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Chapter 2

Getting Started

2.1 Windows

Getting Started With Adat Edit

 

Before launching Adat Edit, be sure you have installed the

 

PCR card, and its driver. Double-clickthe Adat Edit icon, or

 

select Adat Edit from Start > Programs > Emagic > Adat Edit, in

 

the Start Menu, to launch the program. Your Midi interfaces

 

and your PCR cards are recognized at startup, and all internal

 

connections and settings are automatically established. If you

 

have installed several Midi cards in your computer, you can use

 

any of them.

 

Each time Adat Edit starts up, it searches for installed Midi

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interfaces so that a new card is automatically available the next

 

time Adat Edit starts up.

 

After a short time, you will see an empty Arrange window, and

 

the main menu bar.Selecting the Midi out port in the Program

 

Selecting the Midi Out Port in the Program

 

You can select the Midi port for each track separately. To do so,

 

select the desired track, and go to the Instrument parameter

 

box, located just below the Toolbox, on the left side of the

 

Arrange window. Click-holdin the field just below the

 

“Channel” assignment field. You will see a flip menu listing all

 

the Midi out ports available on your system. Select the one you

 

want, and release the mouse button.

 

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Testing the Midi Connection

You should then test to make sure that the connections between Adat Edit and your Midi system are working smoothly.

First, test to see if your Midi keyboard transmits.

Open the Transport Window by choosing “Open Transport Window” in the window menu or press “F11”.

You can see the Midi monitor in the upper right-handcorner of the Transport window.

If there is no activity, the display will show “No In/ No Out”.

Now play a couple of notes on your Midi keyboard.

In place of “No In”, the received events should now be displayed.

If this is not the case, test the following:

Is the Midi-Outconnection of the keyboard connected correctly with theMidi-Inof your computer?

Is the cable working properly?

Test the Midi Out

Now test to see if Adat Edit is sending Midi events to your tone generators.

Call up File> Open, and select the Tutorial Song (TUTORIAL.LSO) from the file selection box.

Set the Midi out port for each of the tracks, as described above.

Click on the PLAY button in the Transport Window or press 0on the numeric keypad of the computer.

 

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The Tutorial Song will run, and the second line of the Midi indicator should show the sent events.

If this is not the case, test

whether you are using a good Midi cable.

whether you connected the Midi-Inof your tone generator to theMidi-Outof the interface.

File Extensions

Adat Edit can load or save files in both its own native file format, or as Standard Midi files, for use with other programs. You can recognize the type of file from the following extensions:

Type of File

Exten-

Description

Created from

 

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Song

.LSO

Song File

Adat Edit when the menu

 

 

 

field “Save” is called up in

 

 

 

the file menu

 

 

 

 

Standard Midi

.MID

Song file in the

external sequencers can

File

 

standard Midi

be imported into Adat

 

 

file format

Edit or from Adat Edit

 

 

 

with Export

 

 

 

 

Adat Edit and Multitasking

Adat Edit can be operated in conjunction with other Midi programs. If you switch over to another program, Adat Edit continues to run in the background. For this to work, your Midi interface must use a multi client driver. If you have any questions about this, contact the manufacturer of your interface for information.

Launching Adat Edit

The installation program automatically creates a program group “Adat Edit” under Programs > Emagic, in the Start Menu.

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Here you will find Adat Edit itself, and the de-installationprogram. You may launch Adat Edit by simply highlighting the program icon in this menu.

Launch Adat Edit Automatically

If you add Adat Edit to the program group “Startup” from the Start Menu, then Adat Edit starts up automatically when Windows is launched. Create a shortcut to Adat Edit in this folder by dragging the “Adat Edit 3.5.exe” icon from the “C:\ Program Files\emagic\Adat Edit 3.5” folder to the “C:\ Windows\Start Menu\Startup” folder. This will not move, or copy the program file, but will create a “shortcut” to it in the new location. You may also drag the prgram to the Desktop instead, if you prefer to launch from there.

You have now correctly installed Adat Edit, and have set it up to connect with your Midi system. Everything is now ready for you to work through the tutorial. This series of exercises will help you to become acquainted with Adat Edit.

2.2Macintosh

Launching Adat Edit

This is how you usually start up Adat Edit:

1.Double-clickthe program's icon, or

2.Click on the program's icon and choose File> Open, or pressCo.

As long as you are working through the manual, we recommend that you start Adat Edit directly with the Tutorial Song.

3.Double-clickthe Tutorial Song icon.

Adat Edit will launch with the Tutorial Song loaded. The main screen now looks something like this:

 

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First, let Adat Edit know which serial port of your Macintosh is

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• In the Option Menu, call up “Midi Interface Communica-

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The Global Preferences dialog box appears.

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When you have chosen one port, Adat Edit automatically turns off the other port.

Adat Edit tests automatically to see whether a Midi interface is connected to the specified port and is operable. If no Midi interface is recognized, a dialog box appears.

Starting up without Midi interface: If you want to test Adat Edit “dry”—that is without Midi interface and tone generator— simply disable the modem port as well as the printer port in the

File>Preferences>Midi/Global window.

Midi Time Piece

Adat Edit directly supports the “Midi Time Piece” (MTP) interface from the manufacturer “Mark Of The Unicorn”, as well as MTP-compatibleinterfaces:

Enable the options “Check For MTP” and “Fast Speed” in Global Preferences.

Unlike Logic, Adat Edit cannot separately address the

Important!

different Midi Outputs of MTP compatible interfaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Fast Speed” mode can be switched off—forinstance

 

 

 

with longer SySex transmissions, if you have any problems with

 

 

 

Midi Communications.

 

 

 

Testing the Midi Connection

You should now make sure that the connection between Adat Edit and your Midi system is working properly.

1. Launch Adat Edit.

First, test to see if your Midi keyboard transmits.

2.Open the Transport Window by selecting Open Transport in the window menu, or pressC7

You can see the Midi indicator in the upper right-handcorner of the Transport Window.

 

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If there is no activity, the display will show “No In/ No Out”.

3.Now play a couple of notes on your Midi keyboard.

In place of “No In”, the received events should now be displayed.

If this is not the case, test the following:

4.Is the Midi-Outconnection of the keyboard connected correctly with theMidi-Inof your computer?

Is the cable working properly?

Did you choose the correct port in Global Preferences?

Test the Midi-Out

Now test to see if Adat Edit is sending Midi events to your tone generators.

1.Choose File > Open, and select the tutorial song in the fileselection box.

It is loaded and displayed on the screen.

2.Click on the PLAY button in the Transport Window, or press 0 on the computer's numeric keypad.

The tutorial will run, and the second line of the Midi indicator should show the sent events.

If this is not the case, see if you have enabled the modem port or the printer port in Global Preferences. If you have not, enable the port to which your Midi interface is connected.

Autoload Song

You can select a song with which Adat Edit is automatically loaded. This song can contain your own preferred song settings and window layouts.

Proceed as follows:

1.Create a new song.

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2.Adjust the song settings according to your preferences.

3.Save the song with the file name “Autoload” (quotes excluded).

To save the song, select “Save” in the file menu and enter “Autoload” in the dialog box.

You can also create an alias for any song, and start Adat Edit directly by double-clickingthe alias.

Start Adat Edit automatically

You can have Adat Edit open automatically every time your Macintosh starts up. If you want, you can also have a song start automatically.

Proceed as follows:

1.Create an alias of Adat Edit, or the desired song.

2.Drag the alias with your mouse into the folder “Startup Items”, in the system folder.

Adat Edit will be started up automatically the next time you turn your system on.

Adat Edit is now properly installed and configured for your system.

2.3MacOs/Win: Differences

Adat Edit for Macintosh and for Windows is basically the same. The controls for both versions are practically identical. However, because of some differences between the operating systems, there are some slight variations in Adat Edit between the two platforms.

When you first look at it, you will notice that we have used two symbols to identify the Macintosh and Windows versions:

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This symbol identifies a function that is only on Windows.

This symbol characterizes a function that is only on Macintosh.

If you own a Macintosh, you can skip over the following sections and continue with the tutorial chapter.

Most illustrations in this book are screenshots from the Macintosh version.

Keyboard and Mouse

Unlike the Macintosh mouse, a Windows mouse has a right mouse button. Also, the position of some special keys is slightly different between the systems.

There is a table with explanations for the symbols used in this book for hot keys. This is located in the section, Hot Key Symbols starting on page 307.

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Function

Adat Edit Windows

Adat Edit Macintosh

 

 

 

Multiple selection

S click

S click

 

 

 

Mouse copy

ç hold down

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functions

 

 

 

 

 

Using tools

right mouse button

C and mouse

 

 

 

Specific mouse

mouse

functions

ç mouse

 

A mouse

 

 

S mouseC mouseO mouse

Key Commands

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On a Macintosh, the permanent function codes for menu items are, as usual, displayed directly behind the menu item.

In addition, you can define your own function codes for almost all of the Adat Edit functions. These are not displayed in the menus.

Exchanging Songs Between Mac and PC

Unlike Windows, Macintosh does not use file extensions. You can, however, transfer songs back and forth between Macintosh and Windows versions without any problem. When you are transferring a song from a Macintosh to a Windows version, it is important that you add the file extensions, which are discussed above in the section named File Extensions. You can do this either on the Macintosh or on the PC, when you are finished.

Songs created with Adat Edit for Windows can be opened in Adat Edit for Macintosh under “Import”.

Main Menu Bar

The main menu bars of Adat Edit for Windows and Adat Edit for Macintosh are similar. While the Macintosh version has an edit menu in the main menu bar, there is not a window menu

 

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