Track Scopes & Master Spectrum
The scopes provide a visual representation of your song, allowing you to examine the frequency and amplitude of the final audio signal or see what's currently happening in each individual track. When the scopes are open, you can expand their vertical size by click-dragging the bar just beneath them. The icons for toggling the scopes can be found near the top right of the interface:
- - Shows the Track Scopes.
- - Shows the Master Spectrum.
- - Opens or closes the Scopes/Spectrum panel. Note you can have them independently open or closed for the main interface and the Instrument Editor.
- - When the main interface's right panel containing the Disk Browser and Instrument Selector is closed, this icon will appear, allowing you to still view the Instrument Selector.
The Track Scopes show the audio output from all tracks simultaneously. The waveform represents not just the volume of the sound, but also its basic frequency characteristics (bass sounds will appear broad and flat, while high pitches look sharp and jagged). MIDI instruments, which only send MIDI events and thus have no audio visualisation, are represented by a small red dot in the lower-right corner of the scopes.
Track names and numbers are shown in the top-left. If the track is routed to a send-track this will be shown in the bottom left corner in the form >X, where X is the number of the send-track. The currently selected track is highlighted with a different text colour.
- Toggle tracks on/off with the left mouse button.
- Solo / unsolo a track by right-clicking it.
- Mute a track at the current point in the Pattern Sequence (see Pattern Matrix) with the middle mouse button.
- You can navigate through the various tracks by clicking on their name.
- Scroll through tracks by using the mouse scroll-wheel.
If you have set the track-function to Mute in the Preferences menu, the scope will display Mute instead of OFF.
The Master Spectrum scope analyses the spectral composition of the audio produced by the Master Track and displays the results within the dynamic range of human hearing (roughly 20 to 20,000 Hz). This can be useful in analysing the character of your music and noting whether any frequencies are dominating or lacking in the mix.
For an exact value of both the frequency and volume at a specific point, move the mouse pointer into the scope and it will transform into a cross. The frequency and volume values present at the centre of the cross will be shown in blue at the top and left sides of the scope respectively.
At the right-hand side is a Phase Meter, displaying the stereo balance and phase of the master audio output. Directly underneath this is the Phase Correlation Meter, which shows you how in/out of phase the left and right signals are.
Right clicking on the Master Spectrum will open a menu with the following options:
- Show Phase View: Turns the Phase Meter on/off.
- Show Scopes/Spectrum: Choosing Scopes will display the audio produced by the Master Track in stereo. It can be a useful visual tool for examining the amplitude of the left and right channels of your final mix.
- Track Display A/B: With these options you can select two sound sources to compare against each other in the Master Spectrum. You can choose from any available track, group or send.
- Drawing Mode: Choose how the waveform is drawn from four different styles.
- Spectrogram Colors/Speed: Only available with the Spectrogram drawing mode selected, this changes its color and speed.
- Frequency Scaling: Switches between Logarithmic and Linear frequency scaling.
- Block Size: Alters the drawing resolution of the waveform.
- Channel Mix: Choose whether the Master Spectrum is calculated from a combined stereo signal or from each channel separately (takes more cpu power).
- Peak Fall: The speed at which the waveform will fall from a higher volume to a lower one.
- Slope Factor: Displays an artificial amount of added volume per octave.