Each track in a project contains MIDI or audio information and has a variety of settings (also called parameters) that determine how the track sounds. By changing these parameters, you can change the sound of your project. For audio tracks, you control parameters such as volume, stereo panning, and the output device that is used to produce the sound. For MIDI tracks, you control many additional parameters, including the type of instrument sound that is used to play the notes stored in the track. Both kinds of tracks contain an Automation Read button and an Automation Write button , which enable or disable automation playback and recording, respectively.
The following figures show the various parameters in audio track strips. The figures are of an audio track that is located in the Track view, however most of these parameters can also be adjusted in the Console view and Track Inspector. Some parameters are only available in the Console view or Track Inspector.Figure 108. Audio track.Figure 109. Audio track header controls.A. Track color B. Track number C. Header icon D. Track name E. Peak value F. Maximize/restore G. Meter
Figure 110. Audio track controls.A. Track number B. Track name C. Edit Filter D. Mute E. Automation Read F. Solo G. Automation Write H. Arm for recording I. Freeze J. Input echo K. Archive L. Peak level M. Expand/collapse track N. Track icon O. WAI display P. Track color Q. Expand/collapse Take Lanes R. Expand/collapse Automation Lanes S. Volume slider T. Input U. Output V. Pan slider W. FX Rack X. MeterFigure 111. Audio track FX Rack, meter, and track scale.A. Enable/disable plug-in B. Plug-in name C. Click to insert new plug-in
Figure 112. MIDI track header controls.A. Track color B. Track number C. Header icon D. Track name E. Maximize/restore F. Meter
Figure 113. MIDI track controls.A. Track number B. Track name C. Edit Filter D. Mute E. Automation Read F. Solo G. Automation Write H. Arm for recording I. Input echo J. Archive K. Expand/collapse track L. Track icon M. WAI display N. Track color O. Expand/collapse Take Lanes P. Expand/collapse Automation Lanes Q. Volume slider R. Input S. Channel T. Patch U. Velocity+ V. Output W. Bank X. Pan slider Y. FX Rack Z. MeterFigure 114. MIDI track FX Rack and track scale.A. Track scale B. MIDI FX Rack
For more information about MIDI track controls in the Track Inspector, see MIDI track and Instrument track controls.
3. The default track names (Track 1, Track 2, etc.) are not actually names, but placeholders until you name a track. If you reorder the tracks these placeholders change.
You can customize which tracks are displayed or not displayed, and enlarge or maximize individual tracks while other tracks remain minimized. You can also manually set the exact size of a track’s display. The following table shows how to customize the appearance of tracks in the Track pane.
You can display subsets of the Track pane’s controls (the title bar controls are always displayed) by selecting a Control preset from the Track Control drop-down list above the track strips. To choose which controls are displayed in track strips, see Configuring the display of tracks in the Track view.
You can also edit Track properties in the Track Inspector. To show or hide the Inspector, select Views > Inspector or press the I key.Figure 115. The Track Inspector.
To adjust the same control in all selected tracks of the same type, hold down the CTRL key and adjust a control in any selected channel strip.For example, to assign a group of tracks to the same output, select the tracks you want to assign, then hold down the CTRL key and assign the Output control in any selected track. All selected tracks will be assigned to the same output.All track parameters are saved with a Cakewalk project. However, if you export a project to a standard MIDI File, several of the parameters (Key+, Vel+, Time+, and Chan) are applied to the MIDI data as the file is being exported. Other parameters, including Input, Output, Mute, Solo, and Archive, are lost when you export the project to a MIDI file. The following sections contain more information about many of the parameters in the Track view. For more information about the track inputs and the track Arm button, see Preparing to record.With a single click and swipe, you can engage or disengage the same track control across multiple tracks in one gesture, without having to click more than a single button. Simply click a button in one track, then drag across adjacent tracks without releasing the mouse button. While swiping, you only need to touch a track strip in order to engage its control--there is no need to carefully position the mouse cursor over the actual button. Only buttons that match the clicked button’s state will change. Hidden tracks are ignored while swiping.Smart Swipe toggles up if you release the mouse button on the same control the operation started with.
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