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Bar Ruler

Song-PositionLine

Song-PositionLine

The song position line is a vertical line inside the window (Arrange window, Matrix and Score editors), which displays the current position of the song. You can move to any position in the song with the song position line and even over the events (scrub function). The lower third of the bar ruler is reserved for this.

The song position line in Adat Edit is somewhat similar to the recording head of a tape machine.

Jump to a Certain Position

Click on the position you want in the lower third of the measure ruler, to move the song position line to that point.

Shuttling

Holding down the mouse button in the lower third portion of the measure ruler allows you to move the song position line back and forth in the song. If, in doing so, you move the song position line past the visible section of the window, the view will shift.

Scrub Function

Start the playback and click in the lower third of the measure ruler. Hold the mouse button down. Now you can move the song position line around and hear tyhe section of the song that you scrub over. If you release the mouse, playback will return to normal.

Start and Stop

By double-clickingin the lower third of the bar ruler, you can start or stop the playback from that position.

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You can also choose between a thin or wide song position line. More to this can be found in the section Wide Song Position Line on page 111.

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5.5Cycle Mode

In the cycle mode, you can isolate a passage of the song to be repeated.

You may want to have a passage played repeatedly so that you can:

edit events within the cycle zone

practice a section for recording

Record multiple takes. This way you can select the best take, or edit together pieces from several takes.

You can activate the cycle mode (repeat function) by:

clicking on the cycle button in the Transport

configuring a cycle bar in the bar ruler, by clicking in the upper portion of the bar ruler

Setting Cycle Locators

The area to be played in cycle mode is defined by the cycle locators.

Their values are shown in the Transport window, and can be set there. See th section Position Indicators on page 121.

Cycle Bars

When the cycle button is activated, you will see not only the cycle locators in the Transport window, but also a black bar in the bar ruler, that encompasses the cycle zone.

You can move the bar by grabbing it in the middle. To change the bar’s borders, grab the bar on the lower left or right corner,

 

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Merge Only New Sequences in Cycle

Autodrop

and drag the border to the desired position. This way, the left position can even overlap the right, or vice versa. By holding down the Skey, you can set both borders as you wish by clicking. This way you can also move the visible window section to produce especially long bars.

You can delete the cycle bar by moving one of the bar’s borders to meet the other. This will deactivate cycle mode.

Recording in Cycle Mode

When recording with cycle on, there are several ways you can configure Adat Edit to treat the new recordings, anmd their relationship to any existing recordings on the target track:

If you want to replace texisting sequenceswith the new recording, activate the Replace button.

If you want to add each new take to the old one, deactivate the Replace button, go to File > Song Settings, and select the option Merge Only New Sequences in Cycle Record.

If you want to keep all of the takes and later decide which ones are the best, then deactivate

Record.

Further options can be found in the section Song Settings on page 107.

5.6Autodrop

Autodrop causes an automatic punch in/out between the preset autodrop points. This way, you can have both hands free while recording, and concentrate on your performance. Besides this, autodrop makes it easy to fix small sections, where a manual punch might be difficult.

If you activate the autodrop button, the cycle area of the measure ruler will be subdivided. A thinner line for the autodropzone will be added below the cycle bar, which will

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now be thinner. You will see another set of locator points for the autodrop zone, to the right of the cycle points in the Transport window.

The positioning of the locators, and that of the autodrop bar correspond to the operation of the cycle functions.

Recording with Autodrop

Set a song position a bit in front of the marked autodrop zone. Start Adat Edit by clicking on the record button or *on the numeric keypad. The song will play from the given song position. As soon as the song position line reaches the left autodrop marker, recording will begin. At the right autodrop point, Adat Edit will return to playback mode.

Of course, you can play along before and after the punch-inpoint, without having to worry about deleting existing events.

5.7Combining Cycle and

Autodrop

If you want to fix an especially difficult piece that would normally take you several attempts, then it is recommended that you combine cycle and autodrop. You can choose a larger cycle zone, giving you a good lead-in,so that you have some time to prepare to play.

Example

Let’s assume that you would like to fix measures 13 to21, but that you want to hear sixteen entire measures. In this case, you could set the cycle locators to9.1.1.1 to25.1.1.1 and the autodrop locators to13.1.1.1 to21.1.1.1, as shown in the diagram below.

 

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Tempo List

5.8Tempo List

In the tempo list, you can insert and edit changes in tempo.

Tempo Editor in Adat Edit

You can enter a tempo event at anyposition. The tempo list controls the song tempo, and the current tempo is always displayed in the transport window.

Here’s how to open the tempo list:

Select Options>Tempo List from the local menu in the Arrange window.

Here’s how you insert a new tempo event:

1.Set the song position (SPL or transport window) at which you want to insert the event.

2.Click on the Create button in the tempo list window, or click on an existing tempo event with the pencil.

Tempo events in the tempo list can be edited or deleted, just as they would in the event list.

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Chapter 6

Arrange Window

6.1Structure of the Arrange

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1 Local menu bar with the menu items "Edit," Track," "Functions" and "Options."

2 Transport field The transport field located in the Arrange window is arranged in almost the same way as the transport window itself, and can replace it, if you wish. How much of this is visible can be set flexibly.

3 Bar ruler The bar ruler displays your song’s length and time signature. This is where you place the locator points for the cycle zone(, as well as the Autodrop zone; you can use the Song Position Line to move back and forth within the song

4 Arrangement field On this surface you arrange the sequences of your songs.

5 Track column In the track column, you define the Midi channel for the track, assign an icon to it, and select tracks for editing or recording.

6 Sequence parametersThe sequence parameters influence the playback of Midi events in real time, and can be defined separately for each sequence. Sequence

parameters do not alter the data, and can be reset at any time. Example: Transposition of a

sequence.

7 Toolbox As in all the other Adat Edit windows, the toolbox is found in the Arrange window. The individual tools serve for the editing of sequences, and for solo and mute functions..

8 Track Parameter boxBesides allowing you to assign the track an icon, the Track Parameter box has control s to set the sound (program), the volume and the pan, separately for each Midi channel.

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6.2Tools

Like other windows the Arrange window also provides a toolbox for you to use.

Please refer to the section Working withTools on page 98.

Changing the Size of the Transport Field

You can hide the transport field in the Arrange window, or you can make only certain sections of it visible. To do this, grab the lower right-handcorner of the transport field in the Arrange window, and move this until the desired section is set. You can also completely hide the transport field in the Arrange window. To do, selectView > Transport from the local menu in the Arrange window. This will toggle the transport field.

All of the functions in the transport field are identical to the ones you will find in the floating Transport window. The transport field only lacks the autodrop locator display, and the Midi monitor. If necessary, read up on this in the section

Transport Window on page 119.

6.3Tracks

A song is composed of any number of tracks, to each of which one of the sixteen available Midi or audio channels can be assigned. On every track there can be any number of sequences, which are played on the track’s Midi or audio channel.

Track List

Every Midi track in Adat Edit has the following characteristics:

A track number, with the top track assigned as track 1

an icon for the visual identification of each Midi channel

a Midi Channel, used for all sequences on this track.

 

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Tracks

You can move the sequences, delete them, or move them to another track. Tracks, and sequences on tracks can be freely moved around, making this, which is much more flexible than working with a tape recorder.

Tracks can also be created, deleted or rearranged.

These functions will be described in more detail, in the following sections.

Assigning a Midi Channel

For every track you can set whichever of the 16 Midi channels you want . All of the sequences (and their contents) on the track will be sent on the set channel. The track setting for channel will override the individual channel settings for the Midi events within the track.

Here’s how it works: Click on the channel column of the track and hold down the mouse button. A flip menu will appear from which you can select the desired Midi channel. In addition to the sixteen Midi channels, there are two special settings:

No Output

The Midi events of the track in

 

question are not sent; the entire

 

track is muted. You can use the “No

 

Output” option to temporarily put a

 

track on the back burner.

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In this case, the track does not have a

 

particular Midi channel setting.

 

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recorded Midi channel. Use this

 

possibility when, for example,

 

events with different Midi channels

 

(such as . drums, piano, bass) are

 

combined on one track.

You can easily change the Midi channel of an event in the event

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Selecting an Icon

Every Midi channel can be assigned an icon of your choice. Normally you will call up a particular sound for each Midi channel. In this case, use an icon that represents the sound or the “instrument”. Although the icon has no direct effect on what you will hear, it will help you keep track of the sounds you are using for each track of your song.

Example

If you assign a drum icon to Midi channel 10, then you can tell at a glance which tracks have drum sounds.

To select an icon, click-holdon the current one . A flip menu will appear, from which you may select another icon.

Paging through the Icon Flip Menu

Due to the length of the icon flip menu, it can be tedious to scroll through all the entries one at a time. Here is a better method:

Open the flip menu with the right mouse button; it will remain open, even after you release the button. Now, using the right mouse button, you can comfortably scroll up and down with the scroll bar provided. When you have found the desired icon, click that icon with the left mouse button. The icon will be chosen, and the flip menu will automatically close.

With Macintosh the procedure is a little bit different. First, open the flip menu. Then, while click-holding,press the

Skey, and then release the mouse button again. The flip menu will remain open, and you can use the scroll bar to move up and down through the menu. When you have found the icon you want, click on it and then release theS key. The desired icon is chosen, and the flip menu will automatically close.

 

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