Understanding the Rehearsal Display
Audio Presenter provides complete control over how songs will be played to accompany whatever performances you may be planning. This page hopes to provide everything you need to know to master both your rehearsals and shows.
Elements of the Interface
Take a moment to learn the functions of the various parts of the interface.
The waveform display provides feedback for the current position of the song playhead. To change the current position simply drag left or right to advance or rewind the currently selected song.
It’s important to note that waveforms are only available for songs that have been purchased and downloaded to your device.
When a waveform is not available, the display will look like this. You will still be able to interact and control the song in the same ways but you will not have the added benefit of the waveform to find certain parts of the song.
Once playback begins, the display will begin to scroll in accordance with the current playback time. While a song is playing back, you will not be able to scroll the window until playback stops.
When an “in”-point has been specified, the portion of the song that preceeds that point will be shaded in orange. See section “C” for more information on “in” and “out” points.
These transport controls behave exactly as you would expect when using a music app.
“In” and “Out” points allow you to specify a different place to begin or end playback for a particular song. You may want to do this if the song has a long intro that you’d like to skip or if you are only interested in a particular portion of a song.
To set an “In” point, scroll to the part of the song where you’d like it to begin and press on the “IN: x:xx” display. Once you do, the counter will update to reflect the current time code of the song, and the waveform display for the audio prior to that point will be shaded orange.
“Out” points are set in the same way. Press on the “OUT: x:xx” display when you’ve found the right place to end the song. By default, the “In” point for each song is set to “0:00” and the “Out” point is set to the end of the song.
It’s possible to specify an amount of time over which to fade the volume of the playback. In the example above, the volume level will begin to fade 7.0 seconds before the end of playback. The display provides visual feedback to give a sense of how the audio will be faded before playback stops.
Markers were desigined with rehearsing in mind. They allow for an easy way to mark certain sections of a song. The waveform can also be helpful in identifying the best spot to place the marker. Simply scroll to the desired location and tap the marker icon. Examine the various marker types below.
Here are the marker types:
Two of the Marker Types will cause playback to stop – “Stop” and “Loop/Stop”. For these two types, there is an additional parameter: “Fade Amount on Stop”. If you wish for the volume level to fade out prior to stopping, enter the number of seconds over which to fade in the box provided. The default value is “0.0” which represents no fading.
Many performance sound tracks provide split trax where the instrumentals are on one channel and the vocals are on the other channel.
“Channel Mods” allow you to take advantage of these sound tracks by allowing you to choose how you want to combine the channels for your performances.
This option will combine both left and right channels and play them back equally in each channel. Depending on the sound system in your auditorium, stereo or split track channels can introduce problems. Choosing this option can often alleviate these problems.
This option will take the audio from the left channel and send it to both the left and right channels of your sound system. Whatever audio is on the right channel will be silent.
This option will take the audio from the right channel and send it to both the left and right channels of your sound system. Whatever audio is on the left channel will be silent.
Swap Left & Right
This will send the audio from the left channel to the right channel and send the audio from the right channel to the left channel. Depending on the sound system in your auditorium, this may help in some situations.
Perhaps the most useful feature of Audio Presenter is the ability to specify what should happen at the end of a song. To change the end-action, tap on the end-action indicator at the end of a song’s row.
To return to the top of the playlist and stop, select this action.
While it’s always just as easy to execute a performance in “Rehearsal Mode”, there’s now a dedicated “Performance Mode” that makes the interface simpler and safer to operate during a performance.
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