Orinj Working with session tracks

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Orinj version 3.0.0

A track in Orinj is a collection of wave and MIDI files with similar mix parameters. That is, all wave files and MIDI files in a track in the multitrack session have the same effects, added amplitude, and so on.

For the most part, when working with a track in the multitrack session view in Orinj, you will use the track control panel to the left of the track. A picture of this panel is shown here.

Track control panel in the multitrack session

You can use it to rename tracks, adjust the volume and pan of tracks, select input devices for recording, and so on. An alternative way to control tracks is to use the multitrack session menu. Click on Track in the menu to see the available commands.

Rename tracks

To rename a track, type the new track title in the track control panel to the left of the track (shown on the picture above). Naming a track will affect your session only to the extent that future recorded waves and other newly created waves will initially carry the name of the track, which may help you organize your session. In the picture above, for example, the name of the track is "Track 1". You can type anything instead of "Track 1" as the new name of the track.

Move tracks

Tracks can be reordered by moving them up and down. First, select the track by clicking on it. Then, to move a track up in the track order, click on Track and then on Move Up in the Orinj menu. To move a track down in the track order, click on Track and then on Move Down in the Orinj menu.

Mute tracks

To mute a track, click on the mute button (Mute button) in the track control panel to the left of the track or click on Track and then on Mute. The waves in the track will be grayed out and will not play during playback. You can still move, remove, and otherwise operate with the track and its waves. To unmute the track and its waves, click on the mute button or click on Track and then on Mute in the Orinj menu again.

If you want to mute individual waves rather than the whole track, see Orinj Working with session waves and MIDI files.

Solo tracks

To solo a track, click on the solo button (Solo button) in the track control panel to the left of the track or click on Track and then on Solo in the Orinj menu. The waves in all other tracks, unless other tracks are soloed as well, will be grayed out will not play during playback. To remove the soloing of a track, click on the solo button or click on Track and then on Solo in the Orinj menu again.

Change the volume of tracks

To change the volume of a track, use the volume control (Volume control) in the track control panel to the left of the track. You can type the new volume in the volume control, click on the volume control, or click on Track and then on Volume. In the last two cases, you will get the following dialog.

Volume dialog

Use the dialog to adjust the volume and close it when you are done.

If you want to change the volume for a portion of the track only, use volume envelopes. First, click on the volume envelope button (Volume envelope button) in the track control panel to the left of the track. The volume envelope will now be visible as lines over the track, if the track contains some waves (see Orinj Track control panel in the multitrack session for a picture of the volume envelope). The volume of the track will increase for the portions where the line goes up, decrease where the line goes down, and stay constant where the line is horizontal. The places where the line changes direction are the envelope points, which will be marked by small squares and labels with volume values. Initially, the volume envelope line will be horizontal and will have only two envelope points - one at the beginning and one at the end. You can add, delete, and move envelope points to adjust the track volume.

  • To add envelope points, click on the draw mouse pointer button (Draw cursor) in the pointer toolbar at the bottom of Orinj. Then click on the track at the position at which you want to have a point.
  • To move points click on them and drag them. The mouse pointer should be the same draw pointer.
  • To delete envelope points, select the track over the points that you wish to delete and click on Track and then on Delete Envelope Points in the Orinj menu.

Change the pan of tracks

To change the pan of a track, use the pan control (Pan control) in the track control panel to the left of the track. You can type the new pan in the pan control, click on the pan control, or click on Track and then on Pan in the Orinj menu. In the last two cases, you will get the following dialog.

Pan dialog

Use the dialog to adjust the pan and close it when you are done.

If you want to change the pan for a portion of the track only, use pan envelopes. The pan envelopes work similarly to the volume envelopes described above.

Change the input device of tracks

When you record into a track, the track takes sound data from a specific input device (i.e., sound card). To change the input device used by the track, click on the input device button (Input device button) in the track control panel to the left of the track or click on Track and then on Input Device in the Orin j menu. You will see the following dialog.

Input device dialog

All available input devices (soundcards) will be listed in this dialog. Choose the device from which you want the track to obtain recorded data and click OK (see also Orinj Track control panel in the multitrack session).

Prepare tracks for recording

To prepare a track for recording, click on the record button (Record button) in the track control panel to the left of the track or click on Track and then on Record in the Orinj menu. If there are any waves in the track, they will become red. You can record to more than one track at the same time. You can record to tracks even if these tracks already contain recorded waves. The recorded waves will not be changed.

Add effects to tracks, remove effects, modify effects

See Orinj Working with effects and Orinj Effects for more information.



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