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listen to a track and simultaneously check it in the Score window. You should turn off the catch mode if you want to listen to the song,, but edit onlya particular part of it.

If you use the horizontal scroll bar to manually move a window

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section, then the catch function will deactivate itself. Other-

 

wise, the window would always jump back to the song position.

 

Link Mode

The link button, with a stylized chain-linksymbol, can be found next to the catch function in every window, except for the Arrange window.

If this is activated in a window, then that window will automatically show the contents of a selected sequence. So if you have opened the Score editor, and then click on a sequence in the Arrange window, its contents will automatically be shown in the Score editor. If you subsequently click on another sequence, then the contents of the Score editor will change.

Practice

Open the Score editor in the Tutorial-Song,and activate the link function. Now click on a few sequences of the piano, bass, and melody tracks one after the other. Try the same with the Matrix editor and the Event list.

Local Menus in Adat Edit

In Adat Edit, menu items whose functions are only valid for a certain window are not located in the main menu bar, but rather in a local menu in the corresponding window. This way, the main menu bar remains clearly arranged and neat.

The available menu items vary, depending on the window.

Only the functions of the Edit menu remain for the most part the same. You’ll remember this menu from the sections “Object Selection” and “Cutting, Copying, Pasting, and Deleting of Objects.”

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Arranging Windows on the Screen

In Adat Edit, you can open many windows at once. For example, you can place two Arrange windows with higher and lower zoom levels next to each other, with an Event list underneath, and perhaps a Score editor, etc. The functions of the command menu – window menu in Macintosh – manage these windows, and allow you to call up certain windows or to switch from window to window.

When you save a Adat Edit song, the window configuration is also saved, and is established again the next time you open the song. Therefore, it is guaranteed that you will have the optimal arrangement, size and zoom factor on hand for every song.

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Last Window

This menu item brings the window that was used last to the foreground. This is especially practical if you accidentally click on another window, covering up your present work window. You can call it up again with Window > Last Window in the main menu, or the˚key.

Next/Previous Window

Adat Edit keeps track of the order in which you have opened windows. You can activate the next window in the series with

Window > Next Window (·). Previous Window(˜) opens

the previous one.

As a rule these two functions help you find a certain window

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more quickly than by blindly clicking on partially hidden

 

windows.

 

Toggle Transport

This menu item toggles the floating Transport window from normal view to an icon. This way, you can temporarily hide the Transport, when you need the space for other things. Instead of the menu item, you can also use the Íkey.

 

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Main Window

The main window in Adat Edit provides the framework for all other windows, and holds the main menu items. You can call up this window at any time, if by changing to another application or Adat Edit window it becomes covered. To do this, you have to change to Adat Edit (under Windows via A†) and, once there, press the¯key. The¯key calls up the main menu within Adat Edit, too, if another window is activated.

You can make the main window smaller and place it on the title

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bar by using the “change size” button, which is the middle of

 

the three buttons in the upper right-handcorner of the main

 

window. This way, the windows of other applications are also

 

visible.

 

Working in Background Windows

In Adat Edit you can also work in windows which are opened in the background (unhighlighted title bar) without having to move the window to the foreground. That way you can, for example, move objects in the Arrange window, without having to move the Score editor to the background.

Normally, just clicking briefly on a window will bring that window to the foreground. Here’s how you copy or move an object without moving the window up to the foreground:

1.Click on a sequence in a background window, and hold the mouse button down.

2.Move or copy the sequence as usual.

3.Release the mouse button.

The sequence is moved, while the window remains in the background.

If you click briefly on the window, it will be called up to the foreground.

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Closing Windows

You can close a window in Adat Edit by clicking on the close button, in the upper right-handcorner.

Alternatively, the A and£key will also close the active window, under Windows.

4.4Selecting Objects

Using the mouse and the local edit menus in the Adat Edit windows, you have several possibilities for selecting desired objects (sequences, notes, events) in a window.

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In the Arrange window, you may wish to select:

a sequence,

all sequences of a track,

all sequences inside of certain limits (ex. measures 11 to 17),

all sequences that still have not been selected

In order to edit a sequence or group of sequences, they must first be selected. The same holds true for notes or note groups in the Score editor, groups of events in the Event list editor, or notes in the Matrix editor. So that you do not have to laboriously click on these objects one at a time, Adat Edit offers you a wide variety of selection options, which will be described in this section. These selection functions are identical in all Adat Edit windows.

Try out the different selection options in the Tutorial Song.

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Selecting Individual Objects

You can select individual items by clicking on them. Selected objects or events will display highlighted, except for notes in

 

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the Score window, which blink when selected. To deselect them again, click on a free area in the window.

Example

If you click on a sequence in the Arrange window, it will be selected.

Selecting a Block

In order to select a block of adjacent objects, click-holda free area near the objects and, while holding down the mouse button, rubber band select around them.

Example

Here’s how you select sequences which are next to each other.

If, while rubber band selecting, you move the mouse over the edge of the window, the visible window section will be moved as well. This way, you can select objects which had been out of the visible range of the window.

Selecting Several Scattered Objects

In order to select a non contiguous group of objects, hold the S down and click on the desired objects.

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Undoing a Selection

You can undo the selection of all objects or a group of objects. Call up Edit > Toggle Selection to deselect recently selected objects.

A second possibility is to hold down the Skey and rubber band around the objects. The selection will be undone for all objects that the rubber band reaches.

If, however, you want to select all objects except for one, it is

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easier to select this object and call up Edit > Toggle Selection.

 

Selecting all Following Objects

You can select all objects after the current song position, if you place the song position line at the desired location, and select

Edit > Select all Following.

 

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Select all following

Selecting Objects within the Locator Positions

Adat Edit selects all objects within the left and right locator points when you select Edit > Select Inside Locators. As the diagram below shows, objects are also selected which are only partially within the locator limits.

Select Inside Locators

Example

If you want to select all the sequences from the first chorus to the third verse, set the locator value accordingly and select this menu item.

If you want to move objects over a long distance, select a smaller zoom factor, so that you can see the start and destination positions in the Arrange window simultaneously.

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4.5Working withTools

In Adat Edit you do not need to enter any number columns or click on any values with the mouse when you want to move, cut, delete or paste sequences or notes. You just have to choose the proper tool from the tool box, in order to carry out the operation. Through the tools’ symbols, you can immediately recognize what each is for. For cutting, there are scissors, an eraser for deleting, a glue tube for merging. So that you always have the right tool accessible, Adat Edit allows you to change tools at any time, assign two different tools to the mouse buttons (under Windows), or call up the toolbox at any time with the touch of a button.

Here is an overview of the tools available to you. The widest selection of tools can be found in the Arrange window; we will use these tools to explain general tool use. In each of the editor windows you will find toolboxes with a smaller selection of tools. The tools remain the same, only the material to be edited changes: sequences in the Arrange window, notes in the Score editor, bars representing notes in the Matrix editor.

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Arrow

Pencil

Eraser

Text

Scissors

Glue

Solo

Mute

Zoom

Toolbox in the Arrange window

 

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Tools: Area of Influence

Each tool functions only in the work area of its respective window. Example: If you select a tool in the Arrange window, you can edit only sequences with it, not notes in the Score window etc. If you have multiple windows open, the pointer will change to the currently selected tool for each window, as you move it over each window. Working with the tools always affects all the selected objects. So if you select three sequences stacked on top of each other and click in the middle of one of them with the scissors, then all three will be cut (see diagram).

If you move the tool outside the work area, it will automatically change into an arrow. That way you are able, for example, to move the song position line in the bar ruler (see section Bar Ruler on page 129) even if you have the eraser, or any other tool selected.

The same holds true for all other tools. That way you can, for example, delete, move or copy many objects with one single operation, even if they are scattered around the window.

Please note this especially when working with the eraser.

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Before you delete a sequence, for example, make sure that

 

other sequences are not selected outside the visible range of

 

the window, or they could accidntally be deleted as well.

 

All tool operations can be undone with Edit > Undo.

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Assigning a Tool to the (Left) Mouse Button

Select a tool by clicking on it in the toolbox. The mouse’s pointer will then take on the form of that tool.

In order to edit an object with the tool, you generally have to point and click on the object. The result will depend on which tool is selected. The operation of each tool is described below.

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Assigning a Tool to the Right Mouse Button

You can assign a second tool to the right mouse button by just clicking on that tool with the right mouse button. This way, you always have two different tools available to you, without having to reach into the toolbox.

Because double-clickingwith the right mouse button is used to call up the event list,

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and could be easily pressed, instead of the left button, by mistake, we recommend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

that you avoid assigning the eraser to the right mouse button. Otherwise, you could

 

 

 

accidentally delete sequences or notes.

 

 

 

Opening the Toolbox at the Mouse Position

If you press , the toolbox will open up at the position of the mouse. This way, you can choose a new tool, even if the current window’s toolbox is not visible.

Information Line

While holding down the mouse button to perform an operation, an information line will replace the normal local menu items in the window where the edit is being performed. This informs you exactly of what type of change you are making and where that change is taking place.

Arrow

The arrow is the standard mouse tool, as is typical of other applications. It is used for every action in which you use the mouse to select, move or copy something. Here are the most important arrow functions:

Select

Click on the object.

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