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Transport Window

Parameter Fields and Indicators

Position Indicators

The position indicators in the Transport window show you the current song position in two different formats.

The upper portion displays SMPTE-Time,i.e. hours, minutes, seconds, frames, and bits. The SMPTE format is the current format used in synchronizing music in film. Although using SMPTE for synchronization is only supported by Logic and not by Adat Edit, this version does shows you this format, so that youcan always keep an eye on the song length, in absolute time, instead of just measures and beats.

The lower portion displays Measure Position, in measures, beats, diplay format units and clock ticks. How it is divided depends on the time signature, and the Display Format value, which you can also set in the Transport window (see below). Normally, the four fields would be (from left to right): measure, quarter notes, sixteenth notes, ticks.

A tick is the smallest possible subdivision of a measure in which

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a sequencer can break up its time axis. In Adat Edit a tick

 

carries 13840 of a note.

 

Clicking the small gray square to the right of the indicators sets

 

these to zero.

 

Position Markers (Locators)

Adat Edit allows you to define two locator points. This is analogous to the locator points that can be found on some tape recorders. They make it possible to automatically go to, or play certain passages. The locatorpoints on the left, below the position display, are the cycle locators. With these you can define a part of the song to be constantly repeated by Adat Edit in cycle mode. The locator points to the right, below the tempo display, are the autodrop locators. With these, you can define the points where Adat Edit automatically punches in and out of

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recording. More on this can be found in the section Cycle Mode on page 132 and in the sectionAutodrop on page 133.

The autodrop locators are only visible when both cycle andautodrop are activated.

Tempo

The song tempo in Adat Edit is shown in beats per minute (bpm). You can set the tempo in increments of 1/10000th of a beat, anywhere from 0.5 to 9999 bpm. The song tempo is then set for the entire song.

You can make changes to the tempo during the song (ritardando, accelerando), using the tempo list. This is described in section Tempo List on page 135.

Free Memory

This indicator informs you of remaining storage space, measured in events. If Adat Edit warns that there is too little memory for a certain operation, you can have the storage space automatically optimized.

Double-clickthe Free Memory Field. A dialog box will appear asking if you want to reorganize the memory. If you confirm this, your computer’s RAM will be reconfigured, creating additional space for data.

Time Signature and Display Format

Here you can set the time signature for your song by grabbing the numnerator or denominator, and sliding the mouse to set the desired value. The time signature change will take effect at the current song position. This way, you can insert time signature changes in your songs, by simply moving the SPL to the desired position, and changing the time signatire display in

 

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the transport. The new time signature will appear in the bar ruler, and will remain in effect until you insert another at a later point.

Beneath the time signature field, you will find another subdivision, which gives the Display Format value for the song.

Adat Edit uses this Display Format value:

as the third field in the position display for the locators and the event list.

for subdividing the bar ruler (see below).

as a Midi-metronomedivision value.

as step size for the moving of notes in the Score editor.

Midi-Indicator

The Midi indicator field gives you a real time diaplay of Midi events Adat Edit is currently receiving or sending. This is useful to test the connections between Adat Edit and your Midi equipment.

This field also allows you to send a Midi reset command.

Midi Reset

With the Midi Reset, you can switch off stuck notes.

Click in the Midi indicator field in the Transport window.

Adat Edit will send a simple Midi Reset. If this does not help, try a “Full Panic”:

Double-clickthe Midi Indicator.

The field shows “Full Panic,” and Adat Edit sends a Note-OffEvent for every single note of the sixteen Midi channels.

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End of Song

The small field on the lower right-handedge of the transport field shows the End of Song. Among others, the scale of the vertical scroll bar and that of the song bar orientate themselves to this. In order to change the End of Song,click-holdon the current value, and scrub the mouse up or down. You can also set the End of Song in the bar ruler with the mouse (see below).

5.2Transport Functions

The following functions serve to control Adat Edit’s movement and status, and are similar to the transport functions of a tape machine. In this sense, you can operate Adat Edit exactly as you would a cassette deck, or a studio tape machine – but more easily, of course, and without waiting for the tape to rewind.

Instead of using the buttons, you can also use the keys of the numeric keypad, described below. This is especially practical if you want to playa Midi keyboard at the same time.

Record

Click this button to start recording from the current position. The recording will begin after the count-in(see the section

Song Settings on page 107).

key: *

Pause/Continue

stops the recording or playback until you click on the button again.

key: ;

Play

starts playback at the current song position.

 

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key: =

Stop

stops the playback. To continue from the same place, use the play function again. When you press the stop button twice, Adat Edit jumps to the beginning of the song.

key:

Fast Forward and Rewind

With these two buttons you can move forward or backwards in the song. This works either while stopped, or during playback. You can influence the shuttle speed with the mouse. Click on the fast-forwardbutton, and hold down the mouse button, and Adat Edit shuttles at a faster speed. The further you move the mouse to the right, the faster the Adat Edit will shuttle. The rewind function works in a similar manner, except, of course that you would move the mouse to the left, to increase the shuttle speed.

5.3Mode-Buttons

The mode-buttons,unlike the transport buttons, do not trigger any actions, but rather put Adat Edit into a certain mode. Clicking on one of these activates it, and it remains activated until you click on it again.

Cycle (Repeat Mode)

You can repeat a section of your song by using the cycle function (repeat mode). This is discussed in more detail in the section Cycle Mode on page 132.

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Record Replace

Unlike tape decks, you can choose to mix newly recorded material with any that may already be in the track. Normally, new recordings are added to existing data in the track. If you would rather replace the existing material, click on the replace button.

Solo

If you activate Solo, only highlighted sequences will play.

When the Solo function is activated, you can select and deselect as many new sequences as you want.

Hear track solo

Click on the track number to select a

 

track, and then activate Solo.

Hear sequence solo

Click on the sequence and activate

 

solo.

Several Sequences/Tracks solo

Hold down Sand click on the sequences or tracks, or drag a rubber band over the sequences, while holding down the mouse button. ActivateSolo.

During Solo playback, you can select or deselect any objects you want. The effect on playback will be immediately noticeable.

 

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If you want to hear all objects solo, except for the selected ones,

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proceed as above, but select Edit > Toggle Selection in the local

 

menu of the Arrange window.

 

Sync

The sync button makes possible the synchronization of Adat Edit through an external Midi clock source. This way, you can control the sequencer externally, from another sequencer, a drum machine, or a synchronizer. When sync is activated, Adat Edit folows Midi Clock and Song Position Pointer , and runs in sync with the incoming clock. More about this can be found in the Chapter 14 Synchronization, Video and Midi Files on page 283.

Metronome

This button allows you to turn the metronome on and off separately for playback and record. The play or record status is remembered when you activate the metronome.

1.Click briefly on the button to turn the metronome on or off.

You can also access the recording and metronome settings directly from the metronome button:

2. Click-holdon the metronome button. A flip menu will open.

3. From here, select the option you want.

Setting the Midi Metronome

You can select which note numbers and Midi channels the Midi metronome will use. By default, the instruments “Hi Wood Block” (note number 76, Note E4) and “Low Wood Block” (note number 77, Note F4) are set in the general Midi Drum kit.

Here’s how you set the Midi Click:

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1.Choose File > Song Settings, and activate the option Midi Click.

2.Call up Options >Midi-Metronome-Clickin the local

menu of the Arrange window.

The Midi Click window will open up.

In the Windows version, select the Port you wish the metronime to send to.Click-holdthePort parameter, to open a flip menu. For both versions, underBar, set the parameters for the note that the metronome will send on beat one of each measure. You may also set a velocity for the note. UnderBeat, set the note and velocity you want for the other beats in each measure.

3.Click on the measureandbeat buttons to activate them.

4.Click on the record button in the transport window or press *on the numeric keypad.

Adat Edit will begin recording. You will hear the metronome clicks on your Midi sound module.

5. Set the parameters to correspond to your sound module.

To be set are:

 

Cha

Midi channel.

Note

Note and, with it, the drum

 

instrument (e.g. Cowbell,

 

Woodblock).

Vel

Velocity value. Usually, you will set

 

the velocity for the Bar a bit higher

 

than the Beat, to accent the

 

downbeat of each measure.

 

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Bar Ruler

5.4Bar Ruler

You will find the bar ruler in all Adat Edit windows, except for the Event list. The bar ruler helps you visually locate the position of sequences (Arrange window), note bars (Matrix editor) and notes (Score editor).

The bar ruler is not read-only,however. You can carry out the following functions with the mouse:

Song - Set the start and end measures;

Move to different positions in the Song (Song Position Line);

Set points for Cycle and Autodrop Locators.

The subdivision of the ruler is displayed according to the time signature values in the Transport window. When you change these, Adat Edit reacts immediately by changing the settings in the bar ruler.

Example

Set the time signature in the Tutorial-Songto24 or84, and note the changes in the bar ruler. When finished, set the value back to what it was.

As with other displayed elements, the bar ruler is influenced by the horizontal zoom factor. If you set locators, or want to change the song beginning or end, you can set the scale of the ruler as needed.

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Setting the Song Beginning and End

AS with sequences, the song also has defined beginning and end points. These two markers are represented in the bar ruler by two rectangles, can be moved with the mouse.

Song markers

Beginning of Song

Normally the song will begin at position “1 1 1 1.” You can, however, alter this, perhaps to insert a program change, or an upbeat before the beginning of the song.

Grab the start of song marker with your mouse, and drag it to the left. The bar ruler will move correspondingly to the right, and the information line will show you the new beginning of the song. Release the mouse button at the desired position.

End of Song

An Adat Edit song can be practically limitless in length. Normally Adat Edit sets the song length to 200 measures. This is automaticallyextended, however, as soon as an object goes past this position. You can manually set the end of song to any position you like. Bring the end marker into view, by either moving the horizontal scroll bar to the right, or making the horizontal zoom factor smaller, until the marker is visible. Grab the marker, and drag it to the desired position.

If possible, set the song end marker to the actual end of the song. That way the horizontal scroll bar will be scaled accordingly, and its range limited to the length of the song.

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