Tutorial 2 : Object groups. Move - Modify -Duplicate

(1) Please, load the file created during tutorial 1.

Double-click the "track", it is now shown in the "notes editor". Please, notice that now it's framed red.

In a general way double-click activates or deactivates an object, the frame colour of an object defines its use:

- RED the object is shown in "notes editor".
- GREEN the object is shown in the « graphic editor » and the « curves selector ».
- BLUE, to draw only on this curve. (One mouse click is enough)
- PINK the object serves as source for the "stamp tool".

Click on (+) at the left of the track object to open it, so you'll see its content.

(2) Move an object.

For that purpose, click simply on it and move the mouse. Test this function with the objects from the "notes editor" and the « main view ».

Remark: a double-click in an empty zone unselects the active object.

As in the tutorial 1, please, create other notes with the " stamp tool ".
Move notes again.

So you see clearly that the « note editor » is only another representation of the red framed object in the "main view".

Here are some options to use in the « note editor » when moving an object:

Clic + mouse move: move the object.
[ SHIFT] + clic + moves: duplicate the object.
[ SHIFT] + rightclic + moves: create a virtual copy of the object (any modifications on the original pass on all the virtual copies and vice versa.)

(3) Visualization

By default the « note editor » show only the sub-objects of the selected "track".

[Inside] button: (situated above the « notes editor »)
Deactivates it and the "track" becomes visible.
Now move the "track" upward, the contained notes follow the same movement !
You'll also notice that notes are transparent. Any transparent "ghost" object is untouchable, you cannot move it nor act on it when it is shown this way.

Here is an important point: all the groups have their own frequency and amplitude. Sub-objects get parent properties in a relative way.
In the « notes editors » you'll also notice the presence of a grey horizontal line, it's the zero point, the neutral point. For the frequency, 0 = A4 (440hz). For the amplitude, 0 = 0 db. By default all objects refer to zero, so it is only relative fluctuations to these initial values.

By moving a note upward you'll notice that visible frequency curves in the « graphic editor » also follow this displacement. (NB: Depending needs it’s possible to deactivate this relative curve display)

[X-Ray] button:
This option display note as dots. This simplify view allow a better management of overlapping notes.

[+] [-] buttons change the information amout display on objects

(4) Move - Modify - Duplicate -Delete

Let's study now some basic manipulations:

Move an object towards another one:

In the « main view », create at least tracks 2 containing several notes.
Open the 2 tracks.
Select the [move] tool and click the object you wish to displace (a note for example), then click the destination (a track other than the one where's the note).
Please, begin again the operation with the destination track closed.
As the destination is opened or closed the source will go respectively inside or outside.

Duplicate an object:
Select the tool [copy] then proceed as precedently for [move].
Remark: a click on the right mouse button during the destination choice, will create a virtual copy.
A virtual copy or also an instance, is only a reference to an object. The instance content is identical to the original, it contains the same objects, curves etc. So any modifications on one will pass on the other one. A virtual object is recognizable by [V] situated on the object.

To delete an object, there're 2 methods:
1) Select the tool [delete] and click two time the object.
2) Position the cursor on the object and press the key [ del ] twice.

Important remark : an object can be delete ONLY if it isn't used by another object, for example a cSound interface situated in the " soundpalette " sheet can be erased only if notes using it are deleted first. It's the same for the original of virtual objects.

(5) Modify the characteristics of an object:
Every object has it own attributes: name, size(format) of datum, coefficient, etc....
The window "properties" displays details of all these parameters, it is particularly useful because all this information isn't necessarily shown or editable directly on an object.

In this window one click is enough to modify a parameter.