WIPS Overview
        WIPS integrates a very powerful and flexible articulation and variation control system with very musical-sounding legato, portamento, and vibrato effects. WIPS also supports the 3 major methods of virtual wind instrument control with Keyboard Only, Keyboard + Breath Control, and, Standalone Wind Controller modes. Mode 2 also supports Keyboard + Expression Pedal for those who don’t yet have a breath control setup. All 3 modes are designed to provide the special control characteristics that are most needed by virtual wind instruments. However, many of WIPS special features depend on the availability of a keyboard. For example, key switching, re-triggering, hold pedal functions, etc. If you have no keyboard in your Wind Controller setup, many of these keyboard-dependent features will not be useable.

        WIPS articulations are made up of complex combinations of Kontakt Instrument Groups and each articulation can contain up to 16 ‘natural’ (ie sampled) variations as well as synthesized variations (using the Theo Krueger Technique, TKT) that can be sequenced in a round-robin or random fashion. Each variation can control as many as 6 normal and 6 release groups to support all manner of volume-layer blending, mod-wheel crossfading, etc. In addition, special support is included to optimize the performance of the AET filter in the velocity morph mode. And, unlike SIPS, WIPS handles all articulation control without the need to alter group-start programming (which has been a troublesome area in the past and then became unusable with the introduction of K4).

        Up to 100 complex articulations can be defined and ‘called up’ in real time by means of MIDI Controller messages and/or key switches. Key switches can be freely assigned to any articulation individually or in pairs anywhere on the keyboard. This allows for all manner of linear or bank/art key configurations. Key switches can be defined as latching or non-latching in any combination. A dedicated set of variation parameters (such as triggering mode, sequencing mode, etc) are saved and recalled with each articulation rather than being set globally. In addition, the articulation script can associate specific panel setups with any articulation so that legato/vibrato parameters can be changed ‘on the fly’ as articulations are recalled.

        The improved solo-mode logic used in WIPS also supports a retrigger option for performing realistic trills, trumpet shakes, etc. The ‘hold/ghost’ pedal function makes it possible to perform legato-connected repeat notes and such things as starting a legato phrase with a legato attack (and bending from any desired imaginary note). Any pair of notes in a legato phrase can easily be connected with a smooth, formant-corrected glide allowing all manner of portamento effects such as emulating a slide trombone glissando. Both legato bending and glide time contours can be adjusted for different shapes including exponential and S-shaped. In addition, bends and glides now have a separate set of parameter settings for both up and down intervals to allow for more realistic emulation of real instruments.

        Small random variations of all the key legato/vibrato parameters can be programmed for more realistic humanization of the effect and all legato, glide and vibrato parameters can be CC controlled during performance using Kontakt’s automation facility (extended to allow the use of Channel Aftertouch, Pitch Wheel and/or played Velocity). The Articulation script includes a powerful meta-function facility that extends the power of keyswitches to control various function buttons or to recall Legato/Vibrato parameter sets during performance. In addition, the Vibrato script has a nice new feature called Key-Paced Vibrato. This option allows you to actually ‘play’ the Vibrato cycle by cycle from your keyboard.

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