DRUMTRACK8 SONG PANEL

Overview

The Song panel is where you copy or create new patterns and assemble your patterns into song structures that you can save and reload in DrumTrack8.

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The Song Panel is comprised of: To open the Song Panel, select the Button in the DrumTrack8 Toolbar.

Toolbar

  • In the Song toolbar, the File Open and File Save icons allow you to save and reopen song structures in DrumTrack8.
  • Click in the title display window to rename your song.
  • See Toolbar, documented separately, for other standard Toolbar features.
  • New in V 1.5, clicking on the question mark on the far right opens the panel's help screen.

Pattern List

Song Panel Pattern List

  • On the right hand side, the Pattern List contains all the Patterns that you create/duplicate here (and modify in the Pattern Panel).
  • A Pattern is always selected in Pattern List (by default, the first pattern when you first launch DrumTrack8).
    IMPORTANT: The selected Pattern determines what Pattern Instance is added to the Song Structure or is reassigned to a Pattern Instance in the Song Structure (by double clicking on the instance).
  • When creating new Patterns or duplicating existing ones, new Patterns are inserted after the selected Pattern and become the selected pattern in turn.
  • Double click on a Pattern in the Pattern List to open it in the Pattern Panel.
  • When the content exceeds the Pattern List window, you can scroll (click and drag vertically) anywhere in the view to see the rest of the content.
  • NEW in V 1.5: Drag and drop your patterns from the Pattern List Window to the Song Structure Window to quickly create Pattern Instances. You can also delete Pattern Instances by dragging and releasing them outside the song structure window. You can drag and drop your Pattern Instances to reorganize them quickly and easily.

Pattern List Tools

Song Panel Pattern List Menubar
Create/Duplicate/Colorize/Delete/Email/Clipboard Pattern

Create new pattern Create New Pattern
  • When creating a new Pattern, it is inserted after the selected Pattern and become the selected pattern.
duplicate-pattern Duplicate Pattern
  • Duplicates the selected pattern. The duplicate is inserted after the selected Pattern and becomes the selected pattern.
Colorize Pattern Colorize Pattern
  • Assigns a color value to the Pattern icon in the Pattern List and its instances in the Song Structure. There are over 30 pre-defined color values that can be assigned to the Pattern icon. To change its color, click on the colorize button until it is the color you desire.

Delete Pattern Delete Pattern

  • Deletes the selected Pattern.
    Note: Deleting pattern from the pattern list will make all pattern instances in the song structure disappear as well.

email-pattern-in-MIDI or Wav-format Email Pattern in General MIDI or WAV Format or Upload Pattern to SoundCloud

  • The selected pattern in the pattern list will be emailed in General MIDI or WAV Format for use in the DAW of your choice. Note: Your iPhone/iPod Touch Mail program must be configured correctly for this feature to work. midiemailv14
  • The MIDI pattern export is one track where each drum instrument corresponds to General MIDI notes, e.g. Bass Drum =C1, Snare Drum = D1, etc.
  • New in V 2.4: Upload patterns or songs to SoundCloud. If you have a SoundCloud account, you can publish your patterns online using the Mail Button in the Pattern List (or songs using the Mail Button in the Song Structure) and selecting Upload to SoundCloud.

    • Author Authentication Window:
      The first time you connect (or when you press Reset in the SoundCloud Window), you will need to authenticate your SoundCloud account in Safari, so you will be prompted to Launch Safari. You will need to supply your login and password and select Allow Access. This will bring you back to DrumTrack8. The second time you select Upload to SoundCloud, you will get the SoundCloud Upload window below.

      SoundCloud Window

    • SoundCloud Upload Window:
      • You need to fill out the title, an optional genre, an optional description, whether the song is public (default) or private, downloable or streamable.
        Hint: To close the text entry window once you have filled in the Description, you need to switch back to title or genre field before pressing Return.
      • Once complete, select the Upload Button. The progress bar below the Upload button shows how much of the song has been uploaded to the SoundCloud Server.
      • When uploading is complete, Close the SoundCloud window with the Close button.
      • If you need to reset or switch your SoundCloud user account, use the Reset button. You will then return to the Author Authentication Window.

Clipboard Copy Pattern To Clipboard

  • Copy the selected pattern (as audio file) using AudioCopy* (FourTrack) protocol or Intua (Beat Maker) public pasteboard method, allowing users to export Pattern audio files to many compatible apps.

Song Structure

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On the left hand side, is the Song Structure window.

  • The song structure is created by adding Pattern Instances of the Patterns (i.e. prototypes) listed in the Pattern List.

  • Insert-Pattern Click on the Add Pattern Instance Button to add instances of the selected pattern to the song structure.

  • NEW in V 1.5: Drag and drop your patterns from the Pattern List Window to the Song Structure Window to quickly create Pattern Instances. You can also delete Pattern Instances by dragging and releasing them outside the song structure window. You can drag and drop your Pattern Instances to reorganize them quickly and easily.

The song structure is read in rows from left to right starting at the top.

  • Clicking once selects/deselects a Pattern Instance.
    NOTE: Unlike in the Pattern List, new pattern instances will be added just before the selected pattern instance; otherwise, if no pattern instance is selected, new instances are added at the end of the song structure.
  • Clicking twice assigns the currently selected pattern in the Pattern List to the pattern instance in the Song Structure.
  • When the content exceeds the Song Structure window, you can scroll (click and drag vertically) anywhere in the view to see the rest of the content.
  • The number of pattern instances in your song is listed in the Song Structure tools, e.g. 16 instances in the song shown above.

Song Structure Tools


Clear Song/Add New Pattern Instance/Delete Pattern Instance/Email Song/Copy Song to Clipboard


Clear - new song Clear
  • Deletes all patterns added to the song structure.
Create new pattern Add Pattern Instance
  • Adds a Pattern Instance of the currently selected Pattern to the Song Structure. If a Pattern Instance is selected in the Song Structure, the new Pattern Instance will be inserted in front of it. If no Pattern Instance is selected, the new instance will be inserted at the end.
Delete Pattern Delete Pattern Instance
  • Deletes the currently selected Pattern Instance.

email-pattern-in-MIDI or Wav-format Email Song in WAV or Midi Format or Upload Song to SoundCloud

  • The selected pattern in the pattern list will be emailed in WAV Format for use in the DAW of your choice. Note: Your iPhone/iPod Touch Mail program must be configured correctly for this feature to work. See instructions above.
  • New in V 2.4: Upload songs to SoundCloud. See instructions above.

Clipboard Copy Song To Clipboard

  • Copy the entire song (as an audio file) using AudioCopy* (FourTrack) protocol or Intua (Beat Maker) public pasteboard method, allowing users to export audio files to many compatible apps.
See Also: Pattern PanelMixer Panel

 

     
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