The Dashboard

The Dashboard is a patch-specific control panel with all the switches and faders you created for your patch. (For info on how to create a patch, take a deeper look at the Patch Editor.)

Instrument Dashboard

Whenever you record arm a track, Patchboard checks if you have a patch in your catalog linked to it. If so, Patchboard will call up a dynamic instrument dashboard for that specific patch with controls for each of its switches and faders.

If no patch is record armed but you have a patch selected, the Dashboard will instead show that patch. This is useful in some DAWs which automatically “patch through” the selected track as if it were in record.

Note: When using multiple devices with Patchboard, you may want to use one device for browsing and the other only for the dashboard. In that case, make sure the Follow Record Track setting is disabled in Patchboard’s main menu.

  1. Like the Catalog and Project views, the Dashboard has a quick filter list for narrowing down the available switches. Pressing one of the items will show only the matching switches.

  2. The main view shows a grid with all your switches and faders for the current patch. To trigger a specific switch, simply press its button. Each switch shows its name and a comma-separated list of all its tags. The background color is set based on the switch’s color in the patch definition.

    You can favorite or unfavorite a switch by tapping the ♡ button.

    The last switch you pressed is indicated with a pulsing .

    Note: This indicator is not guaranteed to be on the instrument’s active switch. It only shows the last switch you pressed, which may or may not be the same. Playing back a track can change the instrument’s articulation, for instance, and change articulations behind Patchboard’s back.

  3. The header shows which specific patch is being recorded. The ☆ button can be used to favorite or unfavorite the patch while the record indicator shows that the track is armed and ready.

    If Patchboard is having trouble finding or arming the track linked to this patch, it will show a progress spinner indicating it is still working.

  4. The visual keyboard at the bottom of the screen highlights any key ranges created for the active switch. It shows a standard 88-key keyboard range from A-1 through C7. Clicking on a key will send a corresponding MIDI note to Patchboard’s MIDI output.

Last updated: August 16, 2018