Alesis ADATEDIT User Manual

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Preferences

score etc.

Wide Song Position Line

You can widen the song position line to make it easier to grab with the mouse. In addition, a wide SPL is more visible, especially against the stone background.

Single Click closes Window

This function determines whether it is necessary to click once or double-clickon the close field in the upperleft-handcorner to close windows.

Activate “Catch” when the Sequencer Starts

The catch function analizes every sequence up to the current song position and looks for the state of pitch bend and controller events. That way it makes sure that Midi events, such as volume, pan or pitch bend are not left hanging if you stop in the middle of a sequence, but rather are set back to their proper value at the next start.

Color Graphics

Switches the color graphics on and off. When you deactivate the color graphics, the colors are represented by agray-scale,or black and white grid.

If you are using Adat Edit on a notebook computer without

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gray scale or color display, you should disable color graphics.

 

Add Last Edit Function to Sequence Name

If activated, an appropriate indication will be appended to the sequence name after a copy, or other type of operation is carried out. Example: If you copy the sequence “Piano,” then the result will be called “Piano*copied.” This way, you can easily tell if a sequence has been changed during editing.

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Disable Safety Alert for Undo

If this box is not checked, a dialog box will appear when you select Undo. In this box you must confirm that Adat Edit should undo the last operation. If you want to be completely safe – especially at first – you should leave this option unchecked.

4.10 Song Settings

The following settings are components of the song, and are saved with it.

In principle, if you want to use the same song settings, we recommend that you work with an Autoload song, which holds your settings in the song. For this, you just need to save a song under the name “Autoload.” If the song is in the same folder as the Macintosh version of Adat Edit program file, then it will automatically be opened when Adat Edit is started. For the Windows version, you should create a shortcut that opens Adat Edit, with your Autoload song as the target.

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Recording Options

Merge New Recording with Selected Sequence

A new recording is combined with selected sequences to make a new sequence.

Example

If, in cycle mode, you produce a drum sequence and play in a bass drum, snare and HiHat in different passes, the result will still be a single sequence.

Merge only new Sequences in Cycle Record

Only those sequences which were created after activating the record mode are combined in the cycle mode. Old recordings remain preserved.

Adat Edit allows for practical combinations of the first four options.

Auto Mute in Cycle Mode

While recording, you can repeat a section of the song over and over (cycle record), and keep recording until you find a version you like. Adat Edit lays down a new sequence with every pass. If the “Auto Mute” option is activated, then at the start of a new cycle, the sequence produced in the previous pass will be muted. This way you can record as many passes as you want, without the previous passes being played back at the same time.

Auto Create Tracks in Cycle Record

Activate this option if you want to generate a new track with each cycle iteration. The advantage is that every take is placed on its own track, and therefore, can be more easily selected and edited.

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Reasonable combinations of the first four song-settingparameters are possible.

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Send used Instr. Midi settings after Loading

This option is described in the section Send Midi Parameters when opening a Song, pp.4–96ff.

Metronome Settings

With these settings you can determine whether and when Adat Edit plays the metronome, and in what form. Adat Edit sends the metronome in quarter beats, with the first beat of each measure accented.

Click while Recording

Determines whether or not the metronome clicks during recording. This is normally activated, unless you would like to make a recording without reference to a particular tempo, and without quantizing.

Click while Playing

When activated, the metronome will also be active during play. Normally, the metronome distracts from the playback of the song. In some cases, however, it can be practical. For example, if you want to check the timing of a recording that was not quantized.

MIDI Click

When activated, the metronome is transmitted via Midi. In accordance with the general Midi standard, Adat Edit sends the click on channel 10 (drum channel). If you own a GM tone generator and use this in conjunction with Adat Edit, “Hi Wood Block” (Midi-Note76, E4) will sound on the one beat and “Low Wood Block” (77, F4) on the other beats. Otherwise, we recommend you set up channel 10 of your tone generator with

 

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a drum kit – just as in the Tutorial Song– and choose appropriate drum sounds for the notes E4 and F4.

Speaker Click

With this, you can set the metronome to trigger the built-inloudspeakers of your computer. If possible, you should use the Midi click, however, as this is generally more easily controlled.

Count-In

Normally Adat Edit’s count-nbefore recording is one measure.

With the Count-Inflip menu (below), you can set thecount-into match your personal preferences:

No Count-In

The recording starts without count-in.

1-4MeasureCount-In

The count-inwill be the number of measures you select here.

MIDI Settings

Transmit MIDI Clock

When activated, Adat Edit sends Midi clock data during recording and playback, to synchronize external devices. If you do not want to synchronize external sequencers, tape machines (via synchronizers) or other devices, you can switch this option off, to reduce the amount of data on the Midi line.

Bank Select

With this flip menu, you can choose between different bank select formats.

Bank-changecommands are for switching between different sound banks (each with 128 sounds) in the tone generator.

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These commands are always sent together with program change events, when you set the number of the desired bank instead of the " " sign. This is shown as a smaller number in front of the program number in the information box on the left edge of the arrangement window – here bank number 1. You can also set bank numbers in the GM mixer.

You must remember two things when using bank select commands:

As a rule, many tone generators do not understand bank select commands,

There are almost as many formats for this as there are types of devices.

If your device is not listed among the menu choices, try using the first entry: Control 32. This is what the Midi standard recommends.

The meaning of the remaining settings:

Control 32

Controllers 0 and 32 are sent; Controller 32’s value contains the bank number.

Control 0

Controllers 0 and 32 are sent; Controller 0’s value contains the bank number.

Control 32 without MSB

Only controller 32 is sent.

Control 0 without LSB

Only controller 0 is sent.

Ensoniq VFX, SD-1

Two device-specificProgram Change Events are sent.

 

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Yamaha TG 500

Controller 32 is sent; 32 is added to the bank number.

Roland JV 80/880

Controller 0 is sent; 80 is added to the bank number.

Kurzweil K1000/K1200

Two device-specificProgram Change Events are sent.

Yamaha TG 77

Two device-specificProgram Change Events are sent.

Oberheim Matrix 1000

Device-specific.

Roland JV-90/JV-1000and RolandJV-1080

Device-specific.

Yamaha CS1x (XG)

Device-specific.The special banks as well as the sound effect programs are likewise supported.

Roland JV-2080

Device-specific.

Send Used Instr. MIDI Settings after loading

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The program parameter box allows you to set three Midi parameters for every track:

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Prg Sound bank and Sound program

Vol Volume (Volume value) between 0 and 127

Pan PanValue from 0 (left) to 64 (middle) to 127 (right).

If you like, you can have these settings sent directly to the tone generator at the opening of the song. Adat Edit sends the events after the opening of the song, thereby pre-settingthe correct sound, volume and pan values for the song.

Here’s how to activate this option:

1.Open the Song Settings window in the file menu.

2.There, activate the Send Used Midi Settings after load-

ing option.

3.For each track that you would like to have settings sent, activate the parameter(s) that you want to send after loading.

4.Save the song.

When you open the song next, all the parameter values that were checked will be sent automatically.

 

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Chapter 5

Transport Functions

5.1Transport Window

The Transport window is a small, floating window in Adat Edit which contains the controls for operating the playback, cycle, and other transport functions. The transport window is called a “floating window", because it cannot be obscured by other windows, it is always on top.

Display Options

You can open the transport window, if it was completely closed,

by calling up Windows > Open Transport.

Windows: If you just want to hide the transport window temporarily, press Í.

The transport window will then be displayed as a symbol on the lower left-handedge of the screen. If you click this or pressÍagain, the transport window will return

to its normal size.

Indicator Options

In the Mac version, if you touch on the small down arrow on the lower right-handside of the transport window, a flip menu will appear, allowing you to change the layout of the transport

window. A similar flip menu appears in the Windows version, click here when you click on the hatched button next to the close button,

which is located at top left. (See the diagram to the right).

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Legend

Here, you can switch on a description of the buttons and display fields. We recommend that you take advantage of this, especially in the beginning. This way, you will be able to learn the ropes more quickly, and avoid errors.

Position Slider

You use this option to activate the “position-slider”on the bottom edge of the transport window.

The position slider represents the entire length of the song. With this you can jump to any position in the song almost immediately, albeit not very accurately. Click on the slider and hold down the mouse button. When you move the mouse horizontally, the slider will move accordingly. The gray bar tells you where you are in the song, relative to the entire song length. The position indicators and the song position line (see below) are also influenced by this.

Smaller/Larger

The Transport window can be displayed in different sizes, which you select using smaller/larger. When you start Adat Edit, the transport field will be opened in its smallest display size.

 

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