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Introduction

A new layer (track) is created each time you start recording and each time a Riff loops. Stack layers on top of each other (bass, guitar, vocals) to create a Riff. Use looping to create multiple tracks, do multiple takes, etc. Each layer has controls for mixing and effects. Record the same way while collaborating online (See the RiffLink Guide). Image:Layer.jpg

Controls

Lock

Click on the small Lock icon in the top-left corner of the layer to lock the layer. This prevents it from accidentally being deleted. If you record several takes, but only want to keep a couple of them. Lock the ones you want to keep, and use the Delete All button to delete the rest.

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Icon

  • Click on the Layer Icon to change the icon.

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  • Changing the icon in the Input Monitor panel changes the icon that is applied to newly recorded layers.

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  • When you are logged into RiffLink the Layer Icon displays your Avatar.

Label

Just click in the white rounded-rectangle to edit the layer label. In combination with the Layer Icon, it helps to quickly spot the tracks you are looking for.

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Effects

By pressing just the ARROW button, you can show just the effects buttons to see which effects are on, and bypass them.

To edit the effects, click on the EFFECTS button. For more information see LayerEffects Image:Layereffects.jpg

Mute

The MUTE button allows you to silence a layer.

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Solo

The SOLO button allows you to hear only that layer (and any others that are already solo'd. You can use the UNSOLO ALL button to clear all the solo buttons at once.

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Info

Press the INFO button to access Gain Automation

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Pan

Turn the PAN knob to shift the sound from left to right.

Gain

Turn the GAIN knob to change the overall level of the layer, after the effects and gain automation are applied.

Level

The level meters indicate the level of the layer as it goes to the mixer, after all the effects, panning and automation have been applied. If the red LIMIT light comes on, you may need to reduce the level to avoid overloading the output.

Duplicate

Clicking the DUPLICATE BUTTON copies the layer and all it's settings. You can create doubled parts or parallel effects chains by duplicating a layer and changing the effects on the copy.

NEW: Drag

New in RiffWorks 2.6: Drag and drop layers to rearrange, or drag to another riff to copy. Let's say you play a guitar part that is perfect, and that you need the same part in other riffs. No need to record that part in the other riff. Just right click the layer in the original riff, then drag and drop it into the riff you want it to be in that can have different background music.

There's a cool twist you can do with this new feature. It will only let you drag layers between riffs of the same duration. But that doesn't mean they have to be the same tempo. You can have a 4 bar riff at 100bpm, create an 8 bar riff at 200bpm, and drag a layer to it. Now you have double time drums with the same slower layer. It also means the tempo-sync'd effects have double the bpm, so you can have crazy fast tremolos or super short delays. Oh, and you can also just drag a layer to an empty riff brick to quickly create a new one without copying a riff with lots of layers if you only want one.

Delete

Delete a Layer using the DELETE button. A layer cannot be restored once is has been deleted.

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You can also delete all layers within a Riff by clicking the DELETE ALL button that is located to the right of the Layers pane.

Locked layers can not be deleted, even with DELETE ALL


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