Working with Primary and Overlay tracks

Most of the time, you'll be working with Primary tracks in RecordForAll. By default, RecordForAll assigns the Primary track designation to all tracks you add to a Playlist. However, there may be situations when you want to add something extra to your show by adding an Overlay track—adding special sounds (such as "Whoosh") or background noise (ambient city noise, jungle sounds, a typewriter, etc.). Overlay tracks can create a mood or set a scene for your dialog.

When you drag a track from your Library to the Playlist or the Timeline, RecordForAll assumes it is a Primary track. When you drag from the Library to the Timeline, RecordForAll assumes it is an overlay track. However, you can easily change any Primary track to an Overlay track. You edit Overlay tracks much as you would Primary tracks; we describe some of the exceptions—such as changing the tempo—below.

One overlay track and two Primary tracks

See below

About Primary tracks

About Overlay tracks

To create an Overlay track

To change an existing Primary track to an Overlay track

Make sure the track follows the one you want to overlay. Then do either of the following:

To crop or extend an Overlay segment

If you extend an Overlay track beyond the end of the original sound file, it will loop back and play from the beginning. For example, if you stretch a 30-second segment to one minute, you'll hear the 30-second clip twice.

  1. In the Timeline, point to a segment line at the beginning or end of a segment in an Overlay track.

  1. Drag the line to the point where you want to crop (shorten) or extend (lengthen) the segment, and then release the mouse button.

To move an Overlay segment

  1. In the Timeline, point to the title bar at the top of an Overlay track.

  1. Drag the track or segment to the position you want, and then release the mouse button.

If you want to crop or extend a Primary track segment, see Cropping or extending a Primary track segment.

To change the tempo of an Overlay segment using Crossfade Mixing

Because Overlay tracks do not have tempo boxes, you can't fine-tune the BPM as you can with Primary tracks. However, you can "stretch" an Overlay track by following these instructions, thereby affecting the tempo. As with Primary tracks, RecordForAll adjusts the tempo of the sound in an Overlay track without changing the pitch.

  1. In the Timeline, point to the segment line at the start or end of an Overlay segment. Make sure the pointer is over the bottom of the track.
    Text appears that says Adjust Segment Length (Speed = XX.X% or YYY BPM).

  1. Drag the line to the point where you want to adjust the segment, and then release the mouse button.
    The Overlay segment is now stretched or compressed to play in the time span selected.