Hints, Tips & News From The World Of Music Software
More hints and tips from the world of music software.
There are two ways of deleting a pattern from the Arrange list in Creator and Notator: either click and drag the Pattern entry beyond the dividing line between the Arrange list and the Pattern Window, then release the mouse button, or hit [Delete] with the Arrange cursor on the offending Pattern entry.
Note that the action of deleting an entry has the effect of 'telescoping' or shortening the chain containing the entry by a length equivalent to that of the deleted entry; if you delete a Pattern entry that was four bars long in Chain 'A', all the following entries will move backwards by four bars to fill the space left. The other chains are not affected by the deletion, so you must bear this in mind if the chains are interdependent; you may need to shorten Patterns in the other chains to compensate.
There is a way of deleting an entry without this automatic adjustment of Chain length: simply 'click' the offending Pattern entry across to an empty Chain, then delete it. This preserves the following existing entries exactly where they are, and leaves a gap in place of the deleted entry.
You will have noticed that if you adjust the value in the Event Editor event list, the appropriate MIDI data is sent while you are doing this (if the MIDI Out icon is 'on', of course). In addition, changing the length value of a note in the event list will cause that note to sound for its whole length, which means that checking and altering the length of a sample triggered by that note is easy, providing that the sample is not in 'one shot' mode.
Where samples such as drum breaks ('rare grooves') are involved, C-Lab lets you avoid having to use your sampler to loop the samples. Select the track you require, drag the trigger note in the Event Editor to make it the correct length (usually one bar) and velocity (127), then set a loop value of 4 for that track on the main page. Now press Play and the sample will fire every time it is triggered by the note. Solo the track and enable the Play Click function - this allows you to adjust the sample until the loop point is in time with the metronome. You can now adjust the sample length by changing its tuning within the sampler, or by inserting a Pitch Wheel command just before the note and editing its value to produce the desired pitch/length change.
If a sample goes out of time within itself while it loops, practice flicking the Pitch Wheel at the desired point to bring the sample back into time with the music, then record the flick and loop that along with the sample.
In Notator, tied notes are automatically created when you lengthen notes that already exist on the stave by increasing their event list length value, not by entering two notes and somehow tying them with the slur symbol.
Contrary to what the current manual says, it is entirely safe to save data to disk while in Play mode: the quick way is [Alt L] then [Return] to confirm. Save as often as you like - Creator and Notator are wonderfully stable, as you know, but we have no control over acts of God (especially if He doesn't like your music!).
Version 2.2 of Creator/Notator allows your disk drive to be used as a sort of 'virtual memory' for songs: placing event 'P-USER 20 @ value 0' somewhere towards the end of your current song will automatically load your next song from disk into the buffer (you name it with [Shift Esc] - see manual); a second 'P-USER 20 @ value 127' positioned at the end of the song will delete the current song and install the newly loaded one, ready for you to hit Play - and away you go!
There are a handful of memory expansion kits on the market that will convert your Atari 520 to 1Mb, your Mega 2s to 4Mb etc. However, we cannot recommend these as suitable for use with large and sophisticated programs such as sequencers, because there are too many 'unknowns' and variables involved in RAM upgrades.
As you know, you can get Creator to extract the tempo of your playing or tapping from your MIDI performance (no need for Human Touch with Unitor, since we are not talking about an acoustic performance). You should use a MIDI keyboard for this: although the [Tab] key appears to have the same effect as tapping via MIDI, you are not advised to use it for tempo activities.
The Lyric mode automatically stretches the notation to fit the entered lyrics. Note that if you are entering lyrics for a double stave (aka 'great staff'), it is the positions of the upper stave's notes that define where the lyrics go.
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Well, half documented. The rules about the data fields on Cubase all incrementing in tens if the [Shift] key is held while the mouse button is clicked on the field are consistent throughout the software, but there are some logical extensions to these rules. For example, the fast forward and rewind controls are affected by the depression of the [Shift] key, although the fastest way of playing a song from a particular point is still to simply hold down the [Alt] key and point at the Song Ruler.
There appears to be some unnecessary confusion about the differences between these three options. Precount simply allows you to specify a number of bars of count-in before any record operation. The Preroll option allows existing music to be played in the count-in rather than just beeps. The Prerecord function allows you to record what you play during the count in - quite often, a piece of music will logically be located between point X and point Y, but actually has an upbeat into point X. The Prerecord function allows for this.
The Edit Quantise window allows you to graphically edit one of 16 maps of quantise feel. It is an edit window like any other, so for its changes to be kept or deleted it must be cancelled or OK'd. Simply clicking on another window leaves the Edit Quantise window open behind the new window.
If you find that no window appears when you next click on the Edit option on the Quantise Edit page, just grab the current window and move it to one side. Select the window behind by clicking on it, and then close it in the normal way.
Satellite is a true desk accessory that comes with Cubase. It can be changed into a stand-alone program by changing the file extension from .ACC to .PRG, using the Show Info function on the Atari desktop. However, this is not how it was really intended to be used. It is in the right format for use as a desk accessory, if it is on the right place on the disk. A desk accessory will only load if the file with the ACC extension is found on the outermost level of the disk (not in a folder) during the Atari boot-up process. Satellite is protected from loading automatically by being placed into the Satellite folder.
This is how to move the SATELLITE.ACC file into the right place for auto-loading: Take a copy of your master disk. Throw the M1SOLO.ARR in the trash. This is only to make room for what happens next.
Close all the windows on the GEM desktop. Double click on Disk Drive A icon. Double click on the Satellite folder. Double click on Disk Drive A icon again to open a second window. Move this new window down the screen about an inch. Click on the first window again to activate it. Drag SATELLITE.ACC from the first window to the second. Follow the Copy instructions given by the Atari ST. Remove the disk and turn off the computer. Turn on the computer and insert this disk.
The Satellite program is now available under the word 'Desk' on the menu bar and can be used with any GEM compatible software.
The Notepad feature is available for each Arrangement separately. There are 256 pages per Arrangement, not per Song, so the relevant information is stored where it needs to be.
The enclosed screen shots show the recommended settings for Tempo Follow using a quarter note MIDI click. There are of course many more possibilities, but these will get you started. Remember to turn the Sync switch in the main screen On, and turn the Mastertrack Off, or you will be fighting another set of Tempo Maps.
If the Tempo Recording is activated and you are in Record the changes you make will be entered automatically into the Mastertrack. Just turn the Mastertrack in the main screen On when you want the changes to be actioned.