SFX Machine RT
Frequently Asked Questions


QUESTIONS

How to Use SFX Machine RT

How do I authorize the plug-in?

How do I launch SFX Machine RT from my host program?

How do I launch SFX Machine RT from GarageBand?

What are some little-known features and command-key shortcuts?

How can I edit the Min and Max slider values?

How do I use the "MIDI Learn" feature?

Host Programs, Formats & Requirements

I want to use SFX Machine RT, 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?

I owned the Premiere-format version, and I'm still confused about saving and loading additional presets.

Is there a way to edit new presets?

How can I import presets from the Premiere-format version?

Miscellaneous / Support

How can I upgrade from a previous version?

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

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

Is there a manual?

I wanted to ask about your contention that the Premiere-format version of SFX Machine will not cause anal leakage. Does this apply to the RT version as well? If the RT version "makes me happy whether I want to be or not," is it possible I could become happy enough to temporarily lose critical sphincter control?

What should I do if I have tech support questions?

I have some other kind of question, but I'm not sure whether to ask. Do you guys bite?

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How to Use SFX Machine RT

How do I authorize the plug-in?

Click on the "Authorize" button. Then, in the "Register SFX" preset, type or paste your serial number into the large "PRESET DESCRIPTION" text field (not in the individual slider fields).

The serial number will be included in the e-mail you receive from shareit.com (or other payment processor) shortly after purchasing SFX Machine RT.

 

How do I launch SFX Machine RT from my host program?

  1. Find the Plug-ins, Audio Effects, VST Plug-ins, or Audio Unit Plug-ins menu in your host program. SFX Machine RT 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 "SFX Machine RT" under that submenu.

 

How do I launch SFX Machine Pro from GarageBand?

It can be a little tricky to find effects plug-ins in GarageBand. To instantiate SFX Machine RT 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 "SFX Machine RT in the "Audio Unit Effects" section.
  5. Then click the button with the diagonal "edit pencil" to get the SFX Machine RT interface to pop up.

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

 

What are some little-known features and command-key shortcuts?

To fine-tune the slider values, hold down the shift key.

To restart an effect in the middle of audio playback, click on the preset name in the Preset list box again. This is especially cool for effects like Freeze Pan (in the Multitap category).

Command-c, command-x, and command-v (Macintosh) or control-c, control-x, and control-v (Windows) can be used to copy, cut, and paste to and from any of the numerical or comment text fields.

 

How can I edit the Min and Max slider values?

The slider ranges can be edited by double-clicking on the Min and Max Value text fields. Adjust listening levels very conservatively when doing this, because presets can easily become unstable, causing very loud sounds and possible speaker damage or hearing damage.

 

How do I use the "MIDI Learn" feature?

If you want to control any of the sliders with MIDI CC messages, you need to first assign specific CCs to the sliders. This is done with a simple "MIDI learn" system.

To put a slider in MIDI learn mode:

  1. Activate the slider by clicking on it while holding the control key (or simply right-click on it if your mouse has more than one button). You will see the green light on the slider handle light up, as will the MIDI learn light. This means that it is in MIDI learn mode.
  2. Next, generate some MIDI CC message (move your MIDI keyboard mod wheel, move a slider on your MIDI controller box, etc.) and you're done! The first CC message that SFX Machine RT receives will be the CC type to which the "MIDI learner" becomes assigned.

Now your MIDI controller will control the slider you selected.

To erase a MIDI assignment:

  1. Click on the "MIDI learn" light. It should briefly turn red and say "MIDI erase," indicating that you have erased your MIDI assignment.

Please note that MIDI control requires a host application that can send MIDI to plug-in effects. Please see your host application documentation to find out whether your host supports this and, if so, how to configure MIDI for effects.

 

Host Programs & Formats

I want to use SFX Machine RT, 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 presets with a .fxp 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 presets 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 host programs support loading and saving of preset banks.

I owned the Premiere-format version, and I'm still confused about saving and loading additional presets.

Note that the VST and Audio Unit formats behave differently with respect to presets than the Premiere format did. For one thing, the VST and Audio Unit formats handle presets by slot number, not by preset name. Any presets you load will (temporarily) overwrite your current preset in your current category (and there's no way to create new categories). This is a limitation of the VST and Audio Unit formats; if we rearranged the presets any way we wanted, the host program would not know where to find them.

If your host program supports saving and loading of presets (almost all do), you can save your new presets anywhere you want. Note that the next time you launch SFX Machine RT, you will see the default presets, not your custom presets; if you want to load your custom presets, just use the host's Load button to load them from whatever directory you saved them to.

If you're using the VST version, you may be able to save an entire bank of custom presets; in this case, you might want to load all your custom presets into one of your existing categories (which can serve as your custom preset category), then save all your presets as a bank so you can reload them later.

In Audio Unit format, you will only be able to load one custom preset at a time. Even in VST format, note that not all host programs support loading and saving of preset banks.

For more details on loading and saving presets and preset banks, see the previous question.

 

Is there a way to edit new presets from scratch?

SFX Machine RT does not currently have a way to create the preset patches directly. Mac users can import presets from the Premiere-format version, as follows:

 

How can I import presets from the Premiere-format version?

Click on the small discreet gray button in the upper left border of the SFX Machine RT window. You will be greeted with a window asking you to find the location of the preset file you would like to load. Find the file and press the "Open" button.

This is only possible for the Macintosh version.

 

Miscellaneous / Support

How can I upgrade from a previous version?

E-mail us your serial number or other proof of purchase, and we'll let you know how to obtain the discount.

 

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 "SFX 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.

 

Is there a manual?

SFX Machine RT comes with a Read Me file that explains how to install and use the software. Due to the simplicity of its interface, no user manual is necessary.

Many of the questions you might have are answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. You might also want to consult the Tech Support and System Requirements pages. If you have unanswered questions after reading these pages, contact The Sound Guy, Inc.

The SFX Machine Documents page includes excerpts from the manual for the original Premiere-format version. You may also be interested in reading the SFX Machine Pro manual.

 

I wanted to ask about your contention that the Premiere-format version of SFX Machine will not cause anal leakage. Does this apply to the RT version as well? If the RT version "makes me happy whether I want to be or not," is it possible I could become happy enough to temporarily lose critical sphincter control?

Anal leakage occurs in less than 1% of SFX Machine RT users. We are working on the problem.

 

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 four steps don't answer your question, e-mail us or report the problem on The Sound Guy forum.

     

I have some other kind of question, but I'm not sure whether to ask. Do you guys bite?

Generally speaking, no, we do not. Go ahead and ask!

 

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