Vector works with a main tempo which is used to synchronize the movement of the suborbit, sequencing of the Arpeggiator or timing of effects. The synchronization of the individual parts can be enabled or disabled by the switches in the Sync section.
When Vector is playing , the tempo is indicated by an LED next to the Tap button in the Sync section. The tempo can be either tapped into the button or adjusted by pressing and dragging the BPM indicator on the Effects screen . When Vector is stopped , no tempo is being generated and Orbiter and Arpeggiator are also stopped.
The main tempo operates in multiple modes:
Stand-alone Mode (default), in which the tempo is generated by Vector and used only internally.
Send Mode, in which the tempo is generated by Vector and transmitted over MIDI to other devices.
Receive Mode, in which the tempo is received from an external device (such as a drum machine or a sequencer).
The Presets screen allows access to presets organized in categories and pages (with 50 presets per page). A preset contains all parameters defined on the Orbiter and Effects screens.
The System presets category contains read-only presets which can change with firmware upgrades while the User presets have space for presets which can be stored and renamed and are preserved during firmware upgrades. There are three pages (150 slots) available for the user presets.
To store a preset, select a slot and press Save. If the slot is not free, it will be overwritten with the new values.
Do not power off Vector when saving a preset, wait for the confirmation message first.
It is possible to change the current preset by a MIDI Program Change message with value corresponding to the preset slot number (shown in the bottom left corner of each slot).
Preset import and export¶
User presets can be stored to or loaded from a USB drive either individually or as a full backup. Only drives formatted to the FAT32 filesystem are supported at the moment.
The external drive connected to the USB Host port can be accessed on the Presets screen . When a USB drive is plugged in, a third category External appears alongside User and System.
Always use the Eject button before physically unplugging the external drive to prevent data loss.
Accessing individual presets¶
When a USB drive is present, the External category allows access to presets stored on the drive. This method is useful for transferring presets between Vector and a computer.
The category has 5 pages and supports Save, Load and Rename operations in the same way as the User presets category.
Presets on the external drive are stored in a directory named
as one file per preset slot. Preset file names are derived from their slot
numbers (shown in the bottom left corner of each slot).
To copy a preset from User to External, first load the target preset and then save it to a free slot in the External category.
Archiving all presets at once¶
It is also possible to backup or restore an archive containing all User presets at once. This method is useful for making backups of the full preset bank.
The Backup button archives all User presets to file named
If the file is already present on the external drive, it is overwritten by the
The Restore button overwrites all User presets slots with presets
Preset slots which are used in Vector but are not present in the archive are
Please note that the preset archive created by the Backup button is stored in a different location than presets in the External category. As a result it is not possible to load only a specific preset from the archive; it is only possible to perform a backup or restoration of all presets at once.
The Settings screen contains global configuration which is common for all presets. The configuration can be stored using the Save button or reset to defaults.
The following MIDI parameters can be set in the Global settings:
MIDI input channel for receiving Note On/Off, Control Change (CC), Pitch Bend, and Program Change messages,
Separate Arp in MIDI channel for Note On/Off events fed into the Arpeggiator (equals to the MIDI input channel by default),
MIDI output channel for sending MIDI messages (Start/Stop, Timing Clock, and also notes received from connected MIDI controllers if Forward MIDI notes is enabled),
Separate Arp out MIDI channel for sending notes played by the Arpeggiator if Output Arp MIDI notes is enabled,
The option to ignore note velocity and use a Fixed MIDI velocity to play all notes wit the same amplitude,
The option to divide the received MIDI Timing Clock (depending on the Tempo configuration) by a factor defined by the Global slowdown, and
The option to set the Tempo sync mode (OFF for the Stand-alone Mode, OUT for Send Mode and IN for the Receive Mode).
Both MIDI input channel and Arp in MIDI channel can be set to receive messages on all sixteen channels simultaneously.
Apart from MIDI configuration, the Global settings screen also allows configuration of the Corner Matrix button defined by the Sticky Corner Matrix option. If enabled, the Corner Matrix button alternates between visible and hidden Corner Matrix. If disabled, the Corner Matrix stays visible only as long as the button is pressed.
The Settings screen also allows for Firmware updates. User presets are preserved during an update.