The legendary software synthesizer Sylenth1 features legato and portamento modes which both act differently depending on the midi notes input.

Monophonic Legato

When you enable mono legato in Sylenth1 this means you will only be able to play one note at a time.

Consequently, mono legato will also stop the waveforms from being retriggered meaning Sylenth1 will have the ability to slide in between notes.

NOTE: It goes without saying the word “mono” is just a short way of writing “monophonic” so if didn’t know, now you know.

Mono Legato + Portamento Normal Mode

When both mono legato and portamento normal mode are turned on this means Sylenth1 will only slide the notes when you “simultaneously” hold down two notes on your midi keyboard.

For example, if you hold down the note C and proceed to play the note G without releasing the C note. The end result is that Sylenth1 will slide in pitch from C to the note G at a speed that is defined by the portamento glide time.

NOTE: In other words if you want the sound of portamento normal mode just make sure your notes “overlap” with each other.

Mono Legato + Portamento Slide Mode

The combination of mono legato coupled with portamento slide mode works in a such a way were Sylenth1 will automatically slide notes from one pitch to another in the event that they are also played consecutively.

For example, if you play the note C and then play the note G, it means there will always be a pitch glide from C to G whereby that pitch glide effect is control by the portamento time knob.

The Difference Between Portamento Normal Mode and Slide Mode

We can pretty much distinguish the difference portamento normal mode and portamento slide mode by stating the following:

  • Mono Legato + Portamento Normal Mode = There will ONLY be a pitch glide when two notes are held simultaneously or if there is an overlap.
  • Mono Legato + Portamento Slide Mode = There will ALWAYS be a pitch glide when notes are played one after another.

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