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Studio One has a wide range of editing tools and I would like to spend a few minutes showing them to you and demonstrating their functionality. Hold down Shift and use E and W to expand and contract the vertical view. If I use the E and W keys without holding down the Shift key, I can expand and contract my horizontal view. At the top of the Arrange window, is a list of editing tools. First, we have the Arrow tool. The Arrow tool is used to highlight, and move regions, as well as move tracks.
I simply click and hold, and I can move my Drums1, where ever I'd like it to go. Return it to the top. Now we'll Command Z, or Control Z on Windows, to undo my region move. Next is the range tool. The range tool can be used to highlight entire regions like this or a specific portion of a region, say two bars out of a four bar phrase like this. I will hit d to duplicate, and I've copied bars three and four of the four bar phrase to the next measure. Cmd+z to undo, Ctrl+z on Windows.
The third tool is the knife tool. And the knife tool is used to create an edit point within a region. I'll make an edit point here at the end of guitar 1's track where there's about two, 2 and 1 half bars of silence. I click, and as you can see, the Knife tool will splice an edit point, resulting in two regions. And the right hand region is highlighted. So all I have to do is hit Delete, and that region is gone. Next is the Eraser tool, and the Eraser tool is used to erase regions.
All I have to do is click the mouse and highlight the region that I want erased. I'll undo with Cmd+Z, Ctrl+Z on Windows. Next is the Paint tool. In order for me to demonstrate the Paint tool, I'm going to select the Arrow tool. Double click on the Midi region, opening up the Midi Editor. From within the Editor, I'll select the Paint tool, and specifically I will select Line. Now what the line is going to allow me to do is draw a line from lowest to highest changing the keyboard's velocity, how hard the notes are hit. I'll quickly select my arrow tool and I'll highlight the area. As you can see, they turned orange.
Go back to my paint tool and now I have the ability to draw a line, and the velocity of the mini-notes played now changes. Let's take a listen so that we can hear how this affects the sound. (MUSIC) In effect I've created a volume swell. Down here the velocity is extremely low, and up here it's very high. I'll undo that edit though and I will unsolo the bass track and close the editor. Next is the mute tool, and the mute tool is used to mute regions. I can click on a region like this and mute it, or I can highlight those regions and unmute them, or I can highlight the whole group and the whole group will mute.
I'll undo that. Next is the bend tool, and the bend tool is used to handle advanced audio manipulation tasks, such as time correction. And finally, we have the listen tool. And the Listen tool allows me to place my cursor, anywhere on the region, the play head will follow, and my track will be soloed out. (MUSIC) The track will play as long as I'm holding down the button on my mouse, as soon as I release it (MUSIC) the playback stops.
You should definitely spend a few minutes getting acquainted with Studio One's editing tools, as they will play a critical role in getting your song up and running.
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