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Here's a list of the things Zynthian can do: [[Zynthian Features]]
==Official UI Guides==
The Zynthian has 3 user interfaces:
Zynthian has 4 user interfaces that we have documented separately:
1. [[Configuration Users Guide]] (web browser UI)
1. '''[[Zynthian UI Users Guide]]''': The Hardware UI. '''<= You should start here!'''
2. [[MOD Users Guide]] (web browser UI)
2. [[Configuration Users Guide]]: Web Configuration Tool.
3. The device UI (the hardware itself)
3. [[MOD Users Guide|MOD-UI Users Guide]]: MOD Plugin-Host Web UI.
=Device User Interface=
4. [[Command Line User Guide]]: If you need to manually setup/configure things.
The Zynthian device User Interface is displayed on a TFT display and controlled by 4 rotary-encoders with push switches.
The encoders/switch knobs are used to navigate between the different screens/menus, select options and change the instrument parameters, acting as MIDI/OSC controllers.
==Specific Guides==
Currently there are two screen layouts:
* [[Installing LV2 Engines]]: Adding LV2 engines to the system.
# '''Selector Screen''': a list of items that you can scroll and select with the SELECT(4) knob
* [[Adding LV2 plugins]]: Adding LV2 fx plugins to the system.
# '''Controller Screen''': In the corners, 4 control widgets (one for each knob), with label and value indicator (graphic and numeric). In the middle, a list of controller maps which you can use to change or rotate using the SELECT(4) knob.
And there are 3 types of clicks (push) that can be performed, depending on how long you hold down the knob:
* [[MIDI Network]]: Receive/Send MIDI with RTP-MIDI & QMidiNet
* '''short:''' less than 0.3 seconds
* '''bold:''' between 0.3 and 2 seconds
* '''long:''' more than 2 seconds
Actions for each knob and click type are context dependent. Generally, the SELECT knob and a short click is used to navigate and select items on a "Selector Screen". On a "Controller Screen", short clicks can be used to rotate between channels (CH) or between controller maps (SELECT). "Bold" clicks are intended as shortcuts for jumping to some specific screens. Clicking the BACK knob generally jumps to the previous screen in the sequence. For a detailed description, see the next flowcharts:
* [[Understanding LINUX Audio]]: will help you understand the acronyms mentioned in this Wiki
* [[Aligning Zynthian Touchscreens]]: Guidance on the alignment of non-standard zynthian screens.
* [[Using ZynSeq]]: Tutorial on using ZynSeq step sequencer.
= UI with only a touch screen and no encoders=
* [[Adding Extra I/O with the Zynaptik Module]]: Adding the Zynaptik extra I/O Option
''Need to describe how the UserInterface works with no rotary-encoders and only a touchscreen.''
When clicking (touching) the topbar, a "back" event is triggered. It's quick&dirty fix and probably it will change in the future, but meanwhile it will allow to have a basic functionality using the touchscreen without controllers. [[File:Topbar.png]]
'''[[Building_a_Zynthian_Box_using_an_official_Kit_v3#First_Boot|First Steps]]''': ''A brief tutorial on basic UI usage''
Now you can navigate and control the Zynthian UI without encoders/switches at all. Only touchscreen :wink:
'''[[Quick Start]]''': ''A beginners tutorial on how to make a piano snapshot''
You can "emulate" the switches by pushing in the controller widgets. There are short, bold and long actions. Exactly the same workflow than ever. When the "back" widget is not available, you can go back by clicking the top bar.
==Video Guides==
Also, as i explained in another post, you can move the controllers by "sliding" over the widgets. I think it's pretty intuitive.
<embedvideo alignment="inline" dimensions="300" service="youtube" description="First Steps, by Sébastien Marty">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avUdv1uxYT4</embedvideo>
<embedvideo alignment="inline" dimensions="300" service="youtube" description="MIDI Basics, by Sébastien Marty">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U58qZze5hTA</embedvideo>
<embedvideo alignment="inline" dimensions="300" service="youtube" description="Editing SFZ & SF2, by Benoit Bouchez">https://youtube.com/watch?v=FXFTnPrz4Pw</embedvideo>
If you want to contribute improving these flowcharts, you can edit it using the Google Documents Tools:
<embedvideo alignment="inline" dimensions="300" service="youtube" description="Interface utilisateur, by Benoit Bouchez">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jb-8cQQQgQ</embedvideo>
- [https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1jmt3zrJjPkbqj3hpzCIwRgFIKxiX2UptebBA_GN8e5I/edit?usp=sharing Main sequence: zynthian_ui_workflow_1]
<embedvideo alignment="inline" dimensions="300" service="youtube" description="Edition SFZ et SF2, by Benoit Bouchez">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odfyOLWh93k</embedvideo>
- [https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1Um1HVCvvb4gZF_X-vcIN9cTxYIBRCtZ5oxniUdSTB3c/edit?usp=sharing Aux. Sequences: zynthian_ui_workflow_2]

Latest revision as of 19:16, 2 February 2021

Official UI Guides

Zynthian has 4 user interfaces that we have documented separately:

1. Zynthian UI Users Guide: The Hardware UI. <= You should start here!

2. Configuration Users Guide: Web Configuration Tool.

3. MOD-UI Users Guide: MOD Plugin-Host Web UI.

4. Command Line User Guide: If you need to manually setup/configure things.

Specific Guides


First Steps: A brief tutorial on basic UI usage

Quick Start: A beginners tutorial on how to make a piano snapshot

Video Guides


First Steps, by Sébastien Marty
MIDI Basics, by Sébastien Marty
Editing SFZ & SF2, by Benoit Bouchez


Interface utilisateur, by Benoit Bouchez
Edition SFZ et SF2, by Benoit Bouchez