Cheat Sheet delivers concise, explicit information on how to perform specific audio-production tasks. This installment describes tips and techniques for the energyXT DAW.
Click on the audio file that you want to stretch. Show the Object bar by typing O. Under Resample, choose Stretch. Click-and-drag the file’s beginning or end until it fits the desired number of measures (or beats). Hint: Enable Snap so the beginning or end lands exactly on a measure boundary.
PITCH-SHIFT AUDIO WITHOUT CHANGING DURATION
Click on the audio file you want to transpose. Type O to show the Object bar. Under Resample, choose Stretch. Edit the Coarse parameter to transpose in semitones, Fine to transpose in cents.
USE REX FILES
Drag into the track view or an existing audio track. REX files sync to tempo automatically.
For best results, temporarily set the project tempo to that of the audio, or stretch the audio to fit the tempo. Right-click on the audio you want to slice, then select Process > Beatslice. This slices the file based on the current Snap value. When you change tempo, the slices remain synced to tempo. (Choosing Process > Autoslice “guesses” where to add slices based on transients.)
Beatslice slices arbitrarily at the Snap value, so it might slice in the middle of a sustained note (e.g., cymbal crash). Shift-click on adjacent slice name bars to select slices you want to glue back together, then right-click in any selected slice name bar and choose Glue. Do this while the project tempo is still set to the same value as the file that was sliced (as recommended above).
Slice audio as described previously, then use the Object bar’s Fade In and Fade Out parameters to vary the percussive nature of the slices. Short Fade In and Fade Out times can also minimize clicks at slice boundaries.
SEE CONTROLLERS IN SEPARATE LANES
Click on the track and type E to open the in-track editor. Click on the + sign in the lower left to add a controller (for MIDI tracks) or automation (for audio tracks) lane. The button to the right of the + button shows/hides controller lanes. If you prefer showing automation superimposed on the waveform, click on the Stack/Overlay Controllers button to the show/hide button’s right. Select the controller you want visible from the drop-down menu under the track name.
ADD VST MIDI FX TO THE SYNTHESIZER
Click on the Modular tab. Right-click on the green “MIDI cable” connecting the sequencer to the synthesizer, then select Undo Connection (or right-click on the “cable” beginning or end to delete the connection). Drag the MIDI VST FX (e.g., EnergyXT includes an Arpeggiator) into the Modular view. Click on the Sequencer’s green MIDI cable output box and drag to the MIDI FX’s green MIDI input box. Click on the MIDI FX’s green MIDI cable output box and drag to the synthesizer’s green MIDI input box. Double-click on the FX to open up its GUI for editing.
MOVE TRACKS TO A TRACK FOLDER
Right-click on the track name and select Move to Folder. If folders exist, they will show up as possible destinations. Or, choose New Folder to create a folder. Right-click on the Folder name and select Rename to change the name.
CHANGE THE LOOK
Go File > Setup > Looks. Choose between Light and Dark, customize individual elements, and save your particular skin.
CUSTOMIZE THE BROWSER
Go File > Setup > Browser. Choose the folders you want to include for Projects, Plugins, Presets, Clips, and Samples by selecting the category name, clicking on Add, then navigating to the folder(s) you want to add.
SAVE AN XTC FILE
An XTC file contains a MIDI clip and an associated instrument with its settings. After creating a MIDI clip with an instrument, right-click on the MIDI clip and select Save As. Navigate to the location where you want to save the file (or click New to create a new folder), name the file, then click OK.
EDIT DRUM SAMPLE START AND END POINTS
In the drum track, click on the name of the drum sound you want to modify. The drum matrix opens, with the drum sound already selected. Click on the Waveform button (right-most button on the toolbar above the matrix). The sample editor opens. Drag the Start and End “flags” as desired.
SAMPLE EDITOR OPTIONS
In addition to changing Start and End points, you can change filter type/frequency/ Q, modify pitch, alter EQ, and add insert or send effects for only that particular sound.
FADE IN/OUT AN AUDIO CLIP
Double-click on the audio clip to open the clip editor. Drag across the region where you want the fade to occur, then go Part > Process and choose fade in or out. You can also delete (removes the audio, leaving silence), cut (the section to the right of the cut moves left to close up the hole caused by cutting), trim (deletes anything that’s not selected), and reverse (reverses the region).
EDIT THE SYNTHESIZER PATCH
Click on the Instrument track’s Synthesizer label. The synth editor opens, with tabs for choosing the patch, assigning MIDI control to parameters, specifying zones, editing synth parameters, etc.
GLOBAL SOLO OR MUTE OFF
The Mute and Solo buttons at the top of the tracks (below the main toolbar, or Object bar if open) will be filled in if any tracks are muted or soloed. Clicking on one of these buttons will turn off all mutes or solos on all tracks.