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Tracks

Most of the icons represent particular musical instruments. You can see how the appropriate icons have been used in the Tutorial-Song.

Creating a track

To create a new track, click on the track number you want and, in the local menu of the Arrange window, choose Track > Create Midi Track. Adat Edit produces an empty track at the position you have selected and pushes the following tracks down accordingly.

Appending a New Track

You can append a new track to the end of the track list by double clicking on the free space directly below the track list.

Moving a Track

A track can be moved to any other position in the track column. Just grab the track number, and drag it to the position you want. Adat Edit will automatically reorganize the tracks, and move the following tracks accordingly.

Two neighboring tracks can be switched in this way.

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Deleting a Track

To delete a track, select the track in the track column and choose Track > Delete Track in the local menu of the Arrange window. If there are sequences on this track, Adat Edit will ask you via dialogue box if these should be deleted, as well.

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Selecting all Sequences in a Track

If the cycle mode is not active, then click on the track you want in the track column. All sequences of this track will be selected, and are available for further operations.

Selecting Sequences within the Cycle Locator

Use the cycle function if you want to select sequences which are only within a certain span of time. To do this, mark the appropriate cycle area in the bar ruler, and click on the track you want in the track column. Now, only those sequences within the cycle area on the track are selected.

Deleting the Contentsof a Track

If you choose a track and press (Windows) orD (Macintosh), all the sequences on this track will be deleted. The track itself, however, will remain.

You can also delete sequences within a certain section of time by marking it off with the cycle locators (see above).

Muting Tracks

3.In Adat Edit you can mute tracks completely, without first having to select all of the objects in the track.The Mute Button can be found, just to the right of the track number. Press this button, and the track will be muted. The button will light with a pale blue "M" to indicate the mute status of the track. Click the button again, to unmute the track.

 

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Arranging Sequences

6.4Arranging Sequences

What is a Sequence?

A sequence is basically a container that holds Midi data, such as note events or controller messages. A segment of music contained in a sequence can be manipulated as a whole. In the Arrange window, a sequence is represented as a horizontal bar in a track.

Creating an Empty Sequence

To create an empty sequence – perhaps to manually insert notes in the Score or Event List editors with the mouse, click on the position you want, in the Arrange window with the pencil tool(see below).

Shifting Sequences in Time

To shift a sequence or sequences in time, grab it somewhere in the middle, and drag it to the position you want. If you go past the currently visible section of the Arrange window, Adat Edit will automatically scroll to the window section you want.

Instead of this, you can also move sequences to the clipboard using Edit > Cut, and then move them to another position with

Edit > Paste.

The paste position is determined by the placement of the song position line.

Copying Sequences

To copy a sequence, move it (see above) while holding down the ç(Windows) or theO(Macintosh) key. This will create a copy at the new location, while leaving the original at its starting position.

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Instead of this, you can also copy sequences to the clipboard using Edit > Copy, and then move them into another position

with Edit > Paste.

Make sure you set the song position line to the target position first, and then highlight the target track. The sequences will be inserted into the track, starting at the song position.

Moving/Copying onto another Track

Sequences cannot just be moved in time, but also to other tracks. Grab the sequence, and move it onto the track you want. To do this, use the help line that appears in the local menu bar while moving, to make sure that the position in time does not change. Of course, you can use the described cut, copy and paste functions to move or copy sequences to another track.

Changing the Length of a Sequence

You can adjust the start and end points of a sequence, thereby also changing its length. To do this, grab the lower right-handorleft-handcorner with the mouse, and move the mouse in the direction you want.

Be aware that the start point of a sequence can’t be later than the first Midi event of the sequence. If you do not need certain events at the beginning of the sequence anymore, then remove this piece with the scissors.

The end point can be moved as far as you want to the left, as long as it is not before the song start and the first Midi event.

Setting Cycle Length by Sequence Length

If you want to set a cycle for a sequence which is exactly the same length as the sequence, then call up in the local menu

Functions > Set Locators by Objects. Adat Edit will set the

cycle locator points to the borders of the selected sequences.

 

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Arranging Sequences

Selecting within the Cycle Locators

All objects that are completely or partially within the cycle locators are set by calling up Edit > Select Inside Locators.

Automatically Adjusting the Length

In the functions menu, functions that allow you to automatically optimize the lengths of sequences.

In each of the example diagrams, you will see the starting

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situation at the top, and the result at the bottom.

 

Setting Locators by Objects

You can assign the time span of selected sequences to the cycle and autodrop locators.

Example

If you want to edit the part “B Theme” in the Tutorial-Song,you just need to select the sequence in the information track with the same name and chooseFunctions > Set Locators by Objects. The cycle bar will be set to the length of the sequence.

1.Activate the mode, whose locators should be set (cycle or autodrop).

2.Select the sequences to which the zone should be set.

3.Call up Functions > Set Locators by Objectsin the local

menu of the Arrange window.

The cycle zone will be set from the beginning of the first sequence to the end of the last sequence of the selected group.

Optimizing Size of Objects

This function sets the size of the sequence to the length of the events within it, removing any empty space at the end.

1.Select the sequences that should be optimized.

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2. Select Functions > Set Optimal Object Sizes.

All selected sequences will be optimized.

Example

A sequence that is sixteen measures long, but only has events in the first eight measures, will be shortened to the length of these first eight measures.

Snap Objects

With Functions > Snap Objects, you can set sequences to pints on a predefined grid. This grid is defined by the denominator of the time signature.

If you have moved a sequence slightly and it now is out of position, you do not need to push it back into place manually with the mouse. You can simply let Adat Edit fix it.

1.Set the measure denominator’s value, to match the value you want for the grid.

2.Select the sequences you want to adjust.

3.Select Functions > Snap Objects.

The selected sequences will be pushed back to the closest grid position.

Remove Overlaps

This function shortens a sequence so that it just reaches the start of the next sequence, if the two overlap. The overlap is then removed, although the events in the overlapping section remain intact.

 

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Information Track

1.Select the sequences that overlap.

2.Select Functions > Remove Overlaps.

The lengths of the sequences will be shortened so that the overlaps are removed.

Tying Objects

This function lengthens a sequence, until it reaches the sequence that follows. This removes gaps between the sequences, and avoids uneven sequence lengths.

1.Select the sequences that should be lengthened.

2.Choose Functions > Tie Objects in the local menu of the Arrange window.

All selected sequences will be lengthened to the next sequence.

Erase Duplicated Events

Doubled notes, whichwill cause a "phased" sound on playback, can be easily deleted in Adat Edit with this function:

1.Select the sequences to be checked for duplicates.

2.Select Functions > Erase Duplicated Events.

Adat Edit finds duplicates and deletes them. Identical notes on different Midi channels are not deleted, however.

6.5Information Track

It is recommended - as it is demonstrated in the Tutorial Song –thatyou reserve one track as an information track not to be used for Midi events.

Insert empty sequences into this track, and name the sequences to identify sections of the song (intro, verse, etc.). In this way, you can also easily and quickly set cycle markers:

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Example

Let’s assume you want to record the tracks for a verse. You will want to set the cycle zone to match the length of the verse. Just select the sequence “verse” in the information track and call up

Functions > Set Locators by Objects in the local menu. With

Edit > Select Inside Locators in the local menu, you can select all the sequences of this verse.

Select Inside Locators: The sequences within the cycle bar will be selected

6.6Sequence Parameters

The Sequence Parameter box displays the parametersQuantize,Loop,Transposie,Velocity andDelay for the currently selected sequences. If you select several sequences which have different play parameters, then the corresponding parameter(s) will be marked with a*

You can preset parameters for newly recorded sequences, by clicking on the background of the Arrange window. The Sequence parameter box will display the label Midi THRU, instead of a sequence name. Any settings now made in the parameter box will affect incoming data in real time, and will be applied to all subsequent recordings.

 

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Sequence Parameters

An example: Let’s assume you want to play in the entire rhythm accompaniment, including: drums, bass, piano, and guitar for a refrain. You already know that all the sequences you will record will have the quantize value “16C Swing”, and the transpose value “ 3”. Also, the velocity will be raised by a value of 10. Click on a free space in the arrangement field, so that no more sequences are selected.

In the Sequence Parameter box, you will now find the entry Midi THRU, instead of a sequence name. Now set the values as shown above, and record something. All of the newly recorded sequences will have these settings, and the settings will be heard in real time, as you record.

Quantize

Here you can select a quantization grid for individual sequences, and use it to correct the timing of your Midi recordings.

More on this can be found in the section Quantization on page 154.

Loop

With the loop function, a sequence can be continuously repeated. The frequency of the repetition corresponds to the sequence length, so a sequence that is two measures long, will repeat every two measures.

You can activate the loop function for selected sequences by setting the parameter for Loop toOn.

The repetitions are graphically shown as gray boxes.

Use the loop function when certain passages are to be repeated exactly. Loops do not require any memory.

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Another advantage is that any changes made to the original sequence automatically affecrt all its loops.

Please be careful not to confuse “Loop” with “Cycle”. “Cycle” repeats an entire

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piece of a song, including corresponding jumps in position. “Loop”, on the other

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stopping Loops

 

 

 

Normally the loop will repeat until the end of the song.

 

 

 

However, you can stop the loop at any time by placing another

 

 

 

sequence in the track at the position where you wish to stop the

 

 

 

loop.

 

 

 

To do this, simply insert an empty sequence at the spot where

 

 

 

the loop should be stopped. You may also copy or record a

 

 

 

sequence at the point where the loop is to be stopped.

 

 

 

 

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