Workshops: Hints & Tips

Here are some hints on how to work very efficiently with Sequoia/Samplitude:

New wave project via drag & drop

  • Click on a selected range from the range list of your wave project and drag it up from the editing window and out onto a free section of the program background in order to create a new Wave project. This way you can quickly make copies of the entire project or just parts of it.

Working in virtual projects

  • The keyboard shortcut “A” selects a range that covers all.
  • By pressing the “Home” key, you can set the play cursor to the beginning of the selected range, the range markers disappear.
  • To set a range between two markers, double click somewhere between the markers in the marker list.
  • With the “Tab” key you can switch between two display modes to the virtual projects and they can be edited with “Shift + Tab”.
  • With the “Objects” > “Set Objects” function, objects can be saved from unintentional movements.
  • By pressing the right-mouse button function in various areas of the VIP, for example, above an object, above the Record and Play buttons, or above the scroll bars, a context menu with useful functions appears.
  • Use the Delete key to delete selected markers and objects. If you drag out a range over objects, you can use the delete key to delete the content of the range.
  • By pressing the “T” key you can separate a selected object at the position of the Play cursor. If a range was selected within this object, 2 cuts are performed at the range edges. If auto crossfade mode is activated crossfades will be created for all cuts which can then be edited subsequently in the Crossfade Editor.
  • Double-clicking on an object in the VIP opens the Object Editor.

  • You can select multiple objects one after the other by clicking on the lower half of the objects while holding down the “Shift” key.
  • When holding down the Shift key, all objects, found between the first and last activated object are selected.
  • There are a number of functions for editing objects available in the Object menu -> Edit Object/Crossfade, which can be executed the fastest by clicking on the corresponding keyboard shortcut.
  • The level and panorama curves can be linked to the objects below by pressing the “Connect Curves and Objects” button in the mouse mode bar. This way, objects, including the curves that belong to them, can be moved together. This way you can move objects along with the relevant curves
  • Numerical values in dialog fields like the display of the playback position in the transport window can be changed by clicking into the corresponding box and dragging up or down while holding the left mouse key. This turns the mouse pointer into a double arrow.

Mixer

  • In the mixer window right-click on the insert slots to open the corresponding effects dialogs.
  • Double-clicking on a Vpot resets it to the 0 position. A further double-click will return it to the active position.
  • With Master Normalization the mixer contains a feature which allows you to quickly set the output level to 0 dB. If the limiter in the master section is active, the output level is also monitored thus preventing level clipping.
  • The mixer function “Mix to file” can be found to the bottom right of the mixer. When the “On” button is active, the master output of the mixer can be written to a wave file or HD wave project during playback. On playback you can change any parameter you want in order to record any live sound adjustments you may have.

Recording/Playback

  • The recording window can be opened with the shortcut: “Shift+R”. You can then start the recording by pressing “A” and stop it by pressing “S”.
  • You can start or stop playback with the space bar. When stopping, the play cursor jumps back to the starting point. If playback is stopped by pressing the 0 key on the number pad, the cursor remains at the last position. Furthermore, the exact position can be moved with the mouse while holding down the 0 key (scrubbing).

Burn CD

  • In Sequoia/Samplitude CDs can be burned from projects whose sample rates are not 44.1 kHz. To do so, select “Generate a complete new file”. This way a sample rate conversion takes place automatically before the burning process starts.

You can select multiple objects one after the other by clicking on the lower half of the objects while holding down the “Shift” key.

  • When holding down the Shift key, all objects, found between the first and last activated object are selected.
  • There are a number of functions for editing objects available in the Object menu -> Edit Object/Crossfade, which can be executed the fastest by clicking on the corresponding keyboard shortcut.
  • The level and panorama curves can be linked to the objects below by pressing the “Connect Curves and Objects” button in the mouse mode bar. This way, objects, including the curves that belong to them, can be moved together. This way you can move objects along with the relevant curves
  • Numerical values in dialog fields like the display of the playback position in the transport window can be changed by clicking into the corresponding box and dragging up or down while holding the left mouse key. This turns the mouse pointer into a double arrow.

Mixer

  • In the mixer window right-click on the insert slots to open the corresponding effects dialogs.
  • Double-clicking on a Vpot resets it to the 0 position. A further double-click will return it to the active position.
  • With Master Normalization the mixer contains a feature which allows you to quickly set the output level to 0 dB. If the limiter in the master section is active, the output level is also monitored thus preventing level clipping.
  • The mixer function “Mix to file” can be found to the bottom right of the mixer. When the “On” button is active, the master output of the mixer can be written to a wave file or HD wave project during playback. On playback you can change any parameter you want in order to record any live sound adjustments you may have.

Recording/Playback

  • The recording window can be opened with the shortcut: “Shift+R”. You can then start the recording by pressing “A” and stop it by pressing “S”.
  • You can start or stop playback with the space bar. When stopping, the play cursor jumps back to the starting point. If playback is stopped by pressing the 0 key on the number pad, the cursor remains at the last position. Furthermore, the exact position can be moved with the mouse while holding down the 0 key (scrubbing).

Burn CD

  • In Sequoia/Samplitude CDs can be burned from projects whose sample rates are not 44.1 kHz. To do so, select “Generate a complete new file”. This way a sample rate conversion takes place automatically before the burning process starts.

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