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17.28 Automating FX Parameters on the Fly
If you turn on the Editing Behavior, Automation preferences option to Automatically add and arm
envelopes when tweaking parameters in automation write modes, then for any track set to write, latch
or touch an automation envelope will be created for you as you tweak the parameter settings during playback.
This feature can be used in conjunction with your control surface. Note that any changes to these parameters
that are made on the screen with your mouse will still be applied, as will any changes made using your control
surface. Be careful, though, or you could end up creating a whole heap of unwanted envelopes!
Note: When you finish recording automation envelopes in this way, change Automation mode to Read or
Trim/Read, otherwise every parameter you tweak will create another envelope, whether you want it to or not.
17.29 Automation with Item Take and Take FX Parameters
Individual media items and takes can be given their own Volume, Pan, Pitch and
Mute envelopes. One way to do this is to right click over the item, choose the Take
command, and then select your required envelope from the menu. Alternately, click on
the item's envelope button (if visible) and make your selection from there. Item buttons
can be selected to be displayed from the Appearance, Media page of your Preferences
Envelopes with Media Items
In the example shown on the right, a pan envelope has been added to our
media item, using the Take, Take pan envelope command. The item is
panned first away from the center then back towards it.
The envelope can be edited with points added, moved, and so on, just like
any other. You can right-click over any point or segment of a take envelope
to access the context menus. You can also create different envelopes for different takes of the same item.
Envelopes with Multiple Takes
In the example shown here, separate Pan envelopes have been added
to the both takes for the last verse of a song, with different FX. The
combination of the different panning and the touch of ReaVerbate added
to one of the takes can make for an interesting vocal effect when the
Play all takes option (media item properties) is enabled for this item.
Envelopes with Per Take FX Parameters
Parameters on FX that have been added to individual takes can also be automated. These can be edited
manually, with points being added by hand in trim/read mode, or recorded in write, latch or touch mode. The
procedures for manually editing or write/recording item/take FX parameter envelopes is essentially the same as
those used with track FX parameters. Parameters can be selected for automation in either of two ways:
From the media item's Envelopes for takes window. This is displayed by clicking on the automation
envelopes button (if visible), or by choosing Take, Take envelopes... from the take's right-click menu,
Display the track's FX chain (Shift E), select the
required FX, then select the required parameter
envelope from the Param button menu. Note that
Learn mode is also supported.
Tips: Any FX chain can be copied from one media item to
another by dragging and dropping the FX from the first
item's FX chain to the second item. An entire chain can be
copied by dragging and dropping the item's FX button.
Envelopes can then be copied from one media item to
another by dragging and dropping the envelopes button.
Reminder! You can choose which item buttons you do or
do not want to be displayed from the Appearance, Media page of your Options, Preferences settings.
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