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Transport Functions

through this chapter, you will finish arranging the song, add a few details, and correct any mistakes. At the end, the song will be completed by adding some audio files.

In this section, you will learn to start and limit passages, and listen to places in the song—inshort, to “navigate” in the song.

Try out the buttons in the upper row of the transport field. You already are familiar with functions from tape machines or cassette recorders.

Start Song Positions

There are several ways to jump to specific song positions.

In the upper field of the Arrange window, you can see the bar ruler.

Click at various places in the lower field of this ruler; you immediately jump to that position. At the same time, a gray line appears. This is the song position line (SPL)—inthe most generalsense, it is comparable with the position of the tape on a traditional recording device.

Engage Play. Now click on the bar ruler, and hold the left mouse button. You can move to any position, and listen by moving the song position line.

If you know to which location you would like to go, you can enter this position directly with the “locators”. To the right and next to the transport buttons, Adat Edit shows the current song position, in both absolute time and as musical measures.

Click on the song position indicator, and hold the mouse button. Place the song position at “17 1 1 1” and start playback. Adat Edit now plays starting at measure 17.

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Display Current Song Position

If you manually enter song positions, the window view that you see will not necessarily correspond to what you hear. You can, however, guarantee that these two things will always match.

• Click on the catch button on the upper left in the transport field, and the window excerpt follows the song position line again.

The window viewwill update, as soon as the song position line leaves the visible field, only if the catch function has been enabled:

Zoom a Window Excerpt

You can view the entire song in the window by using the two telescope buttons on the upper right edge of the window:

Click on the left half of the horizontal zoom button until you can see all of the sequences in the window:

Cycle Mode

In cycle mode, you can cause a section of the song to repeat for as long as Play is engaged, in order to edit a sequence, for instance, or record new tracks in a specific section of the song. Two “locators” can be used for this. These are position markers

 

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that mark the left and right boundary of a loop. They are found directly to the right of the bottom row of transport control buttons.

First, turn on the cycle mode. To do this, click on the cycle button in the Transport window. It is now displayed blue.

For the next experiments, mark part “C” as cycle zone.

Use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the Arrange window to move the window view, until you can see the sequence “C” in the information track.

Click on this. It is displayed inverted and is thus selected.

Sequence C

You will see another menu bar in the Arrange window, a “local menu “. Local menus contain specific functions for the current window. In the “Functions” menu, choose the menu item “Set Locators by Objects”. The cycle loop is now sized and positioned automatically to this sequence. Pay attention to the cycle bars in the measure ruler:

You can move this by grabbing it in the middle. The right and left boarders can be changed bygrabbing one of the bottom corners of the bar, and moving it. When Cycle is engaged, pressing Stop twice will take the SPL to the beginning of the cycle zone, rather than the beginning of the song..

Solo and Selection

Let's listen to the individual tracks in section “C “once, to become more familiar with the selection options. In order to edit objects in Adat Edit—beit sequences ornotes—wehave

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to first select them. All functions and operations are carried out only on those items that are highlighted or “selected”.

First, turn on the solo function, by clicking on the solo button in the Transport window. The button is now displayed yellow.

Make sure that—asin the illustrationabove—that“Cycle” mode is also enabled, and the Cycle zone covers measures 25 through 33.

Start playback, and click on the sequence “Piano C”. The sequence will highlight, indicating it is selected. You will only hear the piano part, because when solo is on, only selected sequences will play.

Click on the other sequences of section C one one after another, to listen to them “solo”. Let's go one step further; by playing several selected sequences solo.

Select “Piano C” once more. Hold S down, and click on the sequence “Bass C”. This is additionally selected and played. Click “Groove Real-time”.You should now hear piano, bass, and percussion.

While pressing the Sbutton, click on the gray area beneath “GroveReal-time”,keep the mouse button pressed and drag a “lasso” over all sequences of section C.

The selection is now reversed—youhear all sequencesexcept for piano, bass and percussion.

 

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Try out the selection functions with other sequences. You are now familiar with the most essential Adat Edit techniques. In 4.4 Selecting Objects, you can learn more about the selection functions.

Quantize

Quantizing is the rhythmic correction of notes, by means of a grid. Adat Edit thereby moves all of the notes exactly to their correct grid positions. We will test this by using the “Groove Real-time”sequence as an example. The timing in this sequence is slightly off, so you will use quantization to correct it.

You can hear this most clearly by enabling the Metronome .

To do this, click on the metronome button in the Transport window. It is on the lower right. This is how to enable the metronome.

Adat Edit now sends a metronome note on channel 10 to your GM tone generator. Solo the drum sequence, as described above. You can now hear that the groove is not completely clean.

In the Sequence parameter box,click-holdin the lineQua . From the resulting flip menu, select the setting16D Swing,

and release the mouse button. The quantizesetting is now displayed in the Sequence parameter box. If you play the sequence now, it sounds rhythmically perfect.

Go ahead and try out other quantize values, for example 16, 24, or 7-tuplet,in order to hear the effects of quantizing

Look at the quantize settings of the various song parts. You will notice that the swing factors—characterizedby the alphabeticcharacter—arechosen differently. The groove factor can therefore be varied so that choruses sound like they have more swing in them than verses do, for example.

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Loops

Loops are automatic repetitions of a sequence. The loop function enables you to repeat a passage as many times as you wish, without having to copy it.

Let's add a cabasa to the tutorial song. This cabasa is only in the chorus and in section C, but is no longer in the grove section. A sequence by the name of cabasa is already on track 10; however, it is still muted.

Click on the sequence with the mute tool. The sequence is unmuted, and selected.

Now turn the loop in the Sequence Parameter box toON. You should now see the following screen:

This sequence will now be repeated until the end of the song. Of course, we want to stop it before then.

This is how it works: a loop is repeated until it comes across another sequence on this track. To “turn off” the cabasa at the desired place, place an empty sequence at the beginning of section C.

Select the pencil tool, click in the cabasa track at position 25 1 1 1. Adat Edit inserts a new, empty sequence. The screen should now look like this:

The cabasa will stp playing at measure 25.

Finally, we will copy the new cabasa part to the groove section.

While pressing the Skey, click on the cabasa sequence, and the “stop” sequence. They have now both been selected.

 

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In the Windows version, press the çkey. In the Mac version press the O key. Click on the cabasa sequence, and drag the entire section to measure 33, while keeping the modifier key pressed.:

The entire passage, including the stop sequence, will be copied, and you're done.

The Toolbox

In the toolbox, you may select the desired editing tool, by clicking on it with the mouse. In the Windows version, you may select a second tool with the right mouse button.

Mouse Arrow

Using the mouse arrow—thestandardtool—youcan move sequences onto other tracks, or to other positions in the Arrange window.

Let’s insert a B part in front of the groove section of the Tutorial song. Half way through the section, we will transpose the B section by a semitone. To do this, the groove part must first be moved back eight measures:

Press the mouse button and rubber band select all of the groove section sequences. Grab them, and drag them eight measures to the right. The position display in front of the information line serves as a reference point. The information line should read “41 1 1 1” when you release the mouse button.

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The arrange area should look something like this:

Undo

Did you make a mistake, like not selecting all of the sequences, or did you move them to the wrong place?

If so, this is a good time to become acquainted with one of the most important functions in Adat Edit:“undo”. With the “undo” function, you can always undo the last editing step.

Select Edit > Undo. The sequences will be reset to their original positions. You can now put them where you want.

Copies of Sequences

We will now copy the section “B theme” to the empty area created when we moved the “groove” section..

Rubber band select the sequences of the “B groove” section. Press çandclick-holdon one of the selected sequences. Move the mouse to the right. A copy of all of the selected sequences is now dragged with the mouse pointer. Set these to measure “33 1 1 1”, where they will fill the space left by moving the “groove” section. The newly created sequences will have the names of the originals, with the text “*copied” appended to the end of the name. You decide whether or not this extension should appear in the sequence's name by going to theFile > Preferences > Midi/Global window. Place an X in fthe checkbox to the left of the line “Add ’Last Edit Function’ to

 

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Sequence Name”, if you want a description of edit operations to edited sequences. If not, remove the X from the box.

Scissors

Now, let’s cut the sequence we just copied in half, using the scissors tool. By doing this, we will then be able to transpose the second half of the section, while leaving the first half in the original key.

Rubber band select the sequences that were just copied.

Select the Scissors tool by clicking the scissors symbol in the toolbox. The mouse pointer is now displayed as ascissors within the Arrange area.

Click on one of the selected sequences, and hold the mouse button down. If you hold the mouse button down, and move the mouse left or right, you can adjust the exact edit position by means of the information line. Choose the position “37 1 1 1”, which is measure number 37. When you release the mouse button, the sequences are cut. Enlarge the horizontal view by using the zoom buttons until it looks like this:

Now, you can transpose the second half of the section.

Rubber band select measures 33 to 49, to select the corresponding passages.

Transposition

Look at the parameter Transpose in theSequence Parameter box. Itcontains an aserisk (*). This means that the selected sequences already show different transposition values. Don't worry, the sequence parameters always work relatively; therefore, the transposition differences are maintained.

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Grab the asterisk in the transpose line, and move the mouse upward until the value “+ 2” is displayed.

Release the mouse button. The passage has now been transposed up a whole tone.

Place the song position line to measure 37 and listen to the result.

It does not sound particularly good, we still need to do some fine-tuning.

The percussion sounds somewhat strange at first. This is because you unknowingly transposed the percussion sequences, causing the drum note placement to shift. You will have to undo the transposition for the percussion tracks. To do so, selected the drum sequnces, and drag the “+2” transpose setting down, until the line is empty. This indicates no transposition.

Also, the bass in the copied B-sectionis only a loop that was not transposed, because it is merely a pointer on the real sequence, which was not affected by the edit. Therefore, we will have to change the loop into a real sequence:

Select the sequence “Bass theme copied”.

Choose Functions > Turn Loops to Real Copies. A new

sequence now now will replace the gray loop. Transpose this up two semitones, from “-12”to“-10”;the end of the song is now perfect.

Your First Recording

The final exercise in the Arrange window is to make your first recording. To make it fun, you can play a solo over the C- section. There is already a flute solo there, this, however can certainly be replaced by a better solo. Since you may not play the solo perfectly on the first try, we’ll set Adat Edit so that you can record several “takes” from which you may select your favorite.

 

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