# Controller's User Interface
Electra One controller user interface is designed so that a computer is not needed once the presets are uploaded to the controller. All information that a user might need is available and accessible directly from the hardware. Of course, you may leave Electra One connected to a computer while using it. If you want to work with software VST plugins or DAW, you even have to keep it connected.
# Elements of the user interface
The user interface relies on four important elements:
- color display that shows information about presets and displays navigation means
- display touch, that allows working with Controls and navigate between pages, presets, and configurations.
- buttons to switch between sections, pages, as well as to load and save your data
- touch-sensitive knobs that are used to improve orientation on the pages of Controls and to make choices on the selection screens.
# The display
# The status bar
The Status bar is located at the top of the screen. The status bar is meant to provide information about the USB device port, devices connected to the USB Host port, and MIDI IO ports.
The status bar is updated dynamically in real-time. The location of the status bar labels reflects the physical location of the ports on the rear panel.
The activity on the ports is indicated by flashing the port labels.
# USB Device port
The rightmost item of the status bar. It indicates the physical position and MIDI activity of the USB device port
# USB Host devices
USB Host devices item provides information about MIDI USB devices connected to Electra’s USB Host port The MIDI USB devices are identified by their “Product name”. It means that when a USB device is connected to the
<USB HOST> port, its name is shown.
# MIDI IO ports
The MIDI input / output labels identify the physical
<MIDI IO> DIN-5 ports. The indicators are flashing whenever there is a flow of MIDI data.
# Active section
Electra’s display can show up to 36 Controls on one screen. There are, however, only 12 knobs. To allow the user to easily reach all 36 Controls, the screen is divided into three sections of 12 Controls.
Only one section can be active at the time. The Controls of the active section are connected to the 12 knobs. Turning a knob will cause a change of the value of the corresponding Control.
The Active section is selected with the three buttons on the left side of Electra.
- Button 3, referred to as
[SECTION 1], makes the top section active
- Button 4, referred to as
[SECTION 2], makes the middle section active
- Button 5, referred to as
[SECTION 3], makes the bottom section active
The Active section is always highlighted, while the inactive sections are dimmed. The section highlighting helps users to get oriented on the screen and make a visual connection between the knobs and the controls.
The Active section can be also switched by clicking a Control on the display. The click will activate the section where the Control is located.
Top section active
Middle section active
Bottom section active
If the dimming of inactive sections is not appropriate, different style of marking the active section can be used. This is can be done on the Electra One configuration page in the Electra One account application.
# Right side buttons
Right side buttons provide access to presets, preset pages, snapshots, configuration, and to request patches.
- Button 6, referred to as
- Button 7, referred to as
- Button 8, referred to as
# Patch request
If preset consists of instructions to request and parse device patch data, the requests are sent when the
[PATCH REQUEST] button is pressed. Electra One controller will update the values of the Controls according to their patch settings as soon as the Device responds with the patch dump MIDI data.
[SNAPSHOTS] button will open the Snapshots window. Snapshots are saved sets of preset Control values. The Snapshots window can be closed by pressing the
There are 12 banks, each having 36 snapshot slots. Current snapshot bank can be changed by pressing and holding the
[MENU]. The knob touch or tapping the Bank button on the screen can be used to switch the snapshot banks. The snapshots bank selection is shown as long as the
[MENU] button is held pressed.
There are several buttons at the top of the Snapshots window. These are to manange the snapshots and send them out to the connected MIDI devices.
Swicthes Electra One to the Load mode. Subsequent tap on any of the saved snapshots will will update the preset values, will send the values to connected devices, and eventually the Snapshots window will be closed.
# Load & Stay
Swicthes Electra One to the Load & Stay mode. Subsequent taps on any of the saved snapshots will will update the preset values, will send the values to connected devices. On contrary to the Load, the Load & Stay does not close the Snapshots window. It means you can keep sending the snapshots as long as you keep the Snaphosts window open.
# Send current
Sends all current preset values to the connected devices. No data is sent or modified.
Switches Electra One to the Delete mode. Subsequent taps on any of the saved snapshots will permanently remove them from the controller.
# Save current
Switches Electra One to the Save mode. Subsequent taps on any of the saved snapshots will create a new snapshot at given location. When a used slot is chosen, the original saved snapshot will be overwriten.
[MENU] allows user to switch pages, presets, and enter the USB host configuration page. The
[MENU] button is used in combination with the other two buttons on the right side of the controller, ie. with the
[PATCH REQUEST] and
The following functions are assigned to the
- switch between preset Pages
- switch between Preset banks and Presets stored in Electra One's internal storage
- configure assignment of USB devices connected to USB Host port
# Page selection
Each Electra preset may have up to 12 pages of Controls. When
[MENU] button is pressed and held pressed a list of all pages will appear at the bottom of the screen.
The currently selected page is highlighted. The page names are displayed so that their position corresponds to the knobs. The knob touch or tapping the Page button on the screen can be used to switch the pages. Empty page buttons represent unused pages, these cannot be accessed.
# Preset selection
Not only that each preset has 12 pages, Electra One gives you a very fast way to switch between 72 presets, organized in 6 banks of 12 presets.
# Changing the current preset
To reach the Preset selection, press and hold the
[MENU] and then press the right-middle
[SNAPSHOTS] button. The Preset selection window with 12 preset slots and 6 bank buttons will appear.
The selection is done in the same way as selecting pages. You can use either tapping the knobs or with the touch on the display.
The preset is loaded immediately after it is selected. If the preset slot is empty, an empty preset will be loaded and shown. Selecting an empty preset slot makes the slot available for uploading a new preset.
The Electra Preset Library and the Preset Editor always upload presets to the currently selected preset slot. If the selected slot contains a preset, uploading a new preset from the editor will overwrite the original preset.
# Changing the current preset bank
The banks can be switched by tapping the on-screen bank buttons
Each bank may have up to 12 presets. Once the preset bank is changed, you can choose the preset as described above.
The active bank is highlighted with a colour background:
# USB Host configuration
Electra features a
<USB HOST> port to connect USB MIDI devices and Electra accessories. Although there is only one USB port, it is possible to connect a standard USB Hub to increase the number of USB ports.
Any USB MIDI device connected to Electra’s
<USB HOST> port can be assigned to PORT 1, PORT 2, or CTRL.
To open the USB Host configuration window, press and hold the
[MENU] and then press the right-top
[PATCH REQUEST] button.
If the USB device, for example, a master keyboard, is connected to PORT 1, the messages it sends will be forwarded to
<USB DEVICE> port Electra Port 1 and
<MIDI 1 OUT> port. Any MIDI message sent to either
<USB DEVICE> port Electra Port 1 or
<MIDI 1 IN> port will be automatically forwarded to the USB device connected to the
<USB HOST> port 1. PORT 2 uses the same principle.
The CTRL port is used for Electra's external MIDI control. External control allows you to switch pages and presets by sending MIDI messages to Electra's
<USB HOST> port.
# Interacting with controls
# Active control
To make orientation even easier, the touch on knobs marks corresponding controls underlined. It means you can see what Control is active even if you do not turn the knob.
# Switching the Active section
A single tap on a Control will switch to the Active section where the control is located.
# Control detail
Touch and prolonged hold of the Control will display a Control detail window with a full-size version of the Control. The Control detail provides you with fine control over the value. The detail window can be also revealed by holding the knob and pressing the
[SECTION 1] button.
Each type of Control has its special detail window:
# Fader detail
The fader detail is meant to allow maximum width sweeps of the Control value. The fader strip is wide and high enough to provide adequate room for your finger.
# List detail
The list detail is meant to provide a tablet like swipeable list of values. The values can be browsed by swiping the items up and down. The item is selected with a single tap on the display.
# Envelope detail
The envelope detail is meant to allow users to change all envelope values from one place. When the detail window is shown, Electra re-assigns knobs to individual envelope values. This temporary knob assignment is available only as long as the detail window is shown.
# Locking the detail window
Normally, the detail window is closed immediately after changing the value or making a selection. This could be inappropriate in some situations. To prevent this the window can be locked by tapping the lock symbol:
When the lock is tapped, the symbol gets highlighted and the detail window can be used to change the value many times.
The locked detail window can be closed by tapping the lock symbol again or tapping the display elsewhere outside the detail window.
# Detail window knob assignment
The detail window keeps the assignment of the original knob. It means you can use the same knob to change the value of the Control when it is displayed in the detail window.
# Resetting to the default value
A double-tap on the Control resets its value to the default defined in the preset.
# Changing active value of envelopes
The multi-value controls, such as envelopes, have knobs assigned to one of their values when the preset is loaded. This default assignment is set by the user in the Preset editor. There are situations, however, when a different value needs to be adjusted and opening the envelope detail window is not appropriate. In such situation, a quick active value change gesture can be used. There are two ways to achieve changing the value that is assigned to the knob:
- hold the knob of the envelope (it means the name of the control is underlined) and tap the envelope control on the display. The value assigned to the knob will be switched to the next available and will become highlighted.
- hold the knob of the envelope (it means the name of the control is underlined) and press either
[SECTION 3]button. The
[SECTION 2]will switch to the next available value within the envelope. The
[SECTION 3]will switch to the sprevious available value within the envelope.