MORPHEUS to control here is PASDHOP 2 from Steinberg®
MORPHEUS comes with 8 default snapshots but of course you can overwrite them using dedicated “SET” buttons. Remember to save your changes as a new .vstpreset or as a Default.vstpreset if you would like to always start with your own snapshots already loaded.
The so-called Moon slider is also sending CC data when manually moved from left to right. The actual value can be seen on the number display above the slider. Depending on the actual setting it is also used to set the randomization percentage.
Thanks to the Generic Remote feature in Cubase/Nuendo we can use any MIDI equipped keyboard, pedal board, mobile app, tablet etc. to control parameters of a plugin or VST instrument. In case of MORPHEUS we can externally control/trigger:
- – all 10 CC# sliders
- – A-B-C buttons
- – Randomization buttons
- – Preset buttons
- – Lock buttons
- – the EDIT button
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We will make sure that all the functions of MORPHEUS will be explained as short video clips and published on our YouTube channel for all current and future users. We understand that reading PDF manuals is not the coolest thing to do nowadays and a short video might be as helpful as pages of text. Keep an eye on this space, subscribe on YouTube and for now, enjoy the fine selection of Kurzgesagt videos.