How to adjust the glide

How to adjust the glide on a synthesizer ?

We will see how to adjust the glide on a synthesizer.

First of all, let's see the principle of the glide. The glide allows us to "slide" the notes. That is, rather than playing the notes in the usual way, they will slide from one to another.

For example after playing a D, we play an E. The passage of the 2 notes will pass through the D#. The frequency will go up from D to E.

The essential setting of the glide is the Paramento.

There are several modes of Paramento, normal and slice. There are also mono and legato settings.

These are the 3 settings that make up the glide:

  • The Paramento
  • The Paramento mode
  • The Mono Legato


The Portamento setting determines how long it takes to slide from one note to the next. A small value gives a fast slide while a large value gives a slower slide.

Paramento mode:

Two portamento modes are available via the Mode switch located to the right of the portamento button: Normal (N) and Slide (S). In Slide mode the portamento is always active, even when you are not linking the notes you play, whereas in Normal mode the portamento will only take place between two linked notes.

The Mono Legato:

When the Mono Legato button is pressed, the synthesizer switches to monophonic mode, rendering the polyphony setting in the top bar null and void. It will stop playing notes as long as another note is held down. This allows you to slide from one note to another and from one intensity to another without starting a new note attack cycle.

In conclusion the glide will be used for bass lines or leads. We can still play chords by deactivating the mono legato.

Now you know how to adjust the glide on a synthesizer !

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