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Hybrid Arts


Hybrid Arts Inc. produced some of the finest Atari software made just for MIDI.They actually started on the 8 Bit atari computers and continued support for the 32 bit machines. Many big names in the music industry (such as Jimmy Hozt, Pointer Sisters, BB King,Yes,and Fleetwood Mac just to name a few) used Hybrid Arts products. The Sequencer Standard was the SMPTE Track/ Edit Track series as well as excellent synthisizer editors (GenEdit, GenPatch, DX-Android, CX-Android) and also Scoring with EZ-Score. For Algorithmic Composing there is the wonderful program Ludwig.There was also the ADAP technology which was a 16 bit hard disc recorder. Ahead of it's time.Below you will find reviews as well as recently released Freeware by the original programmers

EDITRACK

EDIT TRACK /SMPTE TRACK

By Stefan Daystrom
Released as Freeware June, 2000

There are several "camps" of Atari midi users. Some swear by Cubase, some by Dr T, and some by Edit-Track. This is the definitive program for the Atari Midi User. It has gone thru several revisions, and when Barefoot took over the Hybrid Arts version, it came of age.

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EDIT TRACK NOW FREEWARE

Stefan Daystom has now given permission for a Freeware release of EditTrack. Thankyou Stefan! Download it below.

As of this writing there are no Electronic Docs, however you will have to do with my short Tutorial, and perhaps more to follow. Stay tuned.

There are Three versions available. One is the Barefoot version 7.10

The others are "beta" versions provided by Randy Bender. (Thank you Randy) The beta versions can be used for an Upgrade on SMPTE Track with those that have the hardware SMPTE box.

The DOCS Zip basically contains release notes on the various versions. However it will give you more clues on Edit Tracks Operation.

Stefan did want me to make clear that the Contact Addreses in the ABOUT box are no longer valid, so please do not use those numbers for contacting him.

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Double clicking on the program brings up the main screen.The DEF.SNG is loaded.You can make any song file a "def.sng" simply by renaming it.For my DEF.SNG, I made it so all my settings and patch changes come up, so I can quickly get an idea for a song down to "tape" so to speak. By clicking on the Dot next to the THRU button, I can scroll thru my sounds that I have set up for each midi channel.(one thru sixteen) If I want to change patches, I go to the menu , pull down INSPECT, select Event List, and a dialog comes up asking you to select the track you want to edit. Select track 18(the SETUP track)by left clicking, and you are in the list editor.Select the patch number you want to change by first clicking on the left arrow so it is not highlighted, then selecting the line you want to edit.then go to the Patch number, and change it.The left arrow becomes highlighted. To exit, select the left arrow as before so it is not highlighted, and select Exit.Then a dialog comes up on what track you want to save the changes. You can select the same track or a different one by right clicking on your destination track. Thats it.(the patch changes I have set up are in General Midi format..thus for example: patch 01 is Piano. patch 13 is marimba, ect.)

To record..select the channel you want to record on. Set the thru channel so you hear it.Click on the RED button, and start paying. Click on the Square button when finished. You will see a red asteric in the track that you were recording in. Also if you want, you don't even need to hit the red button. Editrack is in a continuous stae of RECORD. If you play something, and you would like to keep it. Click on the KEEP button, and it goes into the selected track. To get more stuff..on the menu there is a HELP pulldown. Select what topic you need help in.

There is also a feature that you won't find on any other sequencers..a virtual joystick! Go to the far right bottom corner, and you will find a red "grid".Click on that, and the display to the left of it will give you options for displaying info. Click in THAT field and you scroll thru the options. Option 3 will be the joystick option. then click on the little box next to the"Patch 1"(next to the "red "Dot).and you will see the joystick displayed. Choose what controllers you want for X and Y by clicking on the controller names. Whatever you do while the music is playing..like panning, ect can be saved to a track by selecting your track first, and when done recording, click on the KEEP button.

You can load and save standard Midi files by going to FILE, and RIGHT clicking on the LOAD SNG/MIDI FILE, or SAVE SNG/MIDI FILE. To save and load in Editrack format (SNG) use Left clicking.

Once you get a bunch of SNG files together, you can have them play Jukebox fashion, by going to FILE, selecting BUILD SET, selecting the SNGS you want played in order you want them played, saving the set. Then go to PERFORM SET,and your songs will be played as specified by YOU! (you could convert your midi files to SNG format, by loading them into editrack as a midi file, then saving them as a SNG file.

You can configure the programs colors by going to the menu , select OPTIONS,Select USER PREFERANCES, and edit the main and graphic screen colors. Each number uses the RGB scheme, thus the number 107 uses 1 % of Red, 0% of Green and 7% of blue. Theres other stuff in the preference dialog to check out too.Be sure to SAVE when you are done.

Under the word INSPECT on the menu, there is a collunm with symbols in it. Go to the bottom of the collunm and you will find a small "box". Clicking in that will change the symbols in the collumn. These are dialogs that you can click in for each track to transpose, time delay and other stuff. Experiment to see what they do. You will find a lot of "hidden features like this..try clicking into ANYTHING to see what it does!

To set the metronome, go to MIDI on the menu, an select METRONOME NOTES, and put in your settings.To enable midi on the metronome, the metromone box is on the right corner. Whenever you play something, you will see it ticking!.Click into the boxes next to it to make your settings..self explanitory there!

Explore the other items on the menu, such as editing,Inspection, and Midi


One of the most asked questions I get regarding Edit Track is how to transfer Edit Track SNGS to a PC . Here is a Question /Answer on that subject:

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Tim - Great job you've done with this! Really glad to see Atari interest. I worked with Edit Tracks [gold?] for years, got a lot of songs done with that.

I am trying to rescue old midi music files [compositions] from floppy.

Again, thanks for this valuable service.

KEv

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Hi Kev

I would download STEEM

http://tamw.atari-users.net/steem.htm

It actually WORKS with Atari-MIDI programs.

1.Install steem according to my instructions.
2.Download Editrack from my site. It is not copy protected. Unzip into steems virtual C drive folder ( as my instructions for steem says.)
3.Put your song files into a folder on the Virtual C drive..perhaps with the Edit Track files. If they are on Atari-formatted discs, and you can't read them on the PC A drive,download this:

http://tamw.atari-users.net/steem.htm/gemxplor.zip

This reads Atari discs on PC. Read the Readme:-)

4. Now all this done: Run Steem. Then open the C drive, and run Edit Track, and open your songs. Then go to File and RIGHT CLICK on save, and it will save it as a standard MIDI file. Then when you quite Steem, you can access them.

Since you have Steem installed, you can continue to use Edit Track, or try any of the programs on my site.

Tim


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