Quincy / Quincy Lite (iOS)
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v1.5.5 - release notes

Settings

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The Settings window is shown by tapping the 2nd item from the right in the application's toolbar. It contains options for the most important aspects of Quincy.

 

General

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The first option here is called "Loca Audio". It allows you to turn off Quincy's audio output altogether. To do this set Local Audio to the off position. This comes in handy in cases when driving other apps like synths via virtual MIDI.

"Run in Background" is an option allows Quincy to continue generating music (and with that Audio and MIDI signals) while other applications are active. "Run in Background" is automatically enabled when Quincy is connected via Audiobus or Inter-App Audio.

 

Display Options

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Taking it from the top the first item here determines whether or not Quincy displays grid points over the black background. Those can be helpful when drawing.

Wrapped Mode is a setting concerning the Life world. Imagining the Life world as a tiny rectangular section of an infinitely large super grid is the normal state. A glider that moves across the grid will at some point exit it and we'll never see it again. The Wrapped setting on the other hand is like wrapping a piece of paper around a cylinder. Now that same glider re-enters on the left side of the grid after exiting on the right side. In most cases the Wrapped scenario is preferrable for our purposes of music creation.

Round, the option right after Wrapped Mode, very simply displays all cells as colored circles instead of squares.

 

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Color Mash is a visual effect in Quincy that bleeds the colors of neighbor cells into each other. Above you can see what that looks like in combination with a generations setting of 3.

The final option in this section is called Stars. When engaged it displays a simulated starfield befind the world's cells. Color Mash and Stars are automatically disabled during Inter-App Audio or Audiobus sessions.

 

Player Settings

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These are the same BPM and Loop steppers we already encountered in the Tools Section. They are not available in Performance View on the iPad and are missing in the Tool Sections of iPhones all together (due to lack of space). Again these steppers loop - so going up is sometimes the fastest way for going down. BPM settings from 8 - 208 are currently available and Loop Settings from 2 - 256.

Ableton Link finally opens the Ableton Link preferences with options to enable Ableton Link and determine notification options.

 

Audio Instruments

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The Audio Instrument control is a picker. Sort of like a table with 3D effect. These instruments are available for on-device playback. A full list of instruments is available in Appendix B of this documentation.

 

Audio Reverb

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This section features some reverb settings that are available. Reverb settings are not document specific.

 

Documents

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The full version of Quincy comes with 12 compositions we put together for demonstration purposes. You can play them, edit them, take them apart or delete them. Tapping this button will restore these docs if you deleted or modified them and would like to get them back in their original state.

 

MIDI

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There are 2 settings here MIDI device and MIDI channel. Tapping the device button (it currently states Not Connected) slides thsection to the left and displays a list of available MIDI destination. The second setting determines which MIDI channel you are sending on.

 

Summary

Lots and lots of settings. But again - that's a good thing. And then as for the MIDI instruments - a full compliment (128) of General MIDI instruments is pretty nice to have.

Next we'll head over to our Module Settings.

 

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