Scenes, Songs, and Setlists

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Scenes, Songs, and Setlists

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Forte's most defining feature is the ability to organize plugins for performance.  Organizing plugin settings into repeatable sets of sounds is what sets Forte apart from Digital Audio Workstations.


The most basic unit of performance is a "scene."  A scene is created as a snapshot of the current rack at a particular point in time.  The snapshot includes:


1.The current state of every instrument and effect plugin in the rack.  For example a VST plugin with a Piano patch tweaked with a specific sustain is entirely captured in the scene.

2.The current MIDI configuration of each plugin in the rack.  For example, if an instrument is configured to respond to the upper half of a MIDI key split and transpose down one octave, that would be captured in the scene.

3.The output bus routing and volume of each instrument module

4.Tempo (used to sync plugin delays and other tempo-related parameters)

5.Transport (used to drive arpeggiators in plugins)


This means that each scene in the rack may have a completely different set of the above characteristics.


Note that the Program Change remap is not included in a Scene. Scenes may be optionally changed using incoming MIDI program changes. When this feature is enabled, MIDI Program Remap does not work because the program change messages are used to change scenes instead of being remapped and sent to the instruments.