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video. The functions are also arranged differently. You can find details in chapter 17.1Main Menu Bar.

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Chapter 3

Tutorial

This chapter introduces you to the features of Adat Edit by using examples. It touches upon all of Adat Edit’s important functions. You will learn, for instance, how to arrange a song, record a sequence, insert audio sequences, or prepare your arrangement for printing.

In order to follow the examples you should:

install the PCR card

install Adat Edit

have a General Midi tone generator or an equivalent multitimbral device connected to your computer’s Midi interface.

3.1Adapting the Tutorial Song

As you work through this chapter and the next, use the provided tutorial song. This song is configured for general Midi tone generators. Of course, you will not have any problems using the song with tone generators that do not follow the GM specification. The only difference when using a non-GMdevice, is that you will have to set the sounds and the Midi channels manually the first time you run the song, and you may have to transpose some tracks. If this is necessary, be sure to save your changes, so that you don’t have to redo your edits.

Load the Tutorial Song

As you may already know, data files can launch Windows programs, if the appropriate connections have been preset. You can start the Tutorial Song by

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double-clickingthe “Tutorial.lso” icon in the Adat Edit folder, or

double-clickingthe file “Tutorial.lso” in Windows Explorer, or

starting Adat Edit, call up File > Open, and choose “Tutorial.lso”.

With a Macintosh, simply double-clickthe song file in the finder.

You should now be looking at the following screen:

Arrangement window with tutorial song

General Midi Tone Generator

The program change, volume, and pan settings for this song are optimized for GM tone generators, and are transmitted to your device via Midi. This happens automatically, if you play the song from the beginning. These settings are found in a separate sequence at the beginning of the song. Since delays can occur with some synthesizers when they receive program change data, you should then mute this sequence.

To mute the program changes, select the mute tool from the toolbox, and use it to click on the sequence named “GM Set-

 

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Up”. The sequence is now shown reversed, and a small circle is now in front of the name.

Muting the GM sequence

Non GM, Multi-TimbralTone Generators

If you do not have a , you need to consider the following points: One prerequisite is, for example, that the sounds listed in the table are available. If necessary, find similar sounds in your own device.In addition, the drum kit's note assignemt needs to match that of the GM drum map(previously Roland drum map), otherwise, the percussion passages will be reproduced with the wrong drum sounds. Adjust the appropriate reception channels in your multi-timbralsynthesizer, and assign the listed sounds specified in the table. If you need to rearrange your Drum kit, consider the percussion instruments listed in the table, as well.

Sounds and Midi Channels

MIDI

Function

Sound

Possible

Vol

Pan

Cha.

 

 

Name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

chord

combination

Electric

110

0

 

 

 

piano/E piano

Grand, LA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

bass

normal E bass

Pick Bass,

127

0

 

 

 

 

Rock Bass, E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

accents

muted E guitar

Mute Guitar,

127

R

 

 

 

 

Slap Guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

melody

long dying

Synthbell

100

0

 

 

 

away melodic

 

 

 

 

 

 

sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MIDI

Function

Sound

Possible

Vol

Pan

Cha.

 

 

Name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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carpet

string section

Slow Strings,

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Pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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accents

wind section

Brass Section

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solo

flute-likesolo

Stream, div.

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0

 

 

sound

“Solo”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

drums

GM-compati-

GM Kit

110

0

 

 

ble drum set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drum Kit

Here is a list of percussion instruments used by the tutorial song, and their locations. (C3 = No. 60)

Note

Instrument

 

 

C1

Kick

 

 

D1

Snare (normal)

 

 

E1

Snare (hi)

 

 

F1

Tom lo

 

 

F#1

HHT closed

 

 

G1

Tom mid

 

 

G#1

HHT closed short

 

 

A1

Tom hi

 

 

A#1

HHT open

 

 

C#2

Crash

 

 

D#2

Ride

 

 

E2

Ride Bell

 

 

Since transposition and relative volume are only automatically

Tip

correct with GM sounds, you should let the song run through a

 

couple of times, and see how it sounds with your instrument,

 

after you have assigned compatible sounds. Go ahead and try

 

opening Window > Mixer and use the faders to set the volume,

 

if needed.

 

 

 

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Starting the Song

3.2Starting the Song

You probably want to listen to the Tutorial Song first. Just push on the numeric keyboard. To jump back to the beginning of the song, push ‰, on the numeric keypad, twice.

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3.3Overview

After you open the tutorial song, you will see the following components on the screen. This example is on a Macintosh:

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1 Transport

field

This

is where you

desired point of the screen and is variable in

control the operation of Adat Edit. You can

size. A “slider” permits rapid approach from

turn on Cycle, set drop in/out points for

far removed song positions.

 

 

recording, set the synchronization, and

7 Track column

It is in the track column

many other things..

 

 

that you determine the Midi channel for

2 Main menu bar

This is where you find

each track. It is likewise here that you can

global functions, e.g. for saving and loading

swap tracks, insert them or delete them.

songs or for opening various windows.

8 Toolbox You can select a particular tool

3 Bar ruler

The bar ruler displays Adat

from this box in order to be able to edit

Edit’s time axis for you; here you can set

sequences, notes or other data in a variety of

markers with the mouse, or jump to any

ways.

 

 

 

 

desired place in a song.

 

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Sequence

parameter

box

The

4 Arrange area, with sequencesA track

sequence parameter box is where

may contain any number of sequences.

quantization, transposition

and

other

Sequences contain the actual data, such as

aspects of the playback for a sequence can

notes, controller data, etc. The data can be

be non-destructivelyedited.

 

 

edited in a variety of ways.

 

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5 Zoom buttons

If you click on the

is a separate menu bar that provides

telescope buttons, you can alter the

important functions for the particular

magnification factor of the window’s

window.

 

 

 

contents and thus adapt to your screen.

 

 

 

 

 

6 Transport window

The transport

 

 

 

 

 

window performs the same functions as the

 

 

 

 

 

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Tracks and Sequences

3.4Tracks and Sequences

To start with, Adat Edit offers the usual elements found in a Windows or Macintosh program—themain menu bar, and various windows that you can open and close, move and adjust to size. After you load a song, you should see the Arrange window, as seen above. This is where you record and arrange your songs. Like a multitrack tape machine, Adat Edit also works on the basis of tracks. You can see and access the tracks in the Arrange window.

Narrow objects known as “sequences” are found on the tracks. A sequence represents an individual recording, or “take”. Each time you record, a sequence will be created in the track you recorded to. The sequence is like a container, so to speak, which contains the actual Midi data. This data can be notes as well as control data, program changes, or even sysex for your Midi tone generators.

Tracks with sequences

You can see that with Adat Edit, there are many more possibilities than with a traditional tape machine.

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3.5Information Track and

Instruments

Take a closer look at the “track plan”.

On track 1, you can see the sequences “A intro”, “B groove”, and subsequent entries. “No Output” is displayed in the track column of track 1. This is a “ dummy track “, which does not contain any notes. The sequences on this track are only markers for the various song parts and, for the time being, are empty. As you continue to work through this section, you will learn about other advantages to using an information track in your own songs..

Instruments for the tutorial song are found on the remainder of the tracks: piano on track 2, bass on track 3, guitar on track 4, and so forth.

The Midi channel for each track is visible in the track column. In addition, an icon is displayed there for each track. This shows which instrument is in use.

3.6Transport Functions

The second, smaller window, which Adat Edit shows after loading the song, is the Floating Transport window. It is laid out like the control surface of a tape machine, and is used for operating the Playand Recordfunctions. In addition, you can change the tempo settings and engage operations such as solo, synchronization, or cycle.

Let's start the song. Instead of clicking the Play button, you can also press=on your numeric keypad.

You can hear that the song is not completely arranged, and still contains some inconsistencies. As you continue to work

 

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