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Multi-track Processing



In this chapter, we explain how to automatically processes groups of several tracks of vocals or instruments at the same time using new features introduced in Version 2.5. This can save a considerable amount of time when setting up identical Process Control Blocks.

New Process WindowThis is done by using the simple controls added with Create Multiple Processes in the lower part of the New Process window shown at right. The top controls tell Revoice Pro (similar to as before):

The new controls to Create Multiple Processes set:

Once this information is setup, pressing the space bar will make Revoice Pro automatically:

This feature can be used, for example, to:

All of the above also applies to processing monophonic (single pitch) instrument tracks.

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How to create Multiple APT processes using the same Guide Audio

Session Process InformaionAs explained in the previous chapter, Revoice Pro Sessions can hold an unlimited number of tracks. This allows multiple versions (groups or "stacks") of individual lead or harmony vocal or instrumental tracks to be loaded into Revoice Pro as shown in the picture.

Starting with Revoice Pro 2.5, there are now simple controls for quickly and automatically creating multiple groups of APT functions at the same time that use the same Guide Input track and generate one processed output per Dub input.


Important Concepts Before Setting up the Multiple Group Processes

  1. It is important to understand that each time multiple APT processes are created automatically for a group of tracks, each of the APT processes will be give the same current User Default Preset settings for the APT. This Preset needs to be set before generating the outputs.
  2. However, once the APT Process Control blocks are created (i.e. before or after processing), the individual APT processes settings can be independently modified if required.

For most efficient use of this feature, the user should also know (from previous chapters) how to:

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Step by Step Procedure for Automatically Creating Multiple APT processes

  1. Multi Process Input TracksInput a Guide and any number of Dub (input) tracks that are to be modified by APT processes.

    Example: Shown right are 4 tracks containing input audio. One Guide (Guide Vox 1) and three Dub tracks (Vox2, Vox3 and Vox4) have been loaded with audio regions with similar names).

    TIP: Make sure that Revoice Pro's Master Volume control is set lower (e.g. to -6 dB) to avoid clipping when playing multiple tracks simultaneously.

  2. If required, create the number of APT Output tracks needed.

    TIP: As shown in left figure below, it is most efficient use the Add Tracks command in the Track menu. That will bring up the New Audio Tracks windows shown right. Put the number of new (Output) tracks required and type the desired name (with optional number) for the first Output track.

    Example: We need 3 Output tracks for the 3 Input tracks to be processed (Vox 2, 3 and 4). The first Output track will be named Output 1 - which means the other track names will be incremented automatically.

    Multi Process - Add Output Tracks Multi Input Add Tracks 2

  3. Multiprocess - New Output Tracks addedPress the "Add" button in the "New Audio Tracks" menu to create the 3 new Output tracks as shown below.

    Example: Note that the new Tracks are automatically labelled Output 1, Output 2 and Output 3.

    While the tracks are full height and the pan controls are showing, it is a good time to set any pans or volumes.

    If a Track name field is selected (as shown highlighted in blue) then click inside the Session window so that any commands are received correctly.

    OPTION: Fit all the tracks into the Session window. Once tracks Pans are set, then you can hold the SHIFT key down, select a track separator line under any track and drag the separator upwards to reduce the heights of ALL the tracks together to fit in the Session window, as shown in the following image.

    Multi Process - Create New Process
  4. Press the keyboard "B" key to bring up the "New Process" control panel.

    Example: Note that many of the selections will be correct - but they need to be checked. In this example the following start out correct:

    Selected Process
    : "APT".
    Initial Input Start and End: "Selected Audio".

    Inputs Guide:
    "Guide Vox 1".
    Inputs Dub: "Vox 2".

    Output: "Output 3".

  5. Use the "Output" drop down menu to select the track that will receive the first of the multiple APT outputs.

    Example: Note in the image above that the track labelled "Output 3" has been selected (because it was the last new track created). But we want the first APT Output from the track labelled "Vox2" to go to the track labelled "Output 1".

    In the figure shown below left, we have now selected "Output 1" which will be shown later in the middle image below as the selected Output track.
    Multi Process Set OutputMulti Process  New Process setupMultiprocess New Process Output

  6. In the New Process window, click the triangle next to "Create Multiple Processes" and set the number of Processes and specify the locations of the Dub input tracks.

    Example: As shown in the middle image above, clicking the triangle reveals two input boxes next to:
    "Number of processes" - which we have set to 3, to create one APT for each of the three Dub inputs.
    "Dub Track increment" - which we have set to 1, because the second Dub input (Dub Vox 3) is one track below the first Dub input ("Dub Vox 2").

  7. Click the Output "Lock" tick box to maintain the offsets between each Input Dub Track and the APT Output Track.

    Example: As shown in image above right, once "Lock" is set ON, the text next to "Output" shows "Dub+3" which means that each APT Output will be sent to the track 3 tracks below each of the Dub Input Tracks. We will see this executed in the next step.

  8. Create the New Processes by pressing the keyboard "N" key or clicking the "New Process" button.

    Example: As seen below, three APT processes have been created, all of which use "Guide Vox 1" as the Guide input.
    The Process Control Blocks are all the length of the audio that was initially selected.
    The Dub Process Control Blocks have been inserted (with 1 track spacing) into Tracks Vox 2, 3 and 4.
    The 3 output ranges have been "reserved" in the Output tracks "Output 1, 2 and 3" which are 3 tracks below each APT process Dub Input track, and the red lines at the tops of the output tracks show the processing has not yet been run).

    TIP: Before creating the New Processes, make sure that one of input audio regions are selected (green) (as shown in the figure in Step 4) to ensure that the range of the audio to process is specified correctly.

    Multi Process after N button

  9. Multi Proces Save PresetsOPTION: Before or after processing, you can inspect any of the APT process settings
    Do this by clicking an a Dub (or Guide) process control block and pressing the keyboard P key (or clicking the orange and black triangle in a Process Control Block shown right).

    TIP: If the APT process Settings are not correct, you can:
    a) Change the processes settings to what is desired, and save these as the Default User Preset as shown right.
    b) Then, use UNDO commands until you UNDO the insertion of the multiple Processes.
    c) Then return to Step 8 and recreate the processes.

  10. Press the spacebar to run the Multiple APT Processes, create and play the Outputs

    Multi Process Create ProcessesExample: As shown at the right, the three APTs processes have been run (using the Default User Preset) settings and there is now processed audio in tracks Output 1, Output 2 and Output 3.

    TIP: To set up auditioning of just the multiple Outputs with the Guide Input, if the track count is under 10, you can press the keyboard numeric keys to toggle the solos on (or off) for tracks 1, 5, 6 and 7, or any other combinations. For tracks with number above 10, then you can click the Solo or Mute buttons in the Track.

    However, the Process-based Solo switching will be effective for any number of tracks. By selecting either output audio or an APT's Dub Process Control Block, such as in the image below (where APT Vox 2-Dub is selected), then using Quick Keys as described in detail here the Inputs and Outputs of that APT can be Soloed in any combination. For example, the E key on the keyboard Solos the Guide Input (In track 1) and the Output 1 in track 5 containing the processed APT Vox 2-Dub.

    Multi Processing Audition 1 Process

  11. TIP: Reminder - How to view one APT's tracks. When the APT input and output tracks are spread out in a session as shown below on the left, the best way to help audition and work with one APT at a time is to zoom in on the APT. To do this, select either the Dub Process Control Block or Output audio of the APT of interest, and press Z on the keyboard. As shown on the right, this will hide all tracks except the Input Guide, Dub and Output tracks for that APT process. Pressing X restores all the processes to view. Click here for more details.

    Multi Process - Before Z keyMulti Process - After Z key

Setting up Multiple APT Processes with each Output track below a Dub Input Track

An alternative to the above example of track arrangements in which groups of Dub Inputs were followed by groups of Output tracks, is to put each Output track below its Dub Input track. Creating Multiple APT processes in this case is once again straightforward.

Example: The main difference in this arrangement as shown below left is that the Dub inputs (Vox 2, Vox 3 and Vox4) are two tracks apart (i.e. in tracks 2,4 and 6). Each of these input tracks is followed by a track (Output 1, Output 2 and Output 3) that will receive the APT processes' output (into tracks 3, 5 and 7).

This arrangement simply requires that in the New Process window, we have to set Dub Track Increment to be 2.

If, as before, we want to create 3 APT processes (one for each Dub input), the Number of processes is again 3.

When we turn the "Lock" ON, then we see the APT Output will go to the number of the Dub track + 1.

After the keys N and Space Bar are pressed (to create and run the processes), the result is shown in the right hand picture, with the APT Dub Process Controls on the Input tracks and the corresponding Output tracks being correctly placed.

Muti Process Spaced InputsMulti process Checkerboard C


Important Additional Processing Information

TIP: Ensure the keyboard and mouse input goes to the correct window.

The New Process window "floats" and, like the Revoice Pro application, can accept commands by mouse clicks and typed input. However, selecting this window deselects the main Revoice Pro window.

When the New Process window is selected, before commands can be received by the Revoice Pro Session window, it is necessary to click once inside or at the top of the Revoice Pro application window to select it (as the "focus"), before issuing further mouse click or keyboard commands into the Revoice Pro main window or menus.

Similarly, after changing number of Tracks in the Add Tracks command, before clicking New Process (or pressing N), reselect one of the tracks audio signals.


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