Because Crystal Desktop and Crystal Mobile are similar in features, the user guide for the desktop version may be used for the mobile version as well. Just keep in mind the few differences between the two described below. You can find the Crystal User Guide here.
Here is the first Crystal video tutorial, a brief overview of the basics of using Crystal on an iPad.
Patch Sharing Tutorial for Crystal XT:
Watch this video to see how to create sounds on your iPad while away from the studio with Crystal Synth XT, then transfer those sounds to Crystal Desktop to use in your musical projects.
This video also shows how to create Crystal sounds on your computer, then transfer those sounds to Crystal Synth XT on an iPad/iPhone. When transferring sounds from a computer to Crystal Synth XT on an iPad/iPhone, follow these instructions:
Name the patch bank file to CrystalPatches.fxb on your desktop computer and drag it into Crystal Synth XT with itunes as demonstrated in the video.
That patch bank will be loaded into Crystal Synth XT on your iPad/iPhone the next time it is launched. If it is already running, you will get a prompt asking you if you would like to load the new patch bank.
Note that the first 128 patches in the patch list are factory patches, so when you open the Crystal Synth XT app the imported patches will appear after the factory patches in the patch list.
Audio Recording Instructions for Crystal Synth XT:
Press the "Record" button on the Performance page. It will be illuminated while recording.
Play for up to 5 minutes.
Press the "Record" button again to stop recording.
To transfer audio to an app which supports audio paste (like Morphwiz or FourTrack), switch to that app and paste the audio. It will be labeled Crystal(CrystalSynthXT).
To transfer audio to your desktop computer, connect your iPad or iPhone to iTunes, choose your device in iTunes, and select the "Apps" tab. In the File Sharing section of the iTunes window, select CrystalSynthXT. The documents section should show a file named recordedAudio.wav. Drag that file to your desktop.
Virtual MIDI/Background Audio Instructions for Crystal Synth XT:
Crystal Synth XT supports multitasking, permitting you to put it in the background while using another app to play the sounds in Crystal. To do this, use the Settings app to turn on the Crystal Synth XT Background Audio setting. With this enabled, Crystal will continue to run when put in the background by pressing the home button on your iphone or ipad. While running in the background, Crystal will respond to apps capable of virtual midi such as Genome or StepPolyArp. For example, you can select a sound in Crystal, put it in the background, then launch StepPolyArp to play Crystal.
To end Crystal Synth XT playing in the background, double tap your device's home button, locate the Crystal Synth XT icon in the lower pane, press and hold it until the red "-" button appears, then tap the red "-" button.
To reduce the time lag between pressing a note and hearing the sound, use the Settings app to turn on the Crystal Synth XT Low Latency setting. Note that Low Latency mode requires more processor power. Insufficient processor power may result in audio drop outs or glitches.
No sound on IPad Crystal obeys the mute setting on your iPad. So if you're not hearing any sound, check to make sure you have your volume turned up and make sure your mute button (next to the volume button) is not turned on.
Reboot It is sometimes necessary to reboot your iPad or iPhone after installing an audio app before you'll hear sound. If you're not getting any sound, try rebooting: Hold down the power button until you see the "Slide to power off" message. Slide the slider to turn it off. Then turn it back on.
For technical assistance, contact us by email: crystalsynth at gmail.com
Runs on both iPad and iPhone/iPodTouch
The mobile version runs on both the iPad and the iPhone/iPod Touch. Because of the limited screen space on the iPhone however, the editing pages are not available when running on that device. But on the iPhone you can still browse sounds, play notes from the keypad, and create new sounds with the Breed feature.
Differences between desktop and mobile versions of Crystal
The mobile version lacks only the following features compared to the desktop version:
Utility menu with functions such as layer copying.
Patch bank browser
Advanced envelope editing features such as move locked
The mobile version adds the following features compared to the desktop version:
A keypad for triggering notes
An audition button for playing a note while editing