Alesis ADATEDIT User Manual

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Practicing

The Copy Mode determines how Adat Edit will manage the source and destination data:

Mode

Result

 

 

Copy Merge

The copied data will be merged with any data at the

 

destination position.

 

 

Copy

The copied data replaces any data at the destination

Replace

position.

 

 

Copy Insert

The copied data is placed at the destination position,

 

and any existing data is moved to a later position to

 

make room.

 

 

MoveMerge

Like Copy Merge, but the source data is moved,

 

instead of copied.

 

 

Move

Like Copy Replace, but the source data is moved,

Replace

instead of copied.

 

 

Move Insert

Like Copy Insert, but the source data is moved, instead

 

of copied.

 

 

Rotate

The source data is moved to the destination position,

 

and the destination data, and all data following it will

 

be shifted.

 

 

Direct Swap

Source and destination data exchange positions.

 

 

Remove

The source data is deleted.

 

 

10.14 Practicing

The Tutorial Song will serve as the raw material for the practice exercises.

Copying a Segment of the Flute Solo

This exercise uses the Copy Midi Events function.

We double the length of the flute solo, which currently runs from measure 33 to 41, by making two copies of the first half of the solo. The measure ruler will be used to set theSource of the copy.

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• Set the Cycle Locators from 25 to29.

The bar ruler should look like this:

The Cycle Locators are set from 25 1 1 1 to29 1 1 1, and the

song position line is set at measure 33.

Open the Event List for the “flute” sequence, and bring up the Copy window.

Under Number of Copies, enter the number2.

The Copy Events window should look like this:

 

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Now click Do It. This is the result in the Arrange window:

The flute solo sequence now extends another 4 measures, into the “groove” section of the song.

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Chapter 11

The Matrix Editor

The Matrix Editor

Unlike the Event Editor, the Matrix Editor deals almost exclusively with note events. The Matrix Editor is like an Arrange window for notes, where they can be manipulated graphically. You can also control volume and pan with Hyperdraw.

11.1 Opening the Matrix Editor

Before opening the Matrix Editor, a sequence must be selected to work on.

To open the Matrix Editor, click on Windows>Open Matrix Edit. The contents of the sequence will be displayed.

A quicker way to do this is to double click while holding the ç key (Windows) or theOkey (Mac).

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Practice

Open the Matrix Editor for the “drum groove” sequence, in the Tutorial Song, and using this sequence, try the Matrix Editor functions described below.

11.2 Standard Matrix Editor Tools

The Matrix Editor contains many of standard tools that you are already familiar with: Transport Field, Midi Out button, a tool box and 2 zoom controls. The bar ruler and song position line are provided to make it easier to isolate and edit portions of a sequence that need to be worked on. The Edit and Option menus are conceptually the same as in the Arrange window and the Event Editor. When an item is edited, an information line will appear in the local menu bar.

11.3 Transport Field and

Parameter Dialog Box

The Parameter Display and the Transport Field can be toggled on and off by using the choices given in the View pull-downmenu. The size of the Transport Field can also be changed by moving the window elements with the mouse, just as in the Arrange window.

11.4 Event Display

In the Matrix Editor, every note is depicted as a horizontal beam. The horizontal position and length of the beam represents – as with a sequence in the Arrange window – the duration (length) of the note.

The vertical position of the beam represents the note number or pitch. A vertical keyboard at the left edge of the Matrix Window serves to display the pitch. A distinct advantage to

 

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Event Display

working with the Matrix Editor instead of the Event List or Score Editors, is that it is much easier manipulate the note length with the mouse.

It is also easy to transpose and delete notes.

The Matrix Editor is especially practical for working with drum parts, because all the notes for each drum sound (kick, snare, HHT) are displayed on the same horizontal level, and can be easily selected with the mouse. To make it easier to manipulate specific events, the Matrix Editor display can be limited to a specific pitch or span of time, by using the Zoom controls.

View of an entire track (above), detailed view (below)

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11.5 Working with Notes

Notes can be moved in the Matrix Editor, and their length can be altered, or they can be copied and deleted. The selection functions are the same as in other windows. These are described in more detail in the following sections.

Moving Notes

To move a note, or a selected group of notes, click somewhere in the middle with the mouse pointer, and move it to the desired position. Moving the note vertically will transpose it, and moving the note horizontally will move the position of the note along the time axis.

Copying Notes

The quickest and easiest way to copy notes is to select the note, and then press the çkey (Windows) or theOkey (Mac), while dragging it to the desired position.

This can also be done by using the Copy function, and pasting the note at another spot.

Inserting Notes

New notes can be created with the pencil tool, or created by copying existing notes.

To create a note, select the pencil tool from the toolbox, and simply click at the desired position. Adat Edit will insert a new sixteenth note. The length of the note can be changed afterwards.

 

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Changing Length of a Note

The length of a note can be changed either by using the finger tool, or the mouse pointer.

Finger Tool

Click anywhere on the note, and

 

drag the finger tool left to shorten, or

 

right to lengthen the note. When the

 

mouse button is released, the beam

 

length will change accordingly.

Mouse Pointer

Length can also be changed using

 

the mouse pointer. The advantage to

 

this is that a new tool need not be

 

chosen to move and change the

 

length of the note. The

 

disadvantage is that you can only

 

grab the bottom right corner of the

 

note beam to change its length.

If you select multiple notes, the length for all notes will be changed proportionally.

If the zoom setting for the window is too low, it may be difficult

Tip

to grab the bottom right corner of the note with the pointer. It

 

is easier to see the lower right hand corner of the note beam, if

 

a larger zoom setting is chosen.

 

Deleting Notes

Notes can be deleted by selecting them and

• clicking on them with the eraser tool

• selecting Edit > Clear in the menu bar

• pressing the key.

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Working With Velocity Value

The V tool (V = Velocity) manipulates the velocity value of the notes in the Matrix Editor, either for individual notes, or a selected group of notes.

How to use the V tool:

1.Select the V tool in the toolbox.

2.Click-holdwith the tool on any selected note.

3.The Information Line in the local menu bar of the widow will nowdisplay (as shown above) the velocity value.

4.To change the value, move the mouse either up or down, and then release the mouse button.

 

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