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Recording Audio Clips

The track arm button arms the track for recording. When the Track Arm button is lit red, it is ready to accept and record incoming audio or MIDI signals.

  • Arm the audio track. If your audio interface is correctly configured you should be able to record a clip of audio on this track.
  • Note that when a track is armed, the symbols in each empty clip slots change from the square stop button to the round record button.
  • Click record in a clip slot in the audio track to begin recording. The level meter at the bottom of the channel strip should be bouncing. If the meter shows green it means the signal is at an appropriate level. If it starts to show yellow, orange or red, the signal is too loud and needs to be turned down at the source, either by moving the sound source further away from the microphone or by lowering the output level of the instrument or amplifier.
  • When you’re ready to finish your recording, hit the track stop button.
  • Click the play button in the clip you have just recorded to play it back. I’ve prepared an audio clip to take you through the next section.

The Mixer Section/Mixing Techniques 1: Pan Pots and Faders

  • Each track has its own mixer section, which you can hide or show with the view buttons on the right of the screen, but most of the time you’ll be leaving the mixer visible.
  • The volume fader controls the volume of the track. By default, the volume or level fader is at its neutral setting, where the volume, or gain, is neither boosted nor attenuated. This neutral position is also known as Unity Gain.
  • Above the level fader is the pan pot. When sound is coming from more than one speaker, it is stereophonic, or stereo for short. The pan pot allows you to direct more sound into the left speaker, the right speaker, or an equal mix of both, resulting in the sound seeming to come from the centre. Clicking the orange triangle returns the pan pot to its centre position.
  • The numbered yellow button mutes (or silences) that track.
  • The S button solos the track, silencing all other tracks so you can hear just one in isolation.
  • As well as a mixer for each individual track, there is also a mixer on the master track, with a master volume fader and pan pot, and some other controls for the cue out mix that we’ll look at later on.