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Do one of the following:
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Select Views > Matrix view.
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Right-click a cell and select Import File on the context menu.
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To assign a pattern to a cell in an empty row. If you drag a pattern to an empty row, you can specify if the new row should be assigned to an existing track or to a new corresponding track:
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To create a new row and assign it to the most recently created or assigned track. Drag a pattern to the desired cell in an empty row.
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To create a new row and corresponding track. Hold down the ALT key and drag a pattern to the desired cell in an empty row.
Note 2: When you drag a clip from the Clips pane and drop it in the Matrix view, the Matrix view will use the entire raw clip data, even if the clip is cropped. If you want the Matrix view to only use the uncropped part of the clip, first use the Track view Clips > Bounce to Clip(s) command to create a new clip. If you want the clip to loop smoothly, you may also want to convert the new clip to a Groove clip and edit it in the Loop Construction view before you drag it into the Matrix view.
Tip: If you want to always import audio as Groove Clips, click the Options button to open the Matrix Options dialog box, then click the Import all audio as GrooveClips check box.
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Do one of the following:
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Right-click the cell and select Clear Cell from the pop-up menu.
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Click the arrow next to the Stop All Cells button in the Matrix view toolbar and select Clear All Cells from the drop-down menu.
To edit a cell, do one of the following:
To create a new Step Sequencer cell, right-click an empty cell and select Create New Step Sequencer Cell on the pop-up menu.
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Click the Trigger Resolution menu and select one of the available options:
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Immediate. Playback starts immediately.
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Next Measure. Playback starts on the next measure boundary.
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Next Beat. Playback starts on the next beat.
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Next 1/8. Playback starts on the next 8th note.
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Next 1/16. Playback starts on the next 16th note.
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Next 1/32 Note. Playback starts on the next 32th note.
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Next 1/64 Note. Playback starts on the next 64th note.
After a cell has been triggered, the cell blinks until the Trigger Resolution is reached, at which time playback starts.
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Make sure the Cell Start toggle is in Always from Beginning mode before you trigger the pattern.
Tip: To trigger a cell using the opposite mode of the current Cell Start setting, hold down the ALT key when you trigger the cell.
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Right-click the cell and select One-Shot Trigger on the context menu.
The Loop Mode and Latch Mode buttons in the cell are hidden. When One-Shot Trigger mode is enabled, loop and latch settings are ignored, and the cell only plays one repetition from beginning to end.
To disable One-Shot Trigger mode, right-click the cell and select One-Shot Trigger on the context menu.
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Make sure the Cell Start toggle is in Offset to Now Time mode before you trigger the pattern.
Tip: To trigger a cell using the opposite mode of the current Cell Start setting, hold down the ALT key when you trigger the cell.
When you trigger a cell in Offset to Now Time mode, the pattern will start playing in sync with the Now time after the amount of time listed in the Trigger Resolution menu. It’s as if the cell’s pattern is repeated throughout the song and you unmute the pattern at a certain point.
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Make sure the Follow Transport button is enabled.
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Do one of the following:
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After the cell has been triggered, the cell blinks until the Trigger Resolution is reached, at which time playback starts.
The global Cell Start toggle determines if the pattern will play from the beginning of the pattern or synchronize to the project’s Now time. In Always from Beginning mode , patterns always start from the beginning. In Offset to Now Time mode , patterns synchronize to the project’s Now time.
Tip: To trigger a cell using the opposite mode of the current Cell Start setting, hold down the ALT key when you trigger the cell.
Note 2: Together, the Global Latch Mode and Global Loop Mode toggles give you flexible control over how cells are triggered.
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To play a cell continuously when triggered. Enable Global Loop Mode; enable Global Latch Mode
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To play a cell once through when triggered. Disable Global Loop Mode; enable Global Latch Mode
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To play a cell continuously as long as the mouse/note is held. Enable Global Loop Mode; Disable Global Latch Mode
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To play a cell as long as the mouse/note is held, but stop at end. Disable Global Loop Mode; disable Global Latch Mode
By default, a cell follows the Global Trigger Resolution, as specified in the Matrix view toolbar. You can also assign a custom trigger resolution to each cell, instead of following the global trigger resolution.
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Right-click the cell, point to Trigger Resolution on the pop-up menu, and select one of the following options:
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Do one of the following:
A. Follow Global Trigger Resolution (no resolution is displayed) B. Per-cell Trigger Resolution (assigned resolution is displayed)
A. Click the Column Trigger to trigger all cells in the column
Note: If the Cell MIDI Trigger button in the Matrix view toolbar is disabled, it will automatically be enabled when a cell is in MIDI Learn mode.
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Make sure the Cell MIDI Trigger button in the Matrix view toolbar is enabled.
Note: You can also use a MIDI modifier key to trigger a cell using the opposite mode of the current Cell Start, Global Loop Mode, Global Latch Mode, or Retrigger Mode settings. To MIDI learn the MIDI modifier functions, Right-click the desired global mode button in the Matrix toolbar, choose MIDI Learn, then press the desired modifier note on your MIDI controller.
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Make sure the Cell MIDI Trigger button in the Matrix view toolbar is disabled.
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Do one of the following:
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To clear MIDI assignments for a single cell. Right-click the desired cell and select Clear MIDI Learn on the pop-up menu.
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To clear MIDI assignments for a single Column Trigger. Right-click the desired cell and select Clear MIDI Learn on the pop-up menu.
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To clear MIDI assignments for all cells and Column Triggers. Click the arrow next to the Stop All Cells button in the Matrix view toolbar and select Clear All MIDI Learn from the drop-down menu.
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Make sure the Retrigger Mode toggle in the Matrix View toolbar is enabled.
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Do one of the following:
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Make sure the Follow Transport button is enabled.
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Do one of the following:
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Do one of the following:
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Right-click a column header and select Insert Column on the context menu.
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Right-click a column header and select Duplicate Column on the context menu.
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Right-click a column header and select Clear Column on the context menu.
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Right-click a column header and select Rename Column on the context menu.
The Rename Column dialog box appears.
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Right-click a row and select Insert Audio Row on the context menu.
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Right-click a row and select Insert MIDI Row on the context menu.
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Right-click a row and point to Insert Instrument Row on the context menu, then select the desired instrument.
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Right-click a row and select Delete Row on the context menu.
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Right-click a row and select Clear Row on the context menu.
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Right-click a row and select Duplicate Row on the context menu.
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Click the Stop All Cells button in the Matrix view toolbar (or press SHIFT+ESC).
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Click the cell’s Latch Mode button.
Note: After a cell’s Latch Mode button has been engaged, the cell will no longer continue to follow the Global Latch Mode setting, even if you disable the cell’s Latch Mode button. To restore the link to the Global Latch Mode setting, hold down the CTRL key and click the cell’s Latch Mode button.
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Click the cell’s Loop Mode button.
Note: After a cell’s Loop Mode button has been engaged, the cell will no longer continue to follow the Global Loop Mode setting, even if you disable the cell’s Loop Mode button. To restore the link to the Global Loop Mode setting, hold down the CTRL key and click the cell’s Loop Mode button.
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Click the row’s Mute button .
A. Click the row’s Mute button to mute/unmute a row
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Click the row’s Solo button .
A. Click the row’s Solo button to solo/unsolo a row
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Click the row’s Direct Mode button . Doing so will bypass the assigned track’s MIDI processing, such as MIDI FX, Arpeggiator, volume, etc., and send the row directly to the assigned soft synth or hardware output.
A. Click the row’s Direct Mode button to bypass all MIDI track processing
A. Click arrow to reassign a row to a different track
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Right-click a cell and select Rename Cell from the pop-up menu.
The Rename Cell dialog box appears.
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Specify the desired triggering time lag in the Trigger Resolution drop-down menu.
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Click the Capture Matrix Performance button to enable it.
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Press Play in Cakewalk to start playback.
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When you want to stop recording, press Stop in Cakewalk or press the SPACEBAR key.
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