Editing a track or part of a track

Want to reuse a cool lick several times within the same track? Curious to hear what it would sound like to preview a few bars of your second track while the first track in your Playlist is still playing? No problem—just drag segments around, cut segments out, or copy them to other parts of the track.

If you're creating a fitness podcast, another reason you might want to edit a track is to make sure that it uses 32-count phrases only. A musical phrase containing eight measures of music typically equals 32 beats—the perfect building block for fitness choreography. With RecordForAll, it's easy to cut or add beats and measures so that your students will always end up on the right foot.

RecordForAll uses non-destructive editing on the tracks. This means that you can remove and copy sections of the track without impacting the sound file. This behavior is unlike most wave editors, which actually manipulate the sound file itself. The benefit of non-destructive editing is that you can always return to the original sound file, no matter how much you manipulate it in RecordForAll. Another benefit is that it is much faster and produces much smaller working files because you are dealing only with a set of pointers into the music and not the actual music data itself. Remember also that RecordForAll will undo just about anything you do in the Playlist and Timeline.

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To drag a segment of a track to a new location

  1. In the Timeline, point to the title bar at the top of a track segment.
    Text appears that says Adjust Segment Position.

  2. Drag the segment to the position you want, and release the mouse button.

About dragging and dropping

  • RecordForAll does not allow you to drag a track's Outro to come before its Intro.

  • You can drag a copied segment elsewhere only within its own track, but not into any other track.

  • In addition to dropping segments within the boundaries of the actual track, you can drop segments within the empty spaces before and after a track. (However, you can't drop anything before the beginning of the first track on your Playlist.)

  • The Snap To Beat feature of RecordForAll affects where you place the cursor to select and drag. See Using Snap To Beat for more information.

 

To insert a copy of a segment at a new location

In Primary tracks, pasting at the blinking cursor means that you're inserting the copied material. You're essentially moving the existing music or track out of the way to accommodate the new music or track. In Overlay tracks, pasting at the blinking cursor means that you're pasting on top of the current track.

  1. In the Timeline, select the segment you want to copy.
    The selected segment has a highlighted title bar.

  1. Right-click the segment, and choose Copy.

  2. Click in the track where you want to paste the copied segment.

  3. Right-click the segment, and choose Paste.

To replace one segment with a copy of another segment

In Primary tracks, pasting over a highlighted section first removes the highlighted section and then inserts the new section.

  1. In the Timeline, select the segment you want to copy.
    The selected segment is indicated by a highlighted header.

  1. Right-click the segment, and choose Copy.

  2. Drag across a portion of the track that you want to replace with the copied segment.

  3. Right-click the segment, and choose Paste.

About cropping

  • You can paste copied material elsewhere only within its own track—not into any other track.

  • In addition to pasting segments within the boundaries of the actual track, you can paste segments within the empty spaces before and after a track. (However, you can't paste anything before the beginning of the first track on your Playlist.)

 

To cut a segment of a track

In Primary tracks, cutting a segment removes that segment and does not leave a space where you cut—in other words, it closes the gap. In Overlay tracks, cutting a segment leaves a space where you cut—in other words, it leaves a gap.

  1. In the Timeline, either click a segment to select (the selected segment is indicated by a highlighted header) or drag across a portion of a track to highlight it.

  2. Right-click the segment, and choose Cut.