Getting Started with G8TOR
Using G8TOR Without a DAW (in Standalone Mode)
You can use G8TOR without a DAW by launching the standalone G8TOR application. On a Mac you will find this in your Applications folder. On Windows you will find this in your Start Menu or on your desktop if you chose to add a shortcut when you installed. Simply double click the 2getheraudio G8TOR.app (Mac) or 2getheraudio G8TOR.exe (Windows) standalone application.
After launching the G8TOR application you may need to set your audio output and MIDI input. To do so, click on the Settings button next to the preset window in the G8TOR interface. In the settings window select your audio and MIDI devices. More information on the Settings window can be find below.
Using G8TOR Inside a DAW
G8TOR can be used as an instrument plugin in any standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The G8TOR package installs in AU format for Logic (Mac only), VST format for Ableton Live, Studio One and other DAWs, and AAX for ProTools. To load G8TOR in your DAW consult your manual on how to load a virtual instrument plugin.
All visible parameters in the G8TOR’s user interface are available for automating in your DAW project. Different DAW’s display automation data. Please consult your DAW for details on how to use automation.
Multi Instance Use
G8TOR can be used on as many tracks in your DAW as you need. Like any plugin, the more tracks you have with plugins, the more processing power and memory you will use. If you begin to notice any problems with a lot of tracks you can bounce or freeze your track. Consult your DAW manual on how to do this.
Like many plugins, G8TOR does not require a MIDI channel assignment. Rather it runs in Omni mode, receiving MIDI data on all MIDI channels. If you need to channelize your input to G8TOR you can use your DAW to do that.
The Preset Window
G8TOR includes over 100 professionally designed sounds, also called Presets, which give you instant access to a huge variety of sounds for your music or production. This is great for live performance but also great in the studio when you’re getting creative and trying out new sounds.
Clicking on the name of a preset in the preset window will show you a dropdown list of presets. Simply select a preset using your mouse to load it.
For quick preset selection use the arrows to the left and right of the preset name to select sounds.
Saving, Renaming and Deleting User Presets
You can name and save your own presets in G8TOR. These are called User Presets and will appear in a User Presets category.
To name your preset, Control-click (Mac) or right-click (Windows) on the preset name until it highlights. Type in your new name and hit enter.
To save any edits you’ve made to a preset, click on the save button to the right of the preset name.
To delete user presets, select the “Show User Presets” option in the preset dropdown window. This will open a browser window where your user presets are stored on your hard drive. From here you can delete presets as you would with any file on your computer.
The Expansion Window
All 2getheraudio products allow for add-on presets which are called Expansion Packs. To see what’s available please check the website regularly as we are always adding new packs.
Selecting the “e” button to the right of the save button will display the Expansion Pack window. Any expansion packs you have purchased will appear in this window. To find new expansion packs you can click on the link at the bottom of the window.
The Settings Window (Standalone Application Only)
The G8TOR Settings window is available in the standalone G8TOR application only. If you are using G8TOR inside a DAW you need to use the DAW’s settings. Consult your DAW’s manual to find this if you need to.
In the standalone application, click the settings button to the right of the Preset name. This will open the Settings window.
MIDI Input Device
Use the dropdown selection to select the MIDI input device you wish to use to play G8TOR. Only one MIDI input device can be selected at a time.
Audio Output Device
Use the dropdown selection to select the audio output device you wish to use to hear G8TOR. Only one audio output device can be selected at a time.
Use the dropdown selection to select the sample rate you wish to run G8TOR at. For normal use you should select 44100 or 48000. Higher sampling rates will use more CPU power and memory. If you hear audio artifacts at higher sampling rates, you will need to increase your host buffer size.
Use the slider to select the audio buffer size of the standalone application. Lower values will have less latency (delay) between the time you play a note and hear the sound but will use more CPU power and memory. Higher values will do the opposite. A typical value is 256. Increase this value if you are hearing audio artifacts during playback.
You can set the tempo of the standalone application using the Tempo field. This will determine the tempo for tempo sync’d operations such as the LFO rates. This setting is ignore when using G8TOR as a plugin inside your DAW. Instead, the DAW’s tempo is used.