In the previous tutorial of the Preferences widget we went thru Audio, MIDI, VST and Blacklist sections and explained its features. The second part of the tutorial will cover : SkyTracks. io, Shortcuts, Options, and GUI. These sections are equally important as previous group and their setup and features is something that needs to be covered in order to achieve flawless workflow of Soundbridge DAW.
The SkyTracks.Io is an online collaboration platform integrated into Soundbridge. In this section, you can log in to your existing SkyTracks account or register a new account. In addition, you can use it in a lot of creative ways. This is why I will continue with the full explanation of its features in one of the next tutorials.
The shortcuts section shows the keyboard shortcuts of various functions within Soundbridge. In the picture below you can see the lines for every default keyboard shortcut. This shows the user in what widget the functions originate, the action and the actual key on the keyboard that engages the process. Besides that, it is possible to assign your custom keyboard shortcut as well as to reset all to the factory settings.
Options section includes various options and settings. Its user interface offers a set of tabs with submenus as well as “on/off” switches. We are going to explain them in detail below.
When enabled, “Match block to Track Color” will adapt the color of MIDI, Audio, and automation blocks to match the color of the track to which it belongs to.
The “Create Fades on Clip Edges” will introduce a 4 ms fade in and out on imported audio clips as well as on rendered audio. It uses the freeze and bounce functions.
The “Project Autosave” enables a function of SoundBridge that automatically saves a backup version of your project to a new file and overwrites it periodically keeping your project safe.
The “Save Bounces to Project Folder” will automatically save all bounced audio clips to your project folder making your project easy to backup. This will help you in locating the files you used.
The “Multi-Core Support” enables or disables the multi-core processor support.
The “Windows On-screen Keyboard” will enable or disable the Windows On-Screen keyboard.
When clicked, the tab within “Default MIDI controller” offers a dialogue. You can select a MIDI controller available which will be assigned to the input of every newly created MIDI track.
The “Templates” allow the user to save the current project as default. As a default project, it will load upon opening of SoundBridge or after creating a new project. Furthermore, the “Restore” tab lets you restore it back to factory defaults.
The GUI section contains options that allow the user to set up the skins and scale of the entire SoundBridge DAW. So choose the style you like, screen resolution, and dimensions.