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Chapter 4. Recording Audio > Playing Back Stacked Tracks

Playing Back Stacked Tracks

After a track is cycle recorded, you can use the contextual menu to select the take that you want to bring to the front for playback. You can also edit the takes in the Audio Part editor as described in the section on comping in Chapter 8. With stacked parts, you can do many of the things in the Project window that previously involved the Audio Part editor.

Both methods, stacked and cycle recording, are covered extensively later in this book, but here are a few points about playing stacked tracks, just so you have an idea of what stacked recording can do.

  • The take closest to the bottom of the screen is the one that plays back. In Figure 4.42 this is Take 3 of Bass_04. On the screen, this take is highlighted with a different color to indicate that it is the take that's playing back.

    Figure 4.42. The bottom track, under the mouse pointer, will play back.

  • If you click a take and press the Backspace key on your computer keyboard, that take will be deleted, and the next take above will play (Figure 4.43).

    Figure 4.43. After you delete the bottom track, the next track up will become highlighted and play back.

  • If you drag a take or takes, a combination of takes will play back. Figure 4.44 shows one possible combination of all three takes playing back. Note again that the parts of each take that are highlighted will be the ones that you hear when the project plays.

    Figure 4.44. A more complex playback scheme, where some parts of each take play in the project.

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