Explore Track Stacks and how they can be used to enhance patches and consolidate more than one sound into an instrument patch. Explore the differences between folder and summing style Track Stacks.
into the concept of patches. We'll explore a new concept called track stacks, within patches. And we'll learn how to customize them. Let's add another patch to this project. So, go ahead and click the new tracks dialogue. component to this song. section of my library and I'm going to choose pad. I'm going to choose analog spheres. Now, this is loading up a patch But if you look at that track, you'll notice it has something different You'll notice this disclosure triangle which we don't see in the two tracks above. And what's going on here? Let's open it to find out. It turns out that this is a track stack. A track stack is part of this patch. And a track stack is when you can combine one or more layers into an outer shell. we have two components that are embedded We have one track all, or I should say one sub-track called analog spheres that has an ES2 synthesizer on it. And we have another sub-track called bass layer, which also has an ES2 synthesizer, but it has a different EQ going on, and the ES2 synth has some different settings built into it. When we play them together we hear a complex rich tone, (mellow synth music) that's combining both of those synths right, if I hit a cord.. (mellow synth music) It's pretty cool. Now the other advantage here is we can actually change the volumes. I could have less of the high end of the analog sphere, and more of the bass layer. It's getting a little more bassy right? Or I can go the other direction. More high end, less bass end. So, this is what is called a track stack and it's actually technically a summing stack type of track stack. is that when you record midi, if I was to record some midi in here, it'll have one set of instructions, one midi region will control so you can create one performance to control many synthesizers that are creating a more rich sound. Now what happens if we wanted to enhance this further, inside a track stack. Here's how to do that. You just want to make a new instrument. So we'll start. Same thing, software instrument. Open the library. And we're going to add a road sound, so this is going to give us, we'll choose bright suitcase. And, notice when I created that this track is out on its own, it's not part of a track stack yet. You can kind of see visually that it's not embedded, or even when I close the enclosure triangle, it's not part of this track stack yet. on its own. (synthetic piano music) So, that might be a nice component to add into this analog sphere's track stack. Right, it'll give us a little bit of a nice bell sound of an attack. So, here's how you would add the bright suitcase into the track stack. You want to click and drag on the track header inside the track stack, And you notice how it's now been encapsulated into the track stack, and when I close this, it becomes part of it. So, now the bright suitcase is one of the three components that make up this summing stack style track stack. So, I can alter the volume, I'll bring the bell sound back a little bit, and let's play them altogether. (experimental synth music) our rhythm track here. (upbeat, bouncy synth music) on my external mini keyboard. I like how this adds a little bit of a sharp attack to the whole instrument. So, we've created our own custom track stack. Now, there might be a time when you want to break out a track stack into its individual components. Maybe I want a different mini performance on the bright suitcase than I do on the other two, or something like that. So, here's how you can break out a track stack or what we call flatten a track stack. You just have to right click on the top part or the main outer shell of the track stack, and we're going to say flatten stack, Shift + Command + U. And, they're all back to their original components, and these are now individual tracks and I can treat them that way. So if I actually just record enable the bass layer, I hear just that on its own, it's become its own track, once again. We're going to do the same with bright suitcase. So, that's how you flatten them, or break them out. And then to combine, if you're working and you're jamming on some different instruments and you realize, "oh, I realize that these would all come together to make an awesome single instrument". To create a track stack from scratch, all you need to do is select the tracks you want to be part of the track stack. So, I can hold shift, select the tracks that I want to be part of the track stack. They don't even have to be next to each other. And then, you want to right click on the track that you want to keep the name of. So, if we want analog spheres we'll right click on that track and we'll say "create track stacks". And when you do this, you'll get a dialogue box. It asks you what type of track stack, now, we've been seeing summing stacks, that's what we were working on and this is probably the best option for this type of track stack because it lets you save it as a patch. And it's good for multiple layers of synthesizers. And this would be more useful for something like if you had a bunch of background vocals or a bunch of guitars that you want to, sort of treat together. That's a cool option for that, but the only difference is you can't save that as a patch. So, when you're working with layers of synths, as we are here, summing stack type track stack is our best option. So, we'll click create and we're effectively back to where we started. We have the analog spheres outer shell, within it we have these three layers and we can jam our song. (upbeat synth music) Now, don't forget if you create a track stack like this that you like, you can save it as your own user patch. you can create complex, layered instruments and logic, and customize them to your own liking.
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