EFFECT Knob with Label
The Effect Knob is the central control in Finisher NEO. It is a super powerful macro-control, multi-wired into all effect algorithms under the hood, and carefully set up for each individual Mode.
The Effect Knob is not just another one-knob thing that you set up and leave to tweak the effect – although you perfectly could do just that.
Actually, you are encouraged to play with the Effect Knob and automate it to create arcs, transitions, and modulations over the length of your track. We strongly encourage you to assign it to a MIDI Controller like a Wheel or a Pedal if you can play and record along with your song and create dynamic tracks that will sound alive and interesting.
The function of the Effect Knob in each Mode is shown as a label underneath the Effect Knob that changes as you select Modes.
Variation 1 and 2
Variation Knob with Label
The two smaller knobs left and right of the Effect Knob is designed for allowing adjustments to the overall effect and the dynamic changes created by the EFFECT knob, but you might as well automate and “play” them too.
Like the Effect Knob, both controls are entirely MODE-dependent - they are always programmed to perform the musically most useful function in any given MODE.
Also, like the EFFECT knob, these two knobs are pre-assigned to multiple parameters, each with its own scaling and range, to create complex changes, and their function assignment is shown as a label right underneath each knob.
Variation Knob Types
From left to right: Unipolar knob (zero position left), bipolar knob (zero position center), a three-way switch, four-way switch
Depending on the Mode, both Variation Knobs can either be a unipolar or bipolar continuous control as well as a 3- or 4-way switch. The user interface will reflect the respective control mode. When in Switch mode, the knob doesn’t turn but jump to the pre-programmed positions.
Checking and Setting Levels
Input Level and Meter
Output Level and Meter with dB display while slider being dragged
The Input Level Meter and Slider to the bottom left to let you attenuate or boost your signals’ input level into Finisher, and the Output Level elements to the right do the same for Finisher NEOs output signal. A few tips:
- Signals are at an optimal level if they are around the little calibration marks on the slider. Adjust them if they’re not.
- Optimal input levels are important particularly for those Modes that use distortion, compression or any kind of dynamic treatment.
- Optimal output levels are particularly important if you use subsequent processing in the same track, and to avoid clipping.
Note that while you drag a slider, the resulting change will be displayed in dB.
Finisher NEO is optimized to alter the signal’s level as little as possible from input to output, but depending on the frequency content of the input signal and the processing applied (e.g. sub-bass on kick drums, high resonant filters on mid-rich signals) this is not always avoidable.