Alesis ADATEDIT User Manual

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MTC Interpretation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .290 Receiving Midi Clock/SPP . . . . . . . . . . . . .291 Midi Machine Control (MMC) . . . . . . . . . . . .291 Switching on MMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292

14.3 The Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292 Timecode and Clock synchronization . . . . . . .292 Bar-Referencedsynchronization . . . . . . .293Time-Referencedsynchronization . . . . . .295 Synchronizers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .298 synchronization Procedure . . . . . . . . . . .298 Audio synchronization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 If you have Sync Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .301

14.4 Midi Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .302 Preparing a Song for Midi File Conversion 302 Saving the Song as a Midi File . . . . . . . . .303 Saving Individual Sequences as a Midi File 303 Saving Songs as SMF Format 0 . . . . . . . .303 Importing Midi Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .304

14.5Transfer Songs onto other Devices or

Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .304

Chapter 15 Reference: Key Commands and

Use of Mouse

15.1 Keyboard Command Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . .307

15.2 Key Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .308

15.3 Using the Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .313

Chapter 16 Menu Reference

16.1 Main Menu Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .315

-Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .315

File Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .315

Edit Menu (Mac Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .316

Windows Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .316

Video (Windows Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .317

Help Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .317

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16.2 Edit (All Windows) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .318

16.3 Menus in the Arrange Window . . . . . . . . . . .318

Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .318

Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .319

View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320

Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320

16.4 Menus in the Event Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .321

Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .321

View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .322

16.5 Menus in the Matrix Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .322

Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .322

View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .323

16.6 Menus in the Score Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .323

Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .323

Attributes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .323

View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .325

Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .326

Chapter 17 Audio Recording Tips

17.1 Digital Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .327 Setting Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .327 Clipping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .327 Sampling rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .328 Fragmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .328 Defragmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .329

Dealing Economically with the Hard Disk .330

Glossary .....................................................

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Index ...........................................................

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Adat Edit

Chapter 1

Features

1.1Adat Edit is…

an audio-recordingsystem, a Midi sequencer, and a notation system that is easy to learn and operate.

Adat Edit transforms your computer into a recording studio. It allows you to record audio using your Alesis PCR card.

For playback only, other MME hardware may additionally be used, as long as the PCR card is present.

You can use the audio inputs and outputs of the PCR card to record up to 8 tracks of audio simultaneously.

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The resulting tracks can be output via any of the 8 channels available on the PCR’s lightpipe output connector or on additional MME hardware.

There are additional signal processing functions supplied by the Digital Factory in the Sample Edit window.

Adat Edit also offers a sophisticated set of synchronization features, allowing you to sync your computer with an ADAT, or digital mixer.

You can create songs and arrange them on your computer screen, and then print out musical notation.

By integrating audio recording and real-timeeffects, you can even combine acoustic instruments, or vocals with your songs. Audio is just as easy to edit as Midi tracks are.

Adat Edit thus combines all the functions that you would expect from a modern, powerful audio sequencer, with an intuitive and clearly arranged user interface.

The screenshots used in this manual will sometimes show the Macintosh version of Adat Edit, and sometimes the Windows version. Also, most of the screenshots are from Adat Edit, which the PCR version is based on. In cases where there is a functional difference between the versions, then screenshots from Adat Edit will be shown.

 

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Multitrack Recorder

1.2Multitrack Recorder

Track plan with transport field and note editor, here on a Macintosh

One of the main components of Adat Edit is the multitrack recorder. You record ecord multiple tracks, as though you were in a professional studio, and as you record the next one, listen to the tracks that you just recorded. This special version of Adat Edit only works with the Alesis PCR card. It offers 8 digital inputs, and 8 digital outputs, through a lightpipe connection to your ADAT or digital mixer.

Adat Edit offers you many ways to alter and refine your recorded material at a later time. You can move the tracks around in the Arrange window, give the Midi tracks a different sound, or divide them into blocks (sequences). You can cut, copy, move, transpose, or correct (quantize) rhythmically.

The three editor windows give you complete control of your recordings. Whether you are changing the length, or dynamic strength of a single note in the Event editor, or entering entire scores in the Score editor – it’s all easy and fast with Adat Edit.

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1.3Flexible Input

There are several ways of entering notes into Adat Edit. Everything is available, from real-timerecording to manual note entry; the possibilities are endless.

You can use Adat Edit simply to record real-timeaudio or Midi performances, or as a conventional notation system by inputting your scores on the screen with the mouse.

Adat Edit offers you every possibility; you decide which ones to use. You may control the program either with the mouse or the computer keyboard; all functions can be carried out using the mouse, and the majority can be adapted to meet your needs via keyboard commands, which can be programmed as desired.

1.4Automatic Notation

Page layout of a piano track

If you prefer working in musical notation to piano roll, or event list editing, you can edit your songs in the Score editor. There, you can view your sequences as conventional musical notation. You can insert, move, or transpose notes easily using the mouse.

 

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Adat Edit

GM Supported

Adat Edit offers a range of functions with which you can adapt the appearance of the score to your liking, from the notes themselves, to the size of your windows.

Of course you can also print out your songs. Adat Edit offers an efficient page-layoutfunction, with which you can create attractive and legible scores, which can then be printed on a connected printer.

You can also create a PostScript file, and continue to edit the scores which were created in Adat Edit, with word-processingor layout programs.

1.5GM Supported

If you use a GM-compatibletone generator connected to your computer, you can control its functions remotely from the Mixer window. Selecting sounds, controlling the volume, or adding chorus or reverb etc. is as easy as can be. Adat Edit also supports the GS- (Roland), or the XG standard (Yamaha). With these devices, more sound and effect parameters can beremote-controlled,for example, the filter frequency.

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The Mixer thus becomes your virtual mixing console on screen, allowing you to automate your GM device from Adat Edit.

1.6Multimedia

Adat Edit can load and play digital videos in AVI format for Windows, or QuickTime format for Macintosh. The picture runs synchronously with Adat Edit’s song position. You can add music to commercials, or videos of your vacation, without using a video recorder. Sounds or jingles start concurrently with the frame.

1.7Graphical Interface

Adat Edit features a clearly structured graphical user interface. All operations can be done quickly and directly, using the mouse.

You can open the windows, and place them anywhere on the screen. You can adjust all elements in the windows as you like; the windows can be enlarged or reduced. To make the most of your screen, you can open as many windows simultaneously as you want. Next to the track list in the Arrange window, for example, you can simultaneously open an Event list and Score editor for the same material.

As Adat Edit plays the song for you, the notes e.g. are displayed in the Score Window. Whatever you hear, you see at the same time. If there is a wrong note, just fix it, while Adat Edit continues to run. It does not get any easier than this.

Adat Edit's menus are well organized. Local menus in each window make sure that you only see the functions that you may need. This way, the main menu lists remain orderly, and you can find whatever function you need faster.

 

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About this Manual

1.8About this Manual

The headings in this manual are arranged according to the names of the functions in the program. This way, you can quickly find specific functions in the table of contents.

Located in the appendix of this manual is an index, in which you can look up keywords.

The Menu List, found in the appendix, offers an overview of all menu items.

The glossary explains the meaning of specialized terms. If you do not find a term there, you can look it up in the index, and read about it in the corresponding section of the manual.

The Tutorial Chapter

If you want to familiarize yourself quickly with a specific topic (e.g., Arrange window, Event editor, note editing), we recommend that you work through the corresponding section in chapter 3, Chapter 3 Tutorial on page 43. The tutorial is arranged byself-containedtopics. You will find the appropriate Tutorial Song on Adat Edit’s program disk. It takes less than half an hour to work through each section. You can then work through the corresponding pages of that chapter, to familiarize yourself with the details.

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