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Malekko Manther

FIRMWARE UPDATES

MANTHER FIRMWARE VERSION 1.1 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD! MORE UPDATES TO COME!

PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY. These updates are delivered to the Manther via the GATE input as packets of data included in a .wav audio file. This data file is LOUD so TURN DOWN YOUR SPEAKERS!

DOWNLOAD ver. 1.1

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO UPDATE:

1. Download the zip file to your computer, unpack it and get ready to play back the file.

2. Power down the Manther.

3. Connect a 3.5mm cable from the audio source (audio interface or phone) to the Manther GATE input jack.

4. Turn the volume of your sound source to max output, but turn your speakers down. NOTE: If you are connecting to your phone, make sure you are in airplane mode and no other sounds occur during the update or you will receive errors. If you are connecting to an audio source on your computer, you will need to connect directly from an audio interface with more gain control (going directly out from a 3.5mm output jack on your computer might not be loud enough and you will receive errors).

5. Now hold down the 16th step button while powering up.

6. You will now see the following screen info:

7. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR SPEAKERS TURNED UP as the file is very loud! You can now play the .wav file. If you interrupt the audio in any way and see errors, you will need to start over (power down and perform steps 3-8).

8. Once Manther is receiving the new firmware correctly you will see the following information:

9. Once the screen stops receiving all 640 packets, unplug the 3.5mm cable and restart. You now have the latest firmware installed and will see the new version under MENU > ABOUT. If you do receive errors, don’t worry you won’t brick your unit. You likely just need to boost the output of your sound source, reseat your cable connection and try again (power down and perform steps 3-8).

THIS UPDATE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING NEW FEATURES

TWO LFO RANGES ADDED TO MENU:
SLOW AND FAST

Go to MENU > LFO and adjust SPEED.

Slow Mode Min Speed: 0.033hz (1 cycle every 30 seconds)
Slow Mode Max Speed: approx 10hz
Fast Mode Min Speed: 10hz
Fast Mode Max Speed: approx 1khz
If LFO Sync is engaged the Min and Max is the same for both modes.

TWO ENVELOPE RANGES ADDED TO MENU:
SLOW AND FAST

Go to MENU > ENVELOPE and adjust SPEED. 

Slow Mode
Attack 1ms-4.5s / Decay 50ms-10s / Sustain – / Release 50ms-10s
Fast Mode
Attack 1ms-2.5s / Decay 40ms-2s / Sustain – / Release 40ms-2s

NOTE PREVIEW

To audition a note when transport is off, hold a step for 1 second or longer and the programmed note will play. You can both hear and see the note. When transport is running,  hold the step for 1 second and the note will be highlighted.

TRANSPOSE SEQUENCE

After you’ve recorded a sequence of notes, you can transpose the entire sequence by holding the Manther SHIFT + TRANSPOSE UP or DOWN buttons (for octave transposition). For semitone transposition, hold SHIFT + TRANSPOSE UP or DOWN buttons and then a keyboard button. The keyboards keys represent the number of semitones shifted with C being +/-0 and B being +/- 11 semitones.

CLEAR+RECORD now clears automation and reverts to pre-autiomation settings

Slider settings now stay at pre-record settings.

VCO OCTAVE RANGE SWITCH SETTINGS ARE NOW SAVED IN PRESETS

Every preset can have different switch settings.

CLEAR A PAGE

Quickly clear step sequencer data per page. Hold CLEAR + THE SEQUENCE PAGE 1:4, 2:4 and so forth. 

IMPROVEMENTS AND BUG FIXES

C1 HOLD

Resolved issues with C1 keyboard response.

CLEAR+RECORD was not clearing automation and reverting to pre-autiomation settings

Now clears automation and reverts to pre-automation settings

FAQ:

 

 1. NO SOUND

It’s very likely that slider for the VCA is set to zero (all the way down) and no sound is passing through the VCA.

Try this: press SHIFT+CLEAR to quickly get to a default setting. Now play a couple of staccato notes on the Manther “keyboard”. Now bring up the Release slider on the ENV. Now bring up the Attack slider on the ENV a little. You can hear how the env opens and closes the VCA. Now bring up the VCA a little and play the “keyboard”- you’ll hear that the envelope will fully open the VCA to its loudest, then drop back to the VCA setting. If you bring the VCA all the way up you will bypass the envelope, and the sound will not be attenuated at all.

2. MANTHER IS SLOW TO RESPOND

If any Manther controls are slow to respond, make certain the MORPH control is all the way off (max ccw).

3. NOT ALL SLIDER LEDS ARE LIT

When a slider LED is lit, that means sequence automation is recorded.
When you first power up the Manther, preset A01 is loaded. This is a sequence with automation on some of the controls, therefore not all of the slider’s LEDs are lit.

The sequence needs to be playing to hear its automation. The slider automation is represented in the display.
Pressing SHIFT+CLEAR will set the Manther to default and all slider LEDs will turn off.

4. TUNING WON’T CALIBRATE IF VOLTAGE IS PRESENT AT VCO CV IN

Unplug any incoming CV from this jack during startup in order to calibrate correctly.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE MANUAL HERE