Modular Routing

Modular routing, combined with the ability to host VST plugins, allows energyXT to do almost anything you can think of.

To access the modular routing view, click on the Modular tab on the Dock Bar.

Signal Flow

The signal flow is top to bottom. Therefore, the pins on top of a component are the inputs, and those on the bottom are the outputs. Both audio and MIDI signals can be routed in the modular area. By default, MIDI connections are green, and Audio connections are blue, though these colors can be changed in the Looks Setup. MIDI pins are always to the left of Audio pins.

A component will be disabled if it does not have at least one output connected to something.

Adding Components

There are several ways to add components to the modular area:

Right-click an empty area of the background, and you can add any of the Built-in components.

You can also add built-in components or VST plugins by dragging and dropping from the Browser. Also, dragging and dropping a preset from the Presets section will create a new component with that preset pre-loaded.

Dragging and dropping a VST plugin from an external source such as Windows Explorer also works.

When adding a component from the right-click menu or by drag & drop, its MIDI input and audio output, if any, are automatically connected to the MIDI In and Audio Out components.

In the Sequencer, adding a Synthesizer or a VST plugin as a destination of an Instrument track will create that component in the modular area, with its MIDI input connected to the Sequencer, and its audio output connected to the Audio Out component.

Audio Connections

Mono vs. Stereo

Audio input and output pins on a component are either mono or stereo. Note, however, that they are both the same color, so you can't tell them apart. Connections between mono and stereo pins have the following behavior:

  • Mono to Stereo:
    • If you connect a mono output to a stereo input, the signal will go to both channels.
    • The mono signal can be panned between the stereo channels using the mono component's mixer strip.
  • Stereo to Mono:
    • If you connect a stereo output to a mono input, the left and right channels will be summed.
    • You can control the balance of the two channels by panning the stereo source.

Link/Unlink Stereo Pins

For some routings, you will want to have a stereo pin available as two mono pins, or two mono pins combined into one stereo pin. Currently, there is no way to do this natively within XT2, but there are some workarounds using VST plugins.

I will tell you about that later.

MIDI Connections

MIDI connections are used to send MIDI data between components, and also to allow automation via the Controller Map or from a Sequencer. Components that need to be synchronized with the Sequencer also need to be connected to the Sequencer's MIDI output.

Making Connections

Click and drag between an input and an output to make a connection, or delete a connection if the pins were already connected. You can also right-click a pin to disconnect all cables on that pin.

Routing Menu

Alternatively, you can do the routing using the context menu, available by right-clicking a component. This is often more convenient, especially when making several connections from a single component.

The menu lists the outputs of that component, in order. The MIDI outputs appear first, followed by a separator, then the audio outputs are listed.

Note: In the MIDI output menu, modular components are listed first, then any send effects are listed, after a divider. Since sends don't appear in the modular view, the routing menu is the only way to route MIDI to them.

You can use the arrow keys to navigate the menu.

Clicking on the checkbox or pressing the space bar will toggle that connection. Clicking on the text next to the checkbox, or pressing Enter, toggles that connection and closes the menu.

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