Cakewalk’s menus and tools give you quick access to all the features of Cakewalk. Some menu choices and tools display dialog boxes that let you choose among various options, or type in the values you want. If you click in most views, in Time Rulers, or on certain other items with the right mouse button, you see a pop-up menu that provides quick access to many common operations.The project is the center of your work in Cakewalk. If you’re a musician, a project might contain a song, a jingle, or a movement of a symphony. If you’re a post-production engineer, a project might contain a 30-second radio commercial or a lengthy soundtrack for a film or videotape production. By default, every project is stored in a file (known as a project file). The normal file extension for a Cakewalk work file is .cwp.Tracks are used to store the sound or music made by each instrument or voice in a project. For example, a song that is arranged for four instruments and one vocalist may have 5 tracks—one for each instrument and one for the vocals. Each project can have an unlimited number of tracks. Some of these tracks may be used in your finished project, while others can hold alternate takes, backup tracks, and variations that you might want to keep for future use. Each track can be made up of one or many clips.Clips are the pieces of sound and music that make up your tracks. A clip might contain a horn solo, a drum break, a bass or guitar riff, a voice-over, a sound effect like the hoot of an owl, or an entire keyboard performance. A track can contain a single clip or dozens of different clips, and you can easily move clips from one track to another.Groove clips are audio clips which have tempo and pitch information embedded within them, allowing them to follow changes to the project tempo or project pitch. You can click on either edge of a Groove clip and drag out repetitions in the track.Events are MIDI data (in MIDI tracks) or automation data.
Tip - Searching Documentation
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Note - Using Offline Help
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