Track Automation

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In addition to adjusting a clip's volume, pan and filters, you can also add volume and pan automation for an entire track.  In fact, you can automate or create automation envelopes for every parameter of every effect and virtual instrument, and automate the Sends as well.

 

Track Automation Editing

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Automation

 

Click the "Toggle Automation" button to view the automation for a track.

 

Automation button

 

This expands the automation lane for the track.

 

Automation

 

The default automation is the track volume.  This will adjust the volume over the course of the track. Now you can use the mouse to add track volume envelope points.

 

Track Automation Editing

 

Click on any point in the automation body to add a point and then drag it to the desired value.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Moving Track Automation Points

 

The global snap value will apply when adding and editing automation points.

 

toolbar-snap If you are having problems moving an envelope point to a specific location, turn off snap.

 

To move the automation line, hold down the SHIFT key and the cursor will turn into an up down arrow cursor-line-move  .  Move the line up or down to the desired value.

 

Dragging an automation point over other automation points will cause them to be 'over-run' and then deleted when the mouse is released.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Fine Tuning Automation Points

 

Right click on an automation point to edit its value or to delete it.

 

Right Click on an automation point

 

Right click on a track automation header (to the left of the automation type) to clear, invert or hide the automation area.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Automating Effects

 

Each VST, VSTi, and Acoustica Effect that is loaded into Mixcraft can be automated.  In fact, each parameter of every effect can be automated.  This means that you can change the delay amount of a delay effect at specific times or change the chorus level over time.  The sky is the limit.  (Note: DirectX effects can not be automated in Mixcraft)

 

To automate an effect:

 

1. Choose an effect for the track.

2. Click the automation drop down to show the automation. Automation button

3. Now select the effect.  Click on the control titled "Track Volume", followed by clicking the effect you wish to automate, followed by clicking the effect parameter you wish to automate.

4. Add automation points at the values you desire.

 

Learn more about automating effects.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Automating Virtual Instruments

 

Each VSTi or virtual instrument can be automated as well.

 

To automate a virtual instrument:

 

1. Choose a virtual instrument for the track.

2. Click the automation drop down to show the automation. Automation button

3. Now select the virtual instrument.  Click on the control titled "Track Volume", followed by clicking the virtual instrument you wish to automate, followed by clicking the parameter you wish to automate.

4. Add automation points at the values you desire.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Automating Virtual Instruments Effects

 

To automate a virtual instrument's effects:

 

1. Choose a virtual instrument for the track.  Add an effect to the virtual instrument. See "Creating Your Own Virtual Instrument".

2. Click the automation drop down to show the automation. Automation button

3. Now select the virtual instrument's effect.  Click on the control titled "Track Volume", followed by clicking the effect under the "Instrument Effects" header, followed by clicking the parameter you wish to automate.

4. Add automation points at the values you desire.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Automating Send Tracks

 

To automate a send track:

 

1. Add or set up a Send Track.

2. Click the automation drop down to show the automation. Automation button

3. Click on the control titled "Track Volume", followed by clicking the appropriate Send Track.

4. Add automation points at the values you desire.