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Audio Tracks

In the Sample editor, try out various audio sequences in the menu options of the “Functions” menu and listen to the results directly in sample editor.

In the mixer window with the bus inserts, place delay and reverb effects on the audio tracks; set these effects differently.

Look for mistakes in the sequences, and remove them by using the various editors.

Use the Score editor to printout smaller sections of the song..

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Chapter 4

Operation

In this chapter you will learn how to use the mouse, keyboard, menus, toolbox and other elements in Adat Edit.

4.1Mouse

The user interface of Adat Edit is graphically oriented. You can control all of Adat Edit’s functions with the mouse. This section will give you an overview of how you can put the mouse to use.

Open up the Tutorial Song and its Arrange window, if you would like to directly try out the operations described below.

Mouse Techniques

The terms that we will use in this manual to describe mouse techniques will certainly already be familiar to you from other applications. These terms are:

Point

Move the mouse arrow to the object

 

 

that you want to work on.

 

Click

Point with the mouse arrow to an

 

 

object and then briefly press down

 

 

once on the (left) mouse button.

 

 

Generally, for the Windows version,

 

 

unless the right button is specified,

 

 

you can assume that the left mouse

 

 

button will always be meant. With

 

 

this technique you are able to select

 

 

objects, activate on/off switches, or

 

 

select options.

 

 

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Double Click

Point to an object and tap on the

 

mouse button twice. With this, you

 

can open windows in Adat Edit.

Click-hold

Click on an object and hold the

 

mouse button down.

Dragging

Click-holdan object, and then drag

 

the object in the desired direction.

 

This way, you can move an object to

 

another position.

If you are still not familiar with using the mouse, you can practice with the help of the Windows Learning Program. You can find the tutorial in the help menu of the Program Manager.

You can change the mouse settings for your computer under

System Tools > Mouse (Windows) or under the Apple Menu >

Control Panels > Mouse (Macintosh) respectively.

Flip Menus

Menus in Adat Edit can be operated just as they would be in other applications you are used to. There is one exception, however, and that is the flip menus. These are menus that pop up to display different selection options, when you click-holdthe menu.

Practice

In the Arrange window, click-holdon an “icon” symbol in a track’s parameter box. A flip menu with more icons will open, from which you may select a different icon. Use this to practice using flip menus.

You may use a flip menu in the following ways:

Select an entry from the menu, and release the mouse button. That entry will be chosen.

In order to choose entries which are not in the visible section of the flip menu, scroll up or down the flip menu, by moving the mouse over the upper or lower edge of the

 

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window. The farther you move the mouse over and away from the edge of the window, the faster you will scroll.

If you open the menu with the right mouse button, it will remain open after releasing the button. Now you can move down the flip menu, using the scroll bar on the right. To select a menu item, click on it with the left mouse button. The flip menu will then close.

On the Macintosh, the procedure is a little bit different: Open the flip menu, press Swhile holding down the mouse button, and then let go of the mouse button. The flip menu will remain open, and you can use the scroll bar to move up and down in the menu. Click on the desired selection. Now release theSkey. The selection is chosen, and the flip menu closes automatically.

4.2

Key Commands

 

Adat Edit is designed so that you can carry out a large variety of

 

functions with either the mouse, or the computer keyboard,

 

depending on your personal preference.

 

Adat Edit uses key commands for calling up functions and

 

menu items, using the computer keyboard,. Many of these are

 

already assigned, others are not preset. You may customize any

 

of these to suit your own working style (see also Chapter 15

 

Reference: Key Commands and Use of Mouse on page 307).

 

A key command may either be a single key, or a combination of

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one or more “modifier” keys (S,A,ç,C,O) with a

 

“normal” key, in order to carry out a particular function.

 

Furthermore, function keys (@to˚orÌwith Macin-

 

tosh), are recognized as key commands.

 

You can define the assignment of key commands and functions

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in the Key Commands window. To do this, call up Windows >

 

Key Commands in the Main Menu.

 

 

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Key Commands Window

A list of key commands and their functions will now open. The functions are divided into subject areas. In the left column, you can see the defined key, and in the right column, the function assigned to it.

As you can see, most of the functions are already sensibly predefined. You can, however, change these definitions and give key combinations to unassigned functions.

We recommend that you do not change the pre-definedkey combinations, especially if you work together with other Adat Edit, MicroLogic or Logic users, or frequently change your computer. That way, it is guaranteed that you can always fall back upon the familiar key commands.

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Defining the Key Commands

Click the Learn button. The button will turn light gray. Click the desired function with the mouse. It will highlight. Press the desired key combination; it will be shown right away. You can enter as many key combinations as you want in this fashion.

Deactivate the Learn button when you have finished asigning commands.

 

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Hiding Key Commands

You can filter the view in the Key Commands window, by either hiding all the keys which already have a function assigned to them, or all keys which do not have a function assigned to them. That way, you can tell at a glance which functions do not already have a key command assigned to them.

1.Click on Hide Unusedto hide all functions which are not already occupied.

2.Click on Hide Used to filter out all functions already defined.

Find Key Command

It is also possible to find a key command quickly, even if you only know a part of its name.

Simply click on the white field to the right of Find, and enter the text you are looking for. The key command window will now just show those key commands which have that combination of characters.

The key command window remains completely functional in the find mode. You can hide unused or used key commands, or make assignments.

The find function does not distinguish between upper and lower case.

Click the Find switch again to turn off the find mode, when you are finished.

4.3Operating the Windows

The program windows in Adat Edit can be operated in much the same way as they would in the computer’s operating system. However, there are some extra functions which give you an improved overview, and make Adat Edit even easier to

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use. This section will explain the effective operation of windows in Adat Edit.

Standard Elements of Operation

The standard window elements are probably already familiar to you from other programs, and your computer’s operating system.

Adat Edit-Windowsin the Windows version

With each window you are able to:

close individual windows; windows in Adat Edit can be closed by just a simple click;

change the window size;

minimize any window to an icon on the task bar, and then reset it to its original size and position by clicking on the icon.

If you are not familiar with these functions, please review your computer manual.

Telescope Tools

In the Arrange window, the Score window and the Matrix edit window you will find one or two telescope tools. These can be found in the upper right-handcorner, underneath the title line. They are used to control the zoom setting of the window. With

 

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these telescope tools, you can change the magnification factor of the window section being viewed. In the Arrange window, the size of the sequences and fonts are affected; in the Score editor, on the other hand, the size of the notes is determined by the zoom settings.

A small arrow within the telescope tool shows the zoom direction (horizontal or vertical).

Clicking on the left half of a telescope tool reduces the magnification, whereas clicking on the right half enlarges it.

You can also hold down the mouse button, until the desired zoom factor has been reached.

Practice

Return the Arrange window to its normal size, and use scroll bars and Telescope tools to set the following views:

Just measures 7 to 11

The entire song

Track 1 to 4, with the Sequence parameter box displayed

All tracks

Another way to set the magnification factor is the zoom tool, in

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the Arrange and Matrix windows. See section Zoom Tool on

 

page 103.

 

Scroll Bars

The scroll bars that you will find to the right of and underneath every window are the same as in other applications. The scroll bars in Adat Edit offer an additional function, however. The scroll box in it varies not only in its position, but also in its size proportional to the visible window section. Therefore you can see at any time the propor-

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tional relationship between the visible section, and the entire contents of the window.

Example

In the Arrange window, you can tell by the bottom scroll box, which part of the entire song you are seeing at that moment. Clicking on one of the arrows at the end of every scroll bar will scroll one step further. Clicking in the empty space within the scroll bar allows you to scroll the window one page in the corresponding direction. If all the contents of the window fit into the visible section of window, then the scroll bar appears in its entirety, and the small arrows disappear.

x/y-MovementElements

In the lower left-handcorner, you will find the x/y movement elements. These allow you to move the window section both horizontally and vertically at the same time.

Click-holdthe small gray box, and hold down the left mouse button. The mouse’s arrow changes into a crosshairs tool. The visible section of the window will now move in proportion to the movement of the mouse.

On the other hand, if you hold down the right button on the mouse, the window section will continue moving automatically in the direction that you are moving the mouse. In this case, the mouse’s movement determines the scrolling speed.

Catch Mode

The Catch mode is controlled by the button in the upper left corner of each window that shows a “walking man” .

When the catch mode is activated, the contents of the window move in correlation with the current song position. In short: what you see on the screen will actually be what you hear at that moment. This is practical if you want to, for example,

 

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