Important Note: Note labeling differs from host to host. C4 in some hosts is C2 in other hosts.
On the Mac, bleep!BOX is a hybrid VST and AU plugin. This means the same executable works as a VST and as an AU. Just copy the .vst file into the ‘/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components’ folder and rename the extension to .component to use bleep!BOX as an AU plugin.
Tabs have been added at the top to switch between the various pages of bleep!BOX. To switch between different parts, click on the main song view at the bottom. The current segment of the song and Part will be highlighted in green.
Most features of bleep!BOX can be controlled with standard midi notes. Here’s how to control it:
Note C4 on midi Channel 0 plays pattern 1 once, from start to finish. C#4 plays pattern 2, etc. Manage your patterns on the Song page. You can load up to 16 patterns in bleep!BOX and trigger them in your host. Note that there is no Sequence mode on the Song Page. This was removed because we felt it was redundant with Host sequencer features. See some of our videos for recommended usage of bleep!BOX. (Coming soon).
If you don’t want to use bleep!BOX’s sequencing and want to use your host to trigger drum sounds, notes C3-? will trigger bleep!BOX’s parts. The pitch of each part will be whatever the last note you entered in bleep!BOX’s sequencer was. This pitch does get saved with your song.
C5-? controls muting the different parts. This works like a toggle button (changes on / off with each midi note).
If your host allows it, you can also do more in depth sequencing of each part (which will allow you to control the pitch of each note). Just use midi channels 1-10. These will allow you to send midi notes to each individual part.
Use midi channel 11. You can control loop points just like the Perf page does. These notes start all the way down in the first octave. Depending on how long your pattern is, you may actually use the full range of the keyboard.
Almost any parameter can be automated. See your host’s documentation on how to do this.
bleep!BOX implements it’s own patch management, independant of the standard VST .FXB and .FXP files (though you can still save these kinds of files). All patches are stored in the current user’s documents folder in the WNAS/bleepbox/ sub folder. On first load, bleep!BOX creates this folder and populates it with the default patches. If you want to load patches from your iPhone, you can just copy them into the appropriate directories.
Users of the iPhone version may be wondering what happened to the Sequencer mode on the Song page. It has been removed from the VST Version since it is redundant. In most cases users will want to use their VST host’s built in sequencer to control pattern changes, rather than using bleep!BOX’s more basic Pattern Sequencer. This will allow you to better integrate bleep!BOX into your songs, and leverage your host’s more powerful sequencing features. You still use the Song page to load your Patterns.