DRUMTRACK8 PATTERN PANEL

Overview

The Pattern panel is where the drum patterns are created and is composed of three principal areas:
  • Menu Bar on top that remains constant for all panels.
  • Tracks on the right contain Steps
  • Pattern Modifiers on the left menu to draw, copy and move steps and edit them in Volume, Pan, Pitch and Offset (Step Modes).
  • NEW: Track Instrument slide-out panel to preview sounds, create custom drum kits and connect the iPhone server.

To access the Pattern Panel, select the Pattern button in the Toolbar.

ToolBar

See Toolbar, documented separately since it is a common feature of each DrumTrack8 panel.

New in V 1.5, clicking on the question mark on the right opens the panel's help screen.

Tracks

Tracks and Steps

  • Each pattern is composed of 8 Tracks laid out in rows comprised of 16 Steps across, with a 4/4 signature.
  • Each track row from top to bottom corresponds to a drum kit track; the pattern’s drum kit is defined by the Mixer panel. (Instruments are listed above the Mixer sliders the from left to right and appear briefly when entering the Pattern Panel).

Pattern Modifiers

Draw/Select/Edit Pattern Length Toggle Button (Edit Mode)

Draw Icon

NOTE: Pattern Length is now controlled in the secondary Toolbar.

Draw Icon

Draw: To Draw a step, select the Draw icon.

  • One click on a Step assigns the current mode value to a step; one click to a pre-assigned step erases the value.
  • Click and hold to see the current step value in the Toolbar display; you can also modify its value interactively with the Pattern Modifier Slider.
  • Click and drag to paint the value of the initial step (including an empty step) to other steps.
  • Changing the Pattern Modifier Slider while painting steps interactively creates variations in current Step Mode value, such as shown above.
  • You can paint steps in multi-touch.
  • Shaking the Iphone or Ipod Touch in Draw mode erases all assigned values of the current Step Mode only.

Select: To displace or copy a step, steps or entire tracks, use the Select icon. Important: displacing or copying step(s) does so in all four Step Modes simultaneously (see below).

  • One click and drag to displace a step in any direction.
  • Two fingers and drag to rotate the track horizontally or displaces the entire track vertically.
  • Three fingers and drag to copy tracks vertically. Warning: The track will paint its step values while dragging.



Volume/Pan/Pitch/Offset Toggle Button (Step Modes)

Scroll through the Volume, Pan, Pitch and Offset modes by toggling the button in the Pattern Modifier toolbar.

  • Volume (Velocity) is the loudness of the pulse from 0 to 255.
  • Pan is its left/right balance.
  • Pitch is the frequency of the sound in +24/-24 semitones.
  • Offset is the delay of the pulse.

Volume

  • The step color will tinted from yellow (min) to red (max) according to its variation in Volume (velocity).
  • Only steps defined in Volume mode are played.
  • Steps with values defined in Pitch, Pan or Offset modes have a different shade of gray so that you can identify them.

Pan, Pitch and Sample Offset

  • When in Pan, Pitch and Offset modes, steps without any volume (velocity) are greyed out.
  • Modifications to default values are also color coded for each mode.
  • Note: Volume and Pan values are multiplied by the master track Volume and Pan values defined in the Mixer.
  • Note: When in Draw mode, shaking the Iphone or Ipod Touch erases all assigned values of the current Pattern Modifier Volume/Pan/Pitch/Offset Mode only.

Track Instruments Slide-Out Panel

Track Instrument

Each track's instrument title is displayed on the slide-out panel that covers the Pattern Modifiers. Click and drag on the panel's central tab (shown in yellow) to open and close the panel.

When open, selecting a Track (on the left hand menu) plays the sound sample currently assigned to that track. The panel on the right (that covers the 16 step Tracks) allows you to reassign a sound sample to a track - creating a Custom Drumkit, as well as allowing you to connect a Server on you iPhone/iPod to upload your own custom sound samples.

You close the Track Instrument panel by sliding the central tab to the left or by selecting the Close Button.

Custom Drumkits

You can assign another sound sample to the selected track by browsing the samples in the drumkits supplied or upload your own sound files to your iPhone/iPod (see Custom Samples below). Scroll up and down for all the available sound kits.

As soon as you select a sample:

  • The new sample is assigned to the track and will be playable.
    Select the Revert Button if you wish to cancel, but this will only affect the currently selected track. If you select a new track to customize, the new sample cannot revert back to the old one.
  • A Custom kit is created, which can be viewed in the Mixer Panel.

Hint: The Custom kit is song-specific. If you wish to reuse your kit, create a "template" song with one pattern using your Custom kit.

Custom User Samples

You can now Upload onto your iPhone/iPod Touch your own custom sound files to create your own custom drumkit. These sound files will reside in the User Samples directory shown above.

  • Sound files must be in .wav, .aif, .aiff sound formats and be:
    • 16 bit,
    • 44 khz,
    • mono and
    • signed.
  • Your iPhone/iPod must be connected to your network by Wifi.

With these requirements met:

  1. Click on the Connect Button.
  2. The server IP address of your iPhone/iPod will be displayed above the Connect Button.

    Connect Button

  3. On your computer, type in the IP address in your web browser to access your iPhone/iPod server. Browse for your sample and Upload.

    Upload to Server
  4. That's it! Your sound file should be ready for use in the User Samples directory!

  See also: Song PanelMixer Panel