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Setting up the tracks (Version 7)


After the conversion you can see that Power Tracks put the file on track #1 and also set up track #1 so that you don't have to. What you will want to do, is record on track #2. It's normally a good idea to put a small description of what is on the tracks. In this case, since I'm recording the steel guitar, thats what I typed in. If you look at the columns on the left side you will see what looks like a little round circle and some marks in it and in the very next column you will see a "m" or a "P". The letter "m" stands for mute and if you have this on while your trying to record on that track, you will not hear anything on that track. Make sure that the track you will be recording on is in the play mode and not the mute mode by putting a "P" in the box like I have. You can record on any track you wish to but because I'm lazy by nature I chose the first available track which happens to be track #2. The next box you need to know about is the one with the circle and the little dots in it. This is for which type of file you will be recording or playing. If you look at track #1 you can see what looks to be a wav or for better terms a bunch of lines that go up and down at different heights. Ok, for all you electronic people like myself, it would be a picture of an "AM signal"(amplitude modulated). This wav signal tells Power Tracks that the file type is a WAV file. The little circle with the dots around it that kind of looks like a speedometer is used for midi files. Since we will be recording and playing wav files, both tracks should be set for wav files like this screen shot shows. We are almost ready to record but before we do we need to set up our recording properties to let Power Tracks know where it will be recording from. Lets go to the next screen.
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Setting up the tracks(Version 10)

Okay, this part will be different as to how you set up your tracks and will have a few extra screen shots so that I can keep up with version 7 where possible. As in version 7, Power Tracks set up track #1 but as a stereo track this time and put the audio WAV file on it. As in version 7 you will still want to record on an empty track so we might as well use track #2 just like we did in version 7. We set this track up a little differently because of all the new things that version 10 has. Scroll down and I'll explain as we go.

Setting up the tracks(Version 10)

Start by clicking on the "2" at the beginning of track 2 to choose it. Track #2 will then highlight and double click on the "2-Untitled" and type in "Steel" so that we know what track #2's recording will be. Basically this is the same as you did to name the track in version 7. Now here is the difference for version 10. In order to get this track to record an audio type file you have to "RIGHT CLICK" on the circle with the marks around it that looks like a little speedometer. This is the same icon as in version 7. When you "RIGHT CLICK" on this you need to choose "Track Type Midi" and then to change this to an audio track you need to click on "Audio-Mono." The reason I chose mono is because I am using the output from my "Line Output" on my amplifier and it is a mono type output. If you have a stereo output that you are putting into your soundcard's input then you would choose the "Audio-Stereo" instead. Lets scroll down a bit more.

Setting up the tracks(Version 10)

After choosing your track type you will see that Power Tracks has made this track an audio track but wait a second, instead of the squiggly lines that we know to be an audio track there is a picture of some joker and the track says it's set up for vocal. Not a problem, and the reason why is because this is the default that Power Tracks chooses to set up the track type as. Remember there are a lot of new features in version 10 that version 7 didn't have and one of these things are FX controls for audio type files. My main concern is to get you recording first so lets scroll down and get your track set up correctly.

Setting up the tracks(Version 10)

"RIGHT CLICK" on the mans shadow and then choose "Track Category: Vocals-Male" and then choose "Generic Audio" and then scroll on down again. All the categorys that you see that can be chosen allow you to control the track with different FX effects but for now we want to choose the generic audio. Later on when you get into editing you'll see where these things come into play.

Setting up the tracks(Version 10)

By the way the green check mark next to the vu meters in the tracks means that the track will play and is not muted. Any track that has a red X next to those meters, means the the track is muted so no audio will be heard or recorded.
Well it took a little bit of doing but as you can see, track #2 is set up to record your steel and it is an audio track. Let's move on and get back to where version 7 left off with the pics. Scroll back up and click on the link for the next Pic.