Tapes are used to record / dub / playback actions and sequences. The control panel is on the left hand side of the 'Aux Rack' section.
The Tape loops have some auto magic states, they are always running in sync with the main BPM.
The large dial when running shows the current position within the current bar.
The large white readout show the current bar of the tape.
The smaller blue readout shows the total length of the tape in bars.
The length of the tape can be manually set at any time using the +/- buttons. If the bars is set to 0(zero) then the length will depend on the recording time. This is auto length mode and the smaller bar total turns orange.
1..5 tape Trigger buttons, key bindings, Alt+1...Alt+5
The '[ ]' is the Stop/Erase button, key bindings, Shift+Alt+1...Shift+Alt+5
SP (Single Rec/Playback) otherwise defaults to Looped Rec/Playback
'U'ndo button, deletes the most recently recorded events from the tape.
The the start state shown above, has all the tapes set to 1 bar long and are currently empty.
Using the Tape Loops
an example of starting a cue-rec, recording an event, looping into playback mode, stopping the tape and clearing the tape.
Pressing the trigger button on an empty tape will set to to cue mode: (if not empty tape then goes into Cued Playback mode, see below)
When Cued, a solid bar is shown to count down through each bar, and the trigger button will flash red. This continues until the first event is recorded. The event is always recorded in the first bar, so if you add an event close to the end of this bar the recording will move to the next bar (if there is one).
It will then enter recording mode:
When in recording mode, a red marker LED displays the current position and the record button is a solid red. On the first recorded event, the 'U'ndo button becomes lit. At this point the tape will loop, if total bars was manually set, or continue until recording is stop or reach the max 64 bars length.
Pressing 'U'ndo at any point during this state will remove all the events recorded on the tape during this round.
Pressing Stop '' at this point will switch to count down (solid bar) and stop at the end of this bar. If in auto length mode, this will set the tape length.
When the tape loops back around to the first event it switch's to playback mode.
Playing a Tape
Pressing Trigger will switch to Playback mode: (if not already running it will end playback cue mode, and start on next bar)
You can at his point toggle between 'Record | OverDub' and Playback using the trigger button.
When ever you ''Stop, playback or recording, the trigger button will flash and the led ring shows solid and will stop at the end of the current bar.
And finally, to clear the tape, press the Stop button when not its not running, it will flash quickly for 2 seconds, if you press it again in this time it will clear and reset the tape.
The selection of actions/event that are recorded is still a bit fluid, but most are and includes Slot starting/stopping and most FX parameter changes.