|Overview of Features||
When you first launch StudioTrack, track 1 will be armed. The meter for one will light up when you make sound. The ideal recording level is between -18dB and 0dB. You want as much of the meter to light up as possible, but you don't want the red light at the top of the track to light up. This light means the input level has clipped. Clipping causes distortion, which sounds bad. There is no input level control on the iPad. To get a lower level, you either have to reduce the volume of the thing you are recording, or point or move the microphone away from the sound source. Example Headsets/Microphones
To access the metronome popover, tap the metronome icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen. The BPM of your song can either be tapped in or set with the dial at the bottom of the popover. Various types and meters of metronome can be selected by scrolling the bar on the left of the popover. The volume and pan of the metronome can be adjusted by tapping the small "S" icon to the bottom right of the metronome popover. Once you are happy with your selection, simply tap the metronome icon once more to make the popover disappear. The current BPM of your song is displayed to the left of the icon.
Recording a Track:
When a track has been armed and you are ready to record, slide the record control on the bottom left. Recording begins immediately. It is best to give yourself a count-in (say 1,2,3,4, or tap your foot) so that you know when the next track will start. To stop recording, you can either slide the slider back to its original position or push the play button.
To add a track, tap the +track icon to the left of the screen. If this icon is not visible, drag the tracks to the right until it comes into view. StudioTrack currently supports up to eight tracks.
To move a track, tap and hold the bottom area of a track until it "pops" out. You can then drag and drop the track wherever you would like.
To delete a track, tap and hold the bottom area of a track until it "pops" out. Then, drag it to the garbage can icon which appears at the bottom of the screen.
To add effects to a track, tap on the FX icon located at the top of the track. Four selectable effects will be available in the FX tray. Tap and drag which effect you'd like to add to your track. The FX slot can hold either one or two effects depending on their size. The compressor and 1-band EQ occupy half of the FX slot while the 4-band EQ and Delay occupy the entire slot. Once an effect has been inserted into the FX slot, a small "x" will appear on the left hand corner. To remove an effect, tap on this button to remove it. When your desired effect has been inserted, tap on the arrow to the left of the FX tray to use your selected effect. The FX icon at the top of the track will now show a representation of the effect or effects you have added.
To bypass an effect, tap the BYPASS button at the top of your chosen track. Note: The BYPASS button does not appear if your iPad is in landscape mode.
Included Effects and their Operation: StudioTrack includes the following effects which can be inserted on each track:
Master Reverb: All tracks can be bussed through the master reverb. To adjust the amount of reverb on each track, turn the reverb knob located at the top of your selected track. The amount of reverb on the master out can be adjusted by turning the reverb return knob on the master track.
GuitarTone in StudioTrack
Using the GuitarTone Song Tool: See video above. The GuitarTone Song Tool includes virtual amps, cabinets, and pedal effects that can be used as an input effect on a single track. More amps and pedal effects can be purchased in the standalone GuitarTone app. Any amps and effects purchased in GuitarTone are automatically unlocked in StudioTrack. See demo video above: Using the GuitarTone and GuitarJack SongTools inside StudioTrack
Tap "Song Tools" and look for the GuitarTone Song Tools icon. (If GuitarTone is currently on, a yellow light will be displayed in the top right corner of the icon. If no yellow light is present, GuitarTone is not on. Tap the icon to begin using GuitarTone.
The first screen you are presented with is a preset tone created by Sonoma Wire Works with an amp, effect and microphone. Slide the entire preset to the left to hear reveal several more presets. To edit the preset effect, amp, or cab/mic, simply touch one of those three icons at the bottom of the preset. Those three icons will allow you to adjust, add and subtract effects, adjust and change the amp, adjust the amp, and change the cab/mic combo for each preset. You can save the changes you've made to each preset by either selecting the SAVE icon or trying to swipe to a new preset. This will allow you to change the name to a unique name, so that you can keep the original preset names and settings in tact, or discard your changes. An alternative way to peruse the presets is to touch the preset list button.
Step 3: When you are finished creating your tone, tap "Song Tools" to return to the Song Tools menu, or tap the arrow in the upper right corner to go back to your song. Arm the desired track by tapping the "REC ARM" button below the selected track and then slide to record.
To turn GuitarTone on or off, slide the on/off switch located to the left of the preset name in the preset view.
The mix tools popover menu contains several handy tools that can be used once you have recorded your song. To access the mix tools menu, tap on the mix tools icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
Your song can be mixed down to track 1 and track 2 by using bounce. Tapping the bounce icon will give you two options, bounce to this song, or bounce to new song. Choose which option you would like and slide your chosen option.
To mix your song down to one stereo .wav file, tap the mixdown icon in the mix tool popover menu.
AudioCopy/AudioPaste allows you to copy audio from StudioTrack into AudioPaste enabled apps or paste audio into StudioTrack from AudioCopy enabled apps. For a complete list of AudioCopy/AudioPaste enabled apps, visit the AudioCopy page.
File Import/Export: (See warning below)*
Importing WAV, MP3, and AIFF files into StudioTrack can be done in two ways.
1. Audio files attached to emails can be imported by opening the email using the iPad's browser and pressing and holding the file. A dialogue box will open asking which program you would like to open that file in. If StudioTrack is installed on your device, StudioTrack will be an option. This method requires iOS 4 or greater.
2. The second method involves connecting your device to your computer and dragging audio files into the StudioTrack File Sharing section of the Apps tab in iTunes. Tapping the File Import song tool will then load the file. This method requies iOS 4 or greater and iTunes 9.2 or greater.
3. Additionally, see AudioCopy/AudioPaste functionality above for copying and pasting individual tracks between compatible apps.
Exporting from StudioTrack can be done in two ways:
1. File sharing with iTunes 9.2 and iOS 4 - Go into the StudioTrack File Sharing section of the Apps tab in iTunes and drag your session onto your desktop.
2. WiFI Sync - Tap the settings button and then "WiFiSync." An IP address URL will be displayed on your device. On your desktop computer, open a browser and log on to the displayed URL. This will take you to a webpage with download links to all your song files. NOTE: Your computer and your device must be on the same wireless network for this to work.
3. See AudioCopy/AudioPaste functionality above for copying and pasting individual tracks between compatible apps.
*Important Warning - To prevent losing data during iTunes sync:
1. MAC - Before connecting your device, in iTunes, click on Preferences - Devices to access the device menu. Make sure the "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically" box is checked. Doing this will require you to manually sync from this point forward.
PC - Before connecting your device, in iTunes click Edit - Preferences - Devices tab. Make sure the "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically" box is checked. Doing this will require you to manually sync from this point forward.
2. Before syncing, back up your device. To back up, right click on your device and click "Back Up".
3. Before syncing, make sure to transfer purchases. To do this click File - Transfer Purchases from "NAME OF YOUR DEVICE"
Following these steps will prevent information from being deleted accidentally from your device. For additional information, consult Apple.com.
Also Important: If you delete the StudioTrack app from your phone, your StudioTrack songs will be deleted, too. Back up your songs regularly (especially before you delete the app or update iOS) by using the FourTrack project export methods explained here. If you accidentally delete StudioTrack or your StudioTrack songs, and you have a backup of you phone, you can try finding a desktop application for browsing your past backups in iTunes to see if that helps you find your StudioTrack songs. We cannot guarantee that these backups browsers will work, but it might be worth a try. Try "Google-ing" "iPhone app itunes backups browser."
Once you have recorded a song and you want to download the tracks to your computer, use Wifi-Sync to export your tracks to your computer. Make sure your iPad is connected to the same WiFi network as your computer. Tap the WiFi sync icon in the mix tools popover.
A black screen will appear with an IP address that looks something like this as an example, (will be a different address): http:// 192.168.0.101:24601
Enter this URL into your web browser to download your tracks as .wav files that can be used in most desktop recording programs
The Settings button allows you to turn input monitoring on or off and adjust the timeline's snap.
|Songs Menu||The songs menu provides an easy way to manage your songs and can be accessed by tapping "songs" to the left of the toolbar located at the top of the screen. When tapped, the mix screen will minimize, allowing you to scroll through songs you have recorded on your device. If you wish to rename a song, tap on its title and the onscreen keyboard will appear.