Music Creator has a track type called instrument track, which makes it very simple to work with soft synths. An instrument track is essentially two tracks—a MIDI track and an audio track, both associated with the same soft synth—contained in a single track strip. An instrument track allows you to control the MIDI data that is sent to a soft synth and the audio signal that is returned from the soft synth.
1. Do one of the following to insert a new soft synth:
On the Insert menu, point to Soft Synths and select the desired soft synth.
In the Synth Rack, click the Insert Soft Synth and ReWire devices button and select the desired soft synth from the pop-up menu.The Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box appears.Figure 194. The Insert Soft Synth Options dialog
2. Select the Instrument Track check box, then click OK to close the Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box.Figure 195. Instrument track stripBecause an instrument track is a hybrid between an audio and a MIDI track, an instrument track strip contains both audio and MIDI controls.The instrument track strip exposes MIDI input and audio output controls. Internally, the MIDI output is assigned to the soft synth’s MIDI input, and the audio input is assigned to the soft synth’s main output.The following table shows all controls that are available on an instrument track, and indicates if a control applies to audio or MIDI data.
By default, MIDI clips are displayed and can be edited in the Clips pane. MIDI track and clip envelopes are not available.If an instrument track is frozen, audio clips are displayed and can be edited in the Clips pane. Audio track and clip envelopes are also available.
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