You can create special effects by wiring tools together to create a MIDI program. The first program shown, and the program created when you press the New button, is a simple one that sends all Synthesizer input to all Synthesizers and Sound Modules. The following topics are discussed on this page:
Running a program
Adding a new tool to the program
Connecting the output of one tool to the input of another tool
Moving a tool on the screen
Changing what a tool does
Saving a program
Loading a program
Remove a tool from the program
Disconnecting the link between two tools
Adding more tools to the toolbar

Running a program

Your program will not do anything until you start it running by clicking the Run button. When the program is running, any keys received from any MIDI keyboard connected to your computer will be sent to the tool. Any notes sent to the tool will be sent to all synthesizers connected to your system. You can test a program by pressing keys on the on-screen piano.


Adding a new tool to your program

You can add tools to the program by clicking on one of the buttons at the left of the screen that identifies the tool you want, and then clicking anywhere on the right half of the screen, where you want the tool to be placed.


Connecting the output of one tool to the input of another tool

Tools that can accept input have a blue arrow pointing into them. Tools that can produce output have a red arrow pointing out of them. For example, a tool that looks like this can accept input from another tool, and generate output for other tools.
To connect the output of one tool to the input of another, move the mouse over the blue arrow of one tool until the cursor looks like , a hand grabbing a wire. Now, press the left mouse button, and hold it down while you drag the mouse to the tool that you want to connect it to. When you release the mouse button, a line will be drawn between the two tools.


Moving a tool on the screen

Move the mouse over the tool to be moved until the mouse cursor looks like this . Now press the left mouse button, and hold it while you move the mouse to the location that you want to move the tool.


Changing what a tool does

You can change the behavior of any tool. Move the mouse over the tool to be modified, click the right mouse button, and choose the Properties... menu item.


Saving a program

Click the Save button to save your program to disk. If this is a new program, you will be prompted for a filename. Otherwise, it will be saved back to the same file it was loaded from.


Loading a program

Click the Load button to load your program from disk.


Remove a tool from the program

Move the mouse over the tool to be removed, click the right mouse button, and choose the Remove Tool menu item.


Disconnecting the link between two tools

Move the mouse over a tool's blue arrow until the mouse cursor looks like this . Now, click the left mouse button.

Adding more tools to the toolbar

More tools can be added to the toolbar shown above by buying one or more Anvil Studio Performance Tool Pack accessories. See the page for details.