Table of Contents
GETTING STARTED ............................................................................................................ 7
SYSTEM SETUP ...................................................................................................................... 7
Minimum Hardware Requirements.................................................................................. 7
INSTALLING YOUR DIGIGRAM SOUND CARD ........................................................................ 7
Installing the Digigram UAX-220 ................................................................................... 8
Installing the Digigram VX222V2 or VXPocketV2.......................................................... 8
Installing the Digigram PCXPocketV3, PCX924V2, or PCX924.................................... 9
Installing the Digigram PCXPocketV2, PCXPocket, PCX11, or PCX11+ ..................... 9
INSTALLING THE CLICK EFFECTS PROGRAM ....................................................................... 10
Loading Click Effects Software ..................................................................................... 10
Running the program for the first time .......................................................................... 11
Creating a New Team.................................................................................................... 11
Import an Existing Team ............................................................................................... 11
NEW FEATURES.............................................................................................................. 13
Smart Ripper.................................................................................................................. 13
Non-Linear Waveform Editor........................................................................................ 13
Multi-Format Support ................................................................................................... 13
Reports........................................................................................................................... 13
Memory Locator Points................................................................................................. 14
Clock / Timer / Stopwatch ............................................................................................. 14
10 Second Warning........................................................................................................ 14
Enhanced Media Buttons............................................................................................... 14
THIS GUIDE...................................................................................................................... 15
MAIN MENU ........................................................................................................................ 17
USING THE MAIN SCREEN............................................................................................ 22
THE MAIN CONTROL PANEL ....................................................................................... 23
THE MAIN CONTROLS................................................................................................... 23
THE BROADCAST CONTROLS ..................................................................................... 24
THE VOLUME CONTROLS ............................................................................................ 25
THE CLOCK / STOPWATCH / TIMER............................................................................ 26
PLAYING CUES ............................................................................................................... 27
USING LOCATOR POINTS ............................................................................................. 28
MEDIA PAGES ................................................................................................................. 29
MEDIA BUTTONS............................................................................................................ 30
PAGE SELECTOR ............................................................................................................ 32
CUSTOMIZING YOUR PAGES ........................................................................................ 33
THE MEDIA MOVER ....................................................................................................... 33
MEDIA BANK................................................................................................................... 34
WORKING WITH MEDIA BUTTONS ............................................................................ 35
Moving Media Buttons .................................................................................................. 35
Copying Media Buttons ................................................................................................. 37
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Deleting Media Buttons ................................................................................................. 37
PAGE SETUP..................................................................................................................... 38
Edit Page Title ............................................................................................................... 38
Set Page Button Color ................................................................................................... 38
Set Grid Size................................................................................................................... 38
Save Changes................................................................................................................. 39
PAGE ARRANGER ........................................................................................................... 39
Moving Pages ................................................................................................................ 39
Deleting Pages............................................................................................................... 39
Editing Bank Title .......................................................................................................... 40
Storing Extra Pages ....................................................................................................... 40
Save Changes................................................................................................................. 40
SORT MEDIA BUTTONS ........................................................................................................ 40
EDITING MEDIA ................................................................................................................. 43
SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE EDITOR ................................................................... 43
THE MEDIA BUTTON EDITOR ...................................................................................... 44
Loading the Media Button Editor .................................................................................. 45
Changing Media Button Text ......................................................................................... 45
Setting In and Out Points ............................................................................................... 45
Adjusting the Volume ..................................................................................................... 46
Adjusting the Fade In Setting......................................................................................... 46
Adjusting the Fade Out Setting ...................................................................................... 46
Adjusting the Cross Fade Setting................................................................................... 47
WAVE EDITOR................................................................................................................. 48
Loading the Wave Editor ............................................................................................... 49
Using the Tool Bar......................................................................................................... 49
Selecting Wave Portion.................................................................................................. 49
Playing Wave ................................................................................................................. 49
Zoom In/Out................................................................................................................... 49
Special Effects................................................................................................................ 50
Using Undo .................................................................................................................... 50
Saving Edit Changes ...................................................................................................... 50
RECORD EXTERNAL AUDIO......................................................................................... 51
LOADING AUDIO................................................................................................................ 53
PAGE PICKER................................................................................................................... 54
Using the Page Picker ................................................................................................... 55
THE CLICK EFFECTS SMART RIPPER.......................................................................... 56
Loading A CD To Rip .................................................................................................... 56
Adjusting Ripper Settings............................................................................................... 57
Preparing CD Tracks To Rip ......................................................................................... 57
Ripping The Track.......................................................................................................... 58
Editing Album Information ............................................................................................ 58
IMPORTING AUDIO FILES ............................................................................................. 60
EDITING AUDIO DATA................................................................................................... 61
AUDIO CUES .................................................................................................................... 62
Open the Cue Control Panel.......................................................................................... 62
Create an Audio Cue...................................................................................................... 62
Playing a Cue................................................................................................................. 63
Deleting a Cue ............................................................................................................... 63
Edit a cue ....................................................................................................................... 63
HOT KEYS ............................................................................................................................ 65
ASSIGNING HOT KEYS ......................................................................................................... 65
Media Hot Keys ............................................................................................................. 66
Page Hot Keys ............................................................................................................... 66
Function Hot Keys ......................................................................................................... 67
DELETING A HOT KEY ........................................................................................................ 68
TEAM MANAGEMENT ..................................................................................................... 69
LOAD A TEAM................................................................................................................. 69
CREATE A NEW TEAM................................................................................................... 69
CLONE A TEAM............................................................................................................... 69
IMPORT A TEAM FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION ....................................................... 70
DELETE A TEAM............................................................................................................. 70
BACK UP A TEAM ........................................................................................................... 70
RESTORE A TEAM .......................................................................................................... 70
UTILITIES ............................................................................................................................ 71
MEDIA FINDER ............................................................................................................... 71
MEDIA MARKING........................................................................................................... 72
EMPTY TRASH ................................................................................................................ 73
CHANGE PASSWORD..................................................................................................... 73
MARK MISSING FILES ................................................................................................... 73
REDO LINKS .................................................................................................................... 73
REPORTS.............................................................................................................................. 75
PRINT MEDIA PAGES ........................................................................................................... 75
PRINT MEDIA LIST .............................................................................................................. 75
REPORT OF PLAYED ITEMS ................................................................................................. 75
SYSTEM SETTINGS ........................................................................................................... 77
Master Volume .............................................................................................................. 77
Fade Speed .................................................................................................................... 78
Cross Fade Threshold ................................................................................................... 78
Auto Fade Value ............................................................................................................ 78
Broadcast Audio Card................................................................................................... 79
Audition Audio Card...................................................................................................... 79
Media Button Properties ............................................................................................... 79
Sample Rate................................................................................................................... 79
Channels........................................................................................................................ 79
Audio Format ................................................................................................................ 80
Default Editor................................................................................................................ 80
Current Storage Drive................................................................................................... 80
Require Media Files To Be On Local Hard Drive......................................................... 80
Show 10 Sec. Count Down............................................................................................. 80
SAVING AUDIO SETTINGS............................................................................................ 81
AT THE GAME .................................................................................................................... 83
MEDIA PAGES ................................................................................................................. 83
HOT KEYS ........................................................................................................................ 84
ALPHABETIZE EVENTS................................................................................................. 84
PREPARING FOR THE UNEXPECTED.......................................................................... 85
FAQS...................................................................................................................................... 86
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GETTING STARTED
SYSTEM SETUP
Minimum Hardware Requirements
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Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon processor of 1ghz or better
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512Mb of RAM
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20Gb Hard drive
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1024x768 Screen resolution
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5x CD-Rom
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On board sound card
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PC or laptop speakers (for audition mode)
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Windows XP or Windows 2000 (SP4 only)
INSTALLING YOUR DIGIGRAM SOUND CARD
1) Depending on the version of Click Effects Audio 6.0 you purchased, you
may have received a Professional Digigram sound card with you
software. Also, if you have just received an updated version, you may
have an existing Digigram sound card in your computer. Identify the
sound card version you have and follow the installation instructions for
that model card.
2) Digigram UAX (USB Sound card for Laptop or Desktop systems) no driver
is needed
3) Digigram VX222V2 or VXPocketV2 use the Digigram_VX driver
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4) Digigram PCXPocketV3, PCX924V2, and PCX924 use latest driver on
your install CD.
5) Digigram PCXPocketV2, PCXPocket, PCX11, and PCX11+ use
Digigram_610C
Installing the Digigram UAX-220
1) Power up your computer
2) Plug the UAX-220 USB sound card into an open USB port
3) Windows will automatically detect and install the drivers
Installing the Digigram VX222V2 or VXPocketV2
1) For laptops insert the VXPocketV2 into the PCMCIA slot on the side of
the laptop.
2) For desktops unplug the desktop from any power sources.
3) Remove the side panel; you may need to look over the manufactures
documentation for directions on how to remove the panel.
4) Find an open PCI slot and remove the slot cover.
5) Insert your Digigram VX222V2 into the open PCI slot and push it firmly
into place. DO NOT FORCE IT, some pressure will have to be applied
but if it does not feel like it is going in verify that your inserting the card
into an appropriate slot.
6) Secure the card with a screw, and put the side panel back onto the case.
7) Plug in the desktop and power the computer on.
8) Put the Click Effects CD-ROM into your laptop CD-ROM drive
9) Double click on the “My Computer” icon and browse to the CD-ROM drive
10) Browse to the Digigram Drivers folder and open the DigigramVX folder.
11) Run the Setup.EXE
12) Click Next
13) Click Yes
14) Check VXKit Base drivers and Wave driver, then click Next
15) Click Continue Anyway (This may come up more than once)
16) Click Finished
17) Restart if prompted to do so
Installing the Digigram PCXPocketV3, PCX924V2, or PCX924
1) For laptops insert the PCXPocketV3 into the PCMCIA slot on the side of
the laptop.
2) For desktops unplug the desktop from any power sources.
3) Remove the side panel; you may need to look over the manufactures
documentation for directions on how to remove the panel.
4) Find an open PCI slot and remove the slot cover.
5) Insert your Digigram PCX924V2 or PCX924 into the open PCI slot and
push it firmly into place. DO NOT FORCE IT, some pressure will have to
be applied but if it does not feel like it is going in verify that your inserting
the card into an appropriate slot.
6) Secure the card with a screw, and put the side panel back onto the case.
7) Plug in the desktop and power the computer on.
8) Put the Click Effects CD-ROM into your laptop CD-ROM drive
9) Double click on the “My Computer” icon and browse to the CD-ROM drive
10) Browse to the Digigram Drivers folder and open the Digigram_640C
folder.
11) Run the Setup.EXE
12) Click Next
13) Click Yes
14) Click Yes
15) Click Next
16) Check Second Group of Boards and Wave Driver then click Next
17) Click Yes
18) Click Next
19) Click Next
20) Click Continue Anyway (This may come up more than once)
21) Click OK
22) Restart if prompted to do so
23)
Installing the Digigram PCXPocketV2, PCXPocket, PCX11, or
PCX11+
1) For laptops insert the PCXPocketV2 or PCXPocket into the PCMCIA slot
on the side of the laptop.
2) For desktops unplug the desktop from any power sources.
3) Remove the side panel; you may need to look over the manufactures
documentation for directions on how to remove the panel.
4) Find an open PCI slot and remove the slot cover.
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5) Insert your Digigram PCX11 or PCX11+ into the open PCI slot and push it
firmly into place. DO NOT FORCE IT, some pressure will have to be
applied but if it does not feel like it is going in verify that your inserting the
card into an appropriate slot.
6) Secure the card with a screw, and put the side panel back onto the case.
7) Plug in the desktop and power the computer on.
8) Put the Click Effects CD-ROM into your laptop CD-ROM drive
9) Double click on the “My Computer” icon and browse to the CD-ROM drive
10) Browse to the Digigram Drivers folder and open the Digigram_610C
folder.
11) Run the Setup.EXE
12) Click Next
13) Click Yes
14) Click Yes
15) Click Next
16) Check First Group of Boards and Wave Driver, Uncheck Second Group of
Boards then click Next. ***DO NOT CHECK BOTH GROUPS AS THIS
WILL CAUSE CLICKEFFECTS TO NOT WORK***
17) Click Yes
18) Click Next
19) Click Next
20) Click Continue Anyway (This may come up more than once)
21) Click Finished
22) Restart if prompted to do so
INSTALLING THE CLICK EFFECTS PROGRAM
Loading Click Effects Software
1) Make sure your Click Effects CD-ROM is in your CD-ROM drive.
2) Double click on the “My Computer” icon and browse to the CD-ROM
drive.
3) Double click the Setup.EXE
4) Click Next
5) Fill in your Name and Company if the forms are blank, and then hit Next
6) Choose either a Complete Install or Custom Install and click Next
7) If you picked “Complete” (recommended) click Install
8) If you picked “Custom”, (not recommended) choose the components you
wish to install and then click Next
9) Click Install
10) Click Finished
11) Reboot your system as requested.
Running the program for the first time
1) Double click on the Click Effects Audio 6.0 icon on your desktop or the
icon in your Start Menu
2) Choose either to run the program immediately by clicking the Run button
or enter activation information to activate the program. (NOTE: if you
select the Run option you will have to activate the product within 14 days
of the initial installation)
3) After either running the program or activating it, the setup wizard will
launch.
4) Click Next, Click Next, Click Next
5) If a message shows up stating that a “Central Database already exists”
and asks if you want to use it then click Yes if this is a repair install or
upgrade install, No if there is a problem with the existing Central
Database. Clicking Yes is recommended.
6) Click Next
If you want to create a new team, go to the next step called Creating a New
Team otherwise go to the step Importing Existing Database.
Creating a New Team
1) Select Create a New Team.
2) Enter a name for your team database and click Next.
3) If you would like the default sounds and music that comes with Click
Effects Audio 6.0 to be installed, select Yes. Otherwise select No to start
with a blank database. Then click Next
4) Click OK when the setup wizard has finished, Click Effects Audio will then
load the imported team and run the program.
Import an Existing Team
Note: To use this feature you must have a previous installation of Click
Effects Audio on your computer or on a removable storage device such as
DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, USB or Firewire Hard Drive.
1) Select Import a Team From a Previous Version.
2) Browse to the location of the previous installation, if it is on your computer
then browse to the C: drive and the Click_FX folder and select the
database file containing your teams’ information. This is often the most
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recently edited file in the folder, look at the date modified to determine the
date most recently modified.
3) After selecting the team database you want to import click next.
4) Enter a name for your team database or leave it as is (Note if you leave it
as info an icon will be created on your desktop saying info, this is not very
descriptive so it is recommended that you use the name of your team, for
example “Tennessee Titans” or “Nashville Sounds”)
5) The Data Converter tool will now pop up. Select what drives you want the
program to search when looking for sound files. We do not recommend
searching Mapped or Network drives because it can create symbolic links
to files that may not be available at all times. To remove any drives,
simply select the drive and click the Delete button.
6) Click on the Add Files button. This will take some time while it scans
your drive for all the sound and media files listed in your database.
7) The program will ask you to consolidate all the files in the Sounds folder.
It is recommended that you click yes to do so, if you do not want all your
sounds moved to the Sounds folder then click No. (Note this can create
issues if files are in a desktop folder and the folder is removed or
relocated)
8) The files found will be listed in the Files Found column and the files that
are missing will be listed in the Files Not Found column. If there are a
large number of files in the Files Not Found column you may have delete
your previous Click Effects Audio sounds folder or the files are on another
device that is not attached to the computer. You will need to manually
locate these files and copy them to the computer to import them.
9) If all or most of you’re your files are found then you may click Begin
Converting. This will take some time while it converts your old database.
10) Click OK when the conversion has completed
11) Click OK when the setup wizard has finished, Click Effects Audio will then
load the imported team and run the program.
Setup of Click Effects Audio 6.0 has completed and you may now use the
program.
NEW FEATURES
Click Effects Pro Audio version 6.x is packed with new features as well as
enhancements to existing functionality. It was specifically designed to run on
some of today’s most popular platforms (such as Windows 2000 and
Windows XP) and to work with all the latest multimedia technology.
The following list is an overview of NEW FEATURES.
Smart Ripper
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Digitally copies CD tracks onto your Click Effects system
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Supports batch operations, copying one or more tracks from a CD as
a background task, leaving you free to use the software at the same
time
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Automatically downloads information from the Internet: artist, title,
genre, duration, year, and album
Non-Linear Waveform Editor
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Lets you edit audio files at the waveform level to make edits to songs
or remove explicit language from songs
Multi-Format Support
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Supported file formats now include WAV, MP2, WMA, and MP3
Reports
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Play list Report: A list of all media items in your Click Effects system
for the currently loaded team (title, artist and media page(s) on which
each media item is located)
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Media Page Printout: Prints a screen capture of each media page
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Play Activity Report: A list of all media items played in broadcast
mode for the specified date/time range (only includes items played
while Play Logging was enabled)
Memory Locator Points
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Supports setting named locator points while a media item is playing
(in broadcast mode) and fine-tuning the location by nudging it
forward/backward by hundredths of a second
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Saves locator points with the media button for the media item that is
playing
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Enables the operator to select a locator point and go to it. This is
especially useful for rehearsing segments of a production or routine
with audio since it allows you to instantly jump to a desired location
in a track, rather than play the track from the beginning
Clock / Timer / Stopwatch
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Select either of the 3 clock modes to see time of day, timer
countdown, or start and stop the stopwatch
10 Second Warning
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10-second warning countdown – displays a 10-second countdown on
the audio control panel to alert the operator as to when the currently
playing media item will end
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Enhanced Media Buttons
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Enhanced media buttons – buttons now display artist/genre
information as well as the title and duration of each clip
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Expanded number of page banks: A page bank holds 12 media
pages
THIS GUIDE
After a brief discussion of the Click Effects MENU, the component parts
(including how to use them) are discussed in turn.
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CUSTOMIZING CLICK EFFECTS describes how to format
your media pages.
LOADING AUDIO describes how to load existing audio files
and create new files from CDs or analog recordings.
UTILITIES describe each of those menu items in greater
detail.
SYSTEM SETTINGS Describes how to set default audio
properties.
BEFORE THE EVENT Offers some general advice on
preparations.
AT THE EVENT Describes how you might use the system
in a live situation.
FAQ Provides some answers to users’ most frequently
asked questions.
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MAIN MENU
MENU
MENU ITEM
FUNCTION
EXIT
Exit Click Effects
Closes the application
CUSTOMIZE
Media Mover
Allows you to copy, move and remove media buttons
to any location on any media page or the media bank
Page Setup
Allows you to define the title, title color, and media
button grid size for any Click Effects media page
Arrange Pages
Allows you to move media pages within or between
different media banks
Media Button
Editor
Opens a selected media button in the Media Button
Editor
Wave Editor
Opens a selected media clip in the Wave Editor
Media Data Editor
Opens a selected media clip in the Media Data Editor
EDIT
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Rip CD
Digitally copies tracks from CDs and create new
media buttons
Import Audio
Files
Imports existing media files into your team database
and creates new media buttons
Record Audio
Takes you to the Wave Editor where traditional
analog recording can be done
CUES
Create/Edit Audio
Cue
Allows you to create and edit audio cues
HOT KEYS
Media Hot Keys
Allows you to link a frequently-used MEDIA CLIP to
1any available key on your keyboard
Page Hot Keys
Allows you to link a frequently-used MEDIA PAGE to
any available key on your keyboard
Function Hot
Keys
Allows you to link a frequently-used FUNCTION to
any key on your keyboard
Load Team
Loads a selected team database
Create New Team
Creates a new team database
Clone Team
Copies an existing team database
Import From
Previous Version
Imports databases from previous versions of Click
Effects
Delete Team
Permanently deletes a team database from your
system
Backup Team
Backs up a team database
Restore Team
Restores a team database from backup
Find Media Button
Searches Click Effects using any word in a media
button title
Media Marking
Color codes media buttons in red to identify them as
played
Play Logging
Enables / disables logging media clips that are played
in broadcast. This data can then be used to generate
play activity reports
Empty Trash
Empties the Click Effects trash can and moves files
that are not being used by the current or any other
team into the Windows recycle bin
Select Team Logo
Allows you to select a team logo that can be used in
the header of generated reports
Change Password
Create or modify passwords to restrict user access to
a team database
Mark Missing
Files
Click Effects will verify that all media files that are
linked to the media buttons exist on your hard drive.
If a file is not found, the media button will be marked
with a “File Not Found” message
Redo Links
Searches all hard drives and attempts to located all
missing files and reconnect links to your media
buttons
LOAD AUDIO
TEAM
MANAGEMENT
UTILITIES
REPORTS
SYSTEM
SETTINGS
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Print Media Pages
Generates a list of items on a media page
Print Media List
Generates an alphabetical listing of all media clips in
a team database which also includes all the clips in
the Media Bank.
Report Of Played
Media
Generates a custom report of media items played
between certain dates and times
Audio
Allows you to define system-wide audio settings
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The Click Effects Main Screen allows you to select from thousands of buttons
to instantly broadcast music, customized cheers, sound FX and sponsor
spots — all from one central location.
The Main Screen is divided into three distinct sections:
MAIN CONTROL PANEL - for triggering and controlling audio
PAGE BANKS & PAGES - for quick navigation to your media
MEDIA PAGES - matrix of slots that house the media buttons
MEDIA BUTTONS - buttons you click to play the associated media
Page
Selector
Main
Control
panel
Page
Banks
Media
Page
Page Buttons
media button
BANK TABS (6 available) - select the desired PAGE BANK
PAGE BUTTONS (12 per tab / 72 in all) - select the desired PAGE
MEDIA BUTTONS (up to 63 per page / 4536 in all) - play audio
see Customizing Click Effects
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USING THE MAIN SCREEN
To play music over your PA, select the Broadcast Mode by clicking the
BROADCAST button.
To play an item, click the MEDIA BUTTON once.
To stop an item, click the STOP BUTTON once.
To play an item after the current item (waiting mode), click the
MEDIA BUTTON once while the current one is playing.
To interrupt a playing item, DOUBLE click a MEDIA BUTTON.
To keep a record of plays, click the PLAY LOGGING button.
To navigate to a new page, click the PAGE BUTTON.
To play an item over your audition speakers or headphones, click
the AUDITION button and click a MEDIA BUTTON.
To jump around within a playing clip, drag the PROGRESS BAR
(above the play and stop buttons).
To mute all sounds, click the MUTE.
THE MAIN CONTROL PANEL
This panel houses the main controls used during an event and consists of:
CUE For automated playback of custom media button sequences.
VOLUME For channel adjustments and previewing.
LOCATOR For setup and recall of position markers within a media button,
accessible from the LOCATORS PANEL button near the Click FX logo
BROADCAST For control of audio triggered from a media button on a page.
CLOCK For quick referencing of event schedules & timer related functions.
THE MAIN CONTROLS
Clock controls
Cue controls
Locator controls
Volume controls
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THE BROADCAST CONTROLS
To pause an audio clip, click the PAUSE button.
To fade the audio clip to a user-defined level, click the FADE button.
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To fade the audio clip back up to full audio level, click the
FADE button again.
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This is useful to lower the audio level during the live reading of
an announcement.
To stop the audio clip, click the STOP button (if you are playing a
cue, this will stop the cue and ready the next clip in the cue).
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One click on the STOP button will cause the sound to fade to a
stop; a double-click will stop the sound immediately.
THE VOLUME CONTROLS
The Volume Controls allow you to adjust the volume level of (see keyboard
shortcut below) the 2 channel’s volume levels independently. Each of the
faders represents a stereo pair. These stereo pairs are mixed within Click
Effects into one stereo output that comes out of your soundcard. The faders
are not to be confused with left and right channel controls.
Broadcast / Audition
VU meters
AUDIO volume
controls for two
audio channels
FADE
Mute
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THE CLOCK / STOPWATCH / TIMER
The clock feature has three different modes. Clicking the MODE button
enables you to cycle between the clock, a timer and a stopwatch.
CLOCK (TIME OF DAY): Displays the current time from the computer clock.
To set the correct time, you must adjust the time on your computer and it will
be reflected on the Click Effects clock.
TIMER: To set the timer, click the SET button and enter the desired value.
When you click the START button, the timer begins counting down. To
pause the countdown, click the STOP button. The timer will display minutes,
seconds and hundredths of seconds.
STOPWATCH: When you click the START button, the stopwatch starts
counting upwards. Clicking the STOP button causes the time displayed to
stay the same, even though the stopwatch is still keeping track of how much
time has elapsed. This is handy for taking note of lap times. To zero out the
stopwatch, click the RESET button.
All three modes continue keeping track of time (current time, time left,
or time elapsed) regardless of the current mode selected.
PLAYING CUES
CUE NAME Displays the currently loaded cue and acts as the cue selector
CUE REMAIN Displays the total time remaining
TRANSPORT The PLAY CUE, PREV and NEXT buttons
NEXT IN CUE Displays for the next item to begin playing
Cue Selector
Cue remain
Cue Play Controls
Next Clip to play
Cue controls allow you to play a user created sequence of media buttons
or navigate to a particular clip in a cue.
LOADING A CUE: select the desired cue from the CUE NAME drop down list. You
will see the next song in the cue to play.
PLAYING A CUE: click the PLAY CUE button
NAVIGATING IN A CUE: click the PREV (previous) and NEXT buttons to
change the next item in the cue. This can be done while the cue is playing if
you want to skip a song in the cue.
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USING LOCATOR POINTS
Click the Locators Panel button to reveal the panel.
Locator points enable you to jump to a specific point in an audio clip and play
the audio from there. This is especially useful when you need to play the
same part of a Media Button repeatedly, such as when a cheerleading or
dance squad needs to practice part of their routine. Locator point information
is saved as part of the media button associated with the audio being played.
To display the Locator Points control panel, click the LOCATORS PANEL
button just below the Click Effects logo. Clicking the HIDE button at the
bottom left of the panel displays the Click Effects logo once again.
To set a locator point, play an audio clip and click the SET button when the
audio has progressed to the right spot. You can key in a name for the locator
point in the LABEL field by clicking in the label box.
If you need to move a locator point a few tenths of a second forward or
backward, use the arrows displayed within the TIME field. Each click nudges
the locator point in the desired direction by one tenth of a second: use the
arrow on the right to move forward and the arrow on the left to move
backwards.
Once you have set locator points, you can navigate between them by means
of the PREV and NEXT buttons. The value in the LABEL field updates as
you move from one locator point to the next. You can also delete a locator
point by navigating to it and clicking the DELETE button. To cause an audio
clip to start playing from a specific locator point, navigate to that point via the
PREV or NEXT button and then click the GO TO button.
MEDIA PAGES
Each MEDIA PAGE is composed of a matrix of individual MEDIA BUTTONS
and a PAGE SELECTOR control (see below).
9 x 8 button matrix
5 x 4 button matrix
Each media page may contain different numbers of media buttons
depending on your choice of grid size in the PAGE SETUP (see
Customizing Click Effects).
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MEDIA BUTTONS
Each media button displays the title and duration of the track. The artist or
genre fields can be displayed based on the MEDIA BUTTON PROPERTIES
setting in the Audio Settings section (see Audio Settings)
artist
caption or track
title
genre
total length
The media buttons will change colors to indicate its current status:
Playing (green)
Waiting (yellowish green)
Marked (red boarder)
Missing file
Auditioning (blue w/ headphones)
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PAGE SELECTOR
The Click Effects program allows you to store thousands of audio files and
organize them in the hierarchy of 6 Page Banks (tabs on the control). Each
Page Bank contains 12 Media Pages. All Media Pages, based on the
selected grid size, can contain up of up to 63 buttons.
LE version: has 3 Page Banks with 12 media pages per bank
Bank Tabs
Selected media page
Media Page
Buttons
12 pages
per Bank
By clicking on the desired Bank tab and then clicking on one of the 12 media
pages, you can navigate to any of the thousands of media buttons in an
instant.
CUSTOMIZING YOUR PAGES
The main Click Effects screen may be customized in several ways…
1. Specify the grid size of your button matrix
2. Give your Pages titles and assign colors to their Page Buttons
3. Arrange your Media Buttons anywhere on any Page to suit your needs and event
schedule logic
examples of this:
chronological order of playback- left to right, top to bottom
grouped into specific categories such as sponsors, cheers, etc.
grouped into pages per event or user
THE MEDIA MOVER
All customizing of Media Pages is done in the Media Mover. To enter the
Media Mover mode, select Edit / Media Mover
or use the keyboard shortcut: [ctrl]+[m].
This will open the MEDIA MOVER panel in place of the Click Effects main
controls.
While in the Media Mover, you can not play any audio clips until you
click the Close button to return to the main screen.
Click Headings
to sort
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MEDIA BANK
The Media Bank is a temporary storage location to place media clips that you
want to keep but don’t need taking up space on a media page. The items in
the Media Bank can be sorted by clicking on the appropriate column heading.
By repeating the click on the column heading, you can toggle the sort order
between ascending and descending.
To move a media item from the Media Bank to a Media Page, click and drag
the desired item from the bank to and drop it on any button on the current
Media Page or you can drop it on a Media Page button on the Page Selector
control and it will be placed on the first available button on that page.
To move a media button from a Media Page to the Media Bank, click and
drag the desired Media Button and drop it into the Media Bank. This will
remove it from the Media Page.
The Media Button will be represented as an audio button icon while you drag
it from one location to another (see below).
If you don’t have any media files on your Click Effects system,
see the section on Loading Audio.
WORKING WITH MEDIA BUTTONS
Media Buttons may be moved, deleted and / or copied.
To manipulate your layout however, you must be in Media Mover mode.
To enter the Media Mover mode, select Edit / Media Mover from the main
Click Effects toolbar, or use the keyboard shortcut: [ctrl]+[m].
Moving Media Buttons
Click and drag the Button to any slot on of a Media Page.
If you wish to move the media button to a different page, drag it to the
appropriate Page Bank button.
When you move a media button to a different page, it will
automatically be placed in the first blank media button space
available.
If you move a Media Button (the source) to another location (the target) that
already has a sound assigned to it, the system will insert the target sound at
that location and move existing sounds accordingly. To make room for a
sound to be inserted, the system will try to “push” the buttons to the right of
the insertion point until an unassigned button is found. If all the buttons to the
right are assigned, then the system will “push” the buttons to the left until an
unassigned button is found. After a little experimentation, you will get a better
idea of how the moving of Media Buttons works. See the following example.
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Prior to moving “Caged Bird”
After moving “Caged Bird”
Copying Media Buttons
While in Media Mover mode, press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard,
drag the media button you wish to copy to a blank location on your media
page
then release the [Ctrl] key after the drop.
If you wish to copy a media button to a different page, press and hold the
Ctrl key, then drag the media button to the desired Media Page Button on
the Page Selector control.
When you make a copy of a media button, you are NOT
duplicating the file on the hard drive. The media buttons will both
use the same file so making a number of copies of a media
button won’t use up valuable hard drive storage.
Deleting Media Buttons
In Click Effects, there a three steps in deleting files from your system.
1)
Drag a media button from a Media Page or the Media Bank to the
TRASH CAN on the right side of the Media Mover panel. This will
remove the item from your team database but DOES NOT delete it
from your hard drive. If the media button you are trashing is a
member of an audio cue, you will get a message indicating which
cue the media button is in. You must remove the media button from
all cues before you can trash it. Refer to Audio Cues
2)
Empty the Click Effects trash by selecting Utilities / Empty Trash
from the main menu. This will delete all the unused files and place
them into the Windows Recycle Bin. If you are familiar with the
recycle bin, you can still recover files if needed.
IMPORTANT: Click Effects will first search all databases (teams)
and cues to make sure that no other media button is using the
file. If the file is being used by another team, it will NOT be
deleted and is retained within the system for use by the other
media buttons.
3)
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Empty your Windows Recycle Bin which can be done from the
desktop or windows explorer to permanently delete the files and
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PAGE SETUP
In the Page Setup mode you can:
1. Change the number of Media Button slots on a Page
2. Change the title of a Page
3. Change the color of a Page’s corresponding Page Button
To customize a Page:
Click Customize / Page Setup from the main Click Effects menu. This will
open the Page Setup panel in place of the main Click Effects control panel
Edit Page Title
Click in the PAGE TITLE box and type in the new title.
Set Page Button Color
Click on the down arrow of the PAGE COLOR drop down and select the
desired color.
Set Grid Size
Under the GRID SIZE heading, click on the desired matrix ratio to set the
appropriate number of audio buttons for the page.
Save Changes
Click the SAVE button and either navigate to another page to continue
customizing pages, or click EXIT to close the Page Setup panel and return to
the main Screen.
PAGE ARRANGER
Click Effects provides a quick way to manage your pages, put them where
you want in your banks and organize the banks themselves. Click
Customize / Page Arranger from the main Click Effects menu. You can
move pages to a new location within the same bank or move them to a
location in a different bank, create new pages, or delete them all from this
screen.
Moving Pages
Click and drag an existing PAGE BUTTON to a blank page in any bank.
PAGE BUTTONS can also be dropped onto another existing page in which
case Click Effects will bump the others up to fill the gap created by the one
you’re dragging. If you try to drop a Page Button into a bank that is already
filled with 12 pages, and error message will appear indicating that you will
have to move one page out of that bank before you can move the new one
in.
Deleting Pages
Drag a page from a bank into the TO BE DELETED box on the right side of the page
arranger. When you are finished, press SAVE. Click Effects will display a message
telling you that these pages will be permanently removed from your team database.
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NOTE: All the media buttons contained on the page(s) that are deleted will not be
deleted, but will be moved to the MEDIA BANK.
Editing Bank Title
Click a button from a bank labeled EDIT BANK TITLE and edit the title field
to give the bank a new name.
Storing Extra Pages
The UNASIGNED box works in the same way as the MEDIA BANK for
storing page buttons you want to keep but need out of the way if your banks
are near capacity with PAGES. PAGES can be dropped into the
UNASIGNED box for storage and dragged back out onto a BANK.
Save Changes
When you’re done organizing your banks and page buttons, press the SAVE
button to save your changes and exit the PAGE ARRANGER mode. If you
choose CANCEL, then all of your changes will be discarded.
SORT MEDIA BUTTONS
LE: Feature not available
This feature gives you the ability to alphabetically sort the Media Buttons on
one or more Media Pages
Select Customize / Sort Media Buttons to start the sort utility. To sort just
one media page, select the desired page from the Media Page List and click
the ADD button to enter that page in the Prioritized Page List. If you want to
sort media buttons across multiple pages, select all the desired pages you
want. The order the pages are in the Sort List is how Click Effects will sort
across multiple pages.
For example:
You have 3 pages in the list, Music1, Music2 and Music3. During the sort, all
the media buttons from all 3 pages will be sorted into one list. Then Click
Effects will begin filling the Music1 page until it is full. Then the Music2 page
will fill up and then Music3.
You can change the order of the pages by selecting a page in the Prioritized
Sort List and then moving the up or down arrow to position accordingly.
To start the sort, Click the Begin Sort button.
If you don’t like the results of the sort, you can click the UNDO LAST SORT
button to restore you media pages to their previous condition.
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EDITING MEDIA
SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE EDITOR
Click Effects now has 3 different editors that perform unique functions on
your media. The Media Button Editor, Wave Editor and the Media Editor.
Use the MEDIA BUTTON EDITOR when you want to edit one media button’s
data properties such as: Caption, Artist, Genre, and Year. Also, you can edit
the in and out points, fade properties or volume that will effect the play back
of the media button.
Use the WAVE EDITOR to actually modify the wave file on your hard drive.
You can: cut, paste, add effects, normalize, merge files etc… If you have
used other traditional non-linear editors before, you should feel right at home
with the Click Effects wave editor.
Use the MEDIA EDITOR to modify the data properties of your media. This
editor really shines when you want to make changes to many media buttons
at the same time. Properties you can edit include: Caption, Artist, Genre and
Year. For example: if you want to change the artist name from “The Beatles”
to “Beatles”, you can make one change and it will change all the media
buttons that have the artist “Beatles”.
Details on each of the editors can be found in the following sections.
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THE MEDIA BUTTON EDITOR
All edits in the MEDIA BUTTON EDITOR are non-destructive so
a Media Button can always be returned to its original condition
after editing.
By default, any item in the preloaded library or media that’s loaded in, Click
Effects plays the entire audio file associated with a Media Button and uses
the system-wide audio settings (master volume, fade speed, and cross fade
threshold). You can customize these settings via the MEDIA BUTTON
EDITOR. This editor also enables you to change the Title, Artist or Genre
displayed by the button.
Keep in mind that you can create copies of Media Buttons which all reference
the same audio file but may all have different parameters assigned to them.
(Example: you may have a song that you need several versions of to fit into
different time slots in your live event schedule. When a Media button is
copied the parameters (in the Media Button Editor) become independent
between copies while still all reading from the same audio file on your hard
drive. The advantage here is that you can have MANY customized edits of
the same song without duplicating the data on your hard drive for each
instance.
Loading the Media Button Editor
To open the Media Button Editor, choose Edit / Media Button Editor and
then click on the Media Button you want to edit. Alternatively you can hold
down the [Ctrl] key and click on the Media Button you want to edit if your
default editor is set to Media Button Editor. To change the default editor
option See System Settings/Default Editor
Information about the audio associated with the button is displayed
at the top of the screen.
Changing Media Button Text
Click on the text you want to edit (button title, artist, genre, album, or year)
and then key in your changes. Yellow text can be edited; white text cannot.
Setting In and Out Points
The Media Button Editor gives you the degree of control you need to make
fast, easy edits to in/out points for an audio. There are two ways to adjust the
in and out points. The first way is to click the PLAY button to start playing the
audio, and when you hear the location you want to be the IN point, click the
MARK button on the In Point section and use the same logic when setting
the OUT point using the MARK button on the out point section. The second
way is to drag the IN or OUT Point handle to the desired location. To quickly
preview the edits, you can click either the PREVIEW IN or PREVIEW OUT
buttons. If an IN or OUT point is almost right, you can nudge it up or back
one 10th of a second at a time by clicking the left or right BLUE ARROWS in
the appropriate section.
To clear any points that are currently set, click the CLEAR POINTS button.
This will play the media from beginning to end the way it was recorded.
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Click the PLAY button to hear the media button’s audio from in point to out
point. Click PREVIEW IN to hear the audio from the beginning to the in point.
Similarly, clicking PREVIEW OUT plays the audio from the out point to the
end.
To quickly move to a different location in the song, drag the scrub handle to
the left or right. The CURRENT value will display the current location of the
scrub handle.
Clicking the STOP button causes the audio to stop playing
Clicking REWIND causes the audio to start playing from the In Point
Adjusting the Volume
It is very important that all your media buttons have consistent volume
settings. The optimal level on your VU Meters is to register close to 0 VU
(which is as high in the yellow with an occasional flicker in the red). If your
media is too loud or soft, move the volume faders up or down to get the VU
Meters to the optimal level.
Adjusting the Fade In Setting
By default, Click Effects starts an audio at full volume rather than fading in. If
you have edited your IN POINT, you might find that the audio does not start
up cleanly – for example, you might hear the last bit of the beat from a prior
verse of a song as the next verse gets going. Setting a fade in value can
make the startup sound more natural and less abrupt.
To set a FADE IN value, check the ENABLE control and then use the arrows
to increase or decrease the value.
Adjusting the Fade Out Setting
By default, if nothing is cued up to be played next, Click Effects plays an
audio at full volume until it ends. If you have edited the OUT POINT to end
early, you might find that the ending sounds a bit abrupt (for the same
reasons described in the section above).
To set a FADE OUT value, check the ENABLE control and then use the
arrows to increase or decrease the value.
Adjusting the Cross Fade Setting
By default, when Click Effects plays one song after another, the second song
with cross fade over the first. Sometimes the first song may have a
distinctive ending that you don’t want the next song to step on. To keep
songs from cross fading over the end of the current one, check the NO
CROSS FADE OUT box.
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WAVE EDITOR
The Click Effects Wave Editor is a visual non-linier editor for audio files,
which allows a user to perform many operations with audio data.
With the Wave Editor you can:
1. Open, create and save an audio file;
2. Display the waveform of an audio file;
3. Play an audio file or any part of it;
4. Apply different effects to selected part of audio file;
5. Apply different filters to selected part of audio file;
7. Insert and change information about an audio file.
Loading the Wave Editor
To open the Wave Editor, choose Edit / Wave Editor and then click on the
Media Button you want to edit. Alternatively you can hold down the [Ctrl]
key and click on the Media Button you want to edit if your default editor is set
to WAVE EDITOR. To change the default editor option See System
Settings/Default Editor.
Using the Tool Bar
The Tool Bar buttons represent commands that can also be found in the
Menu lists. For a description of each of these commands, move your mouse
pointer over top of the button.
Selecting Wave Portion
Selecting a wave portion is one of the most import and basic functions for all
creating, editing, or modifying operations. When you select a range, for
example from Point A to Point B, you will see the selected range highlighted
in between the beginning point and the end point of the selected range. If you
only select one single point or position, this will appear as a single vertical
line extending vertically from the top of the waveform display area to the
bottom. Selecting a portion of the wave is done by using the mouse and left
click button. To select or highlight an area, simply left click the beginning
point in the wave and then continue to hold the left click button down while
dragging the cursor left or right to highlight the area. When you get to the end
point, simply let go of the left mouse button then your area will be selected.
IMPORTANT: Any processing, such as effects or amplitude modulation,
done to the wave, is always performed on the selected wave portion. If there
is no portion selected, then you can not process any changes!
Playing Wave
If a wave portion is selected, then clicking the PLAY button will play from the
beginning of the portion to the end. If no portion is selected then it will play
from the in point to the end of the wave.
Zoom In/Out
Once you have selected a wave portion, you can zoom in or out to help make
editing choices much easier.
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Special Effects
Manipulate the complete music with all these new effects:
Change Amplitude (Volume): Select Effects/Amplitude. This changes the
volume from the current volume level increasing or decreasing the volume
incrementally according to your setting.
Fade-out: Select Effects/Amplitude Use this function to gradually reduce the
volume from 100% to 0% in the selected or highlighted range within your
audio file or the waveform display.
Fade-in: Select Effects/Amplitude Use this function to gradually increase the
volume from 0% to 100% in the selected or highlighted range within your
audio file or the waveform display.
Delay Effects - You can add multiple different delay effects. Add to the fun
with echo.
Stretch/Shrink – Select Effects/Time. You can vary the frequency or change
pitch from one note to another with this effect.
Equalize – Select Effects/Filters to select from a number of different EQ
effects. A number of bands in the equalizer can be adjusted to your needs.
Knock down or cut out unwanted instruments or vocals. Enhance the sounds
you do like.
Normalize – Select Effects/Normalize. Use this feature to modify all your
files to the same volume. Set the Normalize value to 100 to have all your
files be the maximum volume, and then click OK
Silence – This feature will set the volume of the selected wave portion to 0.
Using Undo
Unlimited Undo operations: You can undo many steps in reverse after
modifying using any of the operations mentioned above. Made a mistake (or
a test that failed) don't worry, you can always revert back to the past.
Saving Edit Changes
It is very important to remember that edits made by the wave editor are
“destructive” edits, meaning that the actual file is being modified and any
Media Button that is also using the same file will be affected. Clicking the
SAVE button will permanently save all changes to the current file. If you want
to create a completely new file without altering the original, use the SAVE AS
option. This option will also create a new Media Button on the current media
page.
If you have edited a file and want to return back to the original wave file,
select Edit/Revert To Original. This will bring back the original file that was
used to create the current one.
RECORD EXTERNAL AUDIO
To begin your recording session from an external source you will need to
make the connections to your L & R ‘IN’ XLR connectors. Click the NEW
button to clear out the editor. Now click the RECORD button and start you
external source. You should see the audio levels on the VU meter. Make the
proper adjustments to get the volume to average around 0VU. When your
recording is complete, click the STOP button. If you don’t want to save the
new recording, you can click NEW again and start a new recording session.
When you want to save the new recording, enter a title in the Button Title box
and click the SAVE button.
ÕIMPORTANT!
It is very important to set the audio input to the correct level—if your recorded
audio levels are consistent, this will eliminate the need to adjust volume
levels during playback at an event. This will also assure the best sound
quality possible from your analog connection. When audio is recorded and
turned up to compensate for a low level recording, noise in the signal starts
to become obvious because of the signal to noise ratio that you encounter
with all analog recording.
The optimal audio recording level is at ‘0’ VU (the highest yellow bar on the
meter); however an occasional flicker into the red zone is acceptable (as long
as it is not sustained). Make sure you take the time to do this when you
record to maximize the quality of your sound and save yourself the work of
matching levels later between Media Buttons.
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LOADING AUDIO
Audio clips can come from a variety of sources (pre-recorded audio files that
come with your Click Effects system, any CD, or commercial sponsors), and
may be edited for content (start and end times) or volume. No matter which
approach you choose for loading audio (Smart Ripper or Audio File
Importer), using Click Effects makes it as easy as record or import,
edit, click and play!
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PAGE PICKER
The PAGE PICKER is used to select the page to which Click Effects will
save newly created media buttons. There are multiple features in Click
Effects (such as CD Ripper, Import files, Wave Editor, and the Audio
Recorder) that make use of the PAGE PICKER. By default, the PAGE
PICKER will always be set to the current page on the MAIN MEDIA PAGE
when the feature is launched.
Media Bank
Buttons Remaining
Using the Page Picker
If you are using a feature in Click Effects where you can create new media
buttons, there will be a Page Picker button on that’s screen. After you click
the PAGE PICKER BUTTON, the PAGE PICKER form will appear (see
above). This will look identical to the PAGE SELECTOR on the MAIN
MEDIA PAGE only with more options. Select the desired PAGE BANK and
PAGE BUTTON to indicate the location where you want to save new MEDIA
BUTTONS. The number of available buttons on that page is displayed in the
“Buttons Remaining” box. If there are 0 buttons remaining on the selected
page, repeat the procedure and select a screen that has buttons available.
If you want to save your new MEDIA BUTTONS to the MEDIA BANK, click
the “Send To Media Bank” check box.
Once you have chosen the appropriate MEDIA PAGE or the MEDIA BANK,
click the Save button to accept your selection. Click the Cancel button if you
decide not to change the current MEDIA PAGE
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THE CLICK EFFECTS SMART RIPPER
Click Effects Pro Audio Systems now feature SMART RIPPING
TECHNOLOGY which can automate many tasks associated with bringing
audio into your system from a traditional CDA (COMPACT DISC AUDIO)
formatted audio CD.
Loading A CD To Rip
To rip audio CD tracks and save them in the desired format (WAV, MP3, or
MP2), place a CD in the CD/DVD drive of your system, then click LOAD
AUDIO / RIP CD. The Click Effects Smart Ripper will open and if your
computer is connected to the internet, it will display any album information it
was able to download for the CD. If you’re not connected to the internet, you
can enter your own information about the tracks.
Click the REFRESH button if you switch CDs and the display is not updated
automatically (or if your Click Effects system connected to the Internet after
you opened the Smart Ripper).
Adjusting Ripper Settings
To adjust Ripper settings, click the SETTINGS button to open the Audio
Settings screen. Among other things, you can use this screen to tell the
ripper how you want the audio track converted to a file. Specifically, you can
choose a sample rate, a channels setting (mono or stereo), and an audio
format (WAV, MP3, or MP2).
See the AUDIO SETTTINGS section for more details.
The default settings (44.1 K sample rate, stereo, WAV format) are
appropriate for most systems.
NOT ALL CD/DVD PLAYERS ARE THE SAME. Some will be able to rip
faster than others. If you experience problems ripping CD tracks, (pops or
clicks in your audio file) try selecting a slower Ripper Speed. To adjust the
speed, click on the Ripper Speed button and select a different speed option.
Preparing CD Tracks To Rip
Select the tracks you want to rip by clicking the box to the left of the STATUS
column for the track. (YOU MUST TICK THE CHECK BOX- HIGHLIGHTING
THE ROW DOES NOT AD IT TO THE RIP). If you change your mind, click
once on a checked box to change it back to unchecked.
If you want to select most or all of the tracks on the CD, click the SELECT
ALL button. A checkmark appears next to each track. Afterwards, just click
once on each track you don’t want to rip.
To remove all of the checkmarks, leaving none of the tracks selected, click
the SELECT ALL button.
You can edit album information, adjust ripper settings (SETTINGS button),
and choose a media page for the selected tracks (DESTINATION PAGE
button). See below for details on each of these options.
If the tracks have default titles, renaming them is ESSENTIAL.
The settings that are currently in effect are displayed on the bottom left of the
Smart Ripper. See Adjusting Ripper Settings above for more details on
mode, storage path, frequency, channels, and bit rate. See Editing Album
Information for an explanation of CDDB status.
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Ripping The Track
After you have prepared the track by entering all the track information, make
sure you have selected the desired Media Page destination where the new
Media Buttons will be created. To change the Destination Page, click the
Page Picker button. (See Using the Page Picker
When you are ready to rip the CD (you renamed any default titles first,
right?), click the RIP button.
The Smart Ripper keeps you posted on its progress by updating the
information displayed in the Status column for each selected track. When the
ripper finishes a track, it changes the status to “DONE!” and creates a new
Media Button in the first available location on the destination media page.
This process will continue until all selected tracks have been ripped.
You can eject the CD by pressing the eject button on your CD/DVD player.
Clicking the EJECT button in the Smart Ripper has the same effect, as long
as your CD/DVD player supports mechanized CD ejection.
Once you are finished ripping CDs, click the CLOSE button.
Editing Album Information
Changing album information displayed in the Smart Ripper: Learning how is
easy. Learning why takes a little more effort, but the payoff is well worth it!
To edit a track title or any other album information, double click on the text in
question and then start keying in your changes.
Now, let’s tackle a few “why” questions.
Why would I ever need to edit album information? If the tracks have
default titles, renaming them is ESSENTIAL.
The Smart Ripper uses the track titles to create file names. If you don’t
rename them and you rip another CD with default titles, you will be warned
that the file name already exists and if you chose to overwrite, the previous
file will be deleted. (Session_Track1.WAV, Session_Track2.WAV, etc.).
Ripping a CD with default titles is fast. Guessing which track is which
afterwards (without listening to it first) is not.
The Smart Ripper will not let you accidentally rip a CD without
editing default track titles first. For each and every selected track
with a default title, you will be prompted to confirm your decision
not to rename the track.
Why would default titles ever show up in the first place?
As it turns out, album information is not stored on the CD itself. The Smart
Ripper has to search the CDDB web site for title, artist, genre, year, and
album name. If your Click Effects system is not connected to the Internet or
the CDDB web site is experiencing difficulties, the Smart Ripper will be
unable to retrieve album information and will use default values instead.
Why does the Smart Ripper download album information for some of
my CDs but display default titles for others?
The CDDB web site contains information on a vast array of CDs. That being
said, there are certainly CDs that were manufactured in the distant past, or
just a few minutes ago, that have not been added to the web site yet. If the
CDDB does not include the CD you are ripping, the Smart Ripper will create
default titles for the tracks.
The CDDB website keeps track of CDs based on a combination of physical
characteristics (number of tracks, duration of tracks, etc.). So, if you make an
exact copy of a CD and the CDDB contains information for that CD, you
should be able to use either the original CD or the copy in the Smart Ripper.
In both cases, the same information should be displayed.
Let’s say your CD is almost an exact copy of another CD. Perhaps you cut
out a few seconds of canned applause at the end of the last track, but
otherwise the CDs are identical. In that situation, the Smart Ripper will not be
able to find the correct match for your CD on the CDDB website.
Why did it download the wrong album information for my CD? Suppose
the CD you want to rip contains a collection of tracks that were burned from
several other CDs. More likely than not, the Smart Ripper will search the
CDDB web site and find no matches for your home-grown album. Then
again, the CD you created might happen to have exactly the same physical
characteristics as a completely unrelated CD on the CDDB website and fill
the fields with erroneous information.
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IMPORTING AUDIO FILES
Because content may be delivered to you in a digital format other than CDA,
Click Effects offers a way to import these in their native data format without
analog recording or burning CDA formatted CDs.) The sources of these
WAVs, MP2s, WMAs and MP3s might include any of the popular online
music stores or files or a studio where they were prepared (specifically for
your production) in another DAW (Desktop Audio Workstation) or a
sequencer.
To import an existing audio track, click LOAD AUDIO / IMPORT FILE.
This will open a browse window that you can use to search the folders on
your computer. After navigating to the desired folder that contains the WAV,
MP3, or MP2 file(s) you wish to import, you can select one by clicking on it or
you can multi-select files by holding down the Ctrl-key while clicking on other
audio files. To highlight all the files in a folder, click SELECT ALL
BEFORE YOU CLICK THE IMPORT button, notice which page is displayed
in the Destination Page. All the files imported will have media buttons created
on the destination page. To place them on a different media page, click the
Page Picker button and choose a different location. See Using the Page
Picker for more details
Now you are ready to begin the import process by clicking IMPORT.
If the files you are importing are on a CD or DVD drive, then Click Effects will
copy your files onto the current audio storage drive. If the files are already on
a local hard drive, then they will not be moved or copied. A Media Button will
then be created and placed in the first available button on the Destination
Page. If the destination page fills up during the import process, you will be
prompted to select a different Destination Page for the remaining media
buttons.
See Configuring Audio Settings for more details on viewing/changing your
current storage drive
EDITING AUDIO DATA
You can edit the information displayed on media buttons on the current
media page by clicking Edit/Edit Audio Data.
To make changes to a specific media button title, artist, genre, or album
value, highlight it by dragging across the text in question and then type your
changes.
If the Use Smart Editing box is checked, any changes you make are applied
to all selected rows. For example, if you select five rows and change the
artist in one of them, the Audio Data Editor copies that change to the other
four rows. Here’s how that process looks:
First, select rows you want to edit.
<Screenshot of Edit Audio Data dialog with 5 rows selected; leave some
unselected rows between some of the selected rows>
Change a value in one row.
<Screenshot of the same Edit Audio Data dialog with edits to the artist value
in one row; don’t pick the top row>
Press the Tab key or click elsewhere on the screen to indicate that your edits
are complete. The new value immediately appears in all selected rows.
<Same dialog, new artist value appearing in all rows>
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AUDIO CUES
If you know in advance exactly which Media Buttons you need to play and
the order in which you want to play them, you can create a Cue and let Click
Effects automatically broadcast your entire play list.
Cue title
Total cue time
Open the Cue Control Panel
The CUE control panel opens automatically when you choose Cues/New
Cue or Cues/Edit Cue.
To close the CUE control panel, click the CLOSE button displayed under the
TRASH icon on the upper left-hand side of the screen.
Create an Audio Cue
To create a cue, choose Cues/New Cue. When prompted, enter a cue name
and choose OK. Next, key in a description of the cue in the DESCRIPTION
field at the bottom left of the Cue control panel.
If the control panel is already open, you can create a new cue by clicking the
NEW CUE button.
Once you have named the cue, you can add one or more Media Buttons to it
from the MEDIA BANK and/or any media page. In either case, first locate the
audio you want to add to the cue (changing to a different media page or
media bank is fine). Then, click the audio and drag it into the list box
underneath the cue name you specified. If you want to insert between two
audio clips that are already in the cue, just drop it on top of the item which
you want the new clip to follow. If you want to place it at the end of the cue,
drop it on the END label.
To reorder items in the cue, click a Media Button and drag upwards or
downwards in the list.
To remove an item from the cue, right click on it.
As you build the cue, the CUE LENGTH field displays the amount of time it
would take to play the entire cue one time through.
Selecting SINGLE PLAY will cause the cue to stop once a single audio track
has been played; CONTINUOUS PLAY will cause the entire cue to be
played without stopping and checking the LOOP box will cause the entire
cue to replay until stopped
Playing a Cue
Select the desired cue with the CUE SELECTOR drop down menu and push
the PLAY CUE button.
Deleting a Cue
Open the CUE control panel and click the down arrow in the CUE NAME
drop down menu to display a list of all cues you have created.
Click on the cue you want to delete and drag it to the TRASH icon at the
upper left-hand side of the screen.
Edit a cue
Open the CUE control panel and click the down arrow in the CUE NAME
drop down menu to display a list of all cues you have created.
Click on the cue you want to edit. You can drag new items into the cue or
delete existing items by right clicking on that item.
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HOT KEYS
ASSIGNING HOT KEYS
This utility allows you to create a shortcut to any Click Effects media button,
media page, or function by linking the button, media page or function to a key
(‘hot key’) on your keyboard. However, not all keys are available for use—
some have been reserved by Click Effects for specific system functionality,
as follows:
Ctrl+F:
Find Media Button
Ctrl+M:
Activate Media Marking
No matter which type of hot keys you assign, they may be edited individually
or collectively to revert back to the default settings that came with your
system.
Each type of hot key assignment is discussed in turn.
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Media Hot Keys
To assign a media button to any key, select HOT KEYS / MEDIA HOT
KEYS. This will open the ASSIGN HOT KEYS panel in place of the Click
Effects main control panel (see below).
Press any available key to select it. As soon as you do, it will display in the
CHOOSE A KEY window.
If you use a combination of keys for your hot key—for example, Ctrl
+ key— ‘Ctrl’ will display in the COMBO KEYS field.
If you choose a hot key that has already been assigned to
another media clip, the system will override that association and
effectively wipe it out.
Click the MEDIA button you wish to link to the key. As soon as you do, the
media title will display in the IS ASSIGNED TO: window and the media type
you have selected will display in the MEDIA TYPE window below.
You may navigate to any screen or media page when assigning hot
keys.
Click the ADD button. As soon as you do, the hot key assignment will display
in the ACTIVE HOT KEYS list box.
Click the CLOSE button to return to the main Click Effects control panel, then
press the ‘hot’ key to confirm that the system retrieves the media button you
selected.
Page Hot Keys
LE: feature not available
To assign a MEDIA PAGE button to any key, select HOT KEYS / PAGE
HOT KEYS. This will open the ASSIGN PAGE HOT KEYS panel in place of
the Click Effects main control panel (see below).
Press any available key to select it. As soon as you do, it will display in the
CHOOSE A KEY window.
If you use a combination of keys for your hot key—for example, Ctrl
+ key— ‘Ctrl’ will display in the COMBO KEYS field.
If you choose a hot key that has already been assigned to
another media clip, the system will override that association and
effectively wipe it out.
Click the MEDIA PAGE button you wish to link to the key. As soon as you
do, the Page title will display in the IS ASSIGNED TO: window.
Click the ADD button. As soon as you do, the hot key assignment will display
in the ACTIVE HOT KEYS list box.
Click the CLOSE button to return to the main Click Effects control panel, then
press the ‘hot’ key to confirm that the system selects the MEDIA PAGE you
assigned.
Function Hot Keys
To assign a predefined Click Effects function to another key, select HOT
KEYS / FUNCTION HOT KEYS. This will open the FUNCTION HOT KEYS
window (see below).
To change the assigned default hot key for a given function,
highlight the function (Stop Audio, Wave Editor, Media Mover etc.) on
the list, then press the desired HOT KEY on your keyboard. The key
you select will display in the ASIGNED KEY area and will activate the
Save button (see below).
Alternate key
selected
Restore default
settings
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Click the SAVE button to save your changes.
To restore all hot key assignments to the default settings provided
with your system, click the Restore Defaults button. The system will
warn you twice that this will remove all customized settings before
initializing the restore process. Click OK both times to restore the
default settings.
DELETING A HOT KEY
To delete an existing ‘hot key’ assignment, select the assignment from the
ACTIVE HOT KEYS list then click the DELETE button on the right. The
system will prompt you with a delete confirmation dialog box—click the YES
button to confirm the delete.
TEAM MANAGEMENT
LOAD A TEAM
This allows you to load an existing team database into Click Effects without
having to exit the program.
CREATE A NEW TEAM
This feature allows you to add another icon to your desktop and essentially
makes another version of Click Effects on your machine but you start fresh
with a database that contains only the stock factory sound effects only.
CLONE A TEAM
This feature allows you to duplicate an existing team database. Useful when
you want to create a new team but start with the media button layout from an
existing team.
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IMPORT A TEAM FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION
This feature is used when you want to import a team database from a
previous version of Click Effects. Before you can import a team, you must
have copied the team database from the previous team (a file with an
extension of .MDB) and all the associated sound files to your current
computer or you could have all the data on an external drive or CD.
DELETE A TEAM
Removes the database but keeps all the associated audio files as they may
be used in another Team.
BACK UP A TEAM
This utility creates a backup copy of your Click Effects database, and is a
very important function that guards against the loss of all of your customized
Page Banks, Screens and Media Buttons. Basically, everything you change
about the system (from the default settings) except for the actual audio files.
We recommend that you perform such backups on at least a weekly basis.
RESTORE A TEAM
This utility operates in reverse of the ‘Backup Database’ function, in that it
allows you to replace your existing database (which may have been
corrupted or otherwise damaged) with a previously saved backup version.
UTILITIES
MEDIA FINDER
This utility allows you search for a media file by title, artist, genre album or
year. To open the MEDIA FINDER window, select UTILITIES / FIND MEDIA
BUTTON (see below).
You may also press Ctrl+F to open the MEDIA FINDER window.
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Select the appropriate search field from the “Search By” list.
Select whether to conduct an QUICK (alphabetical) or ADVANCED (
INCLUSIVE search (a quick search will look for title words in left-to-right
order; an advanced search will look for any word entered, no matter where it
appears in a media button title), then enter a couple of letters of the “Search
For” field provided.
If you enter any part of a unique match, the system will automatically take
you to the page where the media file is located and highlight the media
button. However, if the title is not unique, Media Finder will list several
matches in the “MATCHES” list box underneath.
If the file is located on a media page, select the file you are looking
for, then click the GO TO button to open the page where the file is
located. However, if the media file is located in the MEDIA BANK,
the system will prompt you with a dialog box asking if you wish to
open the bank to access the file.
Once you have located the media button, you may press the Enter key on
your keyboard to play the clip.
If you do not wish to go to the location of any of the media buttons listed,
click CANCEL to return to the main control panel.
MEDIA MARKING
The Click Effects media marking utility allows you to indicate which media
clips have already been played while in Broadcast mode. To activate media
marking, select UTILITIES / MEDIA MARKING. Now, whenever you play a
Media Button, the media button will be framed in red as soon as the audio
has finished playing.
Media marking only serves to indicate which media clips have
already been played—you may play any media clip as many
times as you like.
To clear all media buttons of the red frames indicating that they have been
played, select UTILITIES / MEDIA MARKING and which will remove the
check next to the Media Marking menu option
EMPTY TRASH
This utility is used to move all the media files that are in the Click Effects
trash can into the Windows recycle bin. Before each file is moved to the
recycle bin, Click Effects will verify that no other team is using the file. After
this utility is complete you must empty your Windows recycle bin in order to
recover hard drive space.
CHANGE PASSWORD
To protect your Click Effects system from unauthorized users, select
UTILITIES / CHANGE PASSWORD. On this form you can assign a new
password or change an existing one. This password must be entered every
time you load your team. If you want to clear the password, just enter a blank
value.
MARK MISSING FILES
This feature is used to verify that every media button on your screen has a
valid file associated with it on the hard drive. To run this utility, select
UTILITIES / MARK MISSING FILES. Click Effects will immediately try to
locate every media file on the hard drive. After the search is complete, a form
will be displayed with the results. If a file can’t be located, the media button
that is associated with it will be mark with an X thru it indicating that this
media button can not be played. If you fix the problem of the missing files
(re-attaching a removable hard drive or establishing a network connection)
then you can run the utility again and the marked media buttons will be
updated.
REDO LINKS
All of the paths to all of your media files are stored in the Click Effects
database. If any of these files are moved to a different location on your hard
drive—which should never be done unless specifically instructed to do so by
a Click Effects support technician—the Redo Links utility will search all of the
hard drives within your system and attempt to relocate and reconnect all of
the media files. As the files are relinked, the Re-link form will ‘keep score’ of
the files that were successfully linked, as well as the media files that could
not be found or are not linked (Orphaned Files).
To use the Re-linking utility, select UTILITES / REDO LINKS (see below).
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In the Search Drives list box you will see all of the drives of you computer
listed. If you are connected to a network, you will see the network drives
listed as well. You should delete any drive from the list that you know does
not contain any of your media files on it (especially network drives). To do
this, click on the drive you want to delete and then click the Delete button.
To start the Re-link utility, click the START button. Please note that this
process may take a few minutes depending on how many drives you have to
search. When completed, you will see a list of the media files that were
successfully re-linked and a list of files that could not be found. Click the
EXIT button to return to the main Click Effects screen.
REPORTS
PRINT MEDIA PAGES
This option will print a copy of each media page exactly the way it looks on
your computer screen. This is useful if you want to create a note book of
your media pages for a producer to be able to make music selection from.
Select Reports/Print Media Pages. Choose YES to the message box asking
if you want to start printing media pages.
PRINT MEDIA LIST
Use this option to print an alphabetical listing of all the media buttons in your
team database. Select Reports/Print Media List
REPORT OF PLAYED ITEMS
Before this option is useful, you must have turned on the Play Logging
option. After you turn on the Logging option, any media buttons that are
played will be logged in a database so you can create Played Item reports
from that information.
Select Reports/Report of Played Items. Before you generate the report, you
must select the Start Date and Time and the End Date and time. Click in the
time sections and change to the desired start and stop times. Then click in
the calendar control to select the start and stop dates. Once you have
completed that, click the Create Report button .
You can also generate a report of selected media items. Under the Report
Criteria, choose Select Media. Click the ADD button, this will display the
Media Picker form. You can type a title in the Media Title box or click on an
item in the list box to select it. Then click the SELECT button to add your
selection to the Select Media box. Repeat this procedure until all items have
been chosen. Also note that you can hold down the Ctrl key to multi-select
items. Click the CLOSE button to return to the Play Activity Report form. You
can delete items from the list if you choose by selecting the item in the list
and clicking the DELETE button. Now click CREATE REPORT.
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Before the report is generated, you will have a choice to send the report to
the printer, create a PDF file or create an Excel file. If you don’t have a
printer attached to you Click Effects computer, you should choose the PDF
option. The PDF or Excel file will be created in the
C:\CLICKEFFECTS\AUDIO\REPORTS directory.
SYSTEM SETTINGS
Click Effects system settings determine how the system functions as a
whole. Select SETTINGS/ AUDIO
Master Volume
The Master Volume is the master output level used when broadcasting.
Click the volume control and then move it – down to decrease the master
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volume or up to increase the master volume. By default, the Master Volume
is set to the maximum value.
Fade Speed
The Fade Speed controls how quickly a Media Button fades out when you
stop it manually, such as by clicking the STOP control in the Broadcast
control panel. The default value is 1 second. To increase the amount of time
it takes for an audio to fade out, click the up arrow control. To decrease the
amount of fade time, click the down arrow control.
Cross Fade Threshold
The Cross fade Threshold controls the amount of time it takes to transition
from the currently broadcasting audio to the next audio in cue. By default,
this value is five seconds.
Here’s how cross fading works: Suppose audio1 is currently broadcasting
and audio2 is cued up. Five seconds before the end of audio1, the cross fade
starts -- audio1 starts automatically fading to nothing as audio2 starts playing
at its normal volume.
To increase the amount of time the cross fade lasts, click the up arrow
control. To decrease the amount of time, click the down arrow control.
Auto Fade Value
The Auto Fade-To Value controls how low the volume will fade to when you
use the FADE button in the Volume control panel. The FADE button is useful
when you need to decrease the volume of the audio that is broadcasting so
that, for example, an announcement can be made over your PA system.
When the announcement is complete, you then fade back to the full
broadcast volume.
If you want the audio broadcasting in the background to be louder, click the
slider control and move it upwards. To make audio broadcasting in the
background softer, move the control downwards.
Broadcast Audio Card
If your computer has more then one sound card installed, you can select the
card to be used for Broadcast Audio.
OPTION
List of Available
Sound Cards
RESULTS IN…
Select the appropriate audio card to use for Broadcast Mode.
Audition Audio Card
If your computer has more then one sound card installed, you will be able to
make use of the Audition feature. If you only have one sound card, the
Audition Button will be disabled.
OPTION
List of Available
Sound Cards
RESULTS IN…
Select the appropriate audio card to use for Audition Mode. You can
not select the same card as the Broadcast Sound Card.
Media Button Properties
OPTION
RESULTS IN…
Show Artist
If checked, the Artist field on the media button will be shown.
Show Genre
If checked, the Genre field on the media button will be shown
Sample Rate
OPTION
RESULTS IN…
48 K
48000 samples per second (Highest Quality, Largest Files)
44.1 K
44100 samples per second (Recommended Option)
32 K
32000 samples per second
22 K
22000 samples per second (Lowest Quality)
Channels
OPTION
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Mono
If selected, recorded files will be stored in Mono.
Stereo
If selected, recorded files will be stored in Stereo.
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Audio Format
OPTION
RESULTS IN…
WAV
If selected, recorded files will be stored in uncompressed PCM WAV
format. This is the highest quality and the default setting
MP3
If selected, recorded files will be stored in MP3 format for optimal
quality in smaller files. The Bit Rate list box will appear enabling the Bit
Rate to be set. A rate of 320 bps is the best quality and the default
setting.
MP2
If selected, recorded files will be stored in MPG Layer 2 format
Default Editor
OPTION
RESULTS IN…
MEDIA BUTTON
EDITOR
If selected, the media button that was clicked while holding down the
Ctrl-key will be loaded into the Media Button Editor.
WAVE EDITOR
If selected, the media button that was clicked while holding down the
Ctrl-key will be loaded into the Wave Editor.
Current Storage Drive
Select the hard drive that you want ripped or recorded files to be stored.
Require Media Files To Be On Local Hard Drive
If checked, all files that are imported, ripped or recorded into your Click
Effects system will be stored on a local hard drive. You will not be able to
store files on a network or removable media. If unchecked, then you may
store files on any drive connected to the computer.
Show 10 Sec. Count Down
If checked, the TIME REMAINING field on the BROADCAST control panel
changes to a larger, attention-catching display that counts down the last 10
seconds of the audio that is currently playing. If unchecked, there will be no
changes in the TIME REMAINING field.
SAVING AUDIO SETTINGS
To save any changes to your AUDIO SETTINGS, click the SAVE button. To
discard any changes to these settings, click the CANCEL button.
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AT THE GAME
OK, you’re at the game, you know the system, you’ve defined your system
settings, you’ve recorded your media clips, you’ve customized your media
pages, your cues are in order, and you’re set to go! A reminder of the basics
Now that you are familiar with all components of your Click Effects system,
it’s time to ‘strategize’ for the game so that you can maximize sponsor
effectiveness and play off of every game event that occurs—including the
unexpected!
MEDIA PAGES
Even if you have already customized your Click Effects audio pages at this
point, you may wish to review your screen setup to make sure you can
readily identify and access the types of files you will need at any point in the
game (player identification, sponsor scenarios, intermissions, time outs,
plus—for baseball, for example—hits, runs, walks, strikes, outs, bad calls,
etc.).
Create individual media pages for each type of event you
anticipate, and group your media buttons accordingly.
Also remember that any media files within your Media Bank might be difficult
to recognize and access quickly by title—especially if you do not remember
the title when you are in the middle of a game (!).
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Try to anticipate which media clips you will want to use in the
course of the game, then drag them out of your Media Bank and
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HOT KEYS
Hot keys may be used to link to either a media button or a Click Effects
function. Some hot key uses are exceptionally valuable:
Ctrl+F = FIND MEDIA BUTTON
This is perhaps one of the most valuable hot keys you will use on a regular
basis.
ALPHABETIZE EVENTS
Try to define your hot keys (for either media buttons or Click Effects
functions) using a first letter that ties in to the subject matter of the link. This
will make the hot key easier to remember and more intuitive to use, for
example:
For football, make 1 = 1st Down, T = Touchdown, D = Defense
For baseball, make H = Hit, R = Run, S = Strike, W = Walk
PREPARING FOR THE UNEXPECTED
Many things can happen at games that are entirely unexpected, but you may
be able to anticipate some of them, if you take the time to let your
imagination wander. Some possible scenarios include…
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Bloopers: Any standard types of errors you might be prepared for?
Running into an obstruction? Missing an easy catch? Pileup over the
wrong player?
Weather-related events: What’s the forecast for game day? Could
there be rain? Lightning? Thunder? Snow? Hail?
Mechanical failure (other than your PA system): Could the sprinklers
go off by accident? Could a baseball bat break? Perhaps one of the
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FAQS
QUESTION?
I’ve downloaded music from I-Tunes or Napster…..why can’t I play them in
Click Effects?
ANSWER
I-Tunes, Napster and other sources for downloadable music typically use a
proprietary file format designed specifically for THEIR application. The files
from these sites can typically only be played in their own software.
QUESTION?
Why can’t I digitally copy my music CD?
ANSWER
Some homemade or home burnt CDs may not be compatible with your
hardware. Or, they may contain software errors that could prevent them from
being digitally copied. This is not a universal situation where it can be
expected to happen every single time, but has to be determined on a case by
case basis. Also, some newer store-bought CDs have digital copy protection
built into them, preventing digital copy or other reproduction of the product.
QUESTION?
When performing a digital copy, some information about tracks and artist(s)
is reported incorrectly. Why does this happen?
ANSWER
Click Effects is not the component of your system that discerns that kind of
information. That kind of information is provided by a free, independent online organization and on occasion, their information may not be complete or
some information may be incorrect. In addition, in the case of homemade
CDs, your computer will put an identification number on the CD. If that
number happens to match the number of an existing store-bought CD, the
on-line information company will “recognize” that CD as the store-bought CD
that they have stored in their system. You can manually change the
information to make it correct.
QUESTION?
Why am I not able to use my “audition mode” on my system?
ANSWER
There are two possibilities for this scenario. First, this will happen if you don’t
have an on board sound card in your computer. Second, it’s possible that
the audition soundcard has not been selected in the system settings for Click
Effects.
QUESTION?
I have purchased a professional quality audio sound card (Digigram Audio
Card), but when I’m in the “broadcast” mode, I’m getting no audio.
ANSWER
With this setup, in order to hear audio signal, you must connect to an audio
sound system through the provided XLR or 1/8 inch mini-jacks provided with
the Digigram card.
QUESTION?
I need to transfer my existing Click Effects 6.0 information to a new
computer. How do I accomplish this?
ANSWER
We are currently working on an easy to use “plug-in” for this process. In the
interim, please contact customer support for assistance.
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If you purchased a 6.x series system, it was shipped with a professional
quality sound card and audio cables. The chart below contains technical
details regarding your new card and system.
Sampling Frequency
22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz available
(complying with AES-11)
Signal / Noise Ratio
Better than 93 dB (un-weighted)
Total Harmonic Distortion +
Noise
Better than - 90 dB (un-weighted)
(0.003%) with 1kHz signal at -1 dB FS (+21
dBu).
Frequency Response
(20Hz/20kHz): ± 0.1 dB
Difference in Phase
(20Hz/20kHz): 0.2° / 2°
Inter-channel Isolation
Better than -95 dB
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