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Frequently Asked Questions


QUESTIONS

How to Use Backwards Machine

How can I learn more about how to use Backwards Machine?

How do I launch Backwards Machine from my host program?

How do I launch Backwards Machine from GarageBand?

How do I authorize the plug-in?

How can I match the Time parameter to the tempo of my music?

Host Programs, Formats & Requirements

I want to use Backwards Machine, but I don't have a VST or Audio Unit format host program. What should I get?

Do you support Intel Macintoshes (Universal Binary)?

Presets

How can I save and load presets?

Miscellaneous / Support

Is there a discount for buying both the Mac and PC versions?

I lost my serial number. How can I recover it?

What should I do if I have tech support questions?


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How To Use Backwards Machine

How can I learn more about how to use Backwards Machine?

Backwards Machine is very simple and self-explanatory, but you should read the Read Me file.

Also see the final question: What should I do if I have tech support questions?

 

How do I launch Backwards Machine from my host program?

  1. Find the Plug-ins, Audio Effects, VST Plug-ins, or Audio Unit Plug-ins menu in your host program. Backwards Machine works with dozens of different host programs, and the name and location of this menu will vary from one host to another. Please consult your host program's manual for further information.
  2. Under the Plug-ins or Audio Effects or Audio Unit menu, find "The Sound Guy" submenu.

  3. Select "Backwards Machine" under that submenu.

 

How do I launch Backwards Machine from GarageBand?

It can be a little tricky to find effects plug-ins in GarageBand. To instantiate Backwards Machine in GarageBand:

  1. Use the menu command Track > Show Track Info or <Command-i> to display the Track Info window.
  2. Open the "Details..." triangle if it's not already open.
  3. In the bottom half of the Track Info window, select one of the effect pop-up menus.
  4. Scroll all the way to the bottom past "GarageBand Effects" and look for "Backwards Machine" in the "Audio Unit Effects" section.
  5. Then click the button with the diagonal "edit pencil" to get the Backwards Machine interface to pop up.

See our GarageBand page for more detailed information, with graphics.

 

How do I authorize the plug-in?

After installing and instantiating Backwards Machine, it will ask for an Authorization Code (serial number). Type or paste your authorization code.

The authorization code will be included in the e-mail you receive from shareit.com (or other payment processor) shortly after purchasing Backwards Machine.

 

How can I match the Time parameter to the tempo of my music?

You may or may not want to sync the Time parameter to the tempo of your music. Often the effect is just as interesting if the Time parameter is asynchronous to the music tempo (as in our sound examples).

If you would like to match the Time parameter to the tempo of your music and you know the tempo in Beats per Minute, you can convert that to Beats per Second, invert that (and perhaps multiply the result by a suitable integer), and use that for the Time in seconds. The resulting formula is:

Time (in seconds) = N * 60 / BPM,

where BPM is the music's tempo in Beats per Minute, and N = some suitable integer (1, 2, 4, etc.)

For example, if the tempo of the song is 120 BPM and we select N = 1, Time = 60/120 = 1/2 second.

This may be a bit too fast for an interesting backwards effect, so you could multiply it by 4 (for example) to give a 2 second Time value. This will match the tempo of the track.

 

Host Programs & Formats

I want to use Backwards Machine, but I don't have a VST or Audio Unit format host program. What should I get?

A number of host programs are listed on our System Requirements page.

 

Do you support Intel Macintoshes (Universal Binary)?

Yes.

 

Presets

How can I save and load presets?

To save a (modified) preset:

  1. Most host applications include extra buttons and controls in every plugin's window. You should see a button called "save" or "S", or maybe a menu called "file" or "presets" in which you'll find a menu item for saving a preset file. It varies from app to app, but it's generally similar in all cases.
  2. After invoking that control, you should be greeted with a window asking for a file name and location for the preset file. Enter a name and location and press the "Save" button (or "OK" or whatever the window says). For maximum compatibility, save VST presets with a .fxp extension, and save Audio Unit presets with an .aupreset extension.

To load the preset you just saved:

  1. Look for a control in the plugin window called "load" or "L" or something like that (depending on the host program).
  2. After invoking that control, you should be greeted with a window asking you to find the location of the preset file that you would like to load. Find it and press the "Open" button (or "OK" or whatever it says).

To save a new bank of presets (VST only):

  1. Look for a "save bank" control. (The name may vary from one app to another.)
  2. After invoking that control, you should be greeted with a window asking for a file name and location for the preset bank file. Enter a name and location and press the "Save" button (or "OK" or whatever the window says). For maximum compatibility, save preset banks with a .fxb extension.

To load the preset bank you just saved (VST only):

  1. Look for a "load bank" control. (The name may vary from one app to another.)
  2. After invoking that control, you should be greeted with a window asking you to find the location of the preset bank file that you would like to load. Find it and press the "Open" button (or "OK" or whatever it says).

Note that not all VST host programs support loading and saving of preset banks.

 

Miscellaneous / Support

Is there a discount for buying both the Mac and PC versions?

Yes. Just go to the order page and add one of the versions to your shopping cart. The next page will offer a 75% discount for adding the second version to your cart.

 

I lost my serial number. How can I recover it?

You guys!!

Please keep the e-mail containing the serial number. Search for an e-mail from "share-it!" with "Backwards Machine" in the subject header.

If you can't find it, and you ordered via shareit.com, go to the Customer Care Center page and click on the "My Account" button.

If you ordered via eSellerate, go to the After-Purchase Services page.

Alternatively, you can always e-mail us.

Please note that we've implemented a three strikes policy. The third time you ask us about a lost serial number, our auto-scolder will scold you for not keeping it in a safe place.

 

What should I do if I have tech support questions?

    1. Go to the System Requirements page to make sure your host program is compatible.
    2. Go to the Tech Support page to see if it addresses your question.
    3. Read the Read Me file that comes with the software
    4. Go to the Frequently Asked Questions page to see if it addresses your question.
    5. If the previous steps don't answer your question, e-mail us or report the problem on The Sound Guy forum.

     

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