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Audio Performance Transfer (APT) Process

 

Section Overview

The Audio Performance Transfer (APT) process is one of the major unique features of Revoice Pro.

This chapter describes in detail what the APT process does and how to set it up and run it.

APT control panelTopics include:

Related Chapters after this one describe how to:

For a text-based "Quick Start" approach without all the details, click here to go to the APT Quick Start Guide.
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Description of the APT Process

Related features:

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Comments on the input signals to an APT Process

The track and time positions of the Guide and Dub waveforms

  1. As described above, the user needs to load into tracks in the Revoice Pro Session window at least one signal providing the Guide audio and one signal providing the Dub audio. For the first examples below, we will show the simplest typical arrangement where the Guide is typically in Track 1 above the Dub in Track 2.
    However, it is important to understand that there are no fixed requirements for the locations of the Guide and Dub audio inputs to a process. In other words, which tracks are used, the time positions of the audio, or arrangement of tracks in the session is completely flexible.
  2. Once the audio is loaded, it is convenient (but not necessary) to roughly line up the starts of the audio signals or the regions that you want to process, dragging one waveform if necessary.
  3. It is also important to not have a long stretch of silence in either the selected Guide or Dub which is not in the other signal. However, this can be dealt by placing Process Control Blocks (described below) sensibly.

How long a signal should you try to process?

Specifying the APT Input Signal Ranges

For efficient APT processing, it is sometimes better first to try processing sections of the Guide and Dub that are less than a minute long, and you can later experiment with longer (or shorter) sections as the procedure becomes more familiar.

One way you could do this is to load portions of the Guide or Dub signal waveforms together in sections say between 30 to 60 seconds and process these sequentially.

Another way is to load the whole of the Guide into Revoice Pro, then the Dub in manageable sections.

You can, of course, in Revoice Pro, split long lengths of the loaded audio waveforms into sections.

However, instead of editing the audio in Revoice Pro, quite often the two best approaches are to:

1) Load the entire Guide and Dub tracks, and use carefully positioned APT Process Control Blocks to process phrases or segments of the Dub and Guide together and output the processed audio as you go. This also allows you to set the Start and Ends of Guide and Dub APT Inputs to be different as required, as explained in detail in the rest of this chapter.

Or

2) Load the Guide and Dub track in sections efficiently using any of the the AU, VST3, Audio Suite or AAX Link plug-ins, or simple Drag and Drop (or Copy and Paste) operations that work with some DAWs. There are chapters in this User Manual or pages on www.SynchroArts.com that describe the best operations for many of the popular DAWs.

 

Revoice Pro 3 Updates to this chapter for Revoice Pro 2.x users:

In Revoice Pro 3, significant features have been added to speed up and make APT processing easier and allow all Pitch and Time adjustments to be made within Revoice Pro.

  1. Processing Presets can be selected in the New Process window before creating the APT process.
  2. Time-variable Pitch transfer parameters can be graphically adjusted along the timeline to vary APT's pitch tightness, pitch offset and pitch transfer strength.
  3. Prepare Guide tracks in Revoice Pro - The pitch and timing of the Guide (and Dub) input signals to an APT process can be manually adjusted in Revoice Pro before being used in APT functions.

In Revoice Pro 2.5/2.6 - three significant features were added to improve the APT processing workflow:

  1. A new faster way of processing multiple Dub tracks with one Guide.
  2. The ability to extend or restrict the APT pitch processing ranges of the Guide and Dub.
  3. For Pro Tools users, a new Audio Suite (AAX) Quick APT plug-in for loading and processing audio more quickly.

 

How to Quickly Set up and Run an APT Process

Setting up a new APT process and creating and hearing the Output signal can now take as few as 2 key strokes and uses a New Process window that can remain on screen.

If Revoice Pro has automatically correctly selected the right process, the right input and output tracks and processing range, then all the user has to do is press the N key on the keyboard to create the N(ew) process, followed by the Space Bar to render the output and start playback.

Below we will first briefly explain these steps further. That is followed by more detailed descriptions of the steps and settings required, which the user needs to understand to know: a) how the automatic settings work; b) how to recognize when they need altering and c) how to alter them.

 

Input Audio Preparation

One way to cut down keystrokes when using Revoice Pro, is to load entire tracks of audio into Revoice Pro and then processes these in sections, working from the start towards the end. This generally works very effectively.

Alternatively, you can load audio in shorter, phrase-length sections, particularly if the signals differ so much that Revoice Pro cannot process the entire tracks successfully. It depends on the signals and the user's comfort with their own workflow.

However, using the methods described below to process sections that are less than minute in length helps you to check the audio carefully as you proceed through it. Plus, the same methods below can be applied to the whole length sometimes but it depends on the content of the tracks and the gaps and structure of the signals. In some cases, slightly different steps might be needed for longer signals or entire files. This is discussed later.

We start the instructions below assuming the input Guide and Dub signals are already loaded in Revoice Pro and that either the Guide or Dub audio waveform is selected (i.e. green) following being loaded.

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Overview: Basic 3 Step APT Setup and Processing

Step 1 - Check the New Process settings and change them if necessary.

Firstly, if you do not see the New Process window (shown in the image below on the right), then you need to open it. There are two ways to do this.

1) RIGHT CLICK in any Process Control Track and select (as shown in the picture below) New APT.

2) Make sure the Revoice Pro program is selected and press the B key on your keyboard. This will open the New Process window. Pressing the B key again will close it - but it is generally more efficient to leave this window open.

Note in the picture below that upon opening the New Process window, it has already automatically preselected all of the drop down menu items. We briefly explain each drop down option used in this first example, in which none of these settings will need changing.

APT- New Create Process1

In the picture above, the Selected Process is correctly set to be an APT process.
(The process type will remain set to what was previously selected until the user changes it).

Using Selected Audio to create a New Process

Under Initial Input Start and End, the New Process window has correctly chosen the Selected Audio (which is the audio shown in green) from start to end.

Alternatively, if the user prefers to process a section of the audio instead of the entire selection, a Playback Range can be quickly inserted that will set the start and stop of the Guide and Dub. Often, this is actually often the best method to use and is described here after we complete the current example using the Selected Audio range.

Next, a Presets drop-down menu allows the user to change the APT process settings before creating the process. If nothing is changed, then the current User Default Preset will be used. (More Preset information)

Under Inputs, the Guide and Dub tracks have also been correctly selected to be the first and second tracks, respectively. And lastly, under Output, the third track, Audio 3, has been selected.

If these Input and Output track assignments need changing, further details are given here.

 

Step 2 - Create the Process with the selected settings - Press "N" key

Since the settings are set up correctly, we can now create the APT Process. If Revoice Pro is the selected program, simply LEFT CLICK the New Process button at the bottom of the New Process window or press the N key (shortcut) on the keyboard.

In this example, creating the New Process will insert the green (selected) Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks (shown in the picture below with names APT:Travis Rap Dbl-Guide and APT:Travis Rap Dbl-Dub) into the Process Control Tracks (below each corresponding audio waveform). These Blocks show where the processing will start and end for each input signal.

A red line will also appear in the Output track (Audio 3), showing where the output audio of the process is ready to be rendered.

APT Process- Create Process with Selected Audio

If these settings are not correct in any way, the user can use CMD Z (Mac) or CTRL Z (Windows) to remove quickly the process and then change the setting (described below) and re-create the process with the corrected settings. Other means for changing the Process setup will be given here.APT with Control Panel

 

Optional Step - Check and adjust the APT Processing Settings

If the APT Process settings are known to be set as required, you can go to Step 3. However, to inspect and change settings in the APT Process Control Panel, if the APT process Guide or Dub is selected (green), press the P key on the keyboard (or the "open" icon in the Guide or Dub Process Control Blocks) to open the Control Panel as shown right. Make any required adjustments and then press P again (or the close button) to close the panel.
(More detail on this Control Panel is given here.)

 

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Step 3 - Process and play the Output audio - Press "Space Bar"

Because this last Step will process and automatically play the audio, you can save time by Soloing the output track(s) you will want to hear first. To enable hearing the track with:

These and other process dependant track solo keys (fully described here) can also be pressed while playing audio.

Now, if the process settings look correct, press the Space Bar on the keyboard. This will " Run" the Process (and generate an Output such as the one shown below for this example) and automatically start playback through the Soloed tracks.

APT - Process Created

In track named Output 1, the dark green shows the output audio waveform, and the various lighter blocks and lines show the time-adjusted output measurements from the pitch measurement system.

Quite often, the above steps will provide a satisfactory result with little or no further effort, apart from transferring the output audio to your DAW or a file.

That completes the basic APT operation sequence using the Dub signal length ("Selected Audio") to set the range.

 

Setting an APT Range using the Playback Range

We next briefly describe using the Playback Range function to set the APT Processing Range (and also the range for playing the result). This will often be the most efficient method to use because it lets the user work quickly through the signal in sections, checking the results as you go.

To set one end of a Playback Range, simply hold down a mouse LEFTCLICK in the Playback Range Track (shown at the top of the screen in the examples pictured) and drag the yellow bar which appears to the right to set the end (or left to set the start) of the range.

APT- Set Playback Range

This action will automatically set the Initial Input Start & End control (in red) in the New Process window to show "Selected Playback Range".

If further adjustments to this range are needed, drag the end triangles of the Playback Range bar.

Once the Playback Range is set, then the same Steps 2 and 3 as described previously can be followed. However, we will explain below what the differences from the previous example are.

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Create the Process using Playback Range

If the New Process window shows the Input tracks are set correctly, simply press the N key (or the New Process button). This inserts the Process Control Blocks and reserves the output as shown below by the named output signal "APT 1-Output" under the red line..

APT- New Process Created with Playback Range

At this stage, if required, the ends or positions of the Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks can still be adjusted together (holding the Shift key down) or independently if required.

NOTE: The APT's process settings (in the Process Control Panel) will be initially set to the User Default Preset settings. So, as before, the APT Process settings can be inspected by pressing the P key and adjusted if required. (To save and reuse the new settings, save them as the "User Default Preset" in the APT Preset menu).

If the APT settings are OK, then you can optionally set the track solo switches now, and press the SPACE BAR to process and play.

In this example, Revoice Pro would show the processing results shown below with the output audio selected, play the Input and Output, and be ready to transferred the processed audio to your DAW.

APT - New Process completed  with Playrange

 

Move Playback Range and Create next Process

To process more sections along the same tracks, we can create another playback range and do the same procedure as before. However, we will now explain a simple technique to quickly make the next Playback Range start exactly where the last one ended.

To do this, simply hold down a LEFT CLICK on the triangle at the Start of the current Playback Range and drag to the End position for the next Playback Range. This drag path is shown below by the red arrow.

APT- Second Play Range

Pressing N followed by pressing the Space Bar will create and play the next processed output as shown below.

APT- After second process

Once again, this would use the User Default Preset process settings. We explain below an alternative method of applying different settings used in a previous Process.

 

Summary of Basic APT Process steps

To recap, in many cases when the selected Process settings and Input and Output Tracks are correct, the only change needed to be made is to set the Initial Input Start & End of the process to the next section of audio to process. The two main ways to set that automatically are to either use the whole of the "Selected Audio" or use a "Playback Range".

When the input signals' ranges are set, simply pressing N creates the process and pressing the Space Bar runs the process to create the output and starts playback.

Of course, there will be times when the processing settings need to be adjusted and the signals re-processed automatically, or even manually. Details of these further operations, refinements and options will be given next.

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APT Processing - Further Details

Each APT process requires a Guide signal and a second input signal (Dub) that is being modified to match the Guide. These input signals come from audio signals loaded into tracks in a Revoice Pro Session window and which are displayed as named waveforms.

When setting up an APT process, the user needs to specify:

  1. That the "Selected Process" is an APT process
  2. Which tracks the Input Guide and Dub are in ("Inputs")
  3. Which track the Output should go to ("Output")
  4. What are the ranges of the Guide signal and the Dub signal
  5. What are the APT process settings (Process Control Panel)

As described in the previous sections, Revoice Pro chooses these settings for you automatically when you have done the same processing previously, and when you set a Playback Range or create new tracks.

But there are many times these settings will need to be altered, so we will go through these controls for doing that in more detail below.

Note: There are also older, alternative ways to set the Process Control Block ranges that were used in Revoice Pro V1 and V2. Because these are still operational but less efficient, we describe them at the end of this section here.

 

Selecting the APT Process

After processing other APT processes, the New Process window (as shown left below) will have APT under "Selected Process". If it doesn't, the user can change the process selection using the drop down control, as shown below right. The rest of this example will be based on having selected "APT" as the Selected Process.

New Process Window staticProcess Create Options

Selecting Input and Output Signals

What is a Process Control Track?

In a Revoice Pro Session window, the "factory" default session has 3 tracks, but there can be as many tracks as the user wants. This raises the question of how to tell an APT process which tracks are providing inputs and which track is receiving the output. Also, how do we specify and restrict the range of audio the user wants to process through a particular APT process?

APT Control blocksIn Revoice Pro, the answer to all these questions information is supplied by Guide and Dub "Process Control Blocks".

An APT process is informed of your choice of tracks and the start and end of the input audio signal's range by inserting Process Control Blocks (with labels such as "APT:Name-Guide", "APT:Name-Dub" etc.) into Revoice Pro's Process Control Tracks, which are located just below each corresponding audio track, as shown in the picture.

There are simple and fast ways to set the input Guide and Dub processing ranges by making selections that automatically specify Process Control Blocks parameters. Some of methods were described in previous sections.

Although the use of Process Control Blocks is deliberately unusual in design, it is a flexible and powerful approach because an unlimited number of Process Control Blocks can be inserted along each track. What's more, they can overlap and stack. This means one track section can, for example, provide the input Guide signal for multiple Dubs in different tracks using multiple APT processes. Also, as mentioned previously, the Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks can start and end at different times, which has useful applications; for example, when the events along the time-line are at slightly different places, or a guide signal is noisy or reverberant. This is discussed further in the next chapter.

Each Process Control Block shows you at a glance:

  1. The Tracks and locations (start, stop and duration) of the input signals to a process;
  2. The Type of process, Name and Role in the Process (e.g. APT:Name-Guide, or APT:Name-Dub);
  3. The process's selection status: selected (green) or not selected (gray).
  4. A button that opens the Process Control Panel Process Control Open Button(or press P on keyboard);
  5. A Process Lock button APT Process Lock that, when enabled, will stop further automatic processing from taking place. This is to stop any optional manual edits from being overwritten.
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Selecting the Range of the Input Signals

There are three options available to set the initial processing Guide and Dub inputs signal ranges.

    1. Use the range of Selected Audio (which will be green) to set both the start and end
    2. Use the range of a Playback Range to set the start and end
    3. Or use the Mouse Cursor position to set the starting point of a short range which can be adjusted later

Which methods are displayed in the drop down menu under "Initial Input Start & End" (shown below right) changes dynamically.

APT- Initial settings

We will comment on when "Mouse Position" can be used in the next section.

In the start of this Chapter, we already explained how to use the "Selected Audio" and "Selected Playback Range" options to set the processing range.

Which of these options will be shown depends on whether these selections are available. In the event that no audio is currently selected (green), then the Selected Audio option will not appear. Similarly in the event that no Playback Range has been created, then the Selected Playback Range option will not appear.

To use the Selected Audio option, if the desired waveform isn't shown selected, LEFT CLICK the waveform and it should turn green as shown in the image above. In some cases, you will need first to RIGHT CLICK on it to bring up the menu showing "Edit Audio" and select that option first and then make sure the audio is selected.

What is most important to understand is to know that which option is automatically selected and shown under "Initial Input Start & End" (in the New Process window) will depend on whether an Audio waveform, or a Playback Range was the last item selected.

 

Selecting an APT range with the Mouse Position

This option is only useful if the user wants initially to create very short Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks on the screen that will need adjusting after creating. This is not likely to be the most efficient method, but it is included for keeping compatibility with previous versions.

The description for doing this has been moved to here, in the section on older techniques.

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Selecting and changing the Input Tracks

APT Guide and Dub Input track selections will not change automatically, so the user will need to change these as required. To select the APT Input Guide track, LEFT CLICK the Guide drop-down menus under the label Inputs to display all the track names in the Revoice Pro session. Then LEFT CLICK to select the Track name that contains the audio you want to provide the Guide input to the APT process. If necessary, do the same to set the Dub Track input by using the drop-down menu for the Dub.

Once set, the Input track settings will remain on these selections until manually changed or a new Session is created.

In the example pictured below, "Dub 5" had been the selected Dub track for the previous process and the blue highlight shows that the new choice for the next APT Process' Dub Input will be "Dub 6".

APT- Change Input Tracks

 

Selecting and changing the Output Track

The Output track, unlike the Input tracks, will automatically change to any new track that is created in the Session, because often this is the reason for creating the new track. Because of this automatic switching, the user should always check the New Process Output selector shows the correct Track name before creating a process.

If the Output track needs to be changed before creating a process, to chose the new Output track, LEFT CLICK the drop down menu under the label Output in the New Process window. All the session tracks will be displayed. LEFT CLICK the required Track name to select the new APT process Output Track, as shown in the example pictured below where Audio 4 is being selected as the Output Track.

APT- Select Output Track Before Process

 

What if you have selected a wrong Input or Output track?

Before creating a Process

Simply change the selections in the New Process Window.

After creating a Process

It is easy to change the Guide or Dub Input to an APT to another track: In the New Process window, LEFT CLICK the Guide or Dub Process Control Block so it is selected (green) and when the hand icon appears, drag the Process Control Block to the desired track (or new position). The start, end or position of any Input Process Control Block can also be adjusted. Once all the desired modifications are complete, press the Space Bar or the red Process Render button to create the modified output.

To change an APT Output Track selection, first create the Output audio by pressing the Space Bar and follow the next instructions.

After creating the Output audio, drag the Output audio to the desired new Output track. To do this drag, RIGHT CLICK on the output audio and select "Edit Audio" from the pop-up menu. Then LEFT CLICK on the output waveform to select it (if it isn't already selected) so it is green, and then drag it to the desired new Output track.

Note: This drag of a process Output audio to a new track will set the Output for the next APT Process to go to this track. But this will be changed if a new Track is created in the Session.

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Adjusting the Range of Existing Input Process Control Blocks

Why adjust the Process Control Blocks?

It is sometimes helpful and/or important to adjust the start, end or position of the initial APT Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks. The most common reasons are to:

Sometimes the audio referenced by the Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks does NOT start or end exactly at the same point of the timeline. This is allowed and expected - which is why the two blocks are independently adjustable.

It is also important to recognize that the APT process measures the noise floors of signals so it is usually ideal to try to have around 0.25 seconds of background audio before the actual signal of interest starts. But the processing will generally work even if this isn't the case.

Lastly, it is also critically important to make sure the range of the Dub Process Control Blocks extends through the full extent of the Dub audio signal. This is because it provides the audio that is modified to become the Output.

In contrast, the Guide Process Control Block can stop before the end of the Guide audio. This can sometimes help avoid including the effect of unwanted audio effects such as reverberation or noises at the end of the Guide signal. When a Guide stops before the Dub does, the selected Guide parameters will be used to modify the Dub until the Guide has run out, and then the remaining unmodified Dub will be attached to the end of the modified audio.

Making the adjustments

There are three simple ways to adjust the input Process Control Blocks. Before adjusting a Process Control Block, it must be selected (green) which can be done with a LEFT CLICK inside either of the the Input Process Control Blocks.

In each method below the Guide and Dub blocks can be independently adjusted. However, if you hold down the SHIFT key, both Guide and Dub blocks will be adjusted at the same time.

The three methods are:

APT V2 Drag PC Bar1. Drag Start or End

If you position the cursor at the start (or end) of a Process Control Block , the cursor will change to the Forward- (or Back-) pointing cursor (as shown in yellow circle) right at the start of the Dub Process Control Block). This cursor indicate that the selected start (or end) can be dragged left or right with a LEFT CLICK held down. If the SHIFT key is pressed before LEFT CLICKing, then both the Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks' selected ends will move together.

 

2. Drag the entire Process Control Block

If you position the cursor inside a Process Control Block (away from the start and end), the cursor will change to the hand cursor as shown below, indicating that the Block (or Blocks) can be dragged with a LEFT CLICK held down.

In the image below, the Dub Process Control Block has been dragged to the left.

APT V2 Hand drag PC Bar

If the SHIFT key is pressed before LEFT CLICKing, then both the Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks will move together.

3. Set the Process Control Block Start or End to the Playhead Position

Position the playhead where you want a Process Control Block to start or stop, and then RIGHT CLICK either Input Process Control Block and use the pop-up menu shown below to set the start (or end) of the selected process to the playhead position. In the example below, the Guide Process Control Block was clicked.

APT Set Start Menu

After clicking, the Guide Process Control Block start will move to the Playhead as shown below for this example.

APT Set Start Guide 2

To make both the Guide and Dub blocks move together, hold down the SHIFT key before RIGHT CLICKing on the Guide or Dub Process Control Block and after selecting Set Selected Process Start to Playhead both Guide and Dub blocks will move as shown below for this example.

APT Inputs Set Start Guide and Dub

When the Space Bar is pressed to process the audio, the results will look similar to the example below, with the processed Output from the Dub audio aligning with the Guide.

APT Inputs Set Guide and Dub Start and Process

The same procedure of positioning the Playhead at the end of a section, RIGHT CLICKing on an APT input and selecting Set Selected Process End to playhead while holding the shift key will set the end of the process inputs.

Always remember to Run the process after making any of these changes, which is most easily done automatically by pressing the Space Bar.

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Deleting an APT Process or its Output

If an APT process or its Output is not wanted, they can all be deleted together by RIGHT CLICKing on the unwanted APT Guide, Dub or Output Control Block and selecting from the pop-up menu shown above: Delete Selected Process.

Renaming an APT Process and its Output

If you wish to rename the variable part of an APT process name (i.e. the part between "APT" and "Guide" or "Dub"), RIGHT CLICK on the APT Guide, Dub or Output Control Block and select Rename Process from the pop-up menu shown above. Type the new name into the field displayed and press the Enter key.

For example if the user types in "Fred" into the "APT:Malcom-Guide" (or Dub) name field, "Fred" will replace the "Malcom". So, in this example the Guide will be renamed "APT:Fred-Guide", the Dub will be renamed "APT:Fred-Dub", and the Output will be renamed "APT:Fred-Output"

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Modifying the APT Process Controls

There are two ways to open an APT Process Control Panel.

  1. If an APT Process Control Block is selected (green), pressing the P key will open the Control Panel (shown below) for the selected Process (this is the fastest method)
    OR
  2. LEFT CLICK on the Control Panel button Process Control Open Buttonin either the Guide or Dub Process Control Block.

APT Control PanelIf the Pinned control is turned ON, the "pinned" panel will stay open. Multiple "Pinned" panels can remain open for comparison, but the Control Panel for the selected process will have a green-tinted name bar at the top.

To close the panel, either press the P key, or click the "X" button top left in the Control Panel, or click the Process Control Open Buttonbutton (once or twice - depending on what has been previously selected).

Playback the Processed Output

The user can repeatedly try modifying the parameters in the Control Panel, and each time press the Space Bar to Render and Play.

If the playback is repeatedly looping by using a Playback Range and Loop switch, then after each adjustment, the red line above the output waveform will appear.

NOTE: If looping the playback, the user must press CMD R (Mac) / Alt R (Windows) keys, or the Render button, or Space Bar twice - to run the process to create the modified output signal. Then the new output signal will be played.

Preset settings can also be used, as discussed in the section here.

APT Control Panel Layout

The APT control panel shown above is divided into 3 main sections.

  1. Preset Control settings and Pinning control
  2. Automatic Feature Transfer controls (for Timing, Pitch and Level)
  3. Display and Edit-enable controls

The control sections (2) and (3) above are explained first in the chart below.

Control

Description

AUTOMATIC TRANSFER  

Timing

  • ON = Transfer Guide's timing to Dub automatically.
  • OFF = The Guide features of Pitch or Level, if ON, will be transferred to the Dub at the correct timing but without modifying the Dub's timing.

 

  • Alignment - Choose desired time alignment flexibility
    (Default = Normal Flexibility)
    . (Normally not modified).
  • Tolerance - (Tight/Loose) sets maximum allowed offset in timing difference.
  • Protect Transients - Reduces possible distortion effects. (Default: ON)
  • Max Shift - Reducing values restricts the maximum time shift from its original position allowed for the Dub audio. (Default: no Limit)
  • Soft Limiting for Shift- Introduces a more flexible boundary for the Max Shift setting. (Default: ON)

Pitch

  • ON = Transfer Guide signal's pitch to the Dub (time aligned).
  • Tolerance - (Tight/Loose) sets maximum % allowed pitch difference.
  • Transfer Strength – Proportion of correction factor transferred. 100% means use only the Guide's pitch, 0% means use only the Dub's pitch.
  • Offset – modify output signal pitch by % shown
  • Pitch correction rule (Drop Down menu):
    • Nearest Octave – transfer exact pitch but allow natural octave jumps
    • Absolute – transfer exact pitch
    • Relative – pitch change relative to Guide pitch at “phrase” starts
    • Monotone – all pitch changed to measured average pitch
  • Smooth Jumps in Pitch – (Default ON)
  • Advanced Algorithm – Try ON if hear artefacts. (Default OFF)
  • Hi Res Mode – For higher pitched signals - Try ON if hear artefacts. (Default OFF)
  • Guide Low Freq & High Freq – Allows the limits of the pitch detector to be adjusted in the Guide signal.
  • Dub Low Freq & High Freq – Allows the limits of the pitch detector to be adjusted in the Dub signal.

Level

  • ON = Transfer Guide signal level to Dub (time aligned).
  • Tolerance - (Tight/Loose) sets maximum % allowed level difference.
  • Transfer Strength – Proportion of correction factor transferred
  • Offset – modify output signal pitch by % shown
  • Keep Dub's Average Level - modifications are made relative to Dub average
  • Attack – Slew time (smoothing) applied to increases in level changes (Default = 0.01sec)
  • Decay –Slew time (smoothing) applied to decreases in level changes (Default = 0.03sec)

DISPLAY & EDIT


 

  • Energy: ON - Show Guide and Dub Energy profiles. Must be ON to insert Protected Regions. (Default = ON)
    Drop down menu shows pass band of analyzed energy.

  • Level: ON - Show Level profile and blocks of measurements for manual editing (if enabled)
  • Time and Pitch: ON - Show pitch trace, note names (if display height is sufficiently expanded) and blocks of grouped measurements for manual editing of Time and Pitch (if enabled).

 

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Using APT Presets

The Presets system is used mainly to:

  1. Save and quickly load named combinations of settings that work well for the user and also
  2. Allow the same settings to be loaded automatically without having to repeatedly open the control panels.

Presets in New Process Window

New Process Presets MenuWhen you create a New Process, LEFT CLICKing on the Presets drop-down in the New Process window will bring up the menu and optional sub-menus shown right.

Here you can chose an existing Preset from Factory, User and Shared Presets that have been already created. However, you cannot create or modify Presets within this menu. You can only create or modify Presets from the individual APT, Doubler, Level or Warp Process Control windows as explained next.

Default Presets and Changing them

When you first create an APT process, if you do not change the Preset selection when you run the APT process, the Factory "Default" Preset will be used. This may or may not give the results you want.

To change from always using the Factory Default settings- you need to open an APT Control Panel and then you then have these basic options:

  1. Experiment and create your own settings by changing the sliders in the APT Control panel Settings section for that APT process. These settings will remain active and be saved for that process but will not be available for other processes - unless the user selects Save As Preset ... or Save As User Default Preset as explained further below.
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  2. LEFT CLICK the Presets button in the APT Control Panel

Presets MainClicking the APT Control Panel Presets button will bring up the menu shown right with Saving options. (If no User Presets have been saved, that entry would be greyed out, similarly to Shared Presets as shown.)

Selecting Factory Preset will reveal a further list of named Setting plus a Default. These can't be changed by the user, but are generally good starting points.

Doubler Presets- Load Factory

If the user likes the results of a Factory Setting, they can select Save As User Default Preset, which saves the settings instantly as the User's Default Preset without opening any other window. That setting will be used in all further APT processing until a different Preset or settings is selected.

Doubler Presets - Save UserSimilarly, if the user makes adjustments to the Setting Controls and finds a setting they wish to reuse on the next and further APT processes without opening the Control Panel, they can select Save as User Default Preset and/or Save As Preset if they wish to recall those settings in the future.

LEFT CLICKing Save As Preset opens the window shown below or a version with more file options.

You should then give the settings a distinctive name, for example "Closer Time and Pitch" as shown below, and it will appear next time you open the User Preset menu list.

APT Presets - save as

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Where APT Presets are stored

Mac OS

Windows

See details here

Presets - Operational Features

Creating Time-varying Pitch Processing Settings

For additional creative control, several of the Pitch Processing settings can be varied with time.

How to access the adjustable settings

APT - Time Varying settings

You must first access the "trace" showing the setting value (which initially will be set to the control panel value and therefore constant along the timeline for the duration of the Process Control Blocks). In the picture below, we have RIGHT CLICKed in the Dub track of the APT process and the first pop-up menu shows this to be "APT:Travis Rap dbl". We then have another pop up menu showing the selection of Pitch Processing Settings:

What these mean is described elsewhere, but when one is selected, a horizontal line will be displayed at the value of the setting (scaled to appear in the track at a correct level for that setting)

In this example, we have selected the Pitch Tolerance setting, which in the APT controls is at 2% and then opened the Dub track to full height in the picture below. Then, we have grabbed points with the mouse along the original horizontal line between the end points and dragged them vertically. The larger circled point shows we have changed the value to raised their value to 3.26%. At the right, we have also circled where the program will show the name of the setting being modified in that track.

Different settings may be selected, displayed and varied but only one at a time.

.APT - Time varying settings

To remove the selected values between the start and end values, when the correct time-varying setting trace is shown, RIGHT CLICK in the Dub track, choose Select, then Select All. Then RIGHT CLICK again and chose Modify Values and Delete Select Values. This should remove all the values between the start and end values.

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Creating Multiple Processes using the same Guide

For "stacked" vocals or instrumental parts, it is simple to use one track (optionally prepared with tuning and timing adjustments) as the Guide input to multiple APT and/or Doubler processes.

In this section - we approach this by creating the APT and Doubler processes one at a time. However, Revoice Pro provides an Multi-track processing feature which lets you designate several input Dub tracks and corresponding output tracks at the same time. This highly efficient approach is described separately in the Multi-Track Processing chapter.

In the descriptions below for creating multiple APT processes using vocals, we remind you that the same procedures can be applied to monophonic instrument tracks.

Example Session - 2 lead vocal tracks and 2 harmony vocal tracks

The example Session is shown below starting with 4 tracks:

APT 4 Track example Session

Here, the input audio is loaded and the tracks have been named by the user as follows:

 

Create Output TracksAPT Example - Create 3 output tracks

We will create 3 Output tracks for 3 APT functions by LEFT CLICKing the Tracks menu and selecting Add Tracks... (or use shortcut keys).

 

The 3 Output tracks will be added to the bottom of the session (as shown below). APT Example - Created 3 output tracks

Use the right hand vertical slider to get the Input tracks back in view. Then press SHIFT and then LEFT CLICK the bottom of any Track and drag upward to get all tracks smaller in height but in view as shown below. (Note: when there are many more tracks - not all tracks can always be made visible.)

APT Example - Show 7 tracks

As described earlier in this chapter, bring up the New Process window shown below (by pressing the B key or RIGHT CLICK in any Process Control Track).

We will create first APT using Lead Vox1 and Lead Vox2 as inputs and Output 1 as output. We should check we have the correct Preset instead of the User Default. In the picture below, we are selecting the Preset "Vocal - Slightly Loose Time and Pitch". Press N and Spacebar to create the 1st APT Output in Output 1.

APT Example - Create first APT

In the picture below, in Track 5 "Output 1" is the processed Lead Vox2 audio that was time- and pitch-aligned to Lead Vox1. You can audition the output with or without the Guide by pressing the E or A keys respectively.

APT Example - APT1 created, Insert track

Also in the picture above is a pop-up menu from RIGHT CLICKing in the Track 3 control panel. showing the Insert Track option selected. We will explain this below.

Another helpful indicator for which tracks are involved in a process is the "Enabled Item Display" at the right hand side of the Revoice Pro window, which will show all the contributing signals to a selected APT (or Doubler) process.

APT Example - Insert Track for Harmony Guide

 

Create a Harmony Guide Track

Note that when dealing with a Harmony part, we do not want to apply the pitch of the Lead Guide to it because it would make the pitch the same as the lead. Instead, we can create a Timing- corrected Harmony to become a "Guide" Harmony part with the timing of the Lead Guide.

That is why we insert another Output for this by moving mouse over the track controls in Track 3 and then LEFT CLICK to pop-up the menu with Insert Track option as shown previously.

APT Example - New Process APT for harmonyIn the picture above, we have inserted the new track and renamed it to a useful name like "Harmy1 Guide" as shown.

Now when we look at the New Process Window, the Output track has switched to this track automatically. So all we need to do is switch the Dub input to be "Harmy Vox1" as shown.

Select the Preset Tight Timing only and press N to create the new APT process, then space bar to render it.

You can now expand that Output track to full height as shown below to make any manual pitch modifications required using the techniques here (except automatic pitch correction). We recommend using the A and E keys to switch the Lead vocal on and off while you adjust the Output.

APT Example - Adjust pitch of APT harmony

Return to the Multi- Track view and, if necessary show all tracks by pressing the X key.

Now we use the adjusted "Harmy1 Guide" as the Guide input to a new APT process with the Dub being "Harmy Voc2" track and the Output going to "Output 2" as shown in the picture below.

The New Process window also shows we have changed the Preset to "Vocal - Slightly loose Time and Pitch".

The "Output 2" track contains the processed Output. The result is that the Harmony double has been aligned to the timing of the Guide and the pitch of the corrected lead Harmony.

APT Example - Harmony 2 Corrected

As a final process, we could input Lead Vox1 to a Doubler process and send that to Output 3.

 

NOTE: Multiple APTs can be created at the same time using the Create Multiple Processes controls in the New Process window. This procedure is described here.

 

Displaying Overlapped Process Control Blocks

As shown in the example above, generally, because each signal or sections of a signal can act as an input to an unlimited number of processes, Process Control Blocks can overlap each other and sometimes become hidden.

When this occurs, the user can select and display a "hidden" Process Control Block in one of two ways:

  1. APT - Multiple Guides in pop-upRIGHT CLICKing a Process Control Track (in this example, the Lead Vox) will pop-up a window that displays all the processes that are positioned where the user clicked. Selecting its name from the list will "pop it to the top of the stack" of processes, making it visible on the screen, and show it as selected. In the example shown right, 2 APTs and 1 Doubler use the Guide section shown and the Doubler has been selected and is shown selected in the Process Control Track i.e. at the top of the "stack".
  2. LEFT CLICKing a processes' Output signal waveform will also select and reveal that processes' Input Process Control Block(s) (Guide and Dub for APT or single Input for other processes).

 

Auditioning the results

Auditioning the outputs and making comparisons with the inputs can be done quickly while adjusting parameters or when processing by following detailed instructions on:

A quick review is below:

  1. Optionally, set and adjust Playback Ranges in the Playback Range Control Track using LEFT CLICK and drag to the desired length.
  2. Delete the Playback Range if it is limiting setting the playback start position.
  3. Optionally enable Rewind and Loop controls if required.
  4. The keyboard Space Bar toggles playback start and stop and Renders the output automatically if required (and Preference set).
  5. The keyboard Up arrow and Down arrow step the playback head through audio events.
  6. Process dependant Soloing is available by selecting one of the APT Process Control Blocks and using the process-dependant Solo keys to Solo or Mute the various tracks.
  7. The APT control panel can remain open, the controls adjusted and processing run while signals are playing.
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Alternative (older) Methods for Setting APT functions

The techniques described for completeness in this section still work, but are mainly superseded by more efficient methods described above. However, these could come in handy from time to time and therefore are worth understanding.

Selecting an APT range with the Mouse Position

To obtain the "Mouse Position" option in the APT menu, RIGHT CLICK in a Guide or Dub Process Control Track where you want the Process Control Blocks to START, and select "New APT" from the pop-up window shown below.

APT - Select Process

The New Process window (as shown below right) will show "Mouse Position" under "Initial Input Start & End". Next, press the N key (or the "New Process" button) to insert the Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks (shown in the example below as APT:10) which will start where the mouse was clicked when selecting "New APT".

APT- Mouse Position Inserted

The user would normally then adjust the end and possibly the start of the APT Guide and Dub Process Control Blocks as required. Lastly, pressing the Space Bar will run the process, create the output, and start playback.

In addition, when Mouse Position has been previously used, the user can manually re-select "Mouse Position" using the pop-up menu in the New Process window as shown in the example below, even where there is also a Selected Audio waveform and a Playback Range available in the main window. The drop down choices at the right show that for the next New Process, the user can chose to use the "Mouse Position" again instead of the currently "Selected Audio".

    APT- Selection
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