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Working withTools

Move

Click-holdthe middle of the object

 

with the mouse’s pointer and drag it

 

to the desired position.

Copy

Click-holdthe object while holding

 

ç(Windows) orO(Mac), and

 

drag the copy to the desired posi-

 

tion.

Change length

Click-holdthe object (sequences in

 

the Arrange window, notes in the

 

Matrix editor) on the lower right-

 

hand corner and pull it to the desired

 

length.

Pencil

With the pencil, you can create and insert new objects. To do so, just click with the pencil at the desired position.

Eraser

The eraser deletes objects, when you click on them. It’s best if you switch to another tool after using the eraser, so that you can avoid accidental deletions. If you accidentally delete an object, you can undo the edit immediately afterwards.

Text

This tool is used to enter text. With this you can name sequences in the Arrange window, or enter text into the Score editor. Click the object that you wish to name. A text field will open in which you can type text with the computer keyboard. You close the field by pushing R.

Text field for Sequences

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Scissors

With the scissors you can divide sequences in the Arrange window.

With this you can cut out unneeded parts of a sequence, or divide a longer passage into verses, bridges, and refrains. Here’s how to use the scissors:

Select the scissors, and place the tool at the position where you want the sequence to be cut.

Click-holdthe mouse button.

The information line will tell you exactly where the scissors are cutting. Position the scissors precisely. When you release the mouse button, the sequences will be cut at the selected position.

Glue Tool

The glue tool has the opposite function as the scissors. With the glue tool you can merge together all selected objects. This causes the sequences to be combined into one, which will contain all events from the selected sequences. Select the sequences that you want to merge together. Click on one of the selected sequences with the glue tool. This resulting sequence will have the name of the first original sequence.

Solo

With the solo tool, you can isolate and listen to individual sequences. Click the sequence that you want to hear with the

 

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solo tool. If you move the mouse over the sequence while holding the mouse button down, the events that are scrubbed over by the solo tool will be played. Every object you click with the solo tool will be run. If you hold down ç, then you will be able to hear several individual sequences played back simultaneously.

Adat Edit offers still another solo function. Read more about it in the section Solo, pp.5–108ff.

Mute

By clicking on a sequence with the mute tool you can mute the sound of that sequence. By clicking on it again, you can turn the mute off. Muted sequences can be recognized by an “ ” or a period (Mac) by its name.

Zoom Tool

The zoom tool allows you to magnify a selected section to window size.

You can find this tool in the Arrange window, as well as in the Score and Matrix editors.

Here’s how to use the zoom tool:

Choose the tool (Magnifying-glasssymbol) from the toolbox.

While holding down the mouse button, “rubber band” the section that you want enlarged, and then release the mouse button.

The desired section will be enlarged so that it fills the window.

You can keep enlarging pieces of this section until you reach the highest zoom factor.

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You can jump back to the previous zoom setting by clicking briefly in an empty area of the window with the magnifying glass tool.

You can also switch directly to the zoom tool by pressing A (Windows) orç(Mac). In this case, you first have to click on an empty space in the window – not on an object – and then “rubber band” the area to be zoomed in on.

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4.6The Edit Menu

In addition to the selection functions described above, the edit menu has the usual cut/copy/paste functions, that you are already used to from other programs. With these you can cut or copy objects (sequences, Midi events), and paste them to another position. With copying and cutting, the object is transferred tothe clipboard, from which it can be pasted to other positions as often as you want. When you use the cut or copy commands again, you will write over the contents of the clipboard.

Undo

In Adat Edit you can always undo your last edit. This is especially useful if you accidentally delete something, or make some other mistake. Simply go to Edit > Undo, and your last edit will be undone.

You can decide in the global preferences (see below) whether or not a warning box should appear before an undo operation.

Cut

Select the object or objects and select Cut. The selected items will be removed, and placed in the clipboard.

 

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Copy

As opposed to Cut,Copy puts the selected items in the clipboard, but also leaves them in place in the current window.

An even more convenient way to copy than via the menu is to drag the selected objects, while holding the ç- (Windows) orO-key(Macintosh) to another position. With this method, the objects are not transferred to the clipboard.

Paste

This menu item is only available if you have previously cut or copied an object. When you select Paste, the contents of the clipboard will be inserted into the active window, at the current song position.

The contents of the clipboard remain in place, even after the

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close of a song. That way you can exchange sequences or other

 

objects between different songs. Each time you cut or copy

 

data, the previous contents of the clipboard will be discarded.

 

Clear

You can delete the selected objects by going to Edit > Clear in the local menu, or by pushingB. In Windows,works as well.

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File Menu

 

In the file menu you can create a new song; open, close, or save

 

an existing song; save a Adat Edit song in Midi file format, and

 

exit Adat Edit.

 

New

 

 

creates a new song, with an empty Arrange window, with the

 

file name Untitled. Select this when you want to create a song

 

from scratch.

 

 

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Generally speaking, it is more practical to begin with an auto load song, which will have your preferred song settings.

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Open

opens an existing song from a floppy disk, or the hard disk. When you choose this menu item, a file selector box will appear, from which you can choose a Adat Edit song. In Windows, all files with the file extension “.LSO” will be shown.

If you select Open while another song is open, a dialog box will appear prompting you to save the previously opened song.

Using the Open command, you can also load songs in the standard Midi file format. To do so, select the optionMidi Files in thefile formatline on the lowerleft-handedge of the file dialog box. The file dialog box will now automatically display files with the file extension “.MID”.

Close

closes the current song, along with all of its windows. If anything has changed since opening the song, you will automatically be asked if you want to save the changes.

When you save, the old version of the song will be written over.

Caution!

If you want to save the changed version under another name,

 

 

 

 

then you have to select Save As, before you close the song.

 

 

Revert to Saved

replaces the currently loaded file with the saved version on the disk.

All changes that you have undertaken since the previous back-

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up are thereby lost.

 

 

 

 

 

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File Menu

Save

Saves the song to a floppy disk, or the hard disk. If this is a new song, you will be prompted to name the song.

Save as

saves the song under another name, or to another path. Use this option when you do not want to overwrite an existing song with a new version.

Export Selection as Midi File

saves the selected sequences or the entire song in Standard Midi-fileformat, which can be read by almost all of today’s sequencers. Before you can call up this menu item, you have to have selected at least one sequence.

More to this in the section: Midi Files, pp.15–285ff.

Song Settings

For every song Adat Edit saves a group of settings. More to this is the section, pp. 4–91ff.

Preferences

A second group of settings, the Preferences, affect all songs, and are not saved in each song individually, but rather just once in Adat Edit. The section: Preferences, pp.4–88ff., goes into this in more detail. The Preferences are saved in the Windows folder (Windows), and in the System Folder’sPreferences Folder (Macintosh), and are automatically loaded at program start.

1.Quick Launch of Recent Songs

Below the Preferences is a list of the four songs you have most recently loaded. By choosing the appropriate entries, you can quickly load one of these songs again.

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Exit

closes Adat Edit. In case you still have unsaved changes in your song, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to save these changes.

4.8Windows Menu

The Windows menu item in the main menu allows you to open the Adat Edit windows. Here is a brief description of each window:

Open Arrange

opens the Arrange window, the main view of Adat Edit.

Open Event List

opens the Event List editor, which allows you to edit all types of MIDI events in precise detail. The event list is especially suited for editing events like control change, pitch bend, or aftertouch, which, unlike notes, are inaccessible in the other editor windows.

Open Score

In the Score window, the note events are shown in musical notation and can be printed if desired. Besides the editing of the notes themselves, you may also insert dynamic markings, accent symbols and other items for the printing of a full score of your musical composition.

Open Transport

The Transport window is a “floating” window that is always in the foreground, and is used to control playback, recording and other sequencer functions.

 

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Open Matrix

In the Matrix editor, the notes are represented as horizontal bars. The pitch is represented by a vertical keyboard. In the Matrix editor, it is especially easy to edit the length of the notes. In addition, because of the graphic selection possibilities, it is well suited for drum notes, where every instrument has a defined MIDI note.

Open Mixer

The mixer controls both the audio and Midi tracks. The switches and controllers of the Midi tracks’ channels remotely control the parameters belonging to the tone generator. For this, the mixer produces controller events, which cannot be recorded. The mixer indicates the program, volume, andpan settings in the instrument parameter box (left, next to the track column) and controller events in the tracks, as well.

Open Key Commands

In this window, you can assign a key command to most of the functions and options in Adat Edit. This way you are able to control many functions from the computer keyboard. More about this can be found in the section: Key Commands, pp.4–63ff.

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4.9Preferences

If you go to File > Preferences, you can set the global parameters.

Modem Port/Printer Port

With Macintosh, choose the serial port (see the Macintosh handbook) to which your Midi-interfaceis connected. You can selecteither the modem portor the printer port.

Releasing the Modem and Printer Ports in the Background While Stopped

Midi software like Adat Edit uses the modem or printer port of the Macintosh for Midi. You can release these for other uses, such as transmitting a file by modem or printing a letter.

1.Select File > Preferences.

2.Activate Release modem and printer ports in background while

stopped.

3.Adat Edit will only use the selected serial port while the sequencer is actually running. The rest of the time, the port will be available for other uses, such as printing a

 

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