Quick Start Guide
The Song Surgeon user interface (UI) is divided into four separate areas or sections . They are:
This Quick Start Guide will walk you thru each of these windows or sections and briefly describe each of the buttons and their functions.
The main use of this window is for the playback control. In addition, this window provides a quick summary of the overall settings for the current file that is loaded in Song Surgeon. The information displayed in this window is as follows:
Playback Options Window
There are three ways to change this pitch: a) you can grab the slider, b) you can click on the pitch line on which the slider is located, or c) you can click the arrow up/arrow down buttons. The circular arrow button to the right of the up and down arrows is a reset button that resets the pitch to the default position of zero.
When using this feature, it is suggested that you grab the slider and that you move it to approximately 120, near the center. From that point you can then further test its effectiveness by moving it to the left and right to find the location that optimizes it for the particular song you have loaded.
It is common that as you use this feature that the overall volume will be diminished so you may need to increase the volume as you use Vocal Reduction. Vocal Reduction can and should be used in combination with the Equalizer to help maximize both the sound quality and the reduction of the vocals.
The Loop Editor is used primarily to help you accurately define and set the beginning and ending loop points for a song or audio file. This screen shows you the wave form of the file, the current playback position, beginning and ending loop points, and the zoom-scroll.
The zoom feature can be controlled by either left clicking + Alt. in the wave form window to zoom in and right clicking + Alt. to zoom out - or by grabbing the Zoom-Scroll button (#18) and dragging either end of it toward the other end. You can also click onto the scroll bar and drag the bar left or right which will reposition the wave form window. The zoom feature is used to enable the user to accurately set the position of the loop points.
The loop points are set by the clicking of mouse buttons. A left click will set the beginning (green) loop point and a right click will set the ending (red) loop point. Once the loop points are set and the current position marker (black line) is between these two points, the file will loop continuously between these two points until it is stopped or paused.
NOTE: When loop points are set, and you save a file (Save or Save As command), Song Surgeon saves ONLY that portion of the song defined by the loop points.
This window contains a 9 position EQ function that ranges from a bottom frequency of 80 Hz to a top position of 16 KHz. The EQ for each frequency can be amplified or diminished by simply grabbing the knob for the frequency and sliding it up or down.
The EQ functions can be used in conjunction with the Vocal Reduction slider to further diminish vocals or enhance the sound of a particular instrument.
Drop Down Menus
All functions for Song Surgeon can be accessed through the Song Surgeon drop down menus which appear at the top of the window when Song Surgeon is open.
Save / Save As / Rip
The Save and Save As function can both be found in the FILE drop down menu. Please note that any time you save a file, whether you use SAVE or SAVE AS, Song Surgeon will save all of the settings you have applied to the file.
For example if you open song, "sample.mp4" - and you slow the song down to 50%, change the pitch by step, change the EQ to enhance the guitar, and then set loop points for a 20 second segment - saving this file will modify the original file to now contain ALL of these changes.
This means that the new file when played will have a default playback speed that is of what you had before. It will also have a changed pitch, changed EQ, etc. Moreover, since you had defined loop points Song Surgeon will SAVE only this 20 second segment of the song you designated (though it will now be 40 seconds because you have slowed it down by 50%).
When loop points are set, and you save a file, Song Surgeon saves ONLY that portion of the song defined by the loop points. This means that if you want to save the entire song or file, you should NOT set any loop points, or you erase them before you use the Save or Save As function
Exporting to Your iPod
Song Surgeon's ability to modify an existing audio file means that once you have saved these changes you can open the file OUTSIDE of Song Surgeon, in your iPod or mp3 player and it will play the file with all of the modification you made to it in Song Surgeon.
Please review our training videos for the MAC version of Song Surgeon.
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