Softwave Quickstart Guide

Softwave is Wave's companion software. It allows users to fully customize Wave by creating their own presets and preset banks. It can either help users intuitively map Wave's functions to their DAW of choice or host their favourite VST3 and AU plugins. Softwave also has a built in sound engine and comes pre-loaded with fifteen curated presets so you can start making music immediately.

- When using Wave with your DAW keep Softwave open in the background.
- Softwave is not a VST plugin.
- Softwave does not work on your mobile.

 

Watch this video to see the built in presets in action and follow the instructions below to quickly start using Softwave




Download and Install Softwave
MacOS Windows 10

Download Softwave

Download Softwave by clicking here.

Connect to Softwave
MacOS Windows 10

Connecting to MacOS

To connect Wave make sure it is turned on.
You turn Wave on by pressing its Middle button.
Also make sure Bluetooth is turned on in your computer.

  1. Press "A Connect Wave" in the top left corner of Softwave.
  2. Bluetooth Configuration window opens. You should see Wave on the list of devices. Press "Connect".
  3. Wave has connected to your computer when the "Connect" button reads "Disconnect". Close the window
  4. Wave should be connected to your computer.
  5. To connect a 2nd Wave to Softwave press "B Connect Wave" and repeat steps 2-4

If nothing is happening navigate to the top left corner of your screen and press Menu → Audio/MIDI Settings. Make sure "Wave Bluetooth" is enabled in the "Active MIDI Inputs" list.



Update Wave's firmware

When connecting Wave to Softwave for the first time it's fairly likely that you'll be asked to update Wave to its newest firmware.
Please press update firmware and wait for the update to finish.

If you don't update the firmware you are likely to run into problems.


Manual Firmware Update

If the firmware update repeatedly fails, you can perform the update manually via Android/iOS.

    • Make sure you have the latest version of Softwave.
    • Before you start, please download this firmware zip package to your Android or iOS device.
    • To begin, get nRF Toolbox for your device
      Android Version
      iOS version
    • Then follow these steps
      1. Open nRF Toolbox
      2. Tap "DFU"
      3. Tap "Select File" and load the zip file you downloaded (if you select "User Files" you can find directions on how to load the file from iOS). If you're prompted, select "Distribution packet (ZIP)".
      . Select "Application only" and press OK
      5. Tap "Select Device" and look under "Available Devices"
      6. Find Wave and select it
      7. Tap "Upload" and wait for the update to finish
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List of functions
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Start Playing
Softwave has a built in sound-engine which allows you to start exploring Wave straight away. Furthermore Softwave comes with 16 predefined presets, using this sound-engine so you can try out interacting with different sounds using all of Wave's functions.

  1. If you have a MIDI keyboard connected to your computer you can start playing right away.
  2. You can also use your computer keyboard as a regular MIDI keyboard by hitting keys "w-p" and "a-l".
  3. Try hitting some notes while moving Wave around.
  4. You can adjust the octave of the keyboard by hitting "z" and "x".
  5. You should be hearing sounds playing from your speakers.

If there is no sound:

  1. Navigate to the top left corner of your screen and press "Menu" and "Audio/MIDI Settings".
  2. Make sure that "Output" has a selected speaker or headphones.
  3. Try pressing "Test" to hear if there is any sound.
  4. Now press your keyboard (MIDI or keys "w-p" and "a-l") to generate sound.
  5. Is the sound on your computer turned on?
  6. If you have accidentally pressed the Middle button on the ring, you may have "paused" the movements. Toggle the Middle button again and make sure you see movement in Softwave in correlation with the ring's movements.
Button Configuration

Wave has 3 buttons; Up, Middle and Down. The Middle button activates and deactivates Wave.
Simply put you can deactivate Wave so you can scratch your nose without affecting sound every time you do it.

Holding the Middle button will Reset the movements to their starting point.

The Up and Down buttons act as navigation buttons. You use them to navigate between the presets in Softwave. Try navigating between presets while playing to change the sound in Softwave and functions on Wave.

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Interface Guide

Wave

This is where you connect Wave, up to two Waves at a time. When Wave is connected to Softwave you can access Wave's configuration panel by pressing the gear icon, configure Standalone mode and Wavefront and see Wave's battery status.

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Preset Bank

The preset bank holds the presets you're working with at any given time. Create or delete presets, save your preset bank, or load in new ones.

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Preset

Each preset can be configured individually. Give it a descriptive name, add a VST or Audio plugin to it, change between Relative and Absolute mode and set MIDI Channel and/or Program change.

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Functions within a preset

Add functions to your preset and customize them; the movement and output range, movement direction and curve, mute, solo and add CC values, notes or key commands.

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Creating your own preset
The next step in your journey is to create your own preset with your favourite functions.

Softwave holds one Preset Bank at a time.
    • A preset bank is a bank of presets. Each preset bank can hold endless amounts of presets.
    • A preset is a combination of functions that each has a certain purpose. Each preset can hold up to 8 functions.
    • A function is one of the following: Tilt, Pan, Roll, Vibrato, Tap or Click.
You can save and load preset banks so you can store multiple banks and even share them with others.



Creating a preset for DAW

  1. Press "+" next to the Preset Bank name. This creates a new preset within the current preset bank.
  2. Hover over "Add Function" and select one of the 6 functions available.
  3. Press the MIDI icon in the bottom right corner of the function window you just created.
  4. Select a CC number in order for your DAW to recognize the function as a MIDI message.
  5. Head over to the DAW Quickstart page to make sure your DAW is receiving messages from Softwave.


Creating a preset for a Softwave plugin

Softwave can host all of your AU and VST plugins so you can explore them within Softwave.

  1. Navigate to Menu -> Scan for plugins
  2. Press "Options..." in the bottom left corner and select "Scan for new and updated..". You can either select VST or AudioUnit. One at a time.
  3. Wait until the scanning process has finished. Now close the Available Plugins window.
  4. Each preset can host its own plugin. In the top right corner press "Select plugin".
  5. Select a plugin from the list.
  6. Hover over "Add function" and select one of the 6 functions available.
  7. To map the function to the plugin you can:
    1. Click "Select parameter" at the top of the function window and select a parameter from the drop-down list.
  8. or:
    1. Open the plugin by clicking on the button next to the plugin selection list.
    2. At the top of the plugin window you will see the icon for the function you want to map. Press it. It will highlight.
    3. Move a parameter within the plugin.
    4. The function should map to a paramter straight away.
Icon List
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Now that you've covered that basics of Softwave, dive deeper by creating new presets and customizing Wave to your setup.

Learn to connect Wave to your DAW

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