Atmosphere requires a DC 9V negative-center power supply (at least 200 mA). A power supply with reversed polarity or of a higher voltage may cause damage.
Atmosphere v1.3 and below is NOT compatible with “daisy chain” or non-isolated multi-power adapters. To prevent damage and best results, only power Atmosphere with a separate power supply or a multi-power adapter that is truly isolated. Here's an article with more information on the subject of power supplies: https://www.guitarchalk.com/no-daisy-chains/
Atmosphere v1.4+ is compatible with Daisy Chain power adapters, but it's still not recommended for the reasons listed in the article linked above. The version is listed on the sticker at the bottom of your Atmosphere. If there is no sticker, then it's less than v1.3.
Never simultaneously use 9V power supply and USB cable. Atmosphere would be overpowered and damaged from both at the same time.
Protect Atmosphere from static, water, extreme hot/cold temperatures, and rough use.
Ignoring the above warnings may result in damage.
Using Atmosphere is simple
1. Select a patch.
2. Select a key.
3. Press engage.
You can seamlessly crossfade between patches and keys by pressing engage again after cuing up a new selection.
Press abort to smoothly fade to silence.
Adjusting settings on Atmosphere
To adjust Atmosphere's settings, hold the Key Up button for 3 seconds. Navigate through the settings using the Key Up and Down buttons. Pressing Engage will either select a page or confirm selected settings. Pressing Abort will go back a page or exit the settings menu.
Description of settings
Output volume of Atmosphere. "0 dB" or "+3 dB" is recommended for most contexts Like any instrument, setting Atmosphere's output volume too low and the gain of the soundboard channel too high can cause noise and poor audio quality.
Duration of crossfade, fade in, fade out, and loop fading.
Whichever bank of patches that Atmosphere cues WAV files from. This setting should reman on "Bank 1" unless you have loaded your own sounds. There are a total of 10 banks.
On = Atmosphere will loop audio until Abort is pressed or a new selection is made.
Off = Atmosphere will stop audio once the WAV file has played all the way through.
Keeping Loop set to "On" is recommended for most use cases.
Loading your own WAV files on to Atmosphere
Atmosphere only recognizes WAV files (not MP3, AIFF, etc).
If your audio files are not already in WAV format, you'll be able to easily convert them in the process of preparing them for Atmosphere.
Preparing files for Atmosphere
Most audio files of pads downloaded from websites begin with a gradual fade in. Because Atmosphere features the ability to crossfade and loop sounds with adjustable parameters, it's necessary to trim off any pre-existing fades from your WAV files for everything to function properly (both fade in and fade out).
To do this, you will need an audio editor. Audacity is a simple free option for both Mac and Windows.
To trim off the fade in using Audacity:
1. Install and open Audacity.
2. Import your audio file.
3. Select the portion of the file where the fade in takes place and press delete (you'll be able to visually see the fades in the editor).
4. Select and delete the fade out.
5. Export as WAV and name it "[key/note].wav" (ie. "A.wav" or "C#.wav" etc).
6. Repeat for filles of different keys and patches.
File naming structure
Atmosphere requires files to follow a specific naming structure in order to be recognized.
Files should be named "[key/note].wav" with nothing additional. All notes should be labeled as sharps, not flats.
Examples of correctly named files:
Examples of incorrectly named files:
Connecting Atmosphere to you computer
1. Hold the abort button while connecting Atmosphere to a computer using the included USB cable* (Important: Never simultaneously use 9V power supply and USB cable – Atmosphere will be damaged by being overpowered with two simultaneous power connections).
2. Once the screen displays "USB MODE" and the pink LED is illuminated, Atmosphere will appear on you computer in the same way that a thumb drive / flash drive does (this may take a moment).
*Some micro USB cables are power only and don't support data transfers. If you're experiencing problems with Atmosphere displaying on your computer, the problem is most likely with the cable. The included micro USB cable does support data transfers – so keep track of it!
Adding files to Atmosphere
1. Open the "Banks" folder inside of "ATMOSPHERE."
2. Drag over a set of properly named audio files of each key into an available bank and patch folder (the patches in "bank_1" are reserved for Atmosphere's preloaded sounds).
3. Rename the "Patch Label" .txt file according to the name of your patch (ie. "Bright Shimmer"). This will help you stay organized with your files since each file can only be named according to the key it's in. In a future firmware update, the name of this file may also be displayed on the screen when navigating user patches on Atmosphere.
4. Disconnect Atmosphere.
Each bank contains patch folders that correspond with the patch labels printed on Atmosphere (ie. "2_Strato" = Stratosphere). When Atmosphere is on Stratosphere while in Bank 3, it will cue files from that folder ("Banks" > "Bank_3" > "2_Stratosphere"). Folders cannot be renamed or moved, or else Atmosphere will not be able to locate and play any files.
Navigating user banks on Atmosphere
To switch banks on Atmosphere, hold the Up Key button for 3 seconds. Using the Up and Down Key buttons, navigate through the settings until "Bank" is selected. Open the bank settings by pressing Engage. Using the Up and Down Key buttons, navigate to the desired bank of patches. Pressing Engage on a bank selection will save the settings and exit the settings menu. Pressing Abort will save selected settings, but only go back in page in the settings.
Getting the most out of Atmosphere
Using a DI box is recommended
When using Atmosphere with a sound system, Atmosphere works best with a DI box (direct input box).
• Radial Pro DI Passive Direct Box
• Radial ProD2 Passive 2 Channel Direct Box (for stereo use)
• Radial StageBug SB-1 Active Direct Box
• Passive Di direct box 1/4" instrument to balanced & unbalanced XLR (low budget option)
Using Atmosphere without a sound system
Although Atmosphere is designed for the stage, it is also excellent for experimenting and songwriting.
Many keyboards have a mic or aux input. Sending Atmosphere's output to one of those inputs would be a simple way to experiment with Atmosphere at home or without a sound system. If your keyboard has a 1/4" aux / mic input, then all you need to do is run a standard instrument cable from Atmosphere to that input. If your keyboard's aux input is 1/8" (3.5mm), then a TRS to Dual 6.35mm TS Breakout Cable is a great way to do that.
Whether you play electric or acoustic guitar, using a TRS to Dual 6.35mm TS Breakout Cable in combination with a Fender Mustang Micro or a VOX AP2AC amPlug is a great way to experiment with Atmosphere at home or without a sound system.
Atmosphere isn't playing any sounds?
It could be a problem with the bank settings
If nothing happens on any of the patches, it's likely Atmosphere accidently got switched to an empty bank. Go to the settings by holding Key Up. Using Key Up and Down, navigate to the "BANK" settings and press Engage. Using Key Up and Down, set the Bank to "Bank 01" and press Engage to confirm the selection and exit the menu. If Atmosphere works now, then you were probably selected on an empty bank.
It could be a problem with your sound file or how it was loaded
If the preloaded sounds in "Bank 01" work but not the sounds you loaded in another bank, then it's like an issue with either the sound file or how it was loaded. Review the Loading your own WAV files on to Atmosphere section to ensure everything was done correctly. Specifically double check that your audio file is a WAV file (naming an MP3 "A.wav" isn't enough for it to work).
Here's a checklist to make sure everything was loaded properly:
✅ Audio files are in WAV format
✅ Audio files are named correctly
✅ Audio files were correctly loaded into the correct bank folder and patch subfolder
✅ Folder and subfolders were not moved or renamed
Is your output volume set appropriately?
The recommended output volume is "0 dB."
Atmosphere abruptly starts and stops sounds instead of crossfading them
Cut mode might be enabled
It sounds like Cut Mode might be enabled. When Cut Mode is enabled, it is indicated by a small white dot in the center of the screen below the displayed key. Cut Mode is enabled / disabled by holding the Abort for 3 seconds (when not in the settings menu).
It could be that the Crossfade settings are set too low
To adjust the crossfade duration, go to the settings by holding Key Up. Using Key Up and Down, navigate to the "FADE" settings and press Engage. Using Key Up and Down, set crossfade to a larger amount of time and press Engage to confirm the selection and exit the menu. The recommended settings are between 750ms and 2000ms.
Sounds fade in properly, but abrupt stop
It sounds like the Loop setting is turned off. To enable Loop, go to the settings by holding Key Up. Using Key Up and Down, navigate to the "LOOP" settings and press Engage. Using Key Up and Down, set Loop to "On" and press Engage to confirm the selection and exit the menu.
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