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Owner’s Manual

For over 10 years, we have proven our commitment to innovation and usability by introducing many new technologiesto iOS: from the first iOS synthesizer in 2008, to the platform’s first professional tonewheel organ emulator, to Roxsyn— a guitar / bass synthesizer unlike anything else that came before.What makes Roxsyn so different from all the other guitar synths? At its heart is a groundbreaking technology we call“Metamorphic Guitar Synthesis.” Our unique technology breaks the mold: it doesn’t use pitch tracking or“guesstimation” to derive its results. Hence, there’s also none of the typical glitches and tracking errors that come frompitch tracking guitar synths. It also doesn’t use guitar-to-MIDI conversion routines that turn the guitar — an immenselyexpressive instrument in its own right — into a poorly executed MIDI keyboard substitute. Instead, it works off asymbiosis between the guitar and Roxsyn's unique synthesis technology. It is a synth truly designed for guitar;something that opens up to every nuance of your playing, from vibrato to bends, slides, dynamics, and anything else inbetween. A lot of that is sadly lost in the G2M synths that hitherto dominated the market. Here, however, your guitarand style are just as an integral part of the complete picture as the synth itself.Thank you for supporting Yonac in our long quest to bring the future to music today. And as always, Rock On!- The Yonac TeamFirst Edition, July 20192

Table of ContentsGetting Started . .Presets .Synth .Arp .FX .Tempo .MIDI . .Global Preferences .Audio Unit, Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, Ableton Link .First Edition, July 201947141618222326283

GETTING STARTEDConnecting Your Guitar or BassUse an iOS-compatible USB or Lightning audio or guitar interface to connect your guitar with your iOS device. Ensureyour audio interface is updated with the latest firmware so that it is fully compatible with the newest iOS. Avoid placingany virtual or physical effects before Roxsyn.If your audio / guitar interface has a gain knob, adjust it to obtain a moderately strong output that is free of distortionand clipping. Once the hardware gain level is set, you can always change the instrument gain on the fly using theINPUT GAIN knob located on the upper left of the Roxsyn synth panel.Use the ON button on the very upper right of the screen (located in the navigation bar) to turn on or bypass Roxsyn.Use MASTER GAIN to set the final output gain of the synth. If you wish, add your dry instrument signal by using theINSTRUMENT GAIN knob.Adjusting the Auto-TriggerThe envelopes in Roxsyn are controlled by on / off signals automatically generated by the special TRIGGER unit. Forbest results, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the settings and functionality of this important module.The trigger-on and trigger-off messages are generated around note attack and decay as you play your guitar or bass.Trigger on messages are sent to envelopes and LFOs to reset them. Trigger off messages are sent to an envelope (if theenvelope’s TRIG OFF switch is enabled) to put it in its release stage.Use the THRESHOLD and DYNAMICS settings to tune the response of the trigger module to suit your guitar, pickups,First Edition, July 20194

and playing style. Once you are familiar with their operation, you can also manipulate these settings to obtain legatoor staccato effects.Here are some example settings for common pickups and playing styles. The exact values may change according tothe input gain of your audio interface, pickups and playing style, so these are just some general suggestions.Single Coils with Low to Moderate OutputThese are pickups with a wide dynamic range, but relatively lower output. For lead playing, the THRESHOLD knob isusually kept at the middle, and DYNAMICS is set around 3/4 the way up.THRESHOLD around -30dB, DYNAMICS around -6dBVintage Style HumbuckersHumbuckers typically have higher output, but a more compressed dynamic range. Increasing the threshold anddynamics may suit them better.THRESHOLD around -25dB, DYNAMICS around -3dBLead PlayingUse THRESHOLD values near the middle and DYNAMICS in the -6 to -3dB range to follow lead attack better.Rhythm / Chordal PlayingFirst Edition, July 20195

Use THRESHOLD values in the middle to 3/4 range and adjust DYNAMICS to ensure accurate envelope triggering.As an additional feature, higher DYNAMICS values will provide a more staccato envelope response, whereasreducing DYNAMICS will give you a more legato feel.Using External TriggersYou can also use external controls to generate on and off trigger messages. These sources include MIDI expressionpedals or switches, or even MIDI triggers from a sequencer, DAW or another app. The external trigger receiverparameter is MIDI-learnable: please refer to the section about MIDI learn to assign the Roxsyn external triggerreceiver with a MIDI CC. When you are ready to use an external trigger, make sure to toggle the TRIGGER SOURCEbutton to EXT.Aside from automatic and external triggers, Roxsyn envelopes and LFOs can also be actuated by Roxsyn’s built-inarpeggiator. For more information, please refer to the relevant section below.Setting Processing QualityBy default, Roxsyn works at the best processing quality. However, if you own an older device, or are using Roxsynalong with other music apps or audio units, you may wish to economize on the CPU demand. You can set thesynthesizer audio processing quality by going to the PREFS panel. BEST will provide the highest level of audioprocessing, whereas BETTER will balance quality with CPU usage.First Edition, July 20196

PRESETSAll the parameters found on the SYNTH, MOD/ARP, and FX panels are saved to and loaded from presets, exceptthese globals:First Edition, July 20197

INPUT GAINTRIGGER SOURCETRIGGER THRESHOLDTRIGGER GATEAll other parameters, including ones in the PREFS dropdown are also global.Bank Operationso NEW BANK: Create a new, blank bank.o RENAME: Rename the selected bank.o EDIT: Enable reordering and deleting of banks.o SHARE: Display bank import/export options.Preset Operationso NEW PRESET: Save the current synth settings as a new preset into the selected bank.o OVERWRITE: Save the changes made to the currently selected preset.o INIT: Load the basic ‘INIT’ preset. Useful when starting to write a new synth preset from scratch.o RENAME: Rename the selected preset.First Edition, July 20198

o MOVE: Move a preset into a different bank.o EDIT: Enable reordering and deleting of presets.o SHARE: Display preset import/export options.o JOKER: Randomly select a preset from the file system and load it.o FAVORITE: Touch the star to add the preset into the Favorites bank. There can be up to 256 favorite presets.Other Operationso SEARCH: Search for a preset.o RESTORE FACTORY: Reinstall factory presets that come packaged with Roxsyn.First Edition, July 20199

SYNTHVoice 1-3At the heart of Roxsyn are three individually configurable metamorphic synth signal generators, called “Voices”.First Edition, July 201910

SHAPE: Choose the waveshape output by the voice. Each waveshape has a unique tonality and profile.VOL & PAN: Adjust the voice gain and location in the stereo field.OCT & DETUNE: Specify the pitch shift in octaves and semitones/cents relative to the input instrument frequency.FILTER SELECT: Send the voice output to either or both filter banks.INS SYNRoxsyn also allows you to pass your instrument signal through the synth filters & envelopes via the INS SYN module.Use the VOL and PAN parameters to specify the gain and location of the signal. Use FILTER SELECT to send theinstrument signal to either or both filter banks.FILTERSRoxsyn features two independently operating filter banks. Each filter bank offers a variety of analog-modeling filtertypes, as well as multiple filter parameters and a special trigger-controlled envelope for varying the filter frequency.You can choose which filter to edit via the EDIT FILTER selector.Global Filter ControlsFILTER BALANCE: Specify the balance between Filter 1 and 2 outputs.INVERT PAN: Select to invert the stereo image of the Filter 2 output with respect to Filter 1. This feature may come inhandy when programming big, layered synth sounds.Non-Global ControlsFirst Edition, July 201911

DRIVE: Specify the input stage gain of the LP, HP or BP type filters. You can use this parameter to subtly alter thetonality and harmonic content of the filtered signal, much like an analog filter.TYPE: Select the filter type: Low-Pass, High-Pass, Band-Pass and a special voice-emulating formant filter. You can alsobypass the filter by selecting OFF.FREQ: Set the cutoff frequency of the filterRESO: Specify the resonance, or emphasis, of the filterFilter EnvelopesRoxsyn’s filter envelopes are specially designed for the way guitar and bass signals behave. They are actuated by thetrigger module (see Getting Started for more information). You can create many unique sounds using the envelopefaders in tandem with filter FREQ and CONTOUR controls.At each trigger event, the envelope will start at the beginning of the attack stage, with the filter frequency set by theFREQ parameter. After finishing the attack stage, the filter will have reached the filter frequency set by the CONTOURparameter. Next, the envelope will run through the decay stage, ending at the value (located between FREQ andCONTOUR) specified by the SUSTAIN LEVEL.o Attack (A): Specify the duration of the filter envelope attack stageo Decay (D): Specify the duration of the filter envelope decay stageo Sustain Time: Specify the duration of the sustain stage of the envelope, before it automatically enters the releasestage. If set to maximum value, the sustain stage lasts until a trigger-off message is received (TRIG OFF has to beFirst Edition, July 201912

ooooenabled for this).Sustain Level: Specify the level of the filter envelope when sustain stage is reached. This is a proportional valuethat lies between the FREQ and CONTOUR settings.Release (R): Specify the duration of the filter envelope release stage.Contour: Specify the filter frequency that is reached at the end of the ATTACK period. Positive values willprovide a frequency greater than that specified by FREQ, whereas negative values will provide a value less thanFREQ. Setting contour to or near 0 will disable the filter envelope.Trig Off: If selected, the envelope will respond to trigger-off messages sent by the Roxsyn trigger module. In thisstate, trigger off messages will cause the envelope to always advance to the release stage. If trig off is notselected, the envelope will run through all the stages until it reaches release.VCA EnvelopeUse the virtual VCA envelope to shape the amplitude profile of the synth signal in time.INPUTS: Select the source of the input signal into the envelope. You can choose either or both filter banks. If neither isselected, the VCA envelope is bypassed.o Attack (A): The duration of the envelope attack stageo Decay (D): The duration of the envelope decay stageo Sustain Time: Specify the duration of the sustain stage of the envelope, before it automatically enters the releasestage. If set to maximum value, the sustain stage lasts until a trigger-off message is received (TRIG OFF has to beenabled for this).o Sustain Level: Amplitude level during the sustain stageo Release (R): The duration of the release stage, at the end of which the envelope reaches silence.o Trig Off: If selected, the envelope will respond to trigger-off messages sent by the Roxsyn trigger module. In thisFirst Edition, July 201913

state, trigger off messages will cause the envelope to always advance to the release stage. If trig off is notselected, the envelope will run through all the stages until it reaches release.Noise Generatoro Use the noise generator to add percussive or experimental dimensions to your synth patches. You can select thenoise type via the PINK/WHITE toggle, and also specify the gain of the noise signal via NOISE VOL.First Edition, July 201914

MODULATIONRoxsyn features a highly versatile and easy to use modulation system to add interesting textures and qualities to thesynth signal. The two LFOs, the special modulation envelope, as well as a pair of MIDI-learnable control destinationscan be used together to manipulate synth parameters in real time.MOD MATRIXSelect up to four target parameters to modulate. Each modulation matrix row represents a target-modulator signalFirst Edition, July 201915

association.A target can be modulated by a continuous signal alone (set under the ‘MOD’ section), such as an LFO or the modenvelope. It can also be manipulated by a control signal alone (typically Mod Ctrl 1 & 2, but also by an LFO or themod envelope). When a target is assigned both a modulator and a control, the control signal is used to vary theamplitude of the modulator signal. This scheme provides added versatility when playing live, and also allowsinteresting signal combinations.o TARGET: Select a synth parameter to modulate.o MOD: Select a continuous signal source or envelope as the modulator.o MOD AMOUNT: Specify how much (and in which direction) the modulator signal changes the targetparameter.o CONTROL: If no modulator signal is selected, then the chosen control source directly manipulates the target. If amodulator signal is selected, then the control source is used to vary the amplitude or amount of the effect thatthe modulator signal has on the target synth parameter.o CONTROL AMOUNT: Specify how much influence the control signal has on the target parameter or themodulator signal, depending on the configurationLFOso WAVE: Select the LFO waveform. The last two settings generate ‘random stepped’ and ‘random smooth’waveforms, respectively.First Edition, July 201916

o RATE: Specify the frequency of the LFO waveform.o PHASE: Specify the phase of the LFO waveform relative to default.o DELAY: (TRIG & SHOT modes only) Specify the amount of time that the LFO signal takes to reach full amplitudeafter it is reset by a trigger event.o BPM Sync: Activate tempo syncing for the LFO rate.o TRIGGER MODE: Select the LFO trigger mode.o CONT: LFO runs continuously.o TRIG: LFO phase is reset at every trigger-on event.o SHOT: At every trigger-on event, LFO generates one period of its signal and stopsMOD ENVo Attack (A): The duration of the envelope attack stageo Decay (D): The duration of the envelope decay stageo Sustain Time: Specify the duration of the sustain stage of the envelope, before it automatically enters the releasestage. If set to maximum value, the sustain stage lasts until a trigger-off message is received (TRIG OFF has to beenabled for this).o Sustain Level: The level that the envelope rests during the sustain stageo Release (R): The duration of the release stage.o Trig Off: If selected, the envelope will respond to trigger-off messages sent by the Roxsyn trigger module. In thisstate, trigger off messages will cause the envelope to always advance to the release stage. If trig off is notselected, the envelope will run through all the stages until it reaches release.First Edition, July 201917

ARPRoxsyn features a very easy-to-use programmable arpeggiator that lets you turn sustained guitar notes into fast,complex musical patterns. Aside from arp controls, it also features ability to rhythmically trigger any combination of theRoxsyn filter, amp and mod envelopes, and even the LFOs. To enable you to combine arpeggios with simultaneousnon-arpeggiated notes, the arp module is able to target any combination of the three metamorphic voices.Programming PatternsTo program the arp, select the number of notes you want in the pattern by touching one of virtual “LEDs” locatedbeneath the ARP PROGRAMMING STRIP. Touch and drag up or down on the cells in the strip to set the note shift for aparticular step. The note shift is expressed in number of semitones relative to the actual note played on your guitar.You can also think of the shift in terms of number of frets.For example, to program an ascending minor arpeggio (I-iii-V) of 4 steps, you could set STEP 0 to 0, STEP 1 to 3,STEP 2 to 7, and STEP 3 to 12. You then select the LED below STEP 4 to indicate that this pattern has 4 steps.Arp ControlsoooooRUN: Turn the arp module on or offNOTE: The note value per stepREPEATS: The number of times each step is repeatedSWING: The amount of “swing” added to the rhythmALG: The stepping pattern for the arp, including UP, DOWN, and multiple UP/DOWN, PEDAL and RANDOMmodesFirst Edition, July 201918

o TRIG RESETS PATTERN: When enabled, the arp pattern is reset each time Roxsyn’s trigger module sends an onmessage. Otherwise, the arp pattern repeats continuously.o TARGET VOICES: Specify which synth voices the arpeggiator controls. By targeting all the audible voices, youcan have a normal arpeggio. By targeting some of the voices, you can have a combination of simultaneousarpeggiated and non-arpeggiated signals. You can also target none of the voices and use the arp as a form of“trance gate” through its envelope auto-trigger functionalityArp Trigger OutputsThe arpeggiator is able to rhythmically trigger any of the four Roxsyn envelopes individually, and is also able to phasereset the LFOs when they are operating in TRIG or SHOT modes. You can specify which envelopes the arp triggers byselecting the LED-button above that envelope’s name.First Edition, July 201919

FXRoxsyn features a carefully curated set of high-quality stereo effects, including tempo-syncable modulators, and a verypowerful, fully configurable algorithmic reverb.First Edition, July 201920

Graphic EqualizerUse the frequency band faders to boost or cut the signal at the specified frequency. Use GAIN to increase or decreasethe unit’s output volume. Use LOCUT and HICUT to reduce the bass or treble content of the signal.Chorus / FlangerooooooC/F: Select between chorus and flanger modes.Rate: The speed of modulationDepth: The depth of modulationSpread: Stereo width of the modulated signalMix: Amount of wet signal added to the outputSync: Enable BPM syncing for the RATE parameterPhaserooooRate: The speed of modulationDepth: The depth of the phaser “sweep”Spread: Stereo width of the modulated signalSync: Enable BPM syncing for the RATE parameterStereo DelayStereo Delay features two independently configurable delay taps, as well as channel linking and tempo syncingabilities.o TIME: The delay time for the channelFirst Edition, July 201921

FEED: Delay feedback amount for the channelMIX: Amount of delayed signal added to the outputPAN: Stereo location of the channel’s delayed outputCH LINK: when enabled, TIME parameters of the two channels are linked together, whereas other parametersremain independently adjustableo SYNC: Enable BPM syncing for the TIME parameterooooReverbooooooooooROOMSIZE: The size of the virtual reverbration chamberTIME: Duration of the reverb tailDAMP: Amount of dampening applied to the reverb tailPRE: Length of predelaySPREAD: Stereo width of the reverb signalLOCUT: Bass reduction for the wet signalHICUT: Treble reduction for the wet signalEARLY: Volume level of the early reverb reflectionsLATE: Volume level of the late reverb reflectionsDRY: Volume level of the dry signalFirst Edition, July 201922

TEMPO CONTROLSTempo controls available in standalone version only. Display tempo controls by touching the BPM display next to thepreset display.o TAP TEMPO: Tap a steady beat to set the BPM. It will take a second or two after the last tap for the reader tocompletely reset.o BPM Wheel: Set the BPM by dragging this wheel.o BPM LOCK: Enable to cause preset BPM data do be ignored upon future preset loads.o EXT CLOCK: Disables Roxsyn’s internal MIDI c

Connecting Your Guitar or Bass Use an iOS-compatible USB or Lightning audio or guitar interface to connect your guitar with your iOS device. Ensure your audio interface is updated with the latest firmware so that it is fully compatible with the newest iOS. Avoid placing any virtual or physical effects before Roxsyn.