These images are merely for a first impression. The Online User Manual includes a detailed description of all parts of Synfire.
The colored rectangles on top show the hierarchy of containers that make up your arrangement. Navigate your song by selecting any container. The phrases contained therein show up on the track sheet below.
The output of each Instrument is laid out as a linear track. A perspective you may be familiar with from working with a DAW. This map helps you understand how the container structure is rolling out the final music (Pro).
The Matrix console is meant as a switchboard for copying and moving parameters between instruments and containers.
Edit the Harmony parameter of the currently selected container and adjust its verse metrics.
Find chords and scales interactively that best match a given melody or other rendered notes. When ready, save the resulting Harmony parameter to the container.
Navigate the space of harmony in an intuitive way. Explore harmony ideas and edit the Harmony parameter of the currently selected container by dragging chords to the lane on top.
The Snippets grid allows for live improvisation with phrases. You populate the grid by dropping any phrases or parameters on the slots. Individual snippets are added to or removed from a running playback in real-time. Synfire is able to radically transform music in real-time. Much more than a DAW can do with static MIDI or audio clips (Express, Pro).
Every arrangement owns an embedded library that serves as a clipboard for parameters, phrases and ideas. Its items are browsed on the left sidebar. That sidebar can also look into other library files, allowing you to drop phrases into your arrangement anywhere you want them (Express, Pro).
Generate a virtually unlimited number of parameters and phrases, always suited to your current project. The AI programming language KIM, developed by Cognitone specifically for this purpose, ensures that musically meaningful expressions are created and not random chaos (Pro).
Every arrangement owns a rack with sounds that can be used by its instruments. If you open multiple arrangements at the same time, their sounds are managed independently of each other. You build up a rack simply by dropping items from the left sidebar onto the rack area.
A phrase editor section can be opened inside many pages in order to allow for finer control over details.