How to use D16’s Tekturon

D16’s Tekturon combines a multitap delay with step sequencing to produce inspired soundscapes that simply can’t be achieved with stock plugins.

16 independently adjustable delay lines provide limitless opportunity for exploration within an intuitive GUI. This feature guide will overview some of the essential components of Tekturon that you’ll want to be aware of to get the most out of the powerful plugin.

1. The master section

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While what makes Tekturon unique is its ability to fine-tune local delay lines, all delay lines can also be manipulated at once using the master section, which is further divided into the master filter and time grid sections. Let’s take a look at each parameter that can be adjusted:

  • The master filter section can globally apply a low pass, band pass, or high pass filter, with adjustable cutoff frequency, filter resonance, and dry / wet values.
  • The time grid section can sync the time grid with the DAW’s tempo, which will cause the delay time to be represented as a rhythmic value on the graphic display. The rhythm can be further modified to be of a full, dotted, or triplet value.
    • Pro Tip #1: Experiment with the Shuffle potentiometer to create a swing effect between consecutive delay lines, and the Feedback potentiometer to increase the feedback across all delay lines.
    • Pro Tip #2: Use the Tap function to set the delay time by ear as an alternative to syncing to the DAW’s tempo.

2. The bar graph display

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The bar graph display is the heart and soul of Tekturon, where each of the various delay line parameters can be adjusted individually. Each blue bar represents a single delay line, and its height can be adjusted to determine a parameter’s strength. The plugin runs through the delay lines at the speed designated by the time grid. Notably, there are two sections within this display that you should be aware of:

  • The View Selector located on the left hand side of the display allows you to switch between the array of delay parameters that can be adjusted. These include volume, delay, feedback, pan, spread, filter type, cutoff, and resonance.
  • The mute buttons spanning the bottom of the display allow you to easily mute any single delay line.
    • Pro Tip: The mute buttons can be used creatively to generate interesting rhythmic patterns.

We hope you found this tour of Tekturon’s features useful! If you have a question, leave it in the comments below.

March 15, 2018

Harrison Shimazu Harrison Shimazu is an editor of the Splice blog and a composer for video games and film.