Using Lux

Connections
Tracks
The Lux Interface
Tooltips
Dropdown Lists
Knobs

Connections

If you want to use Lux BWEI with an AVS, or Mind Machine, the connection is basically the same as you would make if you were listening to an audiostrobe CD. Simply connect a 1/8″ stereo cable from the output of your audio interface to the AUX in of your mind machine.

Tracks

When loading Lux into your DAW, you will be presented with an option to load multiple output channels.  I recommend that you allow the default channel setup, as all of the bundled presets depend on the various modules having their own output channel.  If your DAW does not prompt you to build separate channels for each Lux output, then it is easy to do so manually.  Just create 3 new stereo audio tracks.  Make 3 stereo sends from the Lux master track, then set each of your 3 new tracks to receive those sends.

Having separate audio tracks for each of the output modules gives you a lot of control. Each of the tracks may be further processed. For instance, you could get really wild and try things like running the audiostrobe track through a phaser, or adding delay & reverb to the noise track. Separate channels also make it easy to mix and master your composition for public release.

Please note that the audiostobe tracks (output from the Left & Right LFOs and Triggers) are automatically routed to outputs 1 & 2. They cannot be changed. All other audio producing modules give you a choice about where to send their outputs.

The Lux Interface

Tooltips

Tooltip

If you hover your mouse over any parameter for a few seconds, a tooltip will appear, explaining its function.

Dropdown Lists

DropDownList

The black bars with green text are dropdown lists. Click anywhere on the bar to display a selectable list of options.

Knobs

Knobs

Knobs in Lux work just as you’d expect: click on it, then drag up to increase the value – down to decrease it. If you want the change to happen more slowly, hold CTRL while clicking & dragging.

Certain knobs within Lux will change depending on their settings. For instance, if a sine wave is selected, then Pulse Width (PW) is an invalid parameter. Lux takes this into account by showing an ‘x’ in the center of the knob, while the text readout displays “n/a”. Knobs also change when parameters are synchronized to another source outside of the module, or when they are receiving a modulation signal from the Mod Matrix. See the illustration above for more detail about how the knobs change.

On certain knobs where it makes sense to have a default value, you can quickly double-click on the knob to restore it to the default.

Below each knob is a text readout which displays the value of the parameter. By clicking on the text, you can enter very precise values with several decimal places. Lux will accept the value, however, the text readout may not accommodate the display, since there is a fixed space for the text field. Text fields can also accept values higher or lower than their knobs allow. For instance, the LFO rate knobs stop at 30 Hz. If you need 45 Hz, simply enter it into the text field.

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