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.
Note 1: You can control all sliders and knobs in the Console and Track views by clicking a control, then hover over it with the mouse and manipulate the mouse wheel. If you move the mouse cursor away from the slider or knob while using the mouse wheel, you will lose control of the slider or knob you are adjusting.
Note 2: You can show and hide controls in track and bus strips in the Track view, and even create presets for your favorite control layouts. For details, see Configuring Track view controls for more information.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 45. Audio trackFigure 46. Audio track header controlsA. Track number B. Header icon C. Track name D. Peak value E. Maximize/restore F. Meter
Figure 47. Audio track controlsA. 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. Expand/collapse Take Lanes Q. Expand/collapse Automation Lanes R. Volume slider S. Input T. Output U. Pan slider V. Effects bin W. MeterA. Enable/disable plug-in B. Plug-in name C. Right-click to insert new plug-in
Figure 49. MIDI track header controlsA. Track number B. Header icon C. Track name D. Maximize/restore E. Meter
Figure 50. MIDI track controlsA. 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. Expand/collapse Take Lanes O. Expand/collapse Automation Lanes P. Volume slider Q. Input R. Channel S. Patch T. Velocity+ U. Output V. Bank W. Pan slider X. Effects bin Y. MeterFigure 51. MIDI track effects bin and track scaleA. Track scale B. MIDI effects bin
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 titlebar 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 52. 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 SONAR 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.
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