Alesis ADATEDIT User Manual

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Event Types

The diagram above depicts a “neutral” pitch bend event. The pitch is not affected in this example.

NUM

A fine breakdown of the NUM value

 

is only used by certain synthesizers,

 

and has no practical importance

 

when working with the Event List.

VAL

This affects the pitch value. Values

 

below 64 will bend the pitch down-

 

ward, values above 64 will bend it

 

upward.

Control Change

All Midi controller messages, such as modulation, volume control, or sustain pedal are variations of this type of event.

The Midi specification differentiates between continuous controllers, and on/off switches. Controller numbers 0 to 63 are for continuous controllers, and the rest are reserved for switches.

For continuous controllers, the value range varies from 0 to127. For switches or buttons usually0 = off, and any value from1 to127 = on.

NUM

Controller Number. The controller

 

 

number represents the type of

 

 

controller, for example, the modula-

 

 

tion wheel or the sustain pedal. The

 

 

Length/Info column in the Event

 

 

List displays the type of controller as

 

 

text.

 

VALUE

Controller value, which determines

 

 

how much effect the controller will

 

 

have. For example, a Controller #7

 

 

(Volume) with a value of 127, will set

 

 

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the device on its channel to full volume, whereas the same controller with a value of 0, will turn the volume off on that channel.

Aftertouch

Aftertouch or Channel Pressure shows the finger pressure on the keyboard. As the hand actually plays, sound quality can be controlled. Aftertouch affects all the notes on a Midi channel. Aftertouch messages have no Num byte.

VAL

Aftertouch intensity.

Polyphonic Aftertouch

Polyphonic Aftertouch is an enhanced type of Aftertouch, and is also called “Key Pressure.” Finger pressure on each key is measured and processed. Only a few sound modules respond to this controller, and even fewer Midi keyboards have the capacity to transmit polyphonic aftertouch.

NUM

Midi note number.

VAL

Key Pressure intensity value for the

 

displayed note.

SysEx Data

Sound data from a synthesiser in the form of system-exclusivedumps can be recorded in Adat Edit. SysEx data is depicted in the Event List, and can be deleted, copied or moved like other events, but it cannot be edited.

 

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Editing Events

10.10 Editing Events

In the Event Editor, events can be edited in a variety of different ways. For this purpose there is a toolbox, with a special selection of tools.

All the typical selection functions can be used in the Event List editor, and operations can be applied to muktiple selected events simultaneously. Changes to selected events will be applied proportionally, based on their starting values.

Example

before

50

after

In the above set of diagrams, the velocity is decreased by 50 points. Notice that the relative velocities are maintained after the edit, each is decreased by 50 points.

Moving Events

An event can be moved anywhere within the sequence, simply by using the arrow tool, clicking in the Position column, and changing the value of one of the four fields in the position indicator, by moving the mouse up or down. The four numbers, from left to right, indicatemeasure number,beat number,display format value, andclock tick. When you alter an event’s position,

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the Event List will immediately rearrange the displayed order of events, to reflect the change.

before

after

In this example, note C#2 is moved from position9 1 1 1 to

10 3 1 1.

More than one event can be selected and moved at the same time.

Changing Values

Changing a value is done by click-holdingon the respective event column (e.g., NUM), and moving the mouse . Every parameter in a line can be edited, except for the status byte. For position and length indicators, each field must be changed separately. If multiple events are selected, then the values will be changed relatively. If one of the values reaches its maximum or minimum, then no further changes will be possible.

 

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Arrange Level Display

Example

Many note events with a velocity value of 70, and one with a value of99 are selected. When the latter note reaches a value of127, the other notes will remain at98, and cannot be set any higher, unless you deselect the note with a velocity of 127.

Practice

In the Tutorial Song, open the sequence “Mute Guitar” to an Event Editor, and move all notes listed after a quarter note earlier.

Inserting Events

An event can be inserted into the list by clicking the pencil tool on the button, corresponding to the desired event type. The event will be inserted at the current song position.

Copying Events

An existing event can be copied by clicking with the pencil tool on the event’s status description. Adat Edit creates a duplicate, under the original event.

Deleting Events

To delete selected events, click on an event with the eraser tool.

10.11 Arrange Level Display

Normally, the Event List can be opened by double-clickingon a sequence with the right mouse button. The the Event List will list the contentsof the sequenceyou double clicked.

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Another type of Event List is an Arrange level display. It’s easy to switch from theContents to theArrange Level display. This is done bydouble-clickingon the white background within an Event List.

The Arrange Level in the Event List

In Arrange Level, the Event List does not depict any Midi events, instead it shows the sequences of the song. The following take the place of the Status, Num and Val columns:

Name

Sequence name.

Track

Track that sequence is located on.

Length

Sequence Length.

Basically, the song can be arranged here in the same way as in the Arrange window. Sequences can be created, moved, lengthened, or shortened. Sequences allow for other tracks to be assigned to them. The Text and Mute tools from the Event List can be used in the Arrange Level.

It is easy to find a sequence quickly in the Arrange Level. Switch to theArrange Level, locate a sequence, and by doubleclicking on it, switch to an Event list display of itsContents.

Tip

Naming Sequences

Sequences can be named in the Arrange Level by clicking on the name of the sequence with the text tool. An edit field will open up, and the name can be typed in.

 

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Soloing Sequences

Clicking on the name of a sequence with the solo tool causes playback from the beginning of the sequence. Playback will only continue while the mouse button is pressed. Only the selected sequences will be played back, similar to the function in the Arrange window.

Muting Sequences

By clicking with the mute tool, sequences in the Event List in the Arrange Level will be muted.

10.12 Quantizing Events

In the Event Editor, there is a separate Quantization function which can be used on any number of selected events. Event Quantization directly affects the stored position of the events, unlike Play Quantizing in the Arrange window. The advantage is that you can select particular events for quantization, without affecting other adjacent events within the sequence.. All types of events can be quantized, as opposed to the quantization in the Arrange window, where only notes can be quantized.

You can achieve different quantizations for different groups of events, by applying the operation in steps.

Here’s how: First, select the events you wish to quantize. Next, click-holdon theQ button, found just below the Event List Tool box. A flip menu will open, from which you may select a quantization factor. As soon as you select a quantization value, by highlighting it, and releasing the mouse; the selected events will be moved to new positions, based on the value selected. After using theQ button, the last value that has been set can be carried over to other events, just by selecting the event(s), and briefly clicking on theQ button.

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Example

In the example, the selected note s above are not perfectly aligned with downbeats. Below, after quantization, the selected notes all fall right on the nearest beat, and the unselected events remain in their original positions:

In order to quickly repeat the previously used quantization factor, highlight the desired events, and select Functions >

from the local menu bar.

 

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Moving and Copying Segments

10.13 Moving and Copying

Segments

The standard edit commands, such as cut,copy, andpaste can also be used in the Event Editor. TheCopy Midi Events function can be used to copy or move a particular excerpt from a sequence to another location. This can create many copies at once, or move all events that lie within the target area to another place. This useful feature allows multiple copies to be arranged one after the other, in one operation.

Example

Lengthening a drum pattern from two measures to eight measures.

Select Functions >Copy Midi Events from the local menu bar.

A window will open, showing all the parameters for copying.

Locators

First, the start and end point from which events are to be copied must be defined. The Cycle Locator points that were

used last will automatically be used in the Copy Events window.Tip Here’s a tip: First set the Locators in the bar ruler or Transport window, and then open theCopy Events window.

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Destination

The Destination defines the position where the copy will be inserted. TheDestination point is identical with the current song position, so that choosing theDestination is as easy as moving the song position line. However, you may change the position in theCopy Events window, if you like. The SPL will move to the newly selected position.

Number of Copies

Any number of copies can be generated. Adat Edit copies the segments successively.

This option is not available in the Swap Mode (s. u.).

Mode

Clicking on the Mode field acivates a flip menu with a list of options.

Copy Options

 

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