Specifications

  • 7” touchscreen display

  • ARM® Cortex™-A53 with NEON™ DSP instructions

  • 32-bit internal processing

  • 32-bit DAC, 48kHz, 106dB SNR

  • Headphone amplifier

  • Runs Linux with a realtime kernel

  • MIDI TRS input and output ports

  • USB MIDI host and device ports (both capable of input and output)

  • Ethernet (LAN) connection

  • Up to 16-voice polyphony

  • Firmware easily upgradable over the network or with a USB flash drive

Connectivity

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The rear side of Vector offers various connections. From left to right:

  • Phones is a 6.35mm TRS jack with a stereo output. Connect it to a pair of headphones for monitoring.

  • Left and Right are two 6.35mm TS jacks with line outputs (left and right channels). Connect them to a mixer or an audio interface.

  • MIDI IN and MIDI OUT are 3.5mm TRS jacks with MIDI input and output channels. The pin-out is “Type A” as per the official MIDI terminology. Connect them to other MIDI gear with a compatible connector or to a legacy 5-pin DIN cable (adapters are included with Vector).

  • Device is a USB Type B connector with class-compliant MIDI interface (both input and output). Connect it to a DAW etc.

  • Network is a RJ-45 network connector used for firmware updates. Connect it to a LAN network with Internet access and DHCP.

  • Host is a USB Type A connector with a class-compliant MIDI interface (both input and output). Connect it to a USB MIDI keyboard or a USB flash drive for software updates.

  • Power is a connector for the provided 12V DC 1000mA (center-positive) power supply with a dedicated power switch.

Note

It is possible to connect more devices to the Host connector using a USB hub. Follow the current rating of connected devices; if the total current exceeds 500mA, use a hub with external power adapter. For software updates, the flash drive has to be connected directly without any hubs or cables in between. Do not use hard drives for software updates as they might draw too much current.

Firmware updates

Vector can be updated either over network or using a USB flash drive. To find if there is an update available, start Vector with a network cable connected and navigate to the Presets screen screen_presets. The bar in the bottom of the screen will indicate available updates and guide you through the update process.

Please note that some major updates are only available over USB and as such do not appear in the Presets screen. Check vectorsynth.com/support for announcements and a detailed description of the firmware update procedure.

Warning

Do not power off Vector when a firmware update is in progress.

MIDI implementation

Vector responds to and outputs MIDI messages through various interfaces (TRS IN/OUT, USB Host, and USB Device). See the tables below for a complete list of supported messages and Control Change (CC) parameters.

MIDI Implementation Chart

Function

Transmitted

Recognized

Notes

Channel

1–16

1–16

*1

Note: Number

1–127

1–127

*2

Note: Velocity

1–127

1–127

*2

Pitch Bend

Yes

*3

Program Change

1–50

Control Change

1–37

*4

Timing: Clock

Yes

Yes

*5

Timing: Start

Yes

Yes

*5

Timing: Continue

Timing: Stop

Yes

Yes

*5

 

Notes:

  1. Separate channel for the Arpeggiator is possible, see MIDI configuration.

  2. Transmitted are notes played by the Arpeggiator and/or notes forwarded from the MIDI input if enabled.

  3. Range: two semitones up/down.

  4. Documented in a separate table.

  5. Disabled by default, configurable in the Tempo section.

 

Control Change Parameters

CC

Parameter

1

Suborbit speed

2

Suborbit size

3

Orbiter centre point position X

4

Orbiter centre point position Y

5

Orbiter width

6

Orbiter height

7

Lissajous shape warp X

8

Lissajous shape warp Y

9

Master volume

10

Reverb amount

11

Chorus mix

12

Delay mix

13

Envelope attack

14

Envelope decay

15

Envelope sustain

16

Envelope release

17

Vibrato speed

18

Vibrato depth

19

Tremolo speed

20

Tremolo depth

21

Drive amount

22

Drive colour

23

Reverb size

24

Reverb colour

25

Master resonance

26

Delay time

27

Delay feedback

28

Chorus speed

29

Chorus depth

30

Chorus colour

31

Arpeggiator note length

32

Arpeggiator humanize

33

Mono co-volume

34

Mono detune

35

Mono voices

36

Dual co-volume

37

Dual detune

38

Orbit Attack

39

Orbit Decay

40

Orbit Release

What’s in the box

  • The Vector synthesizer unit (with a serial number on the bottom plate)

  • Power supply with a region-matching plug

  • Printed manual

  • 2× MIDI-TRS adapter cable

Health and safety

Use common sense when handling Vector. Standard guidelines for handling electronic devices apply, which, among others, are:

  • Use only the supplied power supply.

  • Do not expose the machine to any liquids or excessive levels of humidity.

  • Do not cover the ventilation holes on back and bottom.

Free and open-source software

Vector is built using many great free and open-source (FOSS) software components.

See vectorsynth.com/licenses for the license agreement and a complete list of the FOSS components used in Vector’s firmware.