|stands for 'Attack Decay Sustain Release' and describes a type of envelope. ADSR Envelopes are used in Pulsar to shape the amplitude of Tracks A, B & D|
|(generally) notes of a chord repeated in quick succession, often looped|
|stands for 'beats per minute'. Often used in sequencers/recording devices to describe the tempo/speed of a track or song.|
|sequence of Pattern numbers|
|pulse width setting for Track A & B|
|Steps are divided into ticks, the number of ticks depending on Song Speed, Table Speed etc. Sometimes known as a 'tick'|
|a multi-voice Table|
|sequence of notes and commands|
|one row of a Song, Chain, Pattern, Table etc.|
|sequence of pitch, volume and Commands|
|Steps are divided into ticks, the number of ticks depending on Song Speed, Table Speed etc. Sometimes known as a 'frame' which refers to the refresh speed of the audio engine happening once per video refresh (60hz for NTSC, 50hz for PAL)|
|stands for Volume Unit meter. Often seen on mixing desks to show you the real-time level of each channel|
|stands for User Interface. Often used as GUI which means 'graphical user interface' but as Pulsar's interface doesn't really contain any graphics, I describe it as just 'UI'|
Glossary: Hexadecimal and Binary Numbers
Hexadecimal is a base-16 number system (decimal is base-10) so each single digit goes from 0 to 15. Digits 10 to 15 are represented by the letters A to F.
Binary is a base-2 number system where each digit can either be
1. From right-to-left the digits represent 2 to the power of 0 to 7, that is 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128.
...and so on until:
As you can see, the highest unsigned number in 8-bits is 255 (or FF or 11111111).
The most common way to represent signed numbers is using "Two's Complement".
Glossary: Two's Complement (8-bit signed numbers)
Two's Complement is used to represent signed 8-bit numbers. The explanation of how this is achieved is not for this manual but here's a handy guide to get you started.
|Decimal||Two's Complement (Hex)|
|0 to 127||00 to 7F|
|-1 to -128||FF to 80|