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Downloads

I haven't received the download link yet. What should I do?

If you haven't received a download link within 1 day, please check your spam/bulk/junk folder in your mailbox. You can avoid this by adding our contact address to the list of "safe" email addresses.

Your order is processed manually. Most of the time the download link is sent within 1 day, with some rare exceptions. In the future we're planning to make an automated purchase system with instant download.

How can I get updates? Is there a download section?

Updates are automatically sent out in email to registered users. To make sure you receive updates, add our email address to your white-list. If you haven't received update links, then contact us and we'll be happy to send you the latest update.

Development

What system did you use making SilverBox? (SE/SM/C++)

All parts (sequencer, filter, overdrive, oscillator, etc.) were coded in C++/assembly, using optimized parallel SIMD instructions for fast performance. These were compiled in SynthEdit, using SynthEdit's GUI elements. We might rewrite the code for the VST SDK in future versions.

Is there a Mac version?

We already started porting SilverBox to Mac. The release date is unknown at the moment.

Skinning

How is it possible to customize the skin?

Skinning support is available to registered users only. Please contact us if you want to create a custom skin!

Sequencer

Will it be possible to change patterns/sequences via midi?

Currently, the patterns can be changed by using MIDI patch change messages. As this is pretty awkward to do in many hosts, the next main update will deal with easier sequencing possibilities. Now with pressing different keys, you can transpose the actual pattern.

How do the MIDI notes in the piano roll correspond to the actual note played?

Two things transpose the pattern in the piano roll: the tuning pot, and the MIDI note received from the external host that triggers the pattern. All notes in the piano roll are relative to the MIDI note received, so for example if you play a C and the tuning pot is in the middle position, a C sound will be played. If you either change the tuning pot 2 half notes up, or if you trigger the pattern using a D note instead of C, the pattern will be transposed 2 halfnotes up.

Is that possible to deactivate the internal sequencer and play melodies externally?

Yes, this is available since v1.1. Use the EXT. SEQ. MODE button.

Is there a note divider to change the note length to 1/8 or 1/32 notes?

Not yet. Instead, use manual tempo, and set it double/half the tempo of your external sequencer. Example: tempo is 140 BPM, so for 1/8, set the manual tempo to 140/2 = 70 BPM. Tempo is adjustable between 0.0 and 999.9 BPM, so you'll be able to use any tempo signature, like 1/8, 1/32, 1/6, whatever. Using the Length parameter, you can set the length of the pattern between 1-16 steps.

Is there a shuffle function?

No, there's no shuffle function at the moment.

MIDI

Can I automate parameters using MIDI controllers?

Yes. Cutoff, Resonance, Env Mod, Decay, Accent, Waveform, Tuning, Volume, Drive Amount, Distortion Type and Filter Type parameters can be assigned to MIDI CC messages. These assignments are stored in a text file named MIDIConfig.ini, which is located in the SilverBox subfolder where SilverBox is installed. You may edit this file freely using a text editor (like Notepad). For default MIDI CC assigment list, please refer to the SilverBox manual.

Does SilverBox send MIDI out?

SilverBox sends MIDI output from the internal sequencer, accented notes having a higher velocity, and slided notes played in legato. The non-accented notes' velocity is set by the VELO. SENS. knob. This also means that you can record this MIDI output in your host, and use that sequence to drive SilverBox using external sequencer mode! You can also drive other software or hardware synths with SilverBox. Some hosts that can route MIDI output to another synth include Reaper, Live, Energy XT2, Buzz, SynthEdit and Tracktion.