Alesis ADATEDIT User Manual

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Transport Functions

Step One: Delete the old solo.

Select the eraser from the toolbox and click on the sequence “Flute”. It will be deleted.

Now you can preset the cycle and record parameters. You willprobably want a bit of lead in, before the solo starts, to get ready to play. You therefore need to extend the cycle to be longer than the actual recording, that is from 23 1 1 1 to33 1 1 1. This gives you two extra measures before section C, which starts at measure 25.

You probably do not want to manually enter and exit recording with every cycle. This is not necessary because Adat Edit offers the Autodrop function which engages and disengages record automatically at predefined points (often called “Punch In/ Out”).

Click on the Autodrop button; this is in the Transport window, just to the right of the Cycle button. The bar ruler will divide into two sections. You can now see the Autodrop bar, which will appear below the cycle zone..

Set this to positions 25 through 33, as shown above.

Song Settings

For the next step, we will make a few settings.

Open the File > Song Settingswindow.

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Check the box, Auto Mute in Cycle Record.

This setting will cause each previous take to be automatically muted when the cycle repeats. This way, you can record one passage after another, without being distracted by your previous takes.

If you would like to hear the metronome via Midi, you should enable Midi click now. The metronome is sent on channel 10— the drum channel.

Confirm by clicking OK.

Let’s Record!

Click in the track list on track 8—theone with the small flute icon. This selects it as the recording track. You can now play the flute sound from your Midi keyboard.

You can select other tracks to try them out—AdatEdit automatically addresses the right instrument (MidiTHRU). Finally, switch back to track 8.

Your Arrange window should now look something like this:

 

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Transport Functions

For practice, you can now simply start play by pressing 0 on the numeric keypad, or by clicking on Play. If the solo in E major is difficult for you, transpose the “MIDITHRU” simply bytransposing -4to C major. “MIDITHRU” always appears in place of a sequence name in the Sequence parameter box, when you click on an empty space in the Arrange window. Any settings you make to the Sequence parameter box now will be applied to any subsequently recorded sequences.

When you are confident enough to record the solo, begin the recording by clicking*on the numeric keypad, or by pressingRecord.

The count-inof one measure, starts, then the cycle zone will play repeatedly. You can play over the first two measures of the cycle zone, until Adat Edit reaches the left Autodrop point (measure 25) in the song. Anything you play from measure 25 onwards will be recorded. At measure 33, recording will automatically stop, and a sequence will be created in the track.

Let Adat Edit continue running. After reaching the right cycle point (measure 33), the SPL will jump back to the left cycle point (measure 23). At measure 25, the next recording begins.

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Repeat the entire sequence until you feel that you have one or two good versions recorded. Your Arrange window will now look somewhat like this:

Adat Edit creates a new track automatically, for every cycle, and moves the previous tracks down the list.

By using the mute tool, you can now listen to the individual takes.

After you have decided which version to use, delete the unwanted takes by clicking the corresponding track(s) in the track column, and in the local menu call up Track >

Delete Track. Repeat this process, until you have deleted all the unwanted tracks.

Saving the Song

Here’s how to save the tutorial song, with your new solo:

Choose File > Save As…, and enter a new name for the song to be saved as, for instance, “Tutsolo”. When using Windows, Adat Edit automatically assigns the extension “. LSO”.

Load the initial tutorial song for further excercises.

 

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Event List

3.7Event List

In the event list, you can see all Midi events of a sequence displayed as an alphanumeric list.

Open the Event List for the sequence, “flute”, by doubleclicking with the right mouse button (Windows), or by holding Odown (Macintosh), on the sequence.

The status column displays what type of event it is. Besides the notes, the sequence contains other types of events. You can view only certain types of events by using the filter buttons for various types of events.

Click on each of the buttons, except for the one showing a slider at the bottom of its range, so that they are displayed in dark gray.

All that is left in the event list is the control change events.

When finished, enable the view for all of the types of events again. As you click on each button, the events of that type will re-appearin the list.

We will now insert two program changes in the solo, in order to change from a flute sound for the solo in the first half,to a synthesizer sound for the second half..

The solo begins at measure 25. First, we place the program change for the flute at measure 25.

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Set the song position line to 25 1 1 1 in the Arrange window or the transport window. In this way, you determine the position for the event to be inserted.

Select the Pencil tool, and use it to click on the program

change symbol. (In the Windows version, you may simply click with the right mouse button on the Program change button in the Event List).

A program change is inserted at position 25.

The program number is in the VAL column. Set this to 73 on a GM tone generator. If you are not using a GM tone generator, find a program change that can choose a flute sound.

Now, we will inset a second program change:

Put the song position line to position 29 1 1 1, and click on the88 symbol again.

Choose value 87 with GM tone generators, or a program change that selects a synthesizer solo sound.

Switch to the arrow tool again. Filter the view for all event types, except for the program change events.

Your event list should look like the following:

If you play the solo now, the second half will have a different sound. The next time it plays through, the program change at the beginning of the solo, switches again to the flute sound.

 

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Matrix Editor

3.8Matrix Editor

The Matrix editor can be compared to an Arrange window for notes. Unlike the Arrange w indow, notes in the form of bars are shown, instead of sequences.

This picture shows the Matrix window for the sequence “Strings C”.

Open the Matrix editor by holding the çbutton, anddouble-clickingthe sequence “Strings C”.

You can see a keyboard along the left edge of the Matrix window. By using this keyboard, you can see the pitch of the notes in the display. A chord is represented by a group of overlapping bars. You can easily recognize that the note lengths of the second chord are unequal. Also, there is a wrong note in the 4th chord..

Look at this sequence in the Event List as well, by choosing Window > Open Event List. These inconsistencies are not so easily recognizable. Close the event list window again.

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Selectnotes from the first chord by rubber band selecting it.

Now, grab the lower right corner one of the selected notes, and drag it to measure 26, so that the end of the bar connects with the beginning of the next chord. .

Any edit to the length of one note, will affect all other selected notes equally in the Matrix editor.

Repeat the process, to lengthen each chord so that it comes up to the beginning of the next. This will create a legato effect on playback. Choose a larger zoom level to better be able to edit the events.

The wrong note should now be deleted.

Select the eraser from the toolbox, and use it to click the short note at position 28 1 1 1. The note will disappear.

 

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Score Editor

You are now done editing the strings sequence. Practically every sequence in the tutorial song contains slight incongruities, which you can easily repair in the Matrix editor. Select one or two more sequences and edit them as you did with the String part.

You will probably notice a big difference when optimizing the

 

lengths of bass sequences.

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3.9 Score Editor

Note events can be represented as notation, and can be edited in the Score editor. You can simply use the Score editor, as well as the other editors, to correct Midi events. The possibilities that the Score editor provides, however, are much more comprehensive—allowingyou to control the page layout with many functions to help in the printing of music.

Open the Score editor for the sequence “Bass theme”, by double-clickingon it.

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The representation of notes is indeed “mathematically correct“, however, it’s currently barely readable—transposition,key, and a lot more must be edited. Let's go ahead and shape this sequence so that it is ready to print.

Display Parameter Box

Click the check box in the left parameter area next to the term “Bass theme”. This opens the Display Parameter Box.

Style

The Display Parameter Box contains several functions that you can use very effectively to correct the representation of notes. One of these is the style. There are 21 preset styles for the most commonly used instruments, transposition of display, and number of systems.

From the Flip menu “Style” select the style “Bass 8”. The score looks better immediately:

Now, enable Interpretation. This should clean up the display, by automatically “rounding up” the durations of the notes, so that they are represented in a more readable way:

 

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