SFX Machine Online Documentation

A Brief Overview of SFX Machine


SFX Machine has two main windows: the Slider Screen and the Edit Screen. The Slider Screen lets you preview and modify existing effects; the Edit Screen lets you create new effects.

The Slider Screen
The first thing you will see after invoking SFX Machine is the Slider Screen.

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The Slider Screen allows you to load existing effects (called "Presets") and hear what they do to your current audio selection. It also lets you modify effects simply by adjusting a set of sliders. If you wish, you can save the modified effects under a new name.

A typical session with the Slider screen might go as follows:

  1. Choose a type of effect by clicking on a Category in the Category list box. All Presets belonging to that Category will appear in the Preset list box.
  2. Load a Preset by clicking on an item in the Preset list box.
  3. Click the Preview button to hear what the effect does to your audio selection.
  4. Adjust one or more sliders to achieve the desired effect. If you wish, click the Save Preset button to save your modified Preset under a new name.
  5. Click the Process button to process your audio selection and return to the host program.
The Edit Screen

Clicking the "Edit Patch" button will bring up SFX Machine's
other window, the Edit Screen:

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The Edit Screen is where you will go to create new effects. It gives you total access to all of the settings that make up an SFX Machine Preset.

The Edit Screen displays eight identical modules, or signal processing units, which can be interconnected in various ways to create new effects. (The Edit Screen shown above implements a Slapback Echo, using two of the eight modules.)

If you wish, you can load and save Presets directly from the Edit Screen, or you can create totally random effects by clicking the Randomize button. The Preview button allows you to hear the resulting effects.