Alesis ADATEDIT User Manual

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Score Editor

You can see that the notes are now much more cleanly displayed, without all the short notes and rests. This way, staccatto passgaes can still be notated correctly.

Key Signature

Enter the correct key. The tutorial song is in E major.

Enlarge the window , until the part box is visible. Click on the field with the key icon, as shown to the right.

Under the field, a box with all of the keys opens up.

Hold down the mouse button and drag the letter “E” to the beginning of the score display. The correct key signature (4 sharps) will now be shown in the stave. Sharps for diatonic notes will no longer be displayed.

Text

For printing purposes, you may want to name the note system. Of course Adat Edit allows you to input text in the Score editor.

Select the text tool from the toolbox and click onto the field above the clef. A text input box opens. Type “Bass” here, and press R. The text will appear above the notation system; you can move the text in small increments with the mouse.

Yoiu can change the appearance of the text by using Options >

Score Font.

Page Edit View

The page edit view in Adat Edit is very practical for editing longer passages, or editing the look of the score for printing. In this mode, you can see a complete sheet of music on the screen before printing it.

Suppose that you want to be able to see and edit the entire bass track on the screen.

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First, switch to full-pageview by clicking the “Page Edit”

button in the Score editor.

The buttonwill displayed light gra,y and you will see two lines of notes:

These are the contents of the selected bass sequence.

Arrange-Level

Often, you will want to see the whole track. To do this, you need to switch to the song-levelin which all tracks of the song are represented simultaneously in the Score editor. Doubleclick on an empty space in the window, and Adat Edit will switch to thesong-leveldisplay.

 

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Because it has not been edited at all, the score display is still not perfect. The piano, for example, (middle system) is not represented as a piano system. We will not worry about that yet;let's first concentrate on the bass track.

Track Filter

To hide all other tracks, we are going to use the track filter. It is the upper flip menu in the Score editor; at first it displays ALL TRACKS.

Open the flip menu by clicking and then holding the mouse button, then select CHA2—thebass track:

You can select and edit individual sequences at the song-level.

Click on different places of the bass notation, and look at the sequence name, which is shown in the Display Parameter box.

Double-clickon a place in a system—AdatEdit changes again to the sequence level.

Click in the sequence level on an empty spot; you are in the song level again.

The score display shows the entire bass track when you are at the Arrange level. Except for the small portion you have already edited, this track still needs to be cleaned up. You can do that relatively quickly, by editing all the bass sequences at once.

In the Score editor, select Edit > Select All. All sequences will be selected, and will now be flashing. Set the display parameters as follows:

If you now enter the key of Emajor, as you did before for the single bass sequence, all the selected sequences will now be set to the key of Emajor. The whole piece almost looks ready to print—atleast ready enough to try.

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Print

If you have connected and installed a printer onto your computer, then you can immediately print the displayed page:

Windows

In the local Print menu, choose the

 

menu option Parameter, and set

 

“Last Page 1”. Then, select “Start”.

Macintosh

In the File menu, choose the menu

 

option Print, and confirm by clicking

 

OK.

In a few minutes, you should be holding a printout of the page in your hands.

3.10 Audio Tracks

With Adat Edit, you can make and play audio recordings. As with the Midi tracks, audio recordings are displayed in the Arrange window. Because we are not working with Midi events, but rather audio files, the editing options of the audio tracks are not the same in every way with those of the Midi tracks.

Reload the initial Tutorial Song for more exercises.

Create Audio tracks

We will now create an audio track in the Arrange window, so that we can insert a drum loop onto this track.

Select the piano track in the track list, and create an audio

track in the Arrange window by choosing Track > Create

Audio Track.

In the Arrange window, a new track called “Audio” willappear below the piano track. You can name this audio track by doubleclicking on “Audio”. For example, you can call this track “Audio1”, because this is your first audio track. It would probably make more sense if you were to name it “Drums”, so that you can better identify the corresponding channel in the mixer.

 

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Audio Tracks

In the Track Parameter box, use theCha flip menu, to select which of the available audio channels the track should be set to.

The newly created audio tracks always appear below the currently chosen track in the Arrange window, and must be defined in the parameter box, so that they can be displayed in the mixer.

Mixer with Audio Channels

Anaudio track can be controlled from the Mixer window, just as with the Midi tracks.

In the main menu, choose Window > Open Mixer.

You now see a new channel strip in the upper portion of the mixer; this strip is named “Audio 1” or “Drums” (depending on what you named the track). The number of the corresponding track in the Arrange window is shown below. Also, two more channels (” Bus 1” and “Bus 2”) appear to the right of the created track. These two channels are for looping internal effects. There is also a stereo fader fwhich acts as a master volume control for all the audio tracks (“Out 1-2”).Thisaudio section appears in the mixer as soon as an audio track has been created in the Arrange window, and defined in the

eter box.

Change the audio channel from mono to stereo operation by clicking the button on the lower left corner of the

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channel strip. This is necessary, because we are going to import a stereo file.

Switch back to the Arrange window by closing the mixer window.

Importing Audio File

Now, let’s import an audio recording of a drum loop into the tutorial song from the Adat Edit CD.

Select the pencil tool, and click at measure 5.

Adat Edit will now ask where you want to get the audio file from.

Find the drive and folder that contains the tutorial drum Loop “Atmo-Drums.AIFF”(Macintosh) or “AtmoDrums.wav” (Windows). The file will be found in the same folder that contains your Adat Edit program.

Double-clickthis file. It appears in the Arrange window.

If you enlarge the display with the “Zoom” buttons, you will see a waveform display in the audio sequence that was just imported. The audio file name is displayed over this. After the

 

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name, a symbol indicating whether the file is mono or stereo will be shown.

If you switch to playback after measure 5, you should be able to monitor this audio file via the audio output of your computer or sound card. You will notice that the speed of the tutorial song does not fit the imported audio file. We can fix this by adjusting the speed of the song.

Sample Editor

Open the sample editor by double-clickingon the drum loop.

In this view, you can best edit the audio file. Look at the starting point of the sequence; you will notice that the starting point of the drum loop is not exactly on the “one” of measure 5.

Enlarge the display so that you can see the starting point precisely.

Move the left starting point so that it is exactly at the beginning of the waveform.

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Now press the button with the loudspeaker symbol, to listen to the audio file.

The starting point should now be correct, but the end point must still be corrected. It is currently too far back, and must be moved forward until the drum part loops smoothly. The best way to check this is by engaging “cycle” mode in the Sample editor. Do so by pressing the button.

Go to the end of the drum loop and move the end point back until there are exactly two measures between the start and end points.

Optimize the beginning and end points in the cycle mode until the loop actually cycles smoothly. Listen to the loop a couple of times. This is important, because this length will be used to adapt the tempo of the song.to the audio file.

In the transport window, set the locator points to measures

5 1 1 1 and 7 1 1 1.

Click in the Arrange window, and select Functions > Adjust

Tempo using object length & Locators.

At this point, you will be asked whether the tempo for the entire song (global) should be changed to match the audio file, or whether a tempo change should be inserted at the left cycle

 

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point, 5.1.1.1. If you selectglobal, then your arrangement in the drum loop should look something like this:

The song speed is adapted precisely to the drum loop, which we just defined using the locator points. The drum loop corresponds to the length of two measures. The length and position of the audio sequence now corresponds exactly to the settings that we changed in the sample editor.

You can move, cut, and copy the audio sequence in the Arrange window, just like you are used to doing with Midi sequences. Of course, the Matrix editor, the Score editor, and other Midi specific functions are unavailable for audio sequences.

Internal Audio Effects in the Mixer

The internal audio effects of Adat Edit are inserted into “Buses” 1 and 2 by selecting the desired effect with the “Insert” button.

Highlight the effect you want in the flip menu, and then release the mouse button. The insert appears green, with the name of

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effect displayed on the button. You can edit the effect parameters by double-clickingon the button.

The “Tutorial Song Audio/1” file is an example of a combined Midi /audio arrangement, based upon the original tutorial song. The delay and quantizing parameter of the Midi tracks were changed, because the initial swing groove does not work well with the drum loop. Effects from the Mixer were added to the drum loop and rap sequence.

There is a stereo file named “Audio Tutorial (2 Track)” on the Adat Edit CD. This is the outcome of editing the audio portion of the tutorial. This is the master of the Adat Edit song “ TUTORIAL Song.Audio/1”.

Now It's Your Turn …

If you have worked through the tutorial up to this point, then you know the most important functions of Adat Edit, and already have a good overview of its operation, and wide range of functions.

The tutorial song contains useful output material for your own experiments, h which you can build on. We recommend that you take some time to work in depth with the tutorial song.

Record more tracks (e.g. percussion).

Replace existing tracks with your own recordings, e.g. piano, bass, drums.

Create more audio tracks, and insert additional audio files.

 

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