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Sequence Parameters

Turning Loops into real Copies

It is sometimes helpful to transform the loops into real sequences. When you do so, Adat Edit automatically creates as many copies as there were original loops. As these copies contain their own data, you can now make changes in each copy, without influencing the other repetitions.

To transform a series of loops into real sequences, select

Functions > Turn Loops to Real Copies.

Transpose

With the Transpose sequence parameter, you can transpose sequences in half tone increments. The possible range is99.

The value-12corresponds to a transposition of one octave lower. If you want to transpose an entire section of song, select all of the sequences for the section, and transpose these to the desired value. This procedure is very practical, if you want to try out different pitches in order to match the vocal range of a singer.

You can transpose the entire song by selecting Edit > Select All,

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and then changing the transposition value for every sequence

 

in one operation.

 

If no sequence has been selected, then Transpose will influence

 

the Midi THRU settings, which will affect all subsequent

 

recordings, and what you hear when you play into Adat Edit.

 

With drum tracks, transposing influences the triggered drum notes, usually causing

 

the wrong sounds to be triggered. For this reason, you should leave out the drum

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tracks when transposing an entire section of a song.

 

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Velocity

With the Velocity paramete,r you can increase or decrease the velocity value of selected sequences. The value range goes from-99 to+99. Please note that you cannot go above or below the possible values of0-127,as defined in Midi. If, for example, the notes in a sequence have velocity values between 100 and 120, then the setting +60 will only have the effect of raising everything to the possible maximum of 127.

If no sequence is selected, Velocity will influence the-Midi THRU- setting.

Delay

With the Delay parameter, you can move selected sequences by small increments, forward or backward in time. The measuring units here are clock ticks, which represent a 3840th fraction of a measure in Adat Edit. If you set a negative value, the affected sequence will be moved ahead, a positive value will cause the sequence to play later.

You can use the Delay parameter to correct the timing of sounds that have a slow attack, such as string sounds. A negative delay will move the sequence forward, so that the peak of the sound occurs at the correct position.

It is recommended you avoid larger values for delay. Remember that the sequences

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can also be directly moved in smaller increments (ex. sixteenth).

 

Normalizing Sequence Parameters

 

The sequence parameters are real time filters that are used

 

during the playback of Midi events. Since the settings have no

 

effect on the underlying data, the audible changes from the

 

sequence parameters are not shown in the Event editor. That’s

 

why it’s possible for a note to be shown as C3, but sound like

 

D3, if the sequence was transposed a whole tone higher with

 

the Sequence Parameter Transpose.

 

 

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Demix by Event Channel

You can have Adat Edit overwrite the Midi data in the sequences, making the sequence parameter settings permanent. This way, the setings will be visible in the Event List editor. The disadvantage is that you can no longer reset them in the sequence parameter box. To permanently write the sequence parameters to your selected sequence(s), select

Functions > Normalize Sequence Parameters in the local

menu. All changes will become visible in the Event list and the Score editor, and the sequence parameters will automatically be reset to zero.

6.7Demix by Event Channel

When events with different Midi channels are combined in a sequence, you can separate them to different tracks, based on their channel settings. With this function you can store every system on a separate track. Before doing this, make sure there is a track (empty, if possible) for every Midi channel in the sequence you intend to separate.

Select the sequence that is to be separated, and call up Track > Demix by Event Channel. Adat Edit will create a new sequence for each channel found in the original sequence, and will place the new sequences on appropriate tracks..

Midi-File(left), demixed byMidi-Channels(right)

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6.8Quantization

Quantization is the automatic correction of rhythmic positions, using a grid. Quantizing realigns the normal variations in realtime recordings into perfectly aligned note positions.

Quantizing is especially important when playing several tracks together, because otherwise, the variations can conflict with one another, and make the feel of the song unsteady, or ragged.

Quantizing pushes every note to the next closest grid value.

Example

You are playing a passage, with which the eighth notes are the smallest note values. If you choose the setting 18-Note“ as the quantize value, all of the notes will be moved to precise eighth note positions.

Even with quantization, a certain level of precision while recording is necessary. The maximum rhythmic error for a note cannot be greater than half the quantize value chosen. Otherwise, the note will be moved to the wrong position. This means, for example, that with a quantization of 116, the variance must be smaller than132.

Setting the Quantization Value

To select the quantization factor you want, click-holdthe sequence parameterQua. A flip menu will open, with the various quantization values. Select the desired value, and release the mouse.The value will be displayed in the parameter box.

Quantization: Operation

Any quantization value can be replaced with another, at any time. To switch off quantization altogether, select the off (3840) setting.

Your original data will remain as you recorded it, even after you quantize, as long as you do not use the Fix Quantize

 

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function(see the section Quantization on page 154). Because, like all the other sewquence parameters, quantization is a non destructive. real time parameter, you can experiment as much as you like, without any fear of losing the feel of your original performance..

Adat Edit quantizes notes exclusively. Controller events like sustain pedal, mod wheel, etc will remain unquantized.

As with the other sequence parameters, quantizing only affects the selected sequences. If you want different quantization values for a sequence,perhaps because even and triplet note values occur equally – cut the sequence into different pieces, which you can quantize separately. Another way would be to quantize the events in the Event list.

Fixing the Quantization

If you want to permanently set the quantize values of your sequences to the recorded data, select Functions > Fix Quantize, in the local menu. The event positions will be recalculated according to the chosen quantization value, andQua will be reset to off (3840). Normally, the only time you would do this is when preparing a song to be exported as a standard Midi file, for use in another sequencer. Other than this, it is usually best to avoid using the Fix Quantize function, because once you use it, your original performance is overwritten.

The Different Types of Quantization

Adat Edit provides various types of quantization. These will be described in greater detail in the next section.

No Quantizing

With the setting off (3840), you choose the finest degree of timing resolution in Adat Edit. Your sequences will be played back exactly as you performed them.

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Standard Quantization

With the settings 11-note to196-note you select quantization with a regular grid. The denominator of the fraction describes the value as the number of notes in a 4/4 measure. If this value is divisible by 3, then it is triplet quantization. A few examples of this:

14-Note divides the measure into four parts; this is quarter note quantization.

112-Note divides the measure into twelve parts; these are three notes per quarter, so eighth note triplets.

132-Note divides the measure intothirty-twoparts; eight per quarter note which isthrty-secondnote quantization.

Quantization to Odd Tuplets

This type of quantization subdivides the note value into an odd number of parts. Strictly speaking, a triplet is already such an uneven subdivision. The additional settings of 5,7, and9 are available. These settings are seldom needed for conventional music.

Swing Quantization

A swing feel is produced when the even numbered sub divisions of the beat are played a little bit late. Adat Edit provides quantization options that will produce a swing feel.

With an even eight-partrhythm every second beat is on 50% of the range of a quarter, a triplet at 66%, a sixteenth at 75%. With swing rhythms, these borders are fluid; all values between 50% and 75% are possible. This is commonly known as the swing factor.

Adat Edit offers six swing gradations, which experience shows are optimal, for both eight and sixteen part grooves. The settings are 8A to8F or16A to16F.

 

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Quantization

Practice

Select all of the sequences in the “B groove” part in the Tutorial-Song.These are currently quantized with

Now choose the settings 16A,16B,16C,16D,16E, and16F one after the other. Each subsequent setting will make the sequnce play with an increasingly stronger swing factor. The higher settings, like16F, may be too strong. You will learn through experience.

Mixed Quantization

Adat Edit has three different mixed quantizing settings. These contain a combination of even and triplet values.

16 & 24 Sixteenths withsixteen-notetriplets

16 & 12 Sixteenths witheight-notetriplets

8 & 12 Eighths witheight-notetriplets

These quantization settings require a much higher degree of accuracy in the original performance. In some cases, it may be easier to quantize individual sections in the Event list (see the Chapter 10 The Event Editor on page 201).

Pre-quantization

Here is another use for the Fix Quantize function. A somewhat imprecise performance quantizes well with a setting of 116, but the setting16D, does not quantize well, because some notes are moved to the wrong positions.. Try this: Choose116 as your quantization factor and selectFunctions > Fix Quantize. Now select the quantization value16D, in the sequence parameter box. The results should now be satisfactory, because the underlying data used by the16D quantization is now even sixteenth notes.

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6.9View

View in the Arrange window offers you a variety of possibilities to set the display to your liking.

Color Sequences

Every sequence in the Arrange window can be assigned a different color:

1.Select View > Object Colors....

2.Select one or any combination of sequences.

3.Click on the color you want from the color palette. Clicking on the black field in the upper left-handcorner of the palette removes your color assignment.

The color palette is a floating window. You can keep it open, and color objects any time you want, just by clicking on a color.

Color markings allow you to, for example, make the drums

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visually stand out from the rest, or mark sequences that still

 

need to be edited.

 

If do not want to use color – perhaps to speed up screen

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redraws– simply switch off the option Colour Graphics underFile

 

> Preferences...

 

Hide/Show Transport Field

You can display the transport window’s controls for playback, record, pause, rewind and fast forward in the upper left-handcorner of the Arrange window. This is especially practical, if your floating Transport window is not open.

To do so, select View > Transport in the local menu. Calling up this menu point again will hide this transport field once more.

 

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Hide/Show Parameters

With View > Parameters you can hide the entire parameter area on the left side of the Arrange window. This is useful if you no longer need to change the sequence or track parameters, but need a more space for the arranging of sequences. Selecting this menu item again, shows the parameter boxes once more.

Grid

With View > Grid, you can show a grid in the arrangement field, whose resolution corresponds to the display format value in the Transport window. This may make it easier to move or copy sequences to particular positions.

White Background

With View > White Background, you switch between the stone gray background, and a white background for the arrangement field.

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6.10 Options

Send Midi Commands...

Maximum Volume

If you select Options > Send to Midi > Maximum Volume, Adat

Edit will send a controller 7 message, with a maximum value of 127, on all Midi channels. This function is useful for switching all Midi instruments back to their maximum volume at any time.

Regulating the volume with the Controller 7 should not be confused with a conventional volume change. Here – independent from your amplifier and mixer – the internal volume, controlled through Midi is set to its maximum value.

Resetting the Controllers

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With Options > Send to Midi > Reset Controllers, “neutral”

controller data is sent to all sound modules. Use this when a controller is stuck, or left in the wrong state, causing the tone generator to sound differently than it should..

This can happen when, for example, you push pause in the middle of a song and then start up again at another spot, or when you make the song position line jump to another position by clicking on it in the bar ruler.

 

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