In main view press the button ‘ + ‘ to create a new song
Each song is stored in a separate folder. Imported audio, midi or video files will be automatically copied to its dedicated song folder.
3.1. SEQUENCER VIEW / TRACK VIEW
The ‘Sequencer view’ is intended to display a visual overview of all tracks. But it is also possible to move individual tracks on the timeline (as known from conventional sequencer apps). To get tracks to the same starting position, it is recommended to check the option ‘smart snap’.
The TRACK VIEW is the standard overview and it brings some features with it:
- Solo ’S’ button – allows you to hear the track one at the time while hiding all other tracks.
- Mute button ‚M‘ – mutes the respective tracks.
With the help of the arrow buttons /\ and \/ you can move selected track into desired
position on the panel. Playback will not be affected. Pressing the OK button will
return to main view.
3.2. AUDIO TRACK – import and playback of audio files
From the edit view pressing the ‘+‘ at the very bottom will allow you to add an audio file to the project. Note that dropdown menu next to it will specify which
audio type you are trying to import.
After the file has been imported open the SEQUENCER VIEW to show an overview of the
tracks to check/determine their start and ending position, which can be modified by sliding it along the track.
3.3. SUBGROUP ROUTING / Audio
To route a track to a specific output of the audio interface, it is necessary to specify the correct subgroup channel. By default the subgroup channels are equated with the audio interface outputs i.e. Sub 1/2 = Audio interface 1/2.
It is also possible in the main window under PREFERENCES / AUDIO to redirect
the output of each subgroup, such as:
Sub 1/2 = Audio interface 1/2
Sub 3/4 = Audio interface 1/2
Sub 5/6 = Audio interface 1/2
TIP: Here, the subgroups of certain instrument groups can also be deactivated globally, depending on the performance situation ( see tick box ).
3.4. VOLUME ADJUSTMENT
The meter bridge ( top ) shows the output signal of the subgroups. If you direct several audio tracks in one subgroup, it can lead to distortions. It is recommended to control the respective tracks individually. Red level indicates the exceeded maximum value of 0 db.
In order to reduce the volume of all tracks evenly ( in percentage ), recommended approach is to use the MASTER VOLUME CONTROL which can be found in PREFERENCES / AUDIO.
3.5. MIDI TRACK – Import and play midi files
From the track-selector select from dropdown menu MIDI TRACK, then press ‘ + ‘ button next to it. Using the file browser, one or more files can be selected and imported. After the file import the SEQUENCER VIEW opens automatically to show an overview of all tracks.
SUBGROUP ROUTING / MIDI
Here, the MIDI OUT groups are used, which ( same principle as the subgroups of the audio tracks ) can be routed to a respective Midi-interface.
In the main window under PREFERENCES / MIDI you can connect the subgroup to the respective MIDI interface output.
MIDI CONTROL – TRACK
From the track-selector select MIDI CONTROL TRACK, then press the ‘ + ‘ button.
The track parameters now open on the right side. Here you can program midi events at a specific time. This can e.g. a program change to switch a keyboard, a guitar processor or a light program. It is also possible to send note on / off events or just the usual controller events in the value 0-127.
3.6. CLICK TRACK / METRONOME
From the track-selector select CLICK TRACK, then press ‘ + ‘ button. The SEQUENCER VIEW will open automatically to show an overview of all tracks. The parameters now open on the right side. Here you can generate an audio click ( metronome ). Under PREFERENCES / AUDIO you can replace the metronome samples with your own and route them to a specific output of your audio interface.
Tip: when changing the tempo during the song just add another click track.
3.7. LYRIC TRACK
From the track-selector select LYRIC TRACK, then press ‘ + ‘ button. The SEQUENCER VIEW will open automatically to show an overview of all tracks. Pressing the EDIT TEXT in the upper right corner of the text window will allow you to enter the text editor mode.
Pressing the right mouse button will allow you to get more function :
- SELECT EVERYTHING (CTRL + A)
- COPY / INSERT FROM CLIPBOARD (CTRL + C) / (CTRL + V)
- UNDO / RESTORE (CTRL + Z) / (CTRL + y)
- COPY EVERYTHING TO THE CLIPBOARD ( including timestamp )
- INSERT FROM THE CLIPBOARD ( including timestamp )
- INSERT IMAGE ( all common image formats apply here )
- DELETE ALL TIMESTAMPS
3.8. TEXT FORMATS – N / B
To change the font size and color, you must first select a text. Hold down the left mouse button at the beginning of the text and drag the mouse in the corresponding direction.
Then just release the mouse button and press one of the colorful N ( normal ) / B ( bold ) buttons. The color profile is totally editable: LIVETRAKER has the possibility to edit the colors for the day and night mode ( see also PREFERENCES / VIDEO )
3.9. ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
Use the Zoom slider to drag the text to the desired size. It is important to exhaust the entire width of the window. Only then LIVETRAKER optimally adapts to all screen sizes.
Block view – scroll view – flip manually (the different display modes)
block view: the text block associated with the time stamp is always displayed in the middle of the screen.
scroll view: the block scrolls across the screen, which gives the whole thing a slightly better overview, but also more to the CPU load.
flip manually: is intended for PC’s with touch screen, here the entire text content can be moved with the finger.
Click with the mouse on the text window (during the play mode, not when editing!) to switch the internal text in full window mode. Another click brings him back. In Preferences, you can associate this function with a keyboard shortcut or midi signal.
One or more lines of text can be displayed at a specific playing position (minute: second: millisecond). The easiest way to do that would be to finish writing the text (or paste it from clipboard), put it into the correct text format, then play the song. While the song is playing, simply click into the left time stamp fields (at the height of the line of text to be sung). So you can link each line to a playing position. You can delete the respective programming with the red “X” button.
To fine-tune the individual time stamps, simply change the time value up or down with the mouse button pressed. During playback in edit mode, the position of the respective time stamp is marked in color.