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Preface
Congratulations! You now own a high-performance digital audio lab, which is perfect
for cleaning your records, tapes, CD tracks, MP3 collections, audio or video files,
enhancing the sound, combining your media in any order, and burning or exporting
everything in optimum quality directly onto CD or DVD.
The volume and sound on each track can be perfectly synced and equalized. Various
audio formats can be combined, simultaneously edited, and burned. The method is
especially easy and clear, since automatic settings, assistants and step-by-step
instructions make sure that the process goes smoothly and easily. Neither previous
experience using the software nor long processing time are necessary.
The print manual provides an introduction and tutorial that explains all the most
important features with step-by-step instructions.
In addition, an electronic manual is supplied in PDF, which systematically explains all
of the program's components one after the other. You can also use the program's help
file by pressing "F1". If you prefer to discover the many possibilities of the program by
yourself, then use the PDF manual and help file simply as a reference. An alphabetical
index is included for this purpose.
Have fun with MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
The MAGIX team.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Copyright
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Preface
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Support
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Introduction
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What is MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium?
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MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium and MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 201613
What’s New in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
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Features
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Quick start
Load and playback audio files
Cleaning
Mastering
Object effects
Remove unwanted sections
Retouch short noises such as clicks or pops
Set track marker
Export
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Overview of the program interface
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Track window and constant control elements
The master track
Control elements on the right side of the track window
Buttons under the track window
Monitor
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Import
Files
CD
LP/Cassette/Voice recording
Digital
Web radio
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Cutting and arranging objects
What are objects?
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Project
Adjust object volume
Fading objects in and out
Reducing and increasing the length of objects
Splitting objects
Deleting and moving objects
Fading objects
Draw volume curves
Set track marker
Change song order
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Cleaning
Choose preset
Using the effect modules
Detailed view of the effects
Auto Cleaning
Object effects
DeClicker/DeCrackler
Declipper
Dehisser
DeNoiser
Remove DC offset
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Mastering
Auto mastering
Stereo Enhancer
Brilliance enhancer
Parametric 6-band equalizer
Equalizer (graphic)
Reverb/Echo
Echo (delay)
Sound Cloner
Video sound optimizer
Dynamics
MultiMax
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Plug-ins
VST PlugIn Editor
essentialFX
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Energizer (plug-in)
Analogue Modelling Suite: AM-Track SE
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Tracks
Track Agent
Markers/Positions
ID3 Tags
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Export
Files
Settings
Video
Audio CD
Data disc
Share
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File Menu
New Project
Load project
Save Project
Save project as
Burn project backup onto CD/DVD / Burn data CD/DVD
Load audio file
Load video sound
Loading an audio CD
Import DVD audio
Record
Export audio
Export video
Internet
Delete old projects
Exit
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Edit Menu
Undo
Redo
Undo list
Set marker
Split
Remove object beginning
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Remove object end
Cut
Copy
Paste
Delete
Remove pauses
Voice over
Batch conversion
Load/Save realtime effects settings
Apply all realtime effects
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Effects menu
Normalize object volume
Loudness adjustment
Isolate Stereo Channels
Switch channels
Invert phase
Backwards
Resampling/Timestretching
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CD menu
Set track marker
Set Pause marker
Set track marker automatically
Set track marker on the object edges
Split objects at marker positions
Set auto pause length
Remove markers
Delete all markers
Delete CD track
Create audio CD
Show CD-R drive information
Show CD-R disc information
ID3 Editor
Print CD cover
Get CD track information online (freedb)
Query album information recording online (freedb)
CD info options
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Options menu
Mouse mode
Display two tracks
Stereo display
Display volume curve
Overview mode
Program interface
Lock/Ripple/Freely moving objects
Playback parameters
Units of measurement
Mouse snap active
Auto crossfade mode active
Display values scale
Options for track marker recognition
Path settings
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Share menu
Publish online
Use as background music
Add to music collection
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Help menu
Help
Display tips
Tutorial videos...
magix.info
Register online
Update online
Deactivate Program
Activate additional functions
About MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium
Restore original program behavior
Speech
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Keyboard layout and mouse-wheel support
Keyboard layout
Mouse wheel support
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If you still have questions
Tips for Program Help
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System requirements
Uninstalling the program
Serial number
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More about MAGIX
MAGIX Online World
magix.info
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Index
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Support
Support
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The only requirement for use is product registration at www.magix.com
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Information regarding other audio software installed
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Introduction
Introduction
What is MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium?
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium is a gentle but powerful cleaner for all kinds
of acoustic material including records, tapes, CD tracks, speech recordings and MP3s.
Digital cleaning removes everything from light crackling to severe interference on
scratched records, old cassettes and MP3s that have been compressed too many
times. A fine polish of the sound brings new life to every song and the disc-burning
function lets you save your sensitive sound material on audio or data CD to protect it
from further damage.
Individual tracks, even individual passages within a track can be given their own effect
settings. Additionally, the entire sound can be cleaned up, refreshed, and especially
important for compilations, the volume can be balanced.
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium is fast, easy-to-use and very gentle: Almost
all effects are calculated in realtime during playback without damaging the recorded
material in the least. The original recordings and songs remain untouched on the hard
disk. This means you can experiment as much as you like without having to worry
about causing any lasting damage to your audio material.
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium and
MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium comes in two versions, MAGIX Audio
Cleaning Lab 2016 and MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium. This program help
file and manual describes the functions in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
Program functions that are not available in the "smaller" version MAGIX Audio
Cleaning Lab 2016 are indicated throughout document. The control elements
illustrated in the help file and manual represent the MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium interface. In the smaller version the interface is similar and only has a
different base color.
The following functions are only available in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium
and are not in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016:
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Detailed editing with effects: In MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 the individual
effects in the cleaning and mastering sections can be controlled by selecting
presets and using the effect intensity slider. The interfaces for advanced effect
settings are not available.
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24-bit Recording: The default setting for recording is CD quality (44.1 kHz sample
rate, 16-bit resolution). MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium can record at
higher resolutions and bit rates if the sound card supports it.
Second track: In MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium there is a second
audio track which enables you to mix music with speech and other sounds. This
makes it possible to include spoken commentary parallel to the other audio in a
video recording.
More analyzer types: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium offers nine
different analyzers - MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 only offers two.
VST Effects: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium offers the VST effect
plug-ins AM-Track SE, Energizer and the Essential FX supports the integration of
third-party VST effects as well.
Video editing: Load and edit the video sound. The Video Sound Optimizer effects
and the video preview monitor are only available in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab
2016 Premium.
Batch processing
Spectral view and spectral editing
Improved Auto Mastering: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium uses object
effects for the Auto Mastering process which leads to better results, especially in
projects that contain audio from various sources.
What’s New in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
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Record Web radio. You can now record audio streamings, e.g. web radio
programs, online. An extensive database of available web radio stations is
included. Note: Web radio is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Record output: Real digital recording of the computer output, e.g. video or music
streaming services in the browser.
Download CD Cover: CD cover graphics can be downloaded automatically from
the Internet.
For 4K & HD monitors: The screen is now optimized for high-resolution monitors.
Scrub slider: (only Premium version): Fast forward and rewind like in the good old
analog days.
Effects: The effects have been completely redesigned, optimized for touch operation and integrated in the interface.
Auto Mastering: The auto mastering has been redesigned and now offers even
quicker analysis and rapid A/B comparison.
Alternative interface: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 can alternatively use the
interface colors of MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Preview monitor : The preview monitor can now be scaled and undocked as
desired.
Improved visualization: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 offers an expanded
selection of analyzers.
More effect presets.
Introduction
Features
Import
You can either import existing audio files in many conventional formats into MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium or simply use MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium to record your own music. Whether from cassette, tape, LP, or Internet
streaming, with only a few clicks you can digitize your music and edit it further with
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
Cleaning
The key feature of MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium is its ability to remove
unpleasant noise in music and enhance the overall sound. There are numerous
professional tools available for this such as the "DeClicker", "DeCrackler", "DeClipper",
"DeNoiser" (including DeRumbler preset), and "DeHisser". You can also add several
sound effects to your music.
Mastering
So that your recordings sound optimal, a selection of mastering tools are available to
you once you have cleaned up the audio material. Try them out yourself to see which
settings are the best, or let MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium do the work for
you by searching for the best settings automatically. For more detailed information
about the tools, please read MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium's help file.
Export
Of course, you can also export your recordings. There is a wide range of formats
available which enable you to enjoy your recordings anywhere you like.
Audio Import: WAV, MP3, WMA, AIFF, OGG Vorbis, M3U, CUE, CD-A, FLAC, AAC3
Audio Export: WAV, MP31, WMA, AIFF, OGG Vorbis, CD-A, FLAC, AAC3, DataCD/DVD
Video import/export2: MPEG-24, MPEG-4 (incl. AVCHD)4, MOV, WMV, MXV
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Requires Microsoft Media Player
Not in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016
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Requires free activation
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Quick start
In this chapter, we will guide you through all of the important functions in MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium step-by-step. You don't need any special
experience; just some time for recordings and hard drive space.
With MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium you can load audio material from a
number of different sources into projects in order to clean it up, edit it, or export it.
Analog material like records or tapes have to be digitized first so that it can be
processed by the computer. The recording function in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium can be used for this purpose.
Load and playback audio files
After starting the program, MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 displays an empty project
window. You are in the "Import" section, which is recognizable by the lit button below
the project window.
In the import area you can choose from seven (six in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab
2016) different options, depending on what type of audio material is to be edited:
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You can load your audio files, e. g. in MP3 format, by clicking the "Audio files"
button. This will open the file browser.
You can import audio CDs via the "CD" button.
You can record records or audio cassettes using the "Record" or "Cassette"
buttons.
Speech recordings are created using a connected microphone in the "Speech"
area.
"Digital" can be used to record the current playback of the computer, e.g. the
Internet browser.
"Web radio" allows you to record web radio stations.
The file browser works like the Windows file explorer. Search for the files in the file
system of the computer and select them with the mouse. Several individual files can be
selected with Ctrl + mouse click. For a group of files, click on the first file first, then
press shift and click on the last file. Click on "Import".
Quick start
After import, a waveform display of the audio track appears in the main window. Each
file is symbolized by an individual checkbox, a so-called "object". (For more
information on the objects can be found in the chapter Cutting and arranging objects
view page 54).
The waveform display gives you an idea of the audio track's progression. Even some
noises can be recognized. Crackling, for example, creates a clearly identifiable spike in
the waveform.
Below to the right, you'll find the transport controls for playback, stop and moving the
playback marker. You'll be familiar with these functions from other playback devices.
Use the mouse for quicker navigation: If you click on a position in the timeline above
the waveform display, the position line will be moved exactly to this position. You can
start and stop the track by pressing the spacebar of your keyboard.
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Cleaning
There are many different types of noise. Let's start with the easiest ones: Constant
humming or irritating hissing. These kinds of noise are usually caused by tape
recorders, record players or microphones and are audible throughout the complete
track. Find out how to get rid of these irritating noises:
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Switch to the "Cleaning" section.
In the middle of the function area you can now find various function modules for noise
removal that can be used individually or combined. If you click on one of these
modules, you will find explanations regarding purpose and workflow of the individual
module on the info monitor located in the bottom right-hand corner. To the left side of
them, you can find presets for the entire Cleaning area, sorted into headings depending
on the sound source of the source material (record, cassette,...).
The modules are operated in the same way:
You can use the knob to control the
amount of each cleaning effect.
Quick start
If you are not satisfied with the presets
in the start dialog, you can choose
further presets using the arrow menu.
To get an idea of how the selected
effect affects your audio material, you
can turn it on and off by clicking on the
symbol in the left-hand corner.
The cog wheel button at bottom right is
used to open a user interface where you
can set other parameters of the effect.
Note: The advanced effect settings are not available MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab
2016.
Depending on the effect unit, you can specify very effective audio editing settings here.
To do so, it's necessary to know a bit about audio editing though. Usually, however, you
will not need these special functions, but they can be useful in complex cases. You can
find more information in the "Cleaning effects" (view page 61) chapter.
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Mastering
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Click on the "Mastering" button.
"Mastering" is the second effects area and is meant for optimizing audio material. For
example, you can increase the volume of the music (Multimax), copy the audio
characteristics of a particular musical style (Sound Cloner, view page 80) or sonically
"freshen up" old MP3s with a low bit rate (Brilliance Enhancer, view page 76).
Here you will also find a column with preset categories and the various effect modules
on the right.
The functionality of the optimization effects is the same in principle: Adjust the
strength of the effect via the slider, switch the effect on and off to compare the
advanced settings of an effect by clicking on the symbol in the bottom right-hand
corner (not in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016).
Object effects
If you combine the audio material from various sources, it's normally not sensible to
apply cleaning and mastering effects to all objects in the same way. Tape recordings
typically have different noise than LP recordings. Therefore, there are two different
ways you can use the effects: Project effects and Object effects.
In the cleaning and mastering area you can see how the two types of effects are
applied. "Project" is the default setting.
The settings for project effects are applied to the entire sound, i.e. for all objects in the
master track. Each object can also have its own individual effect settings. To add an
effect to an object, click on "Object".
This will highlight the object that you want to edit. There are also many audio effects
available. These effects can be set separately for every object in the master track .
Quick start
Remove unwanted sections
Now let's take a look at some special kinds of audio noise that occur when something
bangs against the microphone. These types of clicks, pops, rustling or even longer
unwanted sounds can be cut out of the track by using the scissors tool in the track
window.
Note: This technique is only useful if the noise is the only sound and nothing else
should be heard. If a click or pop occurs in the middle of the music, it's better to use
the Retouching clicks and pops method described in the section below(view page 22).
Play the audio track and search for the section that you want to cut out.
Set the position line in front of this section.
Now click on the scissors icon. This will cut the object at this position.
Now place the playback marker behind the section that you want to remove and
cut again.
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Select the object in the middle and delete it by pressing the "Delete" key.
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The back of the object automatically moves back and slightly overlaps with the front
part of the object. You can use the handles to make fine adjustments to the transition.
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There are handles at the top left and right hand corners, which allow you to create
fade ins and outs.
The handle at the top center is for adjusting the volume. If you pull it downwards,
the volume of the object is reduced.
The handles at the bottom left and right corners adjust the object borders. You
can fine tune your cuts by extending or contracting the object.
Retouch short noises such as clicks or pops
Let's take a look at a quick and elegant way of retouching short noises such as pops
and clicks using a pen tool.
Note: You can't undo editing that you did with the waveform drawing tool. After
selecting the pen tool, you can decide if you want play it safe and edit in a copy of the
file or proceed directly in the original material.
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Search for a section in the material where you hear crackling and set the playback
marker to that position.
Zoom into that section so that you can see the details of the waveform display.
You can either use the zoom button in the bottom right corner of the track
window.
Take a close look. Can you see the click or pop? Look for a "mountain" that is flat
on top or exceeds its surroundings.
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Select the Wave Draw mode ("Options" > "Wave Draw mode").
The mouse pointer turns into a pen which you can use to draw directly into the
waveform. If you click, the zoom level increases automatically and you can draw. It's
about trying to turn the flat form a bit more into a peak and moving it slightly towards
the bottom. The critical section should then look like this at the end:
If you play back the material now, the cracks have disappeared.
Set track marker
Your recording is now ready and should be burned to CD. For burning to CD and also
exporting to individual MP3 files, you now need track markers in the project that
indicate where a new song starts in a recording.
To do so, switch to the "Tracks & Names" view.
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Here you have the opportunity of checking and changing track markers and names.
For records or cassettes, there is an automatic system that already sets the track
markers during the recording using the silence between the tracks. This means that all
track markers are probably already set after the recording, but you may have to move
one or other of them slightly. And, of course, the tracks still need to be correctly
named.
Click on freedb. Audio & Music Lab tries to determine the names of the tracks from an
online database using the special combination of track lengths. If that doesn't work,
whether you like it or not you will have to enter them by hand. Double-click on a name
(album, artist, name of the individual tracks) in the middle of the window in order to
change it.
Under ID3 Editor you can access other editing options, e.g. for changing the order of
the tracks. Click on CD Cover to automatically load a cover from the Internet.
Export
After you have "cleaned up" the material, you can export it either song by song as MP3
or WAV files or all songs on the track as an audio CD.
To do this, switch to the "Export" interface.
There are various export options available. "Files" saves the music on the hard drive as
an MP3 or Wave file. Use "Audio CD" or "Data disc" to burn your project to CD. The
"Share" option can be used to upload files to social networks and the online storage
service showfy.
To save your project (view page 54) go to "File" > "Save project". This does not save
the actual music, but instead saves all of the edits made in Audio & Music Lab in case
you want to change something later or burn another CD.
Overview of the program interface
Overview of the program interface
Program interface of MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 - The interface of MAGIX Audio Cleaning
Lab 2016 looks a bit different, but works in exactly the same way.
Menu bar: Here you'll find all the features available in MAGIX Audio & Music
Lab 2016
Overview track: The entire project is displayed here. The area that you are
currently editing is highlighted.
Track: Here you can perform detailed editing of the audio material (view page
54).
Editing buttons: Here you'll find buttons for important editing functions like
split objects (view page 56) or delete and set track marker. The "Undo" and
"Redo" buttons are also found here
Work areas: Here you switch between the Import (loading and recording of
audio material), cleaning, mastering (sound cleaning and improvement), tracks
(names and sequence of the songs) and exporting (saving ready-to-use audio
files, burning or sharing on the Internet) work areas.
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Transport console: Controls track playback.
Presets: Presets for the cleaning and mastering effects according to the audio
material. You can hide the presets using the up arrow.
Project/Object: Here you can determine whether an effect will be applied to
the whole project or only to a selected object
Effects section: Here you can access the individual cleaning (view page 61) or
mastering effects (view page 73).
Master volume: Here you can set the master volume of the track. The limiter
prevents clipping and the auto function enables the volume to be automatically
optimized.
Monitor area: Also displays the InfoBox with help texts on the effects that are
offered, visualization of the audio signal or the video preview (not in MAGIX
Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Track window and constant control elements
Track window and constant control elements
This chapter describes the display and control elements which are available to you
independently from the selected section in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium
The master track
Audio material display
All of a project's audio material is displayed in the master track of the track window as
a waveform. The waveform corresponds with the acoustic properties of the material.
This means that there isn't anything to listen to at places where there isn't anything
visually; higher waves mean high volumes. The tracks waveform display forms the
most important basis for locating specific passages.
The display is compressed, meaning that the waveform is displayed as a ratio of loud
passages to quiet passages. This ensures correct display for quieter sections at the
beginning or end of a song.
Position line
During playback a thin line will move horizontally from the left to the right over the
master track. This is the position line, which indicate, which part of the wave form is
currently reproduced. The last starting point of the playback is indicated by a small
triangle in the master track. The position line will jump back to that position, once
playback has finished.
Timeline/Marker
The timeline is located above the track. It shows the time position in the project. The
measurement unit for the time position can be changed in "Options" > "Measurement
Unit". You can choose from: samples, milliseconds, hours/minutes/seconds, and CD
frames.
The markers are also displayed in the timeline. There are two different types of marker.
Track markers show where new CD tracks begin and where new files start when
exporting MP3s. More information about this is available under Set track marker
(view page 58).
Simple markers can be used to tag specific positions in a project.
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To move markers, simply click on them and move them with the mouse. Clicking on a
marker moves the position line to that position in the project. If the position line is on a
marker, it can be removed using the Del key.
Overview track
The overview track lets you select the project section which is displayed in the track display
(displayed in blue).
The track window now includes an additional overview track with a reduced display of
the complete project. Now you can work at a specific position or on a certain song
while maintaining an overview of the complete project and quickly navigate to areas
that need more work. In the overview track you can also select the song or position in
the material to be displayed in the track window.
Move the section to the part of the project simply by clicking in the overview track; the
zoom level remains the same. Define a new range in the overview track by clicking and
dragging. Vertical yellow lines indicate the markers in the overview track.
Use the "Overview mode" entry in the "Options" menu to show/hide the overview
track.
Video preview strips
When a video file is loaded the video footage will be displayed as a filmstrip. This
makes it easier and quicker to find specific scenes in the video. The further you zoom
into the video the more images will be displayed, all the way until you reach individual
frames.
Note: Video sound editing is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Track window and constant control elements
Navigation
The task of the transport controls is to help you navigate through the audio material in
the master track. Here you can find functions that you will already now from your old
tape recorder. You can get more information in the chapter Transport controls (view
page 34).
The simplest solution, however, is to navigate directly in the track: a mouse click on the
time ruler will set the starting point for the playback (even if playback is already
running!) The space bar starts and stops playback.
Zoom
The waveform display allows you to recognize certain parts of the material from the
shape. For many tasks it is quite useful to enlarge the waveform display. For detailed
editing, e.g. editing with the scissor tool, there are several zoom options:
Quick zoom: For quick zooming it is sufficient to click with the mouse in the timeline,
keep the mouse button pressed down and move it up or down. This way, you can
quickly zoom the cursor in and out at any position without releasing the mouse.
The +/- zoom button at the bottom right corner of the track
window zoom in/out the display.
This enlarges the central area of the track window. Clicking on the adjacent triangle
opens the zoom menu. Here you can open different zoom and navigation commands
(view page 29).
By selecting an area in the overview track (view page 28), you can also determine the
visible section of the project. The overview track is located above the track window and
displays the entire project irrespective of the selected zoom level.
You can click on this symbol or the "a" key to quickly restore the fullscreen view
of the project.
Moving the scroll bar forward and backward allows you to quickly navigate through the
project. Dragging the scroll bar ends adjusts the size, which also zooms in and out of
the project.
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Zoom settings
Command
Keyboard shortcut
Play/Position marker
Description
Commands for quickly editing
the playback position
Marker left
Alt + right
Marker right
Alt + left
Object border left
Shift + Alt + right
Object edge right
Shift + Alt + left
The play marker can be moved
quickly between the markers.
The play marker can be quickly
moved from object edge (object
start and end) to object edge.
Zoom ranges
Show all
A
The entire project is visible.
Zoom 1s
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Zoom 10 s
0
The visible section of the project
is quickly set to the selected
value.
Zoom 60 s
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Zoom 4 min
4
Zoom 10 min
Shift + 0
Vertical zoom
Zoom into waveform
Ctrl + Cursor down
Zoom out of waveform
Ctrl + Cursor up
Vertically zooms in and out of
the wave shape. This is useful for
locating the crossover point (for
precise sample editing).
Track window and constant control elements
Control elements on the right side of the track
window
On the right side of the waveform display you'll find various buttons that influence the
display and playback of the project.
Master fader
This slider adjusts the output
level of the track. For maximum
sound quality, the project should
be optimally controlled.
Use the "Auto" button to find this
optimum level automatically. To
do this, set the position line just
in front of the loudest position in
the project and start playback.
(The loudest position can be
found by locating the highest
peak of the waveform display).
After you have played the
loudest part of the range, click on
the "Auto" button to the right of
the volume control. MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016
automatically adjusts the level so
that the loudest part of the range
just played back is exactly 0 dB this will be the maximum
volume.
Note: The master fader adjusts the volume of the project which means that it will be
exported at this volume. The Monitor fader (view page 37) can be used to set the
playback volume for editing.
Peak meter display
The display beside the master fader is a peak meter and shows the peak level of the
audio in the track during playback. For stereo tracks the the left bar shows the level of
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the left channel and the right bar shows the level of the right channel. Both bars react
together for mono tracks.
Stereo
If the stereo button is activated, the waveform display of the
audio material for both stereo channels will be displayed
separately.
This view is useful to visually monitor processing of the material in the stereo
panorama, or to locate precise crossover points during editing operations.
Volume curve
Use the "Volume" button to activate a volume curve (view
page 58).
2 tracks
Use the "2 tracks" button to create a second stereo track, e.g. if you
want to create transitions between two songs or to "park" a song
on the additional track for the meantime.
An additional track provides a better overview when there are multiple objects in play.
All objects can be moved randomly between the tracks. If moved between tracks while
holding the "Shift" key, the horizontal position will be retained, i.e. only the track is
changed. On the lower "shunting" track you can move the objects without moving the
subsequent ones as well. Materials which are placed over one another will be played
back simultaneously and burned on CD. If this is desired, then the volume level at this
position should be monitored, since objects which are playing back simultaneously add
to the overall volume.
Note: The second track is not available MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Ripple
This button controls the behavior of subsequent objects when
objects are deleted and moved (view page 56).
Spectral display
In addition to the waveform display, this button allows a
spectral display of the audio material to be shown as well.
Spectral display equates the X axis (horizontal) to the time dimension. In contrast to
the waveform display, whereby the height of the waveform only indicates the total level
Track window and constant control elements
of the signal, the spectral display shows the level of each of the audio signal's individual
frequencies. The actual level of each frequency is indicated by the color of the points in
the spectrogram image.
The whole color spectrum is used to display the volume of individuals frequencies. Pink
indicates loud sounds in a frequency range, green indicates the areas with middle
volume and red the very quiet sounds (in the preset color palette). Black is used for
silence and white for maximum volume. Other different color palettes can be selected
in the menu "Options -> Spectral display".
The spectral display is significantly more processor-heavy than the normal waveform
display, so redrawing after a section changes is always slightly delayed. This delay is
increased the further the zoom is extended, since MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
needs to include more and more data for calculation of the display. For this reason,
spectral display is only available from a certain zoom level.
Spectral display of the audio enables specific disturbances in the audio material to be
detected. Crackling can be recognized by vertical lines across the entire frequency
spectrum; continuous disturbing sounds can be detected by horizontal lines.
This display also makes it easier to find sections in a song quickly, since instrumental
changes can be clearly seen in the spectrum. On the other hand, the waveform display
will not indicate changes if the volume level does not fluctuate.
Note: The spectral display is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
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Limiter
The limiter can be switched on to reduce clipping. This device
works sound-neutrally and provides a final guard against
extreme levels.
Bypass
You can use this button to turn all effects on or off to compare
the edited material with the original.
Buttons under the track window
Markers
Opens a menu with different functions to set track markers (view page 142)
automatically.
Undo
In the project you can undo the last changes you made. This way, it's no
problem if you want to try out critical operations. If you don't like the result,
you can always revert to the previous state using "Undo".
Shortcut:
Ctrl + Z
Redo
The “Redo” function undoes the previous “Undo” function.
Keyboard shortcut:
Shift + Y
Transport console
The transport console determines the playback position in the project. The current
playback position is indicated by the position line, a thin vertical line in the track
window. Use the transport console to start and stop playback, move forward and
backward within the project and set the playback position back to the very beginning.
Track window and constant control elements
Return to start: Resets the position line to the start of the project
(also works during playback).
Next Track/Previous Track: Sets the playback position at the next
or previous track marker.
Stop: Stops playback, the position line jumps back to the starting
position
Play: Starts playback; clicking again stops playback at the current
playback position.
Record: Begins recording. Right-clicking opens the settings dialog
for recording where you can define the recording format, level and
other.
Loop: Display and control for playback in a loop (see Loop Playback
(view page 35)
Controlling with the computer keyboard and mouse:
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The space bar starts or stops playback.
Clicking on the timeline above the track moves the position line to the
corresponding position (also works during playback).
Other special keyboard commands can be used to jump between markers and
object edges quickly (see Zoom settings (view page 29)).
Loop playback
During loop playback, a range of the project is played back in a repeating loop. This
function is useful if you want to listen to parts of the audio repeatedly, e.g. to optimize
transitions or effect settings in critical sections.
The loop range can be dragged out in the timeline using the mouse. The loop button
lights up to indicate that a loop is activated. Now when you start playback using the
spacebar, the loop range will be played back.
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Tip: The borders of the loop range can be adjusted during playback.
If no range has been defined and you click on the loop button, a default range of two
seconds will be set.
Scrubbing slider
Note: This function is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Scrubbing refers to "searching" through the audio material at different speeds to locate
a certain position "acoustically". In this case, MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium behaves like the editing function of a tape player. The motor is switched off,
but the tape remains at the sound head. Turning the tape reels by hand can slowly
move the tape past the sound head to make it easier to find specific positions on the
tape.
By varying the playback speed, it's possible to quickly approach a position, but also to
arrive at the exact position at a reduced speed.
You can use the Scrubbing slider to control the playback
with variable playback speed. The further you drag the
slider to the right or to the left, the quicker the project is
played forward or rewound.
Time display
The time display shows the playback position in the project. The measurement unit is
the same as in the timeline and can be adjusted in the Options menu.
Track window and constant control elements
Monitor fader
The monitor fader controls the monitoring volume during playback. In contrast to the
master fader (view page 31) it does not influence the volume of exported files or songs
burned to CDs. Instead, it acts as a practical extension of the volume control on the
sound card or on the computer speakers.
Attention: The monitor fader works in addition to the volume control on the sound
card mixer. This means that if the volume is set to 0 on the sound card, the monitor
fader will have no effect.
Monitor
The monitor area at bottom right can be switched between three different views:
InfoBox. The InfoBox provides information
on how to use the selected effect.
Analyzer. The analyzer displays the audio
material graphically.
Video monitor (not in MAGIX Audio
Cleaning Lab 2016). The video monitor
shows previews of videos (view page 123).
This can be completely hidden using the arrow to the right of the
monitor.
Info Box
The Info Box offers fast and immediate help when working with MAGIX Audio & Music
Lab 2016 Premium. You can open it with the arrow button on the right side of the
Cleaning and Mastering section.
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Click on an effect to get information about its range of application, functionality, correct
handling and possible sources of error.
Clicking on an object displays the applied Object effects (view page 64), if available.
The Info Box also offers useful tips for other program areas.
Analyzer
The analyzer provides a graphical display of the played back audio material. Here you
can choose from the following display options:
Peak meter
Vectorscope
Spectroscope
Spectrogram
Bit meter
Correlation gauge
Direction meter
Peak meter +
spectroscope combined
Peak meter +
spectrogram combined
Note: Views 5-9 are not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Click on one of the graphics to select the appropriate display mode.
Use this button to select the display mode.
You can also change the display mode directly by right-clicking in the monitor window;
Here there are also different presets under "Presets".
Peak meter: Display of the peak level and the RMS value (average loudness, for more
about this, see also Loudness normalization).
Track window and constant control elements
Vectorscope (phase oscilloscope): The vectorscope gives you information on the
distribution of the stereo image in your recording. The signal of the left channel is
depicted above the left axis, that of the right channel above the right axis. A mono
signal is depicted as a vertical dash in this display; the more the signals of the two
channels in a stereo signal differ, the wider the displayed "cloud". Please note that a
broadening of the display implies more deletions, and in turn that the signal is not as
mono compatible.
Spectroscope: In the spectroscope the signal is divided into individual frequency
ranges (frequency bands). The level amplitude of each frequency band displays volume
of the relevant frequency range. This is a way of telling whether certain frequency
bands are being strained.
Spectrogram: In the spectrogram, the signal is specified as frequencies against time.
The volume of frequencies is visualized by its brightness.
Bit meter: The bit meter shows you the bit rate at which the played signal is calculated
and the maximum editing rate which is possible.
Correlation meter: The correlation meter can be used to read the phase shifts between
the two stereo channels and thus the degree of erasure. If the signal display is in the
left, red area between 90° and 180°, the mono signal is no longer played back
perfectly.
Direction meter: The direction meter indicates the location direction of the signal. The
width corresponds to the degree of correlation.
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Video monitor
Note: The "Load video sound" function is only available in the Premium version of
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016.
The video monitor displays a
preview of the loaded video.
The playback position in the
project corresponds to the
position in the video. The
preview monitor, therefore,
serves as a kind of
orientation help so you can
see where in the video you
are currently working.
Right-clicking opens a
context menu. In this menu
you can toggle the aspect
ratio between 4:3 and 16:9
widescreen.
Overlay mode uses one of the graphics card's alternative video output modes. If the
video doesn't playback smoothly, it is possible to achieve better playback quality on old
computers, or when playing HD videos.
Undock video window: The video is displayed in a separate window in order to magnify
it and move it on the screen.
Import
Import
In this section audio material is imported into MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016. You
can load audio files ("Files"), import tracks from audio CD ("CD") or record audio
material ("Record", "Cassette", "Language", "Digital", "Web radio").
Files
In the "Files" view you can import audio files from the hard drive or connected data
storage devices into MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium. This feature works in
much the same way as Windows Explorer.
File list: Here all of the files in a folder that are supported by MAGIX Audio &
Music Lab 2016 Premium are displayed in a list. They can be selected by clicking
on them. Just like with Windows Explorer you can extend your selection with
"Ctrl" + click and select a series of files with "Shift + click".
One click on the file properties (name, type, size, date) in the table header sorts
the files according the corresponding property.
Go one layer up
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The file path of the displayed folder
Shortcuts for predefined folders
Import: This button can be used to import the selected files.
The selected file is added to the project at the position 2 seconds after the last object.
This value can be changed in the CD/DVD menu with the option Set automatic pauses
(view page 143). If you have tracks which blend over one another and are distributed
on several files, you should change this value to "0".
CD
With CD you can import music from a CD into the program. You can import entire
Audio CDs or individual CD tracks into the project. Unlike data CDs, audio CDs require
special treatment while importing ("grabbing" or "ripping"). The data is imported
digitally which eliminates any loss in sound quality.
Track list: Tracks can be selected for import by checking the box in front of them.
The box at the very top selects all the tracks.
freedb: Request for track information from the freedb Database (view page 144)
Here the parameters for the import are displayed, e.g. the CD drive name, the file
format, the storage location and the file name. In the default setting the CD
content is imported as a wave file into the project folder (see Path settings, page
152)
Settings: To select a different CD drive, file format or storage location you can
open the advanced settings dialog (view page 43) here. Changes made here will
be applied to all subsequent imports.
Import: The audio material is copied from the drive onto the hard disk. A progress
bar is displayed.
When this process is finished, the tracks are added to the project as individual objects
with corresponding track markers.
Import
CD Import Settings
In this dialog you can adjust the settings for CD import, e.g. to change the save location
or the file format.
In the upper part of the dialog you'll find a file explorer which you can use to set a new
name or target folder for the audio file. Under „Last storage location” you can choose
from a list of save locations that are already being used.
Reading speed: The default setting is „Maximum”, i.e. as fast as the drive allows.
However, if reading errors occur, you can reduce the speed here.
CD drive options: Here you can change the settings and select the drive for importing
the CD if you have installed several CD drives.
File options: Here you can determine whether all of the CD tracks will be imported as a
single file or each track as a separate file. In the case of separate files you can select
from various file name schemes in the list field.
Import: This closes the settings dialog and starts the import process. The changes to
the settings will be applied to any subsequent imports.
LP/Cassette/Voice recording
In these views music or speech from an analog source can be recorded.
Note: All three views are identical to use, only the settings of the automatic track
marker detection on the medium that is used are different; for cassettes, there is the
additional High Speed Dubbing (view page 50) option.
To record from analog sources, proceed as follows:
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1. Connect the recording source now if you haven't already done so.
2. Switch to the corresponding import view (in this example "LP") and play back the
audio from the source to set the level. It is best to use a loud section for this.
3. Adjusting the recording level is essential when recording digitally via sound cards
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in order to achieve optimum sound quality. The peak control can be checked
using the "Recording level" LED chain (1). They should not move beyond the
"safe" area. If the level moves into the "too loud" or "too quiet" areas, correct it
with the yellow level fader (2). But be careful. If you lower the input level, you also
lower the precision of the resolution with which the analog signal is digitized. For
this reason, the fader should also be set as loud as possible.
Now check the threshold values for automatic CD track recognition. To do this,
play back one song until the end and into the pause. The level must fall under the
green zone (3) so that the next song will be recognized. Correct the threshold
value if necessary.
The recording function in the import section is reduced to only the most
important features. For recordings in other file formats and various other options,
open the Recording settings (view page 46) dialog under "Settings..." (4).
You can start the actual recording with the large red record button (5). The
duration of the recording and the remaining storage capacity is displayed on the
right (6). You can monitor the recording level on the LED display during
recording. If the display reaches the upper LEDs, clipping occurred at some point.
In this case, you should definitely check the recording for clipping and, if
necessary, repeat the recording using a lower recording level.
If you do not hear your source although it is correctly connected and also the peak
meters deflect, you can activate the "Monitor" (7) button. Internal monitoring is
realized in this way. (For more information on the subject of Monitoring while
recording (view page 48), see below).
At the end of the recording you will be asked if you want to use the recording.
The newly-recorded material will be placed at the current position of the playback
marker in the project.
Note: If there is no level displayed, chances are the wrong input has been selected.
Open the record settings dialog using the "Settings..." button and click on "Audio linein" to correct the error with Automatic input and level (view page 49).
Basic knowledge about recording with the PC
The record function converts analog audio signals – records, tapes, sounds, speech –
into digital data, which can be saved on the PC and edited with MAGIX Audio & Music
Lab 2016 Premium.
The device which is used to digitalize the audio signals is already built into most sound
cards and aptly called an analog-digital converter, often abbreviated with A-to-D, ATD
or A/D. In order to record sounds, the A/D converter takes samples of the sound to be
digitalized at fixed intervals by measuring the voltage level of the signal. The frequency
Import
of the sampling is called the sample rate and naturally lies within the kHz frequency
range; several thousand times per second. The higher the sample rate, the more
samples are recorded by the A/D converter, thus making the sound conversion closer
to the original.
The precision with which the A/D converter measures the voltage level of the analog
signal is determined by the sample resolution. The same principle applies here: The
finer the resolution, the better and more natural the digital conversion.
Audio recordings in CD quality are recorded with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and a
resolution of 16 bits.
Connecting the recording sources
First, the recording source must be connected to the computer. There are several
possibilities depending on the equipment you are using:
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If you would like to import music from a stereo system, use your sound card's
line-in input. If the stereo system amplifier comes with separate line-out or AUX
out connectors, they should be used. In this case, they have to be connected to
the computer's line-in. Hi-Fi amplifiers usually have RCA (composite) connectors
and the computer has mini stereo connectors. You need to then get a suitable
cable with two small RCA (composite) connectors and a mini stereo jack.
If the amplifier comes without separate outputs (other than the speaker
connectors), you can also use the headphone jack for recording. Normally, you
will require a cable with stereo or mini stereo jacks. This type of connection has
the advantage of a separate volume control to set the headphone input signal
level. However, headphone jacks are often not very high-quality. For this reason,
you should use line-out outputs whenever possible.
To record cassettes from a tape deck, connect the tape deck’s line-outs directly to
the computer's line-in.
When recording LPs, the record player's outputs should not be connected directly
to the computer because the phono signal has to be pre-amplified. In this case,
connecting through the headphone jack or an external preamp is recommended.
Some record players also have normal line-out connections.
If you would like to make recordings with a microphone, connect it to the
computer using the microphone input (usually a red jack).
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Recording settings
Audio input: Opens the input and level automation (view page 49) for automatic
selection of the correct input signal and level.
Recording level: Displays the recording level; corresponds to the peak meter in the
main window (see above (view page 43)) .
Record: This button starts the actual recording. During recording, the recording time
and remaining space on your hard disk are indicated.
Record pause: Pauses the recording. Click the "Pause" button again to resume.
Stop: This button ends recording.
Markers
Automatic recording stop: If this button is activated, recording will cease automatically
after approx. 16 seconds of silence. This lets you make long recordings without having
to worry about stopping it once the recording is finished, e.g. recording an entire LP or
cassette.
Import
Automatic CD track recognition: If this button is activated, then track markers are
automatically placed at the end of the pauses after a track. In order for pause
recognition to function seamlessly, you will have to set the proper source in the
selection box (LP, cassette, CD, or Internet). You can specify the detection parameters
even further using theAutomatic track marker recognition options (view page 152)in
the Options menu.
Save automatically in individual files: If this feature is active, then every individual
track that is recognized will be saved as a unique file.
Set CD track marker: Even during recording, you can set track markers by clicking the
corresponding button in the recording dialog.
Start new file: If you want to record very long sessions or multiple sources one after the
other, the recording file can become extremely large. This button will create a new
sequentially numbered file.
Recording format:
In the front list field (preset is "Wave") you can change the file format giving you the
option of recording directly in compressed formats such as MP3 or OGG VORBIS. You
can set details such as the bit rate and compression method for each format in the
"Format options".
Resolution/Sample rate: Here you can set the sample rate and bit resolution for the
recorded audio file as well as define whether it will be recorded in mono or stereo. 24bit recording (view page 50) requires a high-quality audio card with 20 or 24-bit
conversion, plus a 24-bit capable MME driver. Audio cards with SPDIF digital
interfaces can also record audio material in 24-bit quality.
Note: MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 always records in 16-bit resolution with a
maximum sample rate of 44.1 kHz.
High-Speed Dubbing: Activates the Recording at double speed (view page 50)
function.
Audio input
Audio input: The button "Sound card settings" opens a dialog with special settings
(view page 48) for whatever sound card is present. The name of the selected sound
card is also displayed. If you are using several sound cards (or such with several
inputs), then you can select one from the menu.
Timer: Enter a starting time for a recording and the length of the recording. The
recording won't begin immediately after pressing the "Record" button, but rather at the
specified time. This way, time-delayed recordings (for example, at night or when you're
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out) are now possible. Of course, the system clock has to be set correctly. If "Record
length" is also activated, then the recording will end automatically after the indicated
period.
File name/file path: The name of the audio file to be created and the preset folder are
displayed in the recording window. Both can be changed by clicking the folder button.
Shut down computer automatically after recording: If you are working with timer
recordings, you might as well have the computer shut down automatically after the
recording is complete.
Advanced/Simple...: The settings dialog can be "folded up" so that only the peak meter
and control elements are visible.
Help: Opens the program's help file for the recording dialog.
Close: Closes the recording dialog.
Keyboard shortcut: R
Record properties
This dialog provides you with information regarding the currently selected sound card.
Supported audio formats of the sound card and the sound card driver's information is
also displayed.
Driver system: Here you can switch between driver types (MME and WDM).
Note: Adjust this setting only if you have problems with audio playback or recording.
Special: Some sound cards or audio devices (for example, USB turntables) do not offer
mixer support. With the "Monitor input signal" option you can listen to the sound
during recording (monitoring).
"Filter DC offset" allows you to remove the DC offset section (view page 72) of the
input signal, even during recording.
Monitor while recording
Monitoring while recording (referred to as 'Monitoring') can take place in two different
ways, either directly using the sound card driver or provided by MAGIX Audio & Music
Lab 2016 ("Monitor" button).
Import
Most sound cards, including those integrated in the computer ("Onboard sound"),
provide support for the Windows sound card mixer. You will also find a signal path
within the mixer. This path passes an input signal through to the sound card output.
To activate monitoring using the sound card mixer:
1. Open the "Control Panel" > "Sound" and switch to the "Record" tab, or right-click
on the loudspeaker symbol in the right lower corner of the screen and select
"Recording" from the context menu
2. Double-click the required recording device. If your source is connected and
playing, the device can be recognized from the appropriate peak on the peak
meter.
3. Switch to the "Listen" tab and activate the "Use this device as playback source"
checkbox.
4. If you now click "Accept", you should hear their input signal.
Some sound cards or audio equipment, such as USB record players, lack this possibility
for monitoring.
For this reason, the "Monitor" button appears in the Import
section of all areas.
If it is activated, MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 passes the input signal to the output.
Attention: If the monitoring sounds hollow and strange or you hear echos, probably
both ways of monitoring are active and are interfering with each other. In this case,
either deactivate the "Monitor" button or "Listen" in the sound card driver.
Input and level automation
Every sound card has a least two inputs (microphone and line), as well as various
"internal" inputs for the CD drive or the signal from another program, for example,
Internet radio. With input and level automation you can automatically select the
correct input for your recording without having to search and adjust the input level in
order to avoid distortions.
To do so, click on "Audio input" in the record dialog. If you had already connected your
source and begun playback, the correct input will be determined immediately.
Otherwise do this now and click on "Search channel again". If this didn't work, use the
"Windows mixer" button to open the Windows Mixer and select the channel manually.
Adjusting the recording level is essential when recording digitally via sound cards in
order to achieve optimum sound quality. If the adjustment is set too high, distortion
occurs and the incoming signal must be reduced. If you reduce input sensitivity, the
resolution at which the analog signal is digitized is also reduced. The level controllers of
your sound card should generally be set as high as possible in order to achieve
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optimum results. Yardstick for an optimal level is the loudest part of the material. The
loudest part should be adjusted to the maximum. You can now adjust the recording
level with the help of the LED display in the record dialog.
You can adjust the level of the source manually using the "Volume" controller. If you
activated "Automatic level adjustment", the level controller will automatically be set to
the correct value.
High Speed Dubbing
Some double cassette decks have a "High Speed" copy function. On one deck a
cassette will be played at double speed and on the other recorded at double speed.
Doubling the speed cancels itself out so you will end up with a completely normal
cassette recording. Thereby making it possible to copy cassettes in half the time.
With the "High Speed Dubbing" option you can also use this function with MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016. If it's activated and you record played audio material at
double speed, after recording the speed of the recorded material will be automatically
halved in order to end up with the original speed.
Note: Since, with a cassette deck, it cannot be assumed that exactly double the speed
is used for high speed dubbing, it's best to compare the tempo of the recording with
the original and to correct it with Resampling/Timestretch mouse mode (view page
148) if necessary.
24-bit Audio Support
Note: 24-bit recording is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Not only can audio data be recorded in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium in
16-bit CD quality, but also in higher-quality 24-bit resolution. You can select this 24-bit
resolution audio format in the recording dialog. 24-bit recording requires a high-quality
audio card with 20 or 24-bit conversion, plus a 24-bit capable MME driver. Audio
cards with SPDIF digital interfaces can also record audio material in 24-bit quality.
The high-resolution audio data are saved and edited by MAGIX Audio & Music Lab
2016 Premium in 32-bit floating point data format. This ensures full 24-bit quality
regardless of the level. The dynamics increase to more than 140 dB, the signal-to-noise
ratio of the recordings drops to 110 dB and more depending on the sound card. Thanks
to Floating Point Processing there is no need to worry about clipping during internal
processing. A Floating Point Signal only begins to clip at approximately 1500 dB above
0 whereas a 16-bit signal clips as soon as 0 dB is exceeded.
Import
Even if the audio material is to be burned on a 16-bit audio CD in effect, it pays to use a
24-bit audio resolution for the recording because all effect calculations also then run
with a higher quality and do not generate any rounding errors in the audible 16-bit
range.
Compared with 16-bit recordings, 24-bit recordings take up double the memory on the
hard drive (by saving them as 32-bit float data), but considering the capacity of
modern hard drives this is a good compromise for the increase in quality. Highresolution audio data can be imported and exported as 24-bit WAV files so that the
data exchange with other high-quality audio systems – e.g. MAGIX Samplitude – is not
a problem.
Digital
The "Digital" view is used for recording digital sources. This can be the digital input of
the sound card, for example, but also the output of other programs on the computer.
Operation is analog to the other views. The option for automatically setting the track
markers is adjusted accordingly.
Record output
The "Record output" option allows you to use the current output of the computer as a
digital recording source.
Note: Many sound cards also offer the entire sound output for selection as a
recording device, often under the title of "Stereo mix" or "What You Hear". This also
works, but the result of such a recording is not really a digital recording. Technically,
the analog output signal is simply fed back here to the analog input, i.e. on the sound
card, that is to say a double conversion takes place - from digital to analog and back.
"Record output" is used to carry out a genuine digital recording, i.e. exactly those digital
data are saved that the playback software (e.g. the player in the browser) provides to
the sound card driver.
This function uses the WASAPI driver model in "Shared" mode for the sound card,
which means one set of audio equipment can be used by several programs at the same
time. Here, however, it is a condition that all programs must work with the same
sample rate (view page 44). Some sound cards (especially many onboard sound
cards) are preset with a sample rate of 48 kHz for system playback. In this case a
warning message appears and Audio & Music Lab automatically adapts the sample
rate of the recorded material. In this case, for optimum sound quality, however, we
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recommend changing the sample rate used in Audio & Music Lab to 48 kHz prior to
recording in the Options menu > Playback parameters (view page 150) dialog.
Typical use
Recording a copy-protected audio CD: According to the copyright act, it is forbidden
to copy a CD with or without copy protection. However, an owner of a CD may create a
backup copy for himself - even if it's a copy-protected CD. The problem with copyprotected CDs is that they cannot be imported using conventional PC drives. To create
a backup of such a copy-protected CD, you can play it in the CD drive as an audio CD
and use the "Record output" option.
Record Internet Stream: Many Internet contents are only available as "streaming
media" and can, in fact, be played but not downloaded for listening to them later offline.
With the "Recording output" option you can record such streams, thus safeguarding
them for posterity.
Note: It is possible that this function will be prevented by the appropriate player
software for copyright reasons. In this case, you can only use the above-mentioned
analog recording of the output signal via the "stereo mix" recording source.
Import
Web radio
Note: This function is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
In this view you can play back web radio while also recording it at the same time.
List of stations: All of the available stations are listed here. At the top level there
is a series of folders where the stations are classified according to musical style as
well as geographically. Double-click a folder in order to change to it.
Current folder: The current folder is displayed at top left. You can move up a level
using the arrow.
Playback: A click on the Play symbol starts (after a short loading time) the
playback of the station.
Add to favorites: Select your favorite station with an asterisk.
Current track: The track just played is displayed here. (Not all web radio stations
make this information available.)
Favorites: Use this button to switch to the Favorites folder. All stations with an
asterisk are listed here.
Add station: If you know the URL of a web radio, you can use this button to add
other stations. Even entered stations automatically end up in the Favorites folder.
To remove them again, simply click on the asterisk.
Refresh list: A click on this button loads an updated list of stations from the
MAGIX server.
Record: The current web radio playback is recorded.
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Cutting and arranging objects
This chapter is about working with objects and track markers. Descriptions of the
individual control elements can be found further on in the “Track window” chapter
(view page 27).
What are objects?
Objects provide a waveform display of audio material. The starting point of an object is
assigned to an audio file. The length of the object determines the length of the part of
the audio file. This means that an object does not actually contain the audio material
and is only a set of instructions for audio playback. When objects are edited
(transitions, volume adjustments, cuts (view page 56)) more instructions are defined
that are applied in real time during playback. The actual audio file is not changed ("nondestructive editing") but the adjustments to the settings are saved permanently.
As objects contain simple playback instructions and only reference audio material, they
can be easily moved to any position within the track window, or deleted without
changing the audio file.
Project
The project (*.vip file) contains all the data from MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium. It does not contain audio data but only the names of the imported and
recorded audio data and the saved locations on the hard drive, the data for the
contained objects and most of the effects processing. To keep things simple the object
display on the tracks is subsequently referred to as a project.
Adjust object volume
The handle at the top center can be used to adjust the volume of the objects. This
handle is particularly important for synchronizing the volume of songs originating from
different sources. The volume of audio CDs may also differ.
Cutting and arranging objects
Fading objects in and out
At the top corners of every object there are two fade handles that can be adjusted to
fade an object in or out. It is particularly useful to use the fade handles to avoid hard
transitions or crackling when you have cut passages out of a recording
Reducing and increasing the length of objects
Objects can be shortened by dragging the lower right corner to the left. During this
process the mouse pointer turns into a double arrow. This can be used to shorten
songs or recordings without having to cut them. To make the object longer again,
simply drag the handle to the right. (When you can't move it any further, the full
original length has been reached).
An object can be shortened from the start in the same way, e.g. if too much silence has
been recording before the actual audio begins. To do this, simply use the handle in the
lower left corner. If too much audio material was removed, you can restore it by moving
the object border back in the other direction.
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Splitting objects
To remove unneeded audio material (e.g. from recordings) you can split an object into
several smaller objects and delete the ones you don't want.
This can be done with the function „Split objects”. Set the position line by
clicking on the timeline at the position in the waveform where the object
should be split. Now click on this button or press the T key to split the
object.
The unwanted objects can then be deleted using the delete button. The
subsequent objects will then move to fill the gaps. (This behavior can also
be deactivated; for more about this see below).
If you split an object, a short transition (view page 57) ("Crossfade") is created
automatically at the position of the cut to avoid crackling being caused by the cut.
To find the best positions for object cuts we recommend working with a zoomed
waveform display. There are various options for adjusting the display size in the Zoom
(view page 29) section.
Tip: Use the commands "Remove object beginning" or "Remove object end" (keys D
and U) in the "Edit" menu to remove unnecessary beginnings and ends of recordings.
Object effects
Splitting objects also has another application: All effects are also available as object
effects (view page 64) and can be additionally added. This means you can remove
noise from the entire project or a humming sound that only occurs at one point in a
specific object.
Deleting and moving objects
To delete an object select the object and click on the delete button (or press the Del
key). No gap will be created in the project, i. e. the subsequent objects are moved. If
you move an object, all subsequent objects will be moved along in unison automatically
so that no gaps appear.
The "Ripple" button at the top right can be used to change this
behavior.
The button has 3 modes that can be set by clicking them one by one:
Cutting and arranging objects
Ripple objects When objects are deleted or moved, subsequent objects are
moved in unison.
Move objects freely When objects are deleted or moved, subsequent objects
are not moved in unison.
Lock objects The objects (view page 54) are generally locked and cannot be
moved.
This option is important for video editing to prevent the audio track of the video from
being moved out of sync with the images. (The audio comes too early or too late). This
mode is automatically activated when videos are loaded.
This option is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Fading objects
With every cut the two objects that are created are slightly crossfaded in order to avoid
crackling. This is called Auto crossfade. A crossfade is also added if two objects in a
track are moved into each other or overlap each other.
A crossfade symbol is added to each crossfade. By clicking on the symbol, you
can change the curve of the transition.
The top handle of the right object allows you to regulate the fading in and out of both
objects.
The bottom handle controls the length of the two objects. If you move them, one of
them is extended whereas the other is shortened. The length of both objects together
remains the same.
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Draw volume curves
Use the Volume button to activate a volume curve.
You can use it to add volume curves to your audio material, for instance, for
compensating volume fluctuations or increasing the volume of quiet passages.
The waveform display adjusts to the curve, giving you visual aid to help work out how
much you need to raise specific sections.
On the left side you can see that a section in the audio material is quieter than the rest, on the
right this is corrected using a volume curve.
There are two ways to edit these volume curves: Create a "handle" by clicking on the
curve. This can be moved using the mouse to create volume progressions. This method
should be used if gradual volume changes over longer passages are needed.
Alternatively you can use the Volume Draw mouse mode (view page 147). This allows
you to "draw" any volume curve using the mouse. This way, you can create irregular
volume progressions quickly. This mouse mode can be found in the "Options" menu.
Note: Sometimes increasing the volume isn't enough even though the curve is at the
top end of the object. You then need to zoom out of the track vertically (e.g. Shift +
Mouse wheel), which will create more space above allowing you to drag the handle to
the necessary height.
Tip: The voice over effect (view page 131) creates volume curves for automatic fading
in/out based on the audio material in the second track.
Set track marker
Recording the entire side of an LP most often involves several songs one after the other.
If the record is going to be burned to CD, track markers must be used to define the
beginning of each song. Otherwise the whole side of the LP will appear on the CD as a
single track. Even when the project is being exported as an MP3, MAGIX Audio &
Music Lab 2016 Premium still has to know where each MP3 starts.
Cutting and arranging objects
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium is preset to divide audio material into CD
tracks automatically directly after recording (view page 46). Track markers can also be
set "by hand" in the recording dialog while the recording is in progress.
Another option is to set the track markers directly in the track view:
To do this simply set the position line at the beginning of a new song and
click on the button. (or you can press the m key on your keyboard or select
"Set track marker" in the CD menu).
The new track marker will appear over the position line in the timeline.
Automatic track recognition - How it works
The process goes like this: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium searches for
points where a new track starts, i.e. the end of a pause. Pauses are normally 0.5 - 3
seconds long.
Track markers are set automatically at the end of a pause.
The second step checks to make sure the interval between the pauses is long enough.
For example, it is very improbable that a recording of the Top Ten hits will contain
pauses a minute long. If this sort of thing is detected, the marker for the second pause
is removed.
The third step examines the start and end of the audio material more precisely. Records
always feature a loud bump when the needle is placed on the record and another one
when it is removed from the record at the end of the recording. MAGIX Audio & Music
Lab 2016 Premium attempts to recognize these noises and to exclude them, i.e. object
edges are automatically moved inwards to match the start and end of the actual music.
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There are sensible presets for thresholds and times in the track marker automation
which depend on the selected recording source (records, cassettes, CDs/DVDs,
Internet). If these don't work properly, you can change them in the Track marker
recognition options (view page 152) dialog ("Options" menu).
Sometimes it is helpful to place the first one or two markers manually and to separate
the objects using the "T" key, especially if the volume levels are very different. MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium will examine the objects individually.
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium cannot recognize the correct track markers
in every case (e. g. during live recordings or with classical music). If you've tried using
a number of different settings and still aren't satisfied with the results, you can set the
track markers manually (see above).
Check and move track markers
Before burning the audio material to CD, it is best to check and make sure that the
track markers are in the right places. To do so, the "Tracks (view page 108)" section
offers an easy-to-read list with all track markers and names. Use the ID3 Editor (view
page 109) for detailed editing.
To adjust the track markers directly in the track window, move the position line using
the skip button on the transport console (or Alt + Arrow keys) from marker to marker
and play back the audio material from that point. If the marker is unnecessary or
incorrectly positioned, you can click on it and delete it or move it using the mouse
button.
Change song order
Sometimes it is necessary to change the song order. There are different possibilities for
doing this. One option is to split the material into separate objects and arrange them as
you like by using the second track (view page 149) as a clipboard for the objects.
Note: MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 does not have a second track. Here you can
cut an object (Ctrl + X) and paste it at the desired position (Ctrl + V).
The second option is more straightforward and can be used when you have already
assigned track markers. Then you can resort the tracks in the section Tracks (view page
108) in the ID3 Editor (view page 109) (Marker/Positions tab). In this case objects
may be split automatically.
Tip: For faster sorting directly in the track, you can drag a track marker ahead of or
behind another track marker. This will regroup the corresponding objects in the track.
Cleaning
Cleaning
Most cleaning functions are activated in the Cleaning FX section – either as master
effects on the main screen or as object-related effects on a separate object effects
page.
All effects in the "Cleaning" section are applied in realtime. You can switch them on
and off during playback or change their parameters and hear the results immediately.
Additional cleaning functions can be found in the "Effects" menu.
Choose preset
The presets can be found to the left of the
effect modules. Here there are presets for
specific types of cases that are organized in
categories. These presets always affect the
entire page of effect modules and can also
contain a combination of several effect
modules.
Under My Settings (or in the "Edit" menu),
you can save and load your favorite effect
settings so they can be applied to other
objects or in other projects.
Various presets (e.g. "Restore a poor
quality record") are included and can be
tried out right away.
Cleaning FX presets can be applied to
individual objects or to the entire sound.
If the expanded user interface of an effect is open, the list contains presets for this
effect.
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The presets can be hidden using the arrow button.
Using the effect modules
On/Off: Individual effects modules can be turned off and on using the
buttons to the left.
Control knobs: Each feature has a knob that controls the intensity of
the effect.
The effects include a range of useful presets which can be chosen from a dropdown list. Click on the arrow to access the feature you want. In most cases
one preset is enough to achieve good results.
Audio perfectionists can perform further settings with the effects. To do so,
you can open the detailed view of the effect using this button.
Note: The advanced effect setting dialogs for the effects modules are not available
MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Detailed view of the effects
If the detailed view is open, the list of presets to the right includes presets for this effect
so they correspond to the selection options in the drop-down menu on the effect
modules. But there is also the "Own settings" area where the current effect settings can
be saved as a presetting for later use. Here there is also the "Reset settings" entry that
sets the effect back to its basic settings.
This switch can be used to switch the effect on and off.
Opens the help concerning the respective effect.
Use this button to close the detailed view and to return to the overview. The
effect remains active however.
Cleaning
The following two options are only available in the cleaning effects:
The "Inverse" button is used to switch over the playback. Instead of the filtering result,
just that part of the audio signal that was filtered out by the cleaning effect is now
played back. This allows more control of the effect: If you also listen to parts of the
music track to the right of the filtered out disturbances, the effect is too strong.
Use this button to reset the realtime displays (spectrograms)
in the effects.
Auto Cleaning
The "Auto Cleaning" button opens the Cleaning Agent. This analyzes the audio
material and selects the appropriate effect.
Original: Plays back the audio without the suggested editing.
Result: Plays back the audio with the suggested editing from the Cleaning Agent.
Apply: Closes the Cleaning Agent and applies all the suggested changes.
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Object effects
All "Project" settings effects are also available as object effects and can be applied in
addition to the project effects. This means you can remove noise from the entire
project or a humming sound that only occurs at one point in a specific object.
The object effects can be opened using the "Object" button located above the effects
or directly on the objects in the track window using the cogwheel button. While the
effects in the project section affect all objects in the master track, the object effects are
only applied to the selected object.
You can create new objects by splitting objects (view page 56) into several smaller
ones. Use the Scissors button or the "t" key to do this.
Tip: If there are already track markers in the project, e.g. ones that have been
automatically set (view page 58) you can automatically split the object so that each
track is a separate object. This can be done in the menu "CD ”> „Split objects at track
marker positions” (Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + T).
As different objects can have distinct object effects, the indicator for object effect
settings changes when you click on a different object. The selected object will then be
noticeably emphasized to make it clear which object the current object effect settings
are affecting.
Active object effects are listed behind the object FX button
on the object. In this way active object effects are
identifiable even if project level effects are displayed.
Cleaning
If you select an object, the InfoBox
(view page 37) displays which
object effects are active.
DeClicker/DeCrackler
This function removes crackling and clicking noises which are typical on scratched
records. The DeCrackler was specially developed for removing uniform "crackling
noises" from old records.
There is a waveform graphic in the middle of the effect dialog, which shows the
crackling removed during playback (upper range) and crackling removed in real time
(lower range). On the right and left of the graphic there is a slider for each of the two
noise types, which is used to control the strength of the respective effect.
The "Inverse" button at the top of the dialog is used as an additional acoustic control. If
this is activated, instead of the editing results, you hear only the removed clicks and
crackling. This means you can judge whether too much of the original audio material is
included in the filtered out noise and then reduce the strength of the effect accordingly.
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Click markers
Along with normal crackling on a vinyl recording, there can be some more noticeable
crackling on a record which is scratched. If the DeClicker is set very high for those
sections which are particularly noisy, it can lead to several components of the wanted
signal being affected by the DeClicker if they exhibit similar characteristics as the
crackling.
To avoid this, we recommend setting the DeClicker at a lower setting and removing the
sharper crackling and clicks with the help of the Marker DeClicker. In this case, the
crackling is marked with a click marker. Only at those points does the special marker
DeClicker act more intrusively on the audio material; at the other points the "normal"
DeClicker can be applied less strongly and without damaging the material accordingly.
You can use "Search" to look for especially strong
clicks throughout the entire project and have
them marked automatically. Use the "Sensitivity"
slider to set the sensitivity of the search. The
higher it is, the more clicks will be found.
But you can also set the click marker manually by
placing the position line on a click and clicking on
"Set". Use "Delete" or "Delete all" to remove the
click markers again.
DeClicker as object effect
If the clicking and crackling noises only occur in specific parts of the audio, you can use
this function as an object effect.
Search for the noise interference in the track window. Once you have found a noise, cut
the object just before it begins and once again where it stops (keyboard shortcut T) in
order to make it into an individual object. Then activate the "Object" button in the
cleaning area to use the DeClicker only on the area where the noise occurs.
Cleaning
Tip: If the DeClicker is not able to remove the crackling, you can also cut it out
manually. To do this, you have to zoom in as much as possible on the object to cut
out the crackling (preferably on a zero crossover - use the stereo display to get as
close to a zero crossover as possible on both channels) and move the second object
created back to first object (zero crossover). Then you can move the object ends of
both objects sightly over each other to blend them together.
Declipper
If the input level of an audio recording is too high, distortion may result at the louder
parts (the signal peaks). This digital distortion is also called "clipping". At the
overmodulated area, the values that are too high are simply cut off and the typical,
annoying crackling and distortions are heard.
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 has a special function for dealing with digital clipping.
Distorted sections are discovered and filtered out based on the material in the selected
object. Lastly, the master volume of the material can be reduced so that the
interpolated parts can be played back without distortion.
The declipping algorithm is particularly good for audio material with clearly audible
clipping, e. g. distorted piano or vocals. The sound of distorted drumbeats on the other
hand is hardly ever improved.
Peak meters: The peak meters show the input signal, the output signal and the strength
of the declipping.
Clipping level: Here you can enter the level at which the algorithm will consider a
sample to be clipped and correct it. This is important because different sound cards
have different clipping characteristics.
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Get: Here you can determine the clip level automatically.
Output level: The interpolated signal peaks cause a change to the total level that you
have to offset with the output level slide in order to avoid renewed distortion. To do
this, observe the peak meter at the top of the dialog.
For security, a limiter that reliably avoids clippings can be connected with the "Output
limiter" option.
Dehisser
The DeHisser eliminates regular "white" noise typically produced by analog tape
recordings, microphone preamplifiers, or AD transformers.
Noise Level: Here you should set the threshold of the DeHisser as precisely as possible.
Setting the value too low will result in insufficient removal of the noise. Incomplete
removal of noise produces artifacts and should be avoided. Setting the values too high
leads to dull results – parts of the wanted signal that are similar to noise, such as the
blow-off from wind instruments, are filtered out.
The setting doesn't cause any problems at a reduced noise level.
Responsive: The value for the noise level parameter is set automatically here, by
determining the level of noise available in the signal. The setting on the noise level knob
now has a relative effect, i. e. the used value results from the automatic system plus the
setting of the noise level slider.
An advantage of this is that you no longer have to adjust the noise level manually and
the values are adjusted for fluctuating noise levels, e. g. if you use different tracks with
varying noise levels in one project.
Cleaning
If the noise volume is constant, you may be able to achieve better results by setting
things up manually (responsive off). But the value for noise level has to be set exactly.
Noise Reduction: Here you can adjust the dampening of the hissing in decibels. It is
often better to reduce noise in smaller increments, e. g. -3 to -6 dB, rather than as
much as is possible to keep the sound natural.
Audio type: Here you can set the type of edited audio material, the algorithm is
adapted accordingly.
DeNoiser
The DeNoiser removes persistent background noise like mains hum, hissing, noises
from sound cards, disturbance from ground wires, interference from audio equipment
with high-impedance outputs (e.g. turntables). Impact sound or rumbling can be
removed effectively from LPs with the rumble filter.
The DeNoiser requires a short section from your music which contains a sample of the
noise interference, usually from the start or end of the recording.
When the DeNoiser is activated in the project for the first time, a sample of the
interference signal will be searched for immediately under the playback marker. This
automatic noise sample also enables extremely good successes to be achieved without
opening the DeNoiser dialog.
Settings in the effect dialog.
Noise sample: If the automatic noise determination cannot find any suitable material, a
noise sample can be selected from the list. There are several typical noises to choose
from.
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Get: Another better possibility is to to create a noise sample yourself. Click on "Get" to
take a short sample as a noise sample from the current playback position. The playback
marker can also be moved with the transport console when the dialog is open to search
for a suitable position. If the playback position is between two objects, no noise sample
can be obtained. The Play button can be used to preview the noise sample for test
purposes.
Wizard: A wizard that helps in the creation of the noise sample is opened. The wizard
primarily contains a search function that helps when searching for a suitable noise
sample in the audio material. Various types of noise can be selected.
Length: The length can be set in ms if the "auto" button is switched off, otherwise the
length of the noise sample will be determined automatically.
Audio type: Here you can set the type of audio material edited; the algorithm is
adapted accordingly.
Editing mode: In Broadband interference mode the DeNoiser works in a mode
optimized for removing noise. In the low-frequency sound interference mode, the
DeNoiser works in a mode optimized for removing tonal disturbances. This includes
feedback from power cables, mains hum, PC fans, video cameras or ventilation noises.
Depending on the editing mode, one of the two following options are available:
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Responsive: The value for the noise level parameter is set automatically here by
determining the level of the noise available in the signal. You can find more
information about this option in the Dehisser section.
Maximum attenuation of tonal noise: If this option is active, these types of
disturbance are totally removed. The "Reduction" slider now only has an effect on
any simultaneously available noise components. This makes sense because tonal
disturbances are much more annoying than other noise - a small amount of
"extra" noise in the recording may be allowed in order to avoid a greater loss of
highs in the wanted signal.
Noise level: Here the application threshold of the function for noise removal must be
set as precisely as possible. Values that are too low will result in insufficient noise
dampening which causes artifacts such as interference or "twittering" (see below).
High settings produce dull results – useful signals that sound similar to hissing noises
are also filtered away. Take your time to find the best setting for the individual case.
Reduction: Here a balance between the original signal and suppressed signal can be
set. It's often better to reduce interference signals in small increments, e. g. 3 to 6 dB,
rather than as much as is possible to keep the sound "natural". For humming, it’s best
to apply complete removal.
Cleaning
DeRumbling: Here you activate a special filter for low-frequency rumbling noise.
Examples of these noises are mechanical noises from old record players, wind and
impact sounds in microphone recordings.
Spectrogram: The right spectrogram can be switched between a realtime display of the
effect result and a static display of the used noise spectrum.
Artifacts
If the settings are incorrect, the DeNoiser and DeHisser can leave behind a metallic
chirping or twittering sound, the so-called artifact noise. The cause of this is the
incomplete removal of the noise interference. The ear is quite sensitive to this sound
because of its synthetic character. This problem, in practice, only occurs in especially
difficult cases.
To achieve the best possible results, you should pay attention to the following notes:
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First, select a preset from the selection menu. In most cases the result is
satisfactory.
Be careful when "denoising" the effect: Less is more! The noise interference
should no longer be audible, otherwise artifacts may be brought about.
It’s best to remove any available DC component (see "Removing DC voltage" on page
72) from the audio material before using the DeNoiser or DeHisser.
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Remove DC offset
This function can only be opened using the "Effects" menu and can thus only be applied
to selected objects. This can be useful if your sound card overlays your sample with a
constant DC offset during recording, which leads to crackling during playback or
editing. (This is pretty much always the case with recordings that use the integrated
sound card of your PC.)
In (preset) Responsive mode, an entirely constant DC voltage cannot be assumed. A
variable DC voltage value is also recorded. From a technical point of view, all
frequencies below 10 Hz are regarded as DC voltage. If "Responsive" is deactivated, a
constant DC voltage value is determined. Then you can also enter a minimum DC
offset threshold, which indicates where DC offset removal will kick in. You can also
edit stereo channels together to reduce processing time.
Mastering
Mastering
The mastering functions are activated in the Mastering section. Mastering effects are
used for either improvement or a dedicated change of the sound of the audio. All
mastering effects function in realtime which means that you can switch them on and
off and change their parameters during playback and listen to the result of the changes
immediately.
On information about the general usage of the effect modules, the project and object
effects and the presets look above in the Cleaning Effects (view page 61) section!
Note: In this section the individual effects modules are described in detail including
their extended user interfaces. In MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 these interfaces
are not available - only presets can be selected and their intensity adjusted.
Auto mastering
The Auto Mastering feature enables you to automatically apply the sound of typical
musical styles from the past and present (e.g. 70s disco, 90s club, jazz etc.). The sound
of the source material is analyzed and appropriate equalizer and dynamic effects are
applied.
The auto mastering wizards are activated
by the corresponding button at top left
above the presets.
Now choose the musical style.
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MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 analyzes the audio material in the project. The
settings that are used to achieve the optimum sound for a particular musical style
depend on the audio characteristics of the source material. If the audio material in all
the objects is from the same source and are similar enough in sound, the wizard will
apply the appropriate effects at the project level. If the objects differ too greatly, the
effects are applied to each object separately. Audio & Music Lab automatically decides
whether the auto mastering will be applied to individual objects or to the entire project.
Note: In MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 the effects are always applied at the
project level. If you want to work with separate objects, you can apply the Sound
Cloner (view page 80) manually.
Selecting "Original" can be used for the comparison of the editing and the original.
Stereo Enhancer
With the Stereo Enhancer you can determine the positioning of the audio material in
the stereo panorama. If the stereo recordings sound unfocused and undifferentiated, an
extension of the stereo base width can often provide better transparency.
Use the maximize function to move the echo and improve the stereo picture, for
example, into the foreground.
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Volume control: Sets the volume, and thus the panorama as a whole, for the
individual channels. The damping of left and right levels is displayed in dB
underneath the controllers.
Panorama: The slider allows you to move the sound source that comes out of the
middle into the stereo panorama. The signals at the outer edges of the sound
picture remain unchanged.
Base width/Maximize sensor field: This sets the base width between "Mono"
(completely to the left), unchanged base width ("Normal Stereo") and maximum
base width ("Wide", completely to the right). Raising the base width (values over
100) diminishes the mono compatibility. This means that recordings edited this
way sound hollow when listened to in mono.
Maximize strengthens the spatial component of the recording, which also
increases the stereo transparency without influencing the mono compatibility.
Multiband: This can be used to switch Stereo FX to Multiband mode. Stereo
editing only applies to the middle frequency; the bass and highs remain
unchanged.
Stereo meter (correlation gauge): This provides a graphical display of the phase
relation of the audio signal. You can use it to check the alignment of the signal in
the stereo panorama and the effect of the stereo enhancer. To maintain mono
compatibility, the "cloud" shown should always be higher than it is wide.
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Brilliance enhancer
The brilliance enhancer is a high-end audio tool with which losses in high frequencies,
which occur with MP3 compression or while recording older records, can be regained.
As opposed to the equalizer, which only raises the available frequencies, the brilliance
enhancer generates new overtones from the material available and really refreshes the
sound.
Soft: This option reduces any distortions that occur. The entire sound appear less clear.
The activation of "Soft" depends on your sound settings. If you prefer a brighter sound,
you should deactivate the "Soft" option.
High quality: This option improves the results, but increases the computing power
required. As a rule of thumb, you should decide as you go and rely on your own
judgment.
Strength: This controls the strength of the effect.
Parametric 6-band equalizer
The parametric equalizer has six filter bands that you can use to shape the sound of the
music track. Each band is a filter with a typical "bell shape". Within a certain frequency
range around an adjustable middle frequency you can increase or reduce the signal
level gain by a specific amount (raising). The width of this frequency range is called
bandwidth. The bandwidth is defined by the Q value. The higher the Q value, the
narrower and steeper the filter curve.
You can influence the basic sound of the mix by boosting or cutting specific frequency
ranges (low Q value) to give it more "depth" (lower mids 200-600 Hz) or more "air"
(highs 10 khz). You can also decrease very specific frequencies (high Q-value) to
remove unwanted noise.
Mastering
Sensor field: The sensor field displays the resulting frequency response of the
equalizer. The frequency is displayed horizontally and the increase or decrease
of the respective frequency is displayed vertically.
The yellow bullets 1-6 symbolize the six frequency bands. You can move them
around with the mouse until you find the frequency response you want. The
bandwidth (Q value) can be adjusted using the mouse wheel.
The faders under the filter graphic display the parameters of the currently
selected band. The rotary knobs can be used to adjust the values for each band
more precisely:
Frequency: The center frequency of the single bands can be set between 10 Hz
and 24 kHz with the frequency controller. Freely choosing the frequency enables
multiple filters to be set to the same frequency in order to have a greater effect.
Raising: This controller allows you to raise or lower the filter. Setting the
controller to 0 deactivates the frequency band so it does not use any processing
time.
Quality: This sets the quality (bandwidth) of the individual filter.
Bands 1 and 6 include a special feature: They can be operated with three different
filter curves.
Peaking: This corresponds to the normal bell shape that is also used for
the middle bands.
Shelving (basic setting): From the set frequency, the frequencies will be
gently raised or decreased.
High-pass or low-pass: All higher or lower frequencies from the set
frequency are filtered away.
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You can control the output level of the equalizer with the peak meter. With the
Output Gain beside it you can offset the level changes resulting from the EQ
adjustments.
Equalizer (graphic)
The 10-band equalizer subdivides the frequency spectrum into ten areas (‘bands’) and
equips them with separate volume controls. This way, it is possible to create many
impressive effects, from a simple bass boost up to complete distortion. Note: If low
frequencies are boosted too much, the total level is heavily increased which may lead
to distortion. In this case, the master volume should be decreased with the aid of the
"Master Volume" slider in the main window.
Bullets 1-10: Each of the 10 frequency ranges can be separately increased or reduced
with the 10 volume controls.
A/B: If you have selected a preset for the effect and make manual changes to it later,
you can compare the original preset sound with the new settings by using the A/B
button.
Link: Using this function randomly combines the frequency ranges with each other in
order to avoid artificial-sounding overemphasis of an individual frequency range.
Mastering
Reverb/Echo
The reverb effect unit offers realistic reverb algorithms to add more depth to your
recording. You can control the sound of the reverb effect with the following
parameters:
Room size: Here you determine the size of the space (or, with plate and spring, the
systems). The larger a space, the longer the sound travels between walls or objects.
With some low "size" settings, you can also reduce the distance between the individual
reflections. This allows resonance to develop (accentuated frequency ranges), which
can sound oppressive if the reverberation time is too long.
Tone quality: Here you can influence the audio characteristic of the effect to a certain
extent. The effect of this controller depends on the used preset. In rooms, "Tone
quality" controls the dampening of the highs in the reverb (from dark to bright) as well
as pre-filtering of the signal. With plate and spring presets, this fader determines the
dampening of the basses as well.
Reverberation time: With this knob you can adjust the reverberation time and
determine how much of it will be absorbed and, simultaneously, the reverb's decay.
Pre-Delay: The reverb portion ("mix") as well as the early reflections play a large role in
the perception of sounds in the room. The time required for the perception of the early
reflection is know as "Pre-Delay". For sound sources that are close, the reverb portion
is usually low and the early reflections reach the ear noticeably later than the direct
sound. In contrast, sound sources that are far away usually have a high reverb portion
and the early reflections reach the ear almost simultaneously with the direct sound.
The length of the pre-delay also influences the "sensed" distance of the sound source
from the listener.
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Mix: This controller sets the mix ratio between the original and the edited signal. For
rooms, you can therefore move a signal further into the room by increasing the effect
percentage.
Presets:
The presets represent the basic settings for the various room algorithms, which can be
still be varied along with the other parameters. Hence, they are more than just simply
parameter sets.
Echo (delay)
"Delay" actual means a time delay. This effect acts like an echo, as the signal is
reproduced after a delay.
Delay: This sets the time span between the individual echoes. The more the control is
turned to the left, the faster the echoes will follow each other.
Feedback: This adjusts the amount of echo. Turn the dial completely to the left, there is
no echo at all; turn it completely to the right and there are seemingly endless
repetitions.
Mix: This fader determines how much of the unprocessed original sound (dry signal) is
subjected to the echo (wet signal).
Mastering
Sound Cloner
Sound Cloner 2 analyzes the sound characteristics of songs and transfers them to other
recordings. Allowing you to apply the sound of a 60s soul recording to a modern pop
song for example. You can also use Sound Cloner to analyze compilations of different
songs and compare their sound.
Sound Cloner features an FFT Filter (1024 - band equalizer) and a compressor. The
filter curve and compression properties are automatically calculated and presented as a
combination of the cloned sound and output sound.
As well as "Clone" presets the Sound Cloner presets menu contains a few useful filter
settings that provide a typical sound for a range of eras (70s, 80s, 90s etc.).
Filter curves can also be edited manually, Sound Cloner can therefore also be used as a
filter for creating strange effects. It can also prove more effective than the DeNoiser at
removing noise in certain circumstances, e.g. for removing whistling in the background.
Using the Sound Cloner
1. Load a song with a sound you really like.
2. Now change to "Object" on the effect page or click on the cog wheel icon next to
the audio object to activate the object effects.
3. Open the Sound Cloner and click on "Get Sound". The sound characteristics are
now calculated. After that, the sound will be available as a SOUND CLONE preset
and can be saved permanently for later use by clicking "Save".
4. Activate the Sound Cloner on the object you want to apply sound to and load the
SOUND CLONE preset. Sound Cloner detects the sound and dynamic properties
of the target object and calculates the filter curve and/or the dynamic setting,
which resulted when the audio characteristics of SOUND CLONE and the edited
object were combined.
5. The filter curve and the dynamics editing of Sound Cloner compare the audio
characteristics of the target object to those of the analyzed object. Using the
"Strength" slider under the filter graphic, you can regulate the intensity of the
frequency adjustment.
Note: The Sound Cloner has to be used as an object effect because the final filter
setting depends on the audio characteristics of the "cloned" object and of the target
object. However, if you have uploaded a record, you should only use the Sound Cloner
on the master because a record has already been mastered. The frequency response
and compression differ in fact from plate to plate, but the tracks on a record have
already been synchronized with each other. Just think about recordings of classical
concerts or conceptual albums, for example. In these cases different mastering of the
tracks from each other would be rather distracting.
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Controls
Get Sound: This button analyzes the audio characteristics and makes the
SOUND CLONE preset available.
Save: Save the SOUND CLONE preset under another name for later use.
Sound Clone: The result of the current analysis.
List of the five last presets used
Original/Result: Plays the edited/unedited object.
Filter graphic: This is the centerpiece of Sound Cloner, it is a filter drawn
freehand that displays the frequency response, before and after applying the
filter in realtime. (See below for instructions on how to use.)
Strength: The strength slider allows you to enhance or diminish the differences
in the curve movement. You can therefore control how much Sound Cloner
adjusts the sound to the presets.
Audio Type: You can choose from a range of different audio types (speech, pop
music etc.) to optimize the compressor's function.
Compression: This slider lets you change how much the preset's dynamic range
should be adjusted. Dynamic range can only be reduced, so if the reference
material has a higher dynamic range than the edited material, this slider won't
have any effect.
Level correction: The slider allows you to balance out any volume changes
caused by the compressor. The peak meter next to it displays the input and
output levels.
Mastering
Filter graphic
The frequencies are listed in ascending order from left to right. The height of the curve
represents the amount of a specific frequency in the entire sound. The gray curve (1)
shows the original frequency response, the blue curve (2) displays the corrected
frequency response, i.e. the frequency response the spectrum has after applying the
filter.
The yellow curve (3) is the filter curve, its height determines to what extent the
respective frequency should be amplified or attenuated. When using Sound Cloner as a
filter this curve is a combination of the desired frequency response ( = content of the
SOUND CLONE analysis) and the current frequency response. The means the yellow
curve will always look different regardless of the object when using the same preset.
Removing audio distortions with Sound Cloner
Sometimes the DeNoiser isn't the right tool for removing certain kinds of noise
interference. For example, if the noise doesn't occur anywhere "alone" in the recording
it is hard to get a sample to use, or if the noise is particularly loud, the DeNoiser filters
too little of the useful signal resulting in a hollow, artificial sound.
Some noise interference consists of a few frequencies, and often only one frequency
(pure tone, such as the "pips" on the radio). A typical example of this is a constant,
clearly-audible drone in old video recordings. The FFT filter is perfect for this kind of
noise as it allows you to remove specific frequencies without affecting the rest of the
recording.
Follow these instructions to do so:
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1. Reset the filter curve ("Reset" button in the bottom left of the dialog).
2. You will be able to spot the noise interference during playback as it is the only
spike that remains constant in the otherwise constantly changing gray filter curve.
Under certain circumstances you may have to zoom in on the area where you
think the interference signal is located.
3. Draw a horizontal line below the spike on the lower edge of the filter display,
ideally it should be just long enough that the spike in the blue (resulting) filter
curve disappears.
4. If the noise interference can still be heard, you can also remove the overtones of
the signal, which are weaker peaks that can be found in the second, third, fourth
multiples of the frequency etc.
Video sound optimizer
There is a complex signal processing algorithm at work which combines different
functions for emphasizing speech and reducing background noises (wind, rumbling,
hissing).
Dynamics
Dynamics is an automatic, dynamic volume controller: The volume of a loud section
will be lowered and the volume of muffled sections will be raised.
Processing is carried out using a "look-ahead" method, similar to high-quality studio
appliances. There are no peak overmodulations or other artifacts as the algorithm can
never be 'surprised' by sudden level peaks.
Threshold: Set the volume threshold, below and above which compression is applied.
Ratio: This parameter controls the amount of compression.
Mastering
Attack: Sets the algorithm's reaction speed to increasing sound levels. Short attack
times can create an undesirable "pumping" sound, as the volume is quickly reduced or
increased correspondingly.
Release: Sets the algorithm's reaction speed to falling sound levels.
Gain: The gain controller amplifies the compressed signal.
A/B: If you have selected a preset for the effect and make manual changes to it, you
can compare the original preset sound with the new settings using the A/B button.
MultiMax
MultiMax is a compressor with three independent frequency bands. The dynamics
editing is carried out separately for each band.
The advantage of a multi-band compressor in comparison to a "normal" compressor is
that the "pumping" tendency and other disturbing side effects are dramatically reduced
during dynamics editing. For instance, it can prevent a bass level peak from "dragging
down" the entire signal.
Multiband technology also lets you specifically edit individual frequency ranges.
Setting the frequency bands: The settings of the frequency bands are changed directly
via the graphic. Simply click on the separator lines and move them.
Bass/mid/high: These knob controllers define the level of compression for each
frequency band.
Link bands: When this button is activated and one fader is adjusted, all faders are
changed in the same ratio. However, the way the dynamics are edited is not affected.
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Presets: In MultiMax, you can use the presets to open 2 further special functions:
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Cassette NR-B decoder: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 simulates decoding of
Dolby B + C noise reduction if a Dolby player is not available. Cassettes recorded
with Dolby B or C sound more muffled and slurry if played back without
corresponding Dolby.
De-Esser: These special presets help to remove overstressed hissing sounds from
speech recordings.
Plug-ins
Plug-ins
DirectX and VST-compatible plug-ins can be used for effects calculation in MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium. This makes it possible to use third party effects and
dithering processors in addition to the effects that are already integrated into MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
Some of the included effects are loaded as plug-ins. These include:
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MAGIX essential FX (view page 88): DeEsser, Vocal Strip, Gate, Tube Stage and
Chorus Flanger
Energizer
am-track SE
Note: Plug-ins are not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 but the DeEsser
effect is included as a simple effect module.
Both the cleaning and the mastering sections have special effect modules where plugins can be loaded. The plug-in module has no effect level controller but consists of two
selection lists.
On/Off: This button turns the plug-in effect on or off.
Selection menu: Select the plug-in from the selection menu on the right side of
the module. For this, you will need to have plug-ins installed on your computer.
The path to search for installed VST plug-ins can be set in the "Options" menu via
-> "Path settings". All recognized plug-ins will be added to the menu list.
If the plug-in has presets, they will be included in this list. Many plug-ins also
come with their own preset manager which can accessed through the plug-in
interface.
Edit: The selected plug-in is opened in the VST Plug-in Editor (view page 88) in
order to make specific effect settings.
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VST PlugIn Editor
The editor has two views: the so-called "GUI" (graphic user interface) of the plugin and
the parameter view mode. The latter is either activated automatically if the VST plugin
does not have its own GUI or can be used of the GUI of the plugin is too confusing or
occupies too much space on the screen. The parameter view displays eight parameters
of the plugin as sliders. In the Plugin menu you can switch between these views.
Load/save patch/bank: The instrument settings can be saved and loaded in the patch
and bank formats typical for VST plugins (*.fxp and *.fxb respectively).
Random parameters: This function can be an important source of inspiration. However,
before using it please save the current preset you've just created as this feature does
not ask before it is applied.
Program menu: Here you can select the included plugins or the presets loaded via the
plugin menu.
essentialFX
The essentialFX is a collection of various studio effects with a standardized interface.
The DeEsser (view page 92) and Gate are typical cleaning effects, the Vocal Strip (view
page 91) and Tube Stage (view page 97) effects are used for sound optimization. The
Chorus/Flanger is a special effect for distorting the sound.
Note: The essentialFX were originally developed for the professional audio program
MAGIX Samplitude. For this reason even the Help files are oriented towards
professional users. But there's no need to worry because these plug-ins include a
wide range of helpful presets. Simply try them out until you find the sound that's right
for your project.
MAGIX plug-ins
Console
Some MAGIX plug-ins show a so-called "Console" at the top edge when they are
opened – a display bar for managing presets with expanded settings options.
A menu containing available presets is located behind the display. To the right is a
prev/next button, which lets you leaf through presets.
This button is used for saving presets. MAGIX plug-ins use a proprietary
preset save format (*.fxml)
Plug-ins
You can return the presets to their initial settings by clicking on the
"Reset" button.
Bypass switch: Routes the signal directly to the output instead and
bypasses processing. Internally, processing is continued so that you can
toggle between processed and unprocessed material anytime.
A/B comparison: Very useful for trying out settings. The controller
setting "A" memory is normally activated when the interface is opened.
As this is the initial status, "B" also contains the same settings. If you would like to
experiment without losing the current setting, press the "B" buttons and try other
settings. To transfer the values to "A", press the copy button between the two letters.
"?" button: This opens the online help for the plug-in.
Parameter smoothing/ Controller knobs
Each plug-in offers soft controlling. Pot settings are softly faded internally from the old
value to the new one. This is particularly noticeable when playing in "Live" mode. Due
to performance reasons, switches (e.g. on/off) and some settings of VariVerb II that
change delay times directly or indirectly are excluded from this action.
Use the mouse wheel to move the knobs (pots). A combination of the mouse wheel
and "Shift" key slows down the increase or decrease by a factor of ten. Double-clicking
resets the knob to the original value.
Vpot Controls
Some controllers snap to the middle setting, which may be useful for quickly returning
to a "neutral" status. It is extremely difficult to adjust the fine settings within close
proximity of this snap point. You can temporarily deactivate this snap mode by holding
"Shift" before touching the controller.
Use the mouse wheel to adjust the controllers. A combination of the mouse wheel and
"Shift" key reduces the increase/decrease by factor ten.
Apropos the controller movement, note that all plug-ins follow the host settings
regarding linear or circular mouse movement. You can usually choose whether you
prefer up/down or a circular movement to adjust the value.
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essentialFX Presets
By clicking on the tool symbol in the graphic display, you can open the presets.
Under "Tweak" you can find specific settings options for each effects device.
Under "eFX Globals" you can find settings options for graphic level display as well as
mouse control.
eFX Globals
These settings apply to all Essential FX.
Metering: Here you can set the meter display.
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Decay Time controls reaction speed.
Peak Hold controls the hold of the highest peak.
Brightness controls the display brightness.
Mouse: Here you can set the display reaction to mouse movements in the essential FX
graphic display.
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Linear mode lets the faders move in response to vertical and horizontal mouse
movements.
Circular mode lets the faders be controlled by circular mouse movements.
Mode As Host lets the faders move in response to the mouse exactly how mouse
settings in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium specify it.
[Shift] Factor specifies the factor for fine adjustment of individual faders with the
mouse with simultaneously held Shift key.
Plug-ins
Vocal Strip
This plug-in combines several components in one special tool which is ideal for
working with speech or vocal tracks. Virtually all recurring voice signal edits are
integrated in a compact, simple interface.
The signal flow is set by the e_FX_VocalStrip and is directly represented by the position
of the fader.
Vocal Strip Parameter
IN / OUT: Here you can set the input and output level.
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highpass: This fader determines the cut-off frequency for a steeply sloped
highpass filter (24dB/octave) to remove part with low frequencies, such as
rumbling or noises created when touching the microphone.
gate: With gate you can attenuate the signals that fall below the threshold. Here,
a smooth curve and a maximum 'softening' of up to 24dB is used to avoid hard
transitions.
DeEsser: The effect is very similar to that of the eFX_DeEsser. Here, however, the
application frequency is set. The filter used in eFX_VocalStrip works in another
range. The fader determines the degree of reduction.
compression: For the most part, an eFX_Compressor component contributes to
working parameters for optimizing voice recordings. The further the fader is
turned the lower the threshold and higher the compression ratio. The Attack and
Release times are selected according to the program.
tone: This EQ corresponds principally to the filter network, which is also used in
the eFX_TubeStage plug-in. With this you can simply and effectively calibrate the
sonic balance of the voice signal, e. g. for better integration into the mix.
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Tweak
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DeEss DetFreq: Determines the frequency of the filter used for detection, and
filter blocking in the signal route. Typically the sibilants in speech or singing
voices are in the 6 - 8 kHz range.
CompAutoMakeup: The maximum level is retained while overall level is reduced.
Comp Attack: Here you can determine how fast the compressor responds after
reaching the threshold.
Comp Adapt.Rel.: Rising values cause the compressor to work increasingly with
"Adaptive Release". This means that the longer and harder the compressor
intercedes upstream in the signal path, the longer is the resulting release phase.
Note: Detailed information about compressor-specific settings can be found under
"essentialFX > Compressor > Compressor Parameter".
DeEsser
This plug-in filters/attenuates sibilants in vocal recordings in a simple yet effective
way. Since the underlying process operates on the basis of a dynamic filter, other
signals are weakened such as cymbals in drum recordings or other signals in a similar
frequency range.
Plug-ins
In contrast to other devices of this type, the eFX_DeEsser works without adjustable
thresholds. The plug-in constantly evaluates the input signal and recognizes signal
peaks that are high above in the frequency range of the average levels. Through this
comparative analysis with the wanted signal, a constant reduction of noisy sections can
be adhered to, so a traditional threshold often requires adjustments for changing levels.
DeEsser Parameters
IN / OUT: Here you can set the input and output level.
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freq: Determines the frequency of the filter used for detection, and filter blocking
in the signal route. Typically the sibilants in speech or singing voices are in the 6 8 kHz range.
Speaker symbol (pre-listen): This allows you to hear the "solo" filter frequency so
you can locate noisy sections quickly and easily.
reduction: Regulates the filter attenuation in the signal route.
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bandwidth) and 2 (extremely narrow bandwidth).
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Gate
This plug-in can be used to remove noises in the pauses between audio material, e.g. a
pause in speech during commentary. When the signal level falls below a certain
threshold, the entire audio signal is faded out. The assumption is that there is no
wanted signal present. The noise gate can be used in situations for original audio
recordings with noise that is so strong that it cannot be removed using the DeNoiser
without leaving the wanted signal muffled and hollow. For certain types of instrument
recordings it is also not a good idea to remove all of the "dirtiness" from the sound, e.g.
distorted guitar. With the gate you can at least clean up the sound during the pauses.
The operation is similar to a classic analog gate. Here emphasis was placed on a fast
and accurate response, where the typical artifacts from digital gates such as rough,
"fluttering" sounds are avoided. The essential FX Gate continuously scans the signal
and automatically selects optimal settings according to the current values.
Gate parameter
IN / OUT: Here you can set the input and output level.
sidechain int/ext: As with the essential FX Compressor an external control input can
be used for triggering.
Note: Sidechaining is not available MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
soft knee: Normally the Gate has a hard characteristic i. e. below the threshold this
signal is cut hard, in addition it is transmitted in an unchanged form. "Hard Knee" deals
with abrupt transitions. "Soft Knee", however, allows the signal to be modified by
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"Gating" in the pass so that transitions can be softer and less detectable. This is
particularly recommendable for work with acoustic instruments such as drums where
the signal levels can fluctuate a lot.
hold: This three-way switch controls how long the gate process waits after passing
through the attack phase before subsequently passing through the release phase. The
Hold function is useful for signals that need a rather short release time, but shouldn't
be flattened out.
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threshold: This fader defines the threshold beneath which the gate should be
applied.
range: Here you can set the gating strength. When it is set fully to the right, the
signal beneath the threshold is cut out completely. Subtly attenuating the signal
can remove background noises or breathing from vocal tracks. Where necessary
the process can be attenuated even further by switching on the soft knee mode.
attack: Regulates the attack time from the closed gate to the point at which signal
is let through again.
release: Sets the time that the gate requires to go from a normal state to gating.
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Look Ahead: This control sets how long ahead the gate previews the signal. The
audio signal will be delayed by this time.
Chorus/Flanger
This plug-in offers a simple way to make signals sound more interesting, "spacier",
thicker, etc. by modulating or delaying the pitch - the classical domain of application is
for guitars, Hammond organs, electric pianos, or synths.
Chorus and flanger are two closely related effects, which are combined into a single
plug-in. They normally differentiate in terms of delay time, type of modulation, and
degree of internal feedback.
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Chorus flanger parameters
IN / OUT: Here you can set the input and output level.
mode:
- Stereo chorus: Compared to mono chorus, two copies of the original are created,
modulated against each other in pitch, and then fed accordingly to the set mix ratio to
the left and right output channel.
- Mono Flanger & Stereo Flanger In contrast to the Chorus Effects the lower delay
periods and a slightly changed modulation are processed.
- Ensemble: This creates a denser chorus, similar to Boss/Roland CE-1: Instead of two
voices, six are generated. Two internal sine LFOs for de-tuning, whereby for both LFOs
the second and third voice phase length by 120°. This results in a denser-sounding
effect that is also less warped.
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Rate: This specifies the speed of the modulation. Lower rates provide slight
hovering effects, and high speeds produce a wobbling, typically distorted
"underwater" sound.
Depth: This parameter specifies the depth of the modulation, i. e. the maximum
deviation of the modulation and the resulting pitch bending.
phase: This fader moves the right channel's oscillator phasing relative to the left,
wave is put back to the right. So that the Tremolo effect drifts apart in the stereo
field with ever increasing values. At 180° both oscillators work in reverse,
therefore the stereo effect is at its strongest.
Feedback: This parameter defines the portion of the delay that is sent back to the
input. Feedback causes the effects of modulation to be more drastic and cutting.
Nullification of the feedback is set at the middle of the fader. Set to the right, the
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feedback is fed to the input equi-phasal; to the left, the feedback occurs. Both
variants may sound very different depending on the signal, since they prefer
different frequency ranges for dissonance.
Mix: Regulates the mix ratio of the original signal and the delayed portion.
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Low Cut: This knob sets the filter frequency of a high-pass filter. Signal
components below this frequency will be filtered out.
Tube Stage
Preamplifier are still used today, if the signal needs a warm, flattering sound. This is
often not only about saturation or distortion artifacts, but rather more about getting a
compact and more vivid sound picture. A tube stage makes things a little more
dynamic, this is not due to the tubes itself, but rather the entire circuit, which interacts
with the tube in a way that amplification levels don't do on a semiconducter basis. As
with guitar amplifiers, the complexity increases with the number of stages.
Optionally inside the essentialFX_TubeStage plug-in, either one or two tube stages
work.
Tube circuits, especially if they work in the border area and saturate/distort the signal
with the gain control, react very sensitively to the input signal's spectral composition.
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Two independent filter circuits accompany this plug-in's tube stage (s). The first (preeq) acts directly on the input signal. With this you can determine which frequency
range should be principally edited. The second filter circuit (post-eq) is located behind
the tube stage (or after the second) and determines the tonal balance of the output
signal.
This enables you to create various sound nuances. For example, you can accentuate
the high frequency range on the input side, for example, to create Exciter-/Enhancer
effects, so that the signal appears more "tangible". To avoid overemphasizing this
amplified range, a reverse process with the post-EQ can be subsequently made.
Both of the available tube stages can be globally switched in the A or AB operation. In
the A-circuit the entire signal runs through, as is common with simple tube preamps,
through a tube. However, since these can only edit a half-wave, the working point of
the circuit is set approximately in the middle of the reference line. However neither
halve will ever be treated equally, so that positive displacements are amplified
differently to negative displacements. (so-called Class A operation). Thereby odd and
even harmonics are created. The typical 'warm' tube sound to a large extent dates back
to the characteristic overtone spectrum.
For each half-wave in class-AB operation, a separate tube is used, so that in principle
there is a symmetrical reinforcement. The signal contains predominantly uneven
harmonics. The sound image appears thinner but more transparent and solid. This is
comparable to the sound, that tape machines create when they are slightly
overmodulated.
Tube Stage Parameter
IN / OUT: Here you can set the input and output level.
stages: In signal section 1 the signal only passes through the tube stages. In setting 2,
two stages are cascaded. This divides up the gain so that both stages are driven less
'hotly'. This increases the signal complexity and any tube artifacts.
class A / AB Optionally, a simple gain stage with asymmetric reference line (Class A)
or symmetric AB mode. In the A-mode odd and even harmonics emerge, the sound
image is similar to a 'warm' tube guitar amp. In the AB section only uneven harmonics
are created. The sound image is somewhat 'colder', but more transparent with complex
materials and can also be driven louder.
oversampling: If this switch is active, the virtual tube stages are controlled with one-to
four-times the project sampling rate, i.e with an internal sampling rate of 176 - 192 kHz.
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pre-eq: This knob (called "Tilt" or "Level" on some devices) controls the effect of
a soft, passive 6 dB filter for prefiltering signals before the (first) tube stage. If
turned to the left the bass is emphasized and the highs are dampened. To the
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right the inverted filtering happens. With this filter the signal can be
correspondingly processed before "Warming up" by selecting the prominent of
desired section. Compared to a standard EQ the effect of this filter is more subtle,
but it does possess a high 'musicality', by the internal circuitry and also because
of the slightly different phase response.
gain: This set the entire amplification factor. If two two tube stages are selected
using 'stages', the available Gain is divided by two and is distributed equally over
both stages.
post-eq: Operation and function is like pre-eq, however, this filter is placed behind
the (second) stage tube.
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inside a tube.
Energizer (plug-in)
The Energizer belongs to the so-called psycho-acoustic processors genre. These
devices are used in the studio, acoustic irradiation, and restoration areas in order to
enhance the sound.
An effect like this usually can only be partially achieved with standard methods like
equalizing since an equalizer can only compile the frequency parts that are already in
the signal. Additionally an excessive increase in the signal (of the highs) increases the
chances of hissing.
With bass the problem often arises that for each device in an analog processing chain
(for example, tapedeck, mixing desk, pre-amp) slightly delays the signal compared to
the remaining spectrum. This type of phase lag cannot be restored with an EQ and
increasing the depth often results in a washed-out and feebler sound.
Psycho-acoustic devices are based on our hearing's ability to perceive attributes like
"freshness", "liveliness" and "naturalness" in a recording as a result of various
parameters. One of them is the harmony spectrum. The mid and high frequency ranges
of a loudly played instrument are richer than those of a quietly played instrument. The
"Exciter" tries to imitate this property with artificial harmonies. However, this type of
method cannot function statically as the noise and low-level signals will be influenced
otherwise.
The order in which individual frequencies are heard is just as important for lively sound.
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The psycho-acoustic method used in the Energizer is based on a combination of
frequency-dependent phase correction, additional harmonics creation and recognition
of so-called transients (short signal peaks).
The Energizer is subdivided into a bass and middle/high area. In both of these areas,
the audio can be enhanced independently of one another.
The parameters of the Energizer
The available effect presets cover typical areas of usage and are already set up as
presets in order to, for example, format a CD for playback on the car radio, use as a
soundtrack for your home entertainment system or for restoring distorted frequency
response curves of old records. The Energizer can have a drastic effect on the sound
even if only small changes are made to the parameters. So that you know which faders
to change to get the audio results you want, the following section describes the
available faders in detail.
Low tune: Here you can tune the bass processor to a specific input frequency (between
50 and 150 Hz). This is the preferred frequency at which, for example, a kick drum or
an acoustic/electric bass is played. The phase position of the bass range can be
influenced according to the set frequency, resulting in deeper sounds sounding more
"succinct" and "broader".
Low attack: Using the transient recognition fader the attack behavior of the tuned
range can be increased (fader to the right) or decreased (to the left). You can use this
to create a "hard" or "dynamic" bass foundation or have a range sound "legato" or "soft.
Low mix: Here the processed bass signal is mixed with the unprocessed input signal.
Please note that material that is already highly modulated may become
overmodulated/distorted. For strong increases in the bass you should, if required,
reduce the source material in order to have enough reserves. It is also recommended
that you use the Audio Cleaning Lab Limiter as the next step.
High tune: This fader specifies the input frequency of the high tone circuitry (between 1
and 10 kHz). A part of the input signal is filtered and a phase lag is created depending
on its frequencies. Simultaneously, the dynamic harmony is enhanced. When turned to
the left you can influence the mids and highs of the signal so that, for example, the
"articulation" of speech and instruments can be edited. The further up the frequency
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you go, the more the harmonies or bright sounds, like drum cymbals, are registered.
You can use this to add "shine" or "silkiness" to your recordings.
High stereo width: Use this fader to specify whether the signal that's added to the high
tone processor should be edited in mono, stereo or as a broadened signal if at all. This
way you can specify whether the range should be compiled from the stereo mids of a
recording or from the parts of the pages (for example, room information)
High mix: Here you can specify the amount of data from the high-frequency processor
that should be mixed into the original sound.
Tip: At the beginning when using psycho-acoustic devices there is a danger of
overkill. We recommend regularly toggling from unedited signals to processed ones.
In order to make subtle changes in the sound it is often enough that the change be
just about audible or that when switching off the effect, you get the feeling that
there's something missing. If the effect sounds like it's in the foreground, this usually
means that it's exaggerated too much.
Analogue Modelling Suite: AM-Track SE
AM-Track SE is a purely analog compressor simulation. The tape simulation contained
in the full version (Analog Modeling Suite AM-Track http://pro.magix.com/de/audioplugins/analogue-modelling-suite.175.html) is not included. This is used primarily for
so-called "tracking", i.e. editing individual channel strips or subgroup signals. The
compression takes place in the "vintage" setting, whereas an additional "vca" setting is
available in the full version. The plug-in recognizes the number of incoming signals and,
if necessary, edits the signal in mono.
Am-Track SE limitations compared to the full version:
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No "VCA" mode in the compressor, only "Vintage" operation can be implemented
along with the presets.
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interface, parameters: "ahead" (pre-delay) and "adapt release" (switchable
release automation) are missing.
(Release automation is always activated in the SE version which corresponds to the set
value of the mid position of the 'capacity' controller.)
Below, the full version of AM-Track is explained and its features compared to "normal"
software compressors and the available parameters.
Compressor Section
Two completely different compressors work in AM-Track, each with their own
independent control and sound methods.
You may be wondering why we mention sound when talking about a compressor, since
compressors merely relate to control actions. This isn't as simple as the idea of
"making loud quiet".
Various designs, algorithms, and topologies for solving the actual problem (dynamic
reduction), which all have their own unique character, have come from the history of
analog and digital signal processing. For example, pre-filtering in the detector circle and
the type of detection have a large influence on the audio results. Plenty of hardware
compressors have the same established VCAs (voltage controlled amplifier), but they
all sound different and influence a signal, an entire production (or even a genre) with
their "signature sound". We intend to provide you with acoustic variation via these
dynamic tools in the digital world.
The two operating modes of the AM-Track may be selected using the switch
"vca/vintage":
VINTAGE mode
This mode appears as a preset on start-up of the AM-track. It has fewer
parameters than the VCA mode and has audibly less of a "surgical" quality,
but more of a trimmed sound character.
"Vintage" mode simulates a circuit design from the time when VCAs were not yet or
could not be fully implemented. Instead, a FET (field effect transistor) was often used
as a controllable resistor. Together with constant resistance at the circuit's gate, this
forms a so-called voltage splitter, which is to say it forms a resistance change at the
FET (caused by a change in voltage at its gate) which results in a damping of the input
signal. A very simple detector circuit is used to activate the FET which obtains its signal
from the output of the compressor (behind the whole control circuit). For older
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designs, this feedback loop provides a stabilization of the work parameters and is one
of the decisive factors for the often quoted soft and musical compression of exponents
of this design, e.g. the Urei 1176 or 1178. The control circuit sees the layout of its
previous work and oscillates to the signal.
The disadvantage is that the set time parameters for attack and release depend
somewhat on the program. In some cases, it's actually advantageous for vocals, bass,
or even drums (e.g. subgroup, ambience, mics). You should rely completely on your
ear for this.
Because of the feedback topology, the maximum gain reduction is usually lower than
VCA devices with forwards detection, usually 20 dB. This way, there is almost always
a level matching amplifier in the feedback loop. The "drive" controller of the AM-Track
regulates the feedback amplification here. This can be so high that the detector may
become saturated by a loud input signal, resulting in signal peaks being swallowed up.
Simultaneously, the setting becomes more intense as quieter signals also start reaching
the threshold. You can creatively implement this according to the situation to create
complex signal compression which doesn't much sound like dynamic compression due
to the transients that slip through and release at high "drive" levels.
The stated release of the signal, technically known as a ratio reduction, is also caused
by the centerpiece of the circuitry: the FET. Level reduction works entirely as a function
of its characteristic curve, resulting from the non-linear behavior of this element. The
FET virtually comprises part of the input resistance of the compressor circuit. As a
result, the input/output response curve does not create a plateau when "drive" is high,
which would be the case for a reference line featuring a high ratio or even limiting. A
saturated FET may no longer complete the job it was marked out to do, i.e. to keep its
output at low Ohmic values. Once again, signal peaks pass through the entire circuit
unaffected, but the average level could be severely compressed. From a technical point
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of view, the control process appears incomplete, but sounds pleasantly open and airy
depending on its application.
The entire detection is dependent on the spectral balance in the virtual AM-track
circuit, the highs are automatically compressed less so that even extreme settings
sound less flat and more lively.
It's the same story with deep bass. On closer listening, you'll find that with strong
compression the signal still retains its power which would otherwise be lost if the
envelope were to follow shortly afterwards.
"Vintage" mode has another feature to offer: At the output of the compressor in the
signal path, an emulation of a transformer-coupled matching-level amplifier can be
found. This contributes to some subtle, non-linear distortions at high levels, but is very
much frequency-dependent.
VCA Mode
In VCA mode, the parameter selection and the circuitry design
correspond to a modern compressor with a VCA element as the control
circuit and a forward automatic gain control in the detector section
("feed-forward design", i.e. the controlling signal for level reduction is
taken from the input signal).
The typical basic sound for this category is accurate, largely neutral and, in relation to
the adjustable parameters, easily predictable.
In VCA mode, the control signal is accessed at the input where it firstly executes a
controllable low-cut (which may be set up via "detector hp freq" in "Expert" mode).
The filter makes sure that deep-frequency signals have less influence on the
adjustment settings; this is a popular trick for more power, e.g., when using drums in a
sub-group.
The filtered signal then arrives at the detector. With the forward gain control,
previously set parameters apply fully and affect the adjustment settings immediately.
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In contrast to this, there is a "feedback" method which provides a second compressor
mode.
Compression Parameters
Vintage Mode
In this mode, you can intuitively (by ear) use the dynamic editing features with just
three knobs. Do whatever you want, but keep in mind: less is sometimes more...
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Drive: You can use the "drive" potentiometer to control the amplification factor in
the feedback loop, i.e. the signal strength which the detection circuit calculates.
Furthermore, the internal "ratio" changes within a limit, the more "drive" there is,
the higher the compression ratio.
Attack and release: The same basic conditions as VCA mode apply here.
However, not only do you change the actual control response time after
detection, but the "temporal window" in the detector must be adjusted as well.
Additionally, the feedback method does cause a certain amount of
unpredictability. You should expect less control over the device in this mode, but
more leniency on its part.
VCA Mode
The regular set of parameters of dynamic compressors is available in this mode:
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Threshold: The threshold above which dynamic reduction begins.
Check the threshold display if necessary (thr): If the input signal reaches the set
threshold, the blue dash will move around the arrow symbols. If this dash moves
upwards, the threshold is below the average level and compression is active.
Inversely, if the dash moves below the marking, the input signal becomes too
quiet to be able to reach the threshold; compression will be applied.
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Ratio: This ratio (1:n) specifies by which factor the signal should be reduced once
the threshold has been reached. For example, if the threshold is set to -20 dB and
the ratio to 1:4, an input signal of -10 dB will only be amplified by 2.5 dB (10 dB : 4
= 2.5 dB).
Attack: This is the response time, e.g. how long the project takes to execute the
required level reduction. Short attack times intercept level peaks, and longer ones
let them through unimpeded (compression only starts past this value).
Release: This is the time allocated to the circuit to reach the normal amplification
factor.
Note on attack & release: In general, short attacks are used for moderate
compression and making the transient response softer; longer times retain the "bite"
of a specific instrument at larger compression rates or make the sound a bit snappier.
With more difficult sources, like a very dynamic vocal track (ballads), for example,
you can use a longer attack so that the project runs more smoothly and quietly; the
release time may be trimmed audibly to match the pauses or the song speed.
Shorter release time may be used for modern, aggressive "close up" vocals, e.g. when
breathing sounds are an important stylistic device and the voice should sound very
full and compact.
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threshold. A "hard knee" means that the transition of 1:1 amplification for level
reduction occurs abruptly; a "soft knee" on the other hand starts much lower than
the threshold and moves the characteristic softly into the reduction. A "hard"
setting is useful for effect-filled, acoustic compression, e.g. individual drum tracks.
A softer setting is useful for complex and sensitive sources like guitars, pianos, or
vocals. The more complex the signal, the easier it will be to notice a difference.
For less sensitive sources, this parameter is usually less important. Note that for
"soft knee" settings, the "threshold" value will need to be re-adjusted, since the
compression starts at a much lower level.
Compression Expert Settings
Of course, you can efficiently compress a lot of data with AM-Track without having to
press the "Expert" button or try out additional options. However, we have added a few
"handy" parameters behind the front panel. This applies equally to both compression
modes.
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Look ahead: AM-Track is always ahead of the signal. You can specify how many
milliseconds you want to "look ahead". The audio signal path is delayed according
to the signal route so that the detection circuit is fed first with the input signal
(so-called "look-ahead delay"). You can increase the attack time and still avoid
fast peaks. The latency compensation in the host program ensures that other
tracks in the project are adjusted and that no time delay occurs. For percussive
signals, you can even set the delay all the way to "0".
Detector hp filter: This high-cut filter is positioned before the two compressors'
detection circuit. You can use it to specifically exclude basses and mids from
these rules. Complex signals with bass and hi information like a subgroup or
complete mixdown produce fewer "pumping" artifacts. This is because lowfrequency signals feature the most power and therefore always trigger regulation
and modulate other frequency ranges in the volume
Auto makeup gain: Normally, you have to continuously adjust level reduction to
generate "compression" at the same maximum level. This is done by activating
auto makeup gain. The volume difference expected from the set working
parameters is determined and applied as an output factor after master regulation.
If you prefer to adjust the "classic" level reduction and amplification manually,
you can deactivate this function.
Adaptive release: This is "semi-automatic", i.e. you can roughly adjust the release
time, and AM-Track reduces it according to the current signal power from "a little
(1%)" to "considerably slower (100%)". In "Vintage" mode, this regulation
method is particularly intense, since it affects the feedback loop process. For
instance, if you are editing vocal tracks or dense, complex material, it can sound
"calmer" or more "musical" if adaptive release is activated.
Capacity: Adjusting the "capacity" controller sets the time response of the
"adaptive release". The greater the capacity, the more sluggish the release
adjustment. You can therefore influence larger parts of the compensation
response. For instance, if you want to use vocals that have been "moved forward",
you should use a short release time (maybe 80-100 ms) and a greater value for
semi-automatic (e.g. 80). Vice versa, you can reduce automatic feed by switching
the relation (smaller capacity, generally greater release time).
Comp mix: Parallel compression is a popular "studio trick", particularly with
complex material. Adding the original signal retains the transients and spectral
balance of the source. You can add compression by turning the mix controller. A
mixed signal is particularly discreet, more transparent, and less "squishy" with
vocals, whereby the compressed portion usually has a higher level reduction than
without adding the original.
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Tracks
In the "Tracks" view you can check and edit the position and order of the tracks before
export.
The "Tracks" buttons offer quick access to Automatic track marker recognition,
setting track markers on all object edges or also deleting all markers.
freedb: Request for track information from the freedb Online CD Database (view
page 144)
ID3 Editor: Opens the ID3 Editor (view page 109) for further editing of the track
markers, track names, artists and other metadata (ID3 tags)
Track list: Here all of the tracks are listed by name and the name of the project
(most often the album title) and artist is displayed above. To edit the names
directly in the list, simply double-click on it.
Add album cover: Click on the cover area to add the selected cover to an album.
If an album and artist have already been defined, an appropriate cover can be
downloaded automatically from the Internet. But you can also load a file from
the hard drive.
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Track Agent
In this dialog, all the CD tracks in the current project are displayed in a list. Every track
can be given a name which is then shown in the master track.
The track list and the buttons underneath it are always visible. You can change the
dialog view with the "Marker/Positions" and "ID3 Tags" tabs.
By choosing all tracks on the list, the corresponding objects are selected and the
playback position placed at the track marker. All of the objects which belong to a track
will also be selected and the playback position placed at the track marker.
Previous/Next: Selects the previous or next track.
Play/Stop: Plays or stops the selected track.
Close: Closes the dialog and applies the changes that were made.
Keyboard shortcut:
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Markers/Positions
You can edit the track markers in your project in the "Marker/Position" tab.
Name: The name of the track.
Set markers automatically: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium analyzes the
audio material and sets the track markers automatically.
Markers on object edges: Automatically sets track markers on all object edges. This
option only makes sense if you have already cut (view page 56) a recording into
separate tracks.
Track Start: Here you can set the exact starting point of the track. The two arrows
change the position of the track marker. This means that the track remains in the same
position and the same order but starts earlier or later.
Move track: The position on the CD of the track that is marked by the track marker can
be changed by using the two buttons.
New marker: Sets a track marker at the current playback position.
Delete marker: Removes the selected track marker.
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ID3 Tags
In the "ID3 Tags" tab you can enter information about the artist, album, year and genre.
This info will be included as ID3 tags when the MP3 is exported. The data is used by
database and search functions in programs like MAGIX Music Manager.
Track name/artist/album/year/genre: More details about the tracks (ID3 tags).
Auto-numbering: Automatically numbers the tracks.
Apply to all: applies the respective entry to all tracks in the project. If you want to apply
an entry simply tick the small box behind it. This way you can standardize information
which is imported from different files, e.g. the spelling of an artist's name etc.
freedb loads the data for a complete CD or LP from a public database. For more about
this see freedb (view page 144).
Write ID3 tags in original file The ID3 tags will be added to the MP3 file you loaded.
"Write all" updates all the files in the project.
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Export
In the export section, you can either save the project as audio file(s) or burn it directly
to an audio or data CD or shared on the Internet.
Files
In the "Files" view you can save the tracks from the current project as audio files.
The file format, the total length of the project and the storage location are
displayed here.
Settings...The default setting is MP3 files with a bit rate of 192 kbps saved in the
project folder (view page 152). To select a different file format or storage
location, open the advanced settings (view page 112). The changes made there
will be applied to all subsequent exports.
Export: Starts the export process.
Settings
In this dialog you can adjust the settings for file export, e.g. to change the save location
or the file format.
Export
In the upper part of the dialog you'll find a file explorer which you can use to set a new
name or target folder for the audio file. Under „Last storage location” you can choose
from a list of save locations that are already being used.
File type: Here you can set the format for the exported file. In the "Format settings..."
you can access the configuration options for the format.
Export: Closes the settings dialog and starts the export process. The changes to the
settings will be applied to any subsequent exports.
Format
Wave: The audio material is exported as a standard Wave file. This is the conventional
format for further use on Windows PCs. These files are not compressed and retain
their full sound quality.
FLACFLAC is the abbreviation for "Free Lossless Audio Codec". This is a freely savable
format that can be used to compress your audio data to 50% of their original size.
Unlike lossy compression methods like MP3 or OGG, the full sound quality is kept
intact with FLAC.
MP3: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium contains a high-quality and extremely
fast MP3 encoder. This can be used to save complete LPs including cleaning effects as
MP3 files. You can also make an MP3 CD, and for that you can use the function "Burn
data CD/DVD (view page 120)".
For good quality, we recommend a setting of at least 192 kbps. Sound quality will
hardly be affected despite the compression. If you have memory to spare, full CD
quality can be retained at 320 kbps – at approximately 1/3 of the original memory. This
is ideal for building up a large high-quality music archive on your hard drive.
AAC: This is a modern competitor format to MP3, which is primarily used for portable
music players (iPod, etc.).
Note: For exporting in MP3 and AAC formats, you may need to activate your MP3
encoder. Simply go to "Help" >Activate additional functions (view page 155).
OGGOGG Vorbis files have all of the important characteristics of MP3 files, except that
they do not require any kind of licensing for their codecs. – They can be freely decoded
and encoded. Not all portable devices support this format.
AIFF: The audio material is exported as an AIFF file. This is the most commonly used
audio format for Apple™ computers.
Windows Media: Exports the project as a WMA format file (Windows Media Audio).
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Format settings
Output format: Here you can set the output bitrate. The bit rate is the data stream
during playback of audio data. It is given in kilobits per second (kbit/s or kbps) and also
determined the file size. An MP3 file that is 3 minutes long and has a constant bit rate
of 128 kbit/s is ca. 2.8 MB in size.
Common bit rates for music are 192 kBit for good quality, 256 kBit and more for
excellent quality. For Internet streaming and speech recording (in mono), 128 kBit are
enough.
Encoder quality: The included MP3 encoder can be operated in three "Gears": An
especially quick ("Fast"), an especially powerful for high sound quality ("Highest"),
which however requires more time, and a compromise between the two.
Format: Here you can set whether your MP3 file is exported in Stereo or Mono format.
Variable bitrate: "Use VBR" adjusts the bitrate of the audio material, which means that
a lower bitrate will be used during quieter parts. Therefore, VBR files are smaller than
files of comparable quality without VBR. Instead of a constant bitrate there is a quality
setting. Not all playback programs can process VBR correctly, some will result in
problems during title length display or when rewinding.
ID3 editor: Opens a dialog, where you can set ID3 meta data for files to be exported.
Options
Each track in its own file with names: Exports each track (i.e. the area between one
track marker and the next) as a separate audio file. In addition to the audio files, a
playlist file (.m3u) will also be created. This file includes the names of all the audio files
in the correct order. It also contains the name of the project; the list field allows
different naming schemes for the audio files.
Scheme
Example:
(File name)_(Track number)
CD_1.wav, CD_2.wav ,CD_3.wav
(File name)_(Track number)
1 CD.wav, 2 CD.wav, 3 CD.wav
Track name:
AAA.wav, BBB.wav, CCC.wav
(Track number) (Track name)
1 AAA.wav, 2 BBB.wav, 3 CCC.wav
File names for a project "CD.vip" with the tracks AAA, BBB, CCC
All tracks in one file: Saves the project in one audio file with the same name as the
project.
Export
File for track at playback position only: Saves the track that is currently placed at the
playback position, i.e. the project area between the last track marker before the position
line and the following track marker. This way you can cut out parts of an audio file and
save them separately by simply placing markers.
Play back exported file(s): After export the media player is opened to test the results
of the export.
Keyboard shortcut:
K
Video
This option allows you to export projects as video files.
Note: The video export feature is not available MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Change video format here. If the audio track of a video that was loaded into
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium has been edited, the format of the
original will be discarded, in which case other properties of the original video will
be preserved where possible.
Settings...: A settings dialog (view page 116) for the selected video format will
open, this dialog allows you to change the properties of the exported video.
Once the export process has begun you will not be able to make any changes to
settings.
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Advanced settings for video formats
The dialog will look different, depending on which video format is selected.
Here you can adjust the settings for the exported video precisely. The options available
vary according to the selected format.
Presets: Under "Presets", you'll find typical settings for the selected format for the most
important applications.
Click "Save" to save your own settings and "Delete" to remove them
from the list.
Export settings: You can specify general export parameters like resolution, aspect ratio
and frame rate. Select the most frequently used values from the list fields; to set your
own values click on the "..." The "Advanced" button reveals extra settings for the
selected video format. (see below) Format description provides a summary of the
Export
most important core values of the exported video file and estimates the size of the
finished file.
In the field below you can enter the file name for your exported file.
Use the folder symbol to select the folder into which you want to export. The
dialog will remember the export path for future exports.
The option "Overwrite file without confirmation" option allows you to execute multiple
exports in the same file.
Other
Anti-interlace filter: This option should only be activated for playback on a TV screen,
since it is intended to reduce line flickering.
Shut down PC after successful export: Use this option to have the computer switch off
automatically after lengthy export processes.
Video as MPEG video...
MPEG stands for "Motion Picture Experts Group" and is a high-performance
compression format for audio and video files.
Details on the settings of the MPEG encoder can be found in the program's Help file in
the "MPEG Encoder Settings" appendix.
Video as DV-AVI...
This option exports the video as a DV encoded AVI. The arrangement can be easily
transferred to the digicam using a Firewire interface.
The dialog will provide further information on all available options. You can access it via
"Advanced" in the export dialog. You will also be asked for which video standard you
want to export the DV data - PAL (Europe) or NTSC (USA).
Video as Quicktime Movie...
Exports the project in QuickTime Movie format. This format ensures the best possible
compatibility on Apple computers.
Settings for video size, frame rate, and codec settings may also be specified here. The
export dialog does not enable you to add comments, etc. to videos.
Tip:For Quicktime files (*.mov), the Quicktime library must be installed.
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Video as MAGIX video
Exports the project in MAGIX video format.
This format is used for video recording by MAGIX video software and is optimized for
digitally editing high-quality video material.
Video as MPEG-4 video
MPEG-4 is the most advanced video format available at the moment. Unlike other
formats, this provides very high-quality pictures at the same file size.
Windows Media Export
This is a universal audio/video format from Microsoft. Accordingly, the settings
options in the "Advanced" dialog are very complex.
Manual configuration
Audio/video codec: Various codecs corresponding to the various Windows Media
versions (7, 8, 9) are possible. Should compatibility problems arise on playback, try an
older codec with a lower version number.
Bit rate mode: Constant and variable bit rates are possible, most devices and streaming
applications require constant bit rates. For VBR two pass modes the movie is
compressed in two passes in order to optimally use the bandwidth for highlycompressed movies for the Internet.
Bit rate/quality/audio format: The bit rate is decisive in defining the display/audio
quality. The higher this is set, the better the videos will look and the larger the files and
the required encoding time will be. For variable bit rates, the bit rate is adapted
dynamically to the requirements of the corresponding picture or sound material. Either
the quality value may be set between 1-100 or, for two-pass encoding, an average or
maximum bit rate. For audio, the bit rate is set additionally by the audio format.
Import from system profile (export type): For the most common methods (other than
playback on mobile devices, with which you should use the supplied presets), like, for
example, Internet streaming, Microsoft provides diverse system profiles to choose
from. If you have the Windows Media Encoder 9 installed, which is available from
Microsoft as a free download, you can edit the profiles or create your own. These can
be loaded by pressing the "Import from profile file" button.
"Clip info" enables the title and artist names, copyright details, and descriptions to be
entered.
Export
Audio CD
Using the "Audio CD" button in the export section you can burn your projects as exact
copies on an audio CD.
Capacity indicator: Standard blank CDs can hold either 74 or 80 minutes of
audio.
The CD Title is displayed here and can be changed if necessary. This CD title is
also displayed on most CD or media players when the CD is inserted.
Burn CD: Starts the burning process. In the background a large wave file of the
project is exported and can be burned to CD.
Print CD cover: Opens MAGIX Print Studio, an included printing program which
you can use to print a CD cover. Track information is automatically transferred
as a spreadsheet into the print project in MAGIX Print Studio.
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Data disc
This option allows the project to be burned onto a data CD or DVD in MP3, OGG
VORBIS or WMA format.
MP3/WMA/OGG: Here you can select the format. In most cases you can leave
this set to MP3.
Settings..: Here you can change the format settings (view page 114) of each
encoder.
Display on project length and bit rate
Burn data starts the burning process.
Print CD cover: Opens MAGIX Print Studio, an included printing program which
you can use to print a CD cover. Track information is automatically transferred
as a spreadsheet into the print project in MAGIX Print Studio.
Export
Share
In this view you can share your project on the Internet on services such as SoundCloud,
YouTube, Facebook and the MAGIX services MAGIX Online Album and showfy.
Simply click on the icon for the service you want to use.
SoundCloud
SoundCloud is an exciting Internet community for musicians, record companies and
anyone else who wants to distribute music and communicate via songs. After
registering with SoundCloud, you can upload songs directly from MAGIX Audio &
Music Lab 2016 Premium to your personal profile. When this is done you can add your
songs to your own SoundCloud player and integrate it into your website or share it on
social networks such as Twitter or Facebook.
Export to Facebook
The command opens a dialog where the project name (displayed according to the
settings in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium), a description and search words
(tags) can be entered. After confirming this data with "OK", the project will be
exported as a video and uploaded to Facebook. For connecting and transmitting the
video file, you must log in with your Facebook username and password. If you aren't
registered on Facebook, first open your browser and create a Facebook account .
After a successful upload, your browser will open to show you your video's info page so
you can check the entered data once again. If everything is as you want it, you can
leave the page and the new video will now appear in the list of your own videos.
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File Menu
New Project
Using this option you can set up a new MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium
project (view page 54).
Keyboard shortcut
E
Load project
Using this option you can load previously saved projects (view page 54).
Keyboard shortcut:
O
Save Project
The current project (view page 54) is stored under its given name. If there is no name
chosen, the program opens a file requester, where the path and name can be
determined.
Keyboard shortcut:
S
Save project as
It opens a file requester where you can determine the path and the name of the project
(view page 54), under which it will be stored.
Keyboard shortcut:
Shift + S
Burn project backup onto CD/DVD / Burn data
CD/DVD
In addition to the integrated audio CD burner routines, MAGIX Audio & Music Lab
2016 Premium contains the CD burning program MAGIX Speed burnR. It can help you
burn data CDs/DVDs, too.
Burn project backup on CD/DVD: The current project (including all audio files) can be
burned directly to CD or DVD as a backup directly from the "File" menu in MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium. Even extremely large files do not present a
problem, since they are automatically distributed across several dics. The first of the
File Menu
backup discs contains a "Restore" program. This automatically begins the restore
process to the hard disk as soon as it is placed in the drive.
Burn data CD/DVD: This command opens the MAGIX Speed burnR program with an
empty burn queue for burning desired files to disc.
Load audio file
Switch to the Import section - File tab (view page 41) to import audio files.
Keyboard shortcut:
W
Load video sound
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium gives you the option of editing the audio
tracks of video files like audio files. MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium can load
video files in the following formats: DV-AVI, AVI (*.avi, suitable Codec, e.g. DivX must
be installed), Quicktime (*.mov), MPEG1/2/4 (*.mp4,*.mv4, *.3gp), AVCHD (*.mt2)
and Windows Media (*.wmv).
The audio track from the video is displayed as an audio object in the master track and
can now be edited. The video is displayed in the video monitor during playback. A
video preview strip (view page 28) is displayed in the the track window above the
audio material.
Note: The video track of a video file is loaded for display in the monitor, but can't be
edited (cut, for example) with MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
There are two other special video import options:
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Show video image.If you deactivate this option, the video track is not loaded and
displayed in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium. At the end, you can
export (view page 112) only the audio.
Optimize video for smooth playback in video monitor. Some video formats can be
displayed directly in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium, whereas others
need to be converted into the internal MAGIX MXV format when opened.
Opening them directly is faster, but places a larger demand on the system. If
playback in the video monitor is jerky, you can use this option to convert the video
into the resource-saving MXV format.
Keyboard shortcut:
j
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Loading an audio CD
Switch to the Import section - File tab (view page 43) to import audio CDs.
Keyboard shortcut:
Shift + D
Import DVD audio
This command imports the audio contents of a DVD into MAGIX Audio & Music Lab
2016 Premium.
Note: Importing the audio track(s) from a video DVD is not possible!
Record
With this command you can open the MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium
record dialog. More information on this topic can be found in the chapter Record audio
(view page 43).
Keyboard shortcut:
R
Export audio
Read the section "WAV and other file formats" (view page 112) in the "Export
section" chapter.
Export video
Please read more on this in the section "Video files" (view page 115) in the "Export"
chapter!
Internet
MAGIX Online Album
MAGIX Online Album lets you publish your photos and videos directly on the Internet.
You can also play your music as MP3s in the Online Album. Create your personal
album website in no time with your own Internet address, and showcase everything
that's fun about multimedia to the world.
File Menu
For example, you can upload especially impressive photos or entire slideshows as
videos straight from your MAGIX program. Pictures you put on your website can be
downloaded with ease from the comfort of your own home and integrated into your
slideshow.
Download media
This command loads files from MAGIX Online Album to your PC.
Upload project as MP3 to MAGIX Online Album
Converts your project into an MP3 file and uploads it to your personal MAGIX Online
Album.
Open my online album...
This command opens your own MAGIX Online website. You must login and enter the
page's Internet address (URL) to continue.
MAGIX Website Maker
Not only is Internet surfing easy! Thanks to MAGIX Website Maker creating websites
also becomes child's play!
This service offers:
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Your desired domain (www.desiredname.com) and a subdomain (http://yourname.magix.net/website).
250 MB memory space with 5 email accounts, 1 GB each.
Website Maker with website templates, intros. Also animations, text effects, form
and design objects, picture and graphic templates, and buttons. And everything
without any ad banners!
Photo (*.jpeg), video (*.wmv) & music (*.mp3) options.
Additional software: MAGIX web mail for managing your email inbox.
MAGIX Website Maker offers 3 months of free, non-binding service. This way, you
have enough time to find out everything about MAGIX Website Maker and all existing
possibilities for editing and managing your homepage.
MAGIX Website Maker offers everything for the perfect Flash website:
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Design templates: Numerous high-quality website templates in the latest
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professional Flash design with pre-finished, customizable subpages, start pages,
profile pages, photo pages, video pages, and much more.
Text & text effects: Freely positionable text fields with fantastic fonts and
animated text effects can be added and individually formatted with ease.
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Multimedia content: Select your favorite photos, spectacular slideshows, videos
and an online video player with your own background music, or integrate it all as
an online music player with playlists.
Decorative elements: Attractive design objects, plenty of vector shapes,
background images, buttons, and much more offer more possibilities for
designing unique websites than ever.
Animation objects: Large selection of dynamic, impressive animation objects for
breathtaking, moving websites.
Links: Easily add links to your own or external websites.
Top extras: Enhance your website with a visitor counter, guest book, contact
form, and many other useful extras.
Export function: Conveniently add individual components of your website (e.g. video player, slideshow, online music player)
or even the entire website to external sites as an embedded website.
Proceed as follows:
After registering your desired domain, you can start creating your website right away.
1. First, select a design for your website in MAGIX Website Maker
2. If you would like to place an intro (start animation) at the start of your domain,
select your intro as a next step.
3. Now you can replace the mock text with your own text as you see fit. All free-
standing elements on all webpages can also be moved as you please. To do so,
click to select the element and move it using your mouse.
4. Once everything is just how you want it, you can put your page online, so that
your domain can be accessed.
Catooh – the Online Content Library
Catooh provides you with high-quality photos, videos, and music for every theme,
expanded by intelligent iContent with professional Soundpools, DVD menu templates,
and brilliant MAGIX ShowMaker styles to help you make your photo, video, and music
projects reality. All of this is available directly from your MAGIX software.
Just choose "Share" from the menu "Catooh" to set up an Internet connection.
Browse through the thematically sorted categories or view the results directly by
entering a keyword. After downloading, you can drag the objects from the Media Pool
directly into your arrangement.
Tip: Read the introduction online http://rdir.magix.net/?page=JRF6LASAR2Z3!
Open the Online Media Marketplace
This opens Catooh in a separate browser.
File Menu
Import media backup
iContent (for example, 3D transitions) which you buy and download from Catooh is
stored directly in your central My files\MAGIX Downloads\Backup directory. If you
have downloaded these files from other MAGIX programs, then you can use the
command "Import media backup" to make them accessible for use in MAGIX Audio &
Music Lab 2016 Premium.
Manage login details
These are options for managing user names (email addresses) and the associated
passwords so that you are able to access your Online Services without having to enter
the details each time.
This information applies to all of my Online Services: If this option is activated, then
the account details you have entered will be applied to all Online Services. Deactivate
this option if you have different details for individual services, then choose the
corresponding service via "Select service and enter the associated login details.
Delete old projects
The command "Delete old projects" is a convenient method for deleting old projects
with all affiliated audio files.
Project: All of your most recently saved projects as well as all projects contained in the
Project folder (view page 152) are listed here. You can choose one that should be
deleted. Use "Search for project" to add other project files from any folder to the list.
Select the project file (.vip) that should be deleted by clicking on it. Of course, a project
can not be opened if it is to be deleted.
The "Open in Windows Explorer" option opens an explorer window with the folder of
the selected project. Here you can...no longer required files manually.
Used files: Lists the files used in the project that you want to delete. Use the small
boxes to select the files you wish to delete.
With "Delete" you can delete the project (.vip) and the files selected for deleting in the
file list.
When you select a project you wish to delete, some files in the list, i.e. files located in
the project folder are selected already. They are recording files, files that are
automatically produced when importing specific formats, and back up copies. In other
words, data which is used only within one project of MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium.
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Files which are not located in the project folder, MP3 files from music collections or
videos, for instance, are not selected, as you will probably use them in other projects or
with other programs. You can select them if you're sure you don't need them anymore.
In general, it's quite sensible to have the preset apply to the project folder because it
allows you to simply choose a project at the top and to click "Delete" at the bottom to
delete files which are no longer needed in a project.
Exit
Closes MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
Edit Menu
Edit Menu
Undo
In the project you can undo the last changes you made. This way, it's no problem if you
want to try out critical operations. If you don't like the result, you can always revert to
the previous state using "Undo".
Keyboard shortcut:
Ctrl + Z
Redo
The “Redo” function undoes the previous “Undo” function.
Keyboard shortcut:
Shift + Y
Undo list
The last 20 editing steps are listed. This makes it easy to go back to a specific editing
step.
Set marker
With this command you set a marker into the track to mark a certain time position in
the project. You can jump between the markers with the keyboard commands Alt +
Arrow left/right.
Keyboard shortcut
Alt+M
Split
A selected object is split into two objects at the position line. This also works during
playback.
Keyboard shortcut:
T
Remove object beginning
This command removes the part of an object beneath the position line, chronologically
located before the position line. The audio material following it is moved forward to the
initial position.
Keyboard shortcut:
Z
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Remove object end
This command removes the part of an object beneath the position line, chronologically
located after the position line. The audio material following it is moved closer.
Keyboard shortcut:
U
Cut
The selected object is cut out from the project and placed on the clipboard. It can then
be reinserted elsewhere.
Keyboard shortcut:
Shift + Del
Copy
The selected object is copied from the project into the clipboard. It can then be reinserted elsewhere.
Keyboard shortcut:
C
Paste
The content of the clipboard is inserted into the project at the position line.
Keyboard shortcut:
Ctrl + V
Delete
The currently selected object will then be deleted from current project. The subsequent
objects are moved forward so that there is no gap in the track.
Keyboard shortcut:
Del
Edit Menu
Remove pauses
This function automatically removes sections without or with low audio level in the
selected object. In the dialog, you can set a minimum time and threshold for
recognition.
Threshold detection for pauses (dB): The threshold is set here. The value is specified
in decibels, 0db corresponds to the maximum level. Typically you will enter negative
values. The higher the numerical value, the lower the level and the less audio material is
removed.
Minimum pause length: The minimum pause time is set here. If the function removes
intended (musical) pauses in the music, increase the value.
Apply to all objects: If this option is activated, the function will be applied to all audio
objects in the project.
Voice over
The "Voice over" effect creates a volume curve for automatically fading background
music during spoken sections. To do this, proceed as follows:
1. Record speech.
2. Load your background music.
3. Move the object containing the background music to the second track below the
spoken portion. Note: The second track can be opened with the "2" key.
4. Place your speech recording at the correct position, then cut and edit it with the
object handles to remove undesired noise or mistakes.
5. Now open the voiceover dialog via "Edit" and activate the voiceover effect.
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6. A volume curve (view page 147) is created on the second track which
automatically fades the background music at the correct positions.
Use the faders to set by how much the volume of the background music should be
reduced during speech passages and how quickly this should happen.
Use the selection list to apply the curve to the first track as well, should you have
placed your background music there. If you later want to move or shorten your voice
recordings, click on the "Update" button to adjust the volume curve.
Batch conversion
Batch processing lets you automate work processes. You can extend a specific editing
process from a single audio file to a list of files any size (i.e. the "batch"). The files are
then executed automatically, over night, all day, or however you like.
Possible jobs may include:
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Normalization, volume adjustment, loudness
Linear fading (in and out)
All real-time cleaning and mastering effects
Removing direct current
Resampling/Timestretching (view page 140)
Format conversions: Bit width (8/16/24-bit), sample rate,
stereo/mono/left/right
Save in all available export formats (view page 112).
Examples of use:
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Encoding a large number of wave files into MP3 while simultaneously adjusting
volume and freshening up higher frequencies
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Loss-free conversion of wave files into FLAC to save up to 50% hard drive space
Correcting multiple LP recordings with incorrect speeds
Denoising original sound tracks
The process for batch conversion is as follows:
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In the "Source file" tab, select the files for editing.
In the "Effects" tab, select the required editing processes.
In the "Time format" tab, select the output format.
In the "Target files" tab, specify where and under what names the files should be
saved.
Source files
Drive
Path
Superior folder level
Refresh
File browser
Add to editing list
Editing list
Preview
File filter
Start editing
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Create the list of files you want to edit. You will find a file browser on the right side.
Select the files you would like to edit by clicking them; multiple selection is also
possible (Ctrl + click for individual files, Shift + click for series, Ctrl + A to select
everything). The view can be limited to certain audio formats via the file filter at the
bottom. Every audio file can be pre-listened with the preview button.
The "Add" button in the middle inserts all of the selected files into the editing list. If a
folder has been selected, then all audio files in the folder, including all subfolders, will
be added to the list.
Loads a list (*.m3u format).
Saves the list in *.m3u format for using your selection of files later.
"Remove" deletes all selected list entries. "Remove all" deletes the complete list.
Effects
Amplitude
No changes: The amplitude remains unchanged.
Normalize/change level to: You can normalize to a specific maximum value in %/dB
or sink/raise the level by a certain value. Read more about this in the section "Edit
menu -> Normalize object volume (view page 137)".
Adjust loudness: Loudness adjustment ensures a balanced average volume for each
audio file. Read more about this in the section "Edit menu -> Adjust loudness".
Edit Menu
Fades at project start and end
Linear fades of any length can be added to the beginning and/or end of files.
Effects
No effects: No effects editing takes place.
Current settings/effects presets: This section allows all cleaning and mastering effects
in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium to be used for batch conversion
(including plug-ins). The batch processing dialog does not in fact offer direct access to
the extensive settings options for the individual effects; instead, there are two choices:
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"Current settings": All effects settings in the currently loaded project will be
applied (except object effects). First you can load one of the edited files into a
new MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium project and make the required
effects settings in real time there. Then you can open batch conversion and apply
these settings to all of the other files.
"Effects presets": You can select the cleaning or mastering effects presets
included with the program or the ones you created yourself.
Remove direct current: Remove direct current noise from analog recordings; see
"Remove direct current (view page 72)" in the "Edit" menu.
Resampling/Timestretching: Changes the playback tempo; see
"Resampling/Timestretching (view page 140)" in the "Edit" menu.
Target format
File format: All export formats (view page 112) available in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab
2016 Premium are available here with their associated format options.
Stereo/Mono: You can convert in stereo (mono sources feature the same signal on
both channels), save one of the stereo channels as a mono file, or mix both stereo
channels together to create a mono file.
Bit resolution/sample rate: The bit resolution can be changed to 8/16/24-bit, and the
sample rate to 11,025, 22,050, 32,000, 44,100, or 48,000 Hz.
No changes: This means that the output format is applied unchanged.
Destination files
There are several ways to save edited files:
Replace source files: The original files are replaced by the edited files. If the file is used
in a project, then the project will be closed first.
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Save files in source directory with changed name/save files in following directory:
The edited file is saved in the source directory or in any chosen directory. The specified
suffix/prefix is added to the file name. Optionally, you can delete the source files after
editing them.
Keep source directory structure: This option saves all files including the source path.
The folder structure is preserved if the source files originated from different folders.
Load/Save realtime effects settings
Here you can save and load your favorite effect settings as "Mastering effect presets"
or "Cleaning FX presets" so you can use them in other projects or objects.
FX presets can be applied to the "Object FX" page for individual objects or as project
effects for the whole sound.
Since the available object effects are different from the project effects, some settings
may be ignored.
Apply all realtime effects
If the effects settings become too full to manage or you just want to ”summarize” your
production, use this function to convert the entire audio arrangement into a single
audio file. It will appear as a long object in a new project.
Once the effects have been added they will no longer require CPU power.
Effects menu
Effects menu
Here you can open all the settings dialogs for the "Cleaning" and "Mastering" effects as
well as other effects. The effects are sorted categorically in submenus. If the cleaning or
mastering effects are open, the effect will be loaded as an object effect (view page 64),
which means it will only affect the selected object and not the entire audio material on
the master track.
A description of the effects which are not explained here can be found in the
sections"Cleaning effects" (view page 61) and "Mastering effects" (view page 73).
Note: In MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016 there is no settings dialog for the
mastering and cleaning effects and therefor no extra effects menu there. The other
effects in the MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium "Effects" menu can be found
in the "Edit" menu in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2016.
Normalize object volume
This function raises the volume of an object to the maximum level without the material
being clipped. This utilizes the dynamic range the best way possible. First the highest
levels are detected, and then the object level is adjusted so that the max. level amounts
to 0 dB, i.e. the maximum volume (or another value between 1% and 400%).
Note: If you experience very slight clipping during recording and then proceed to
normalize the material, then you won't achieve the same quality as if you produce a
correctly clipped recording! For example, if you only modulate half of the material,
then your recording will have a quality of 15-bit samples – normalizing to 100%
doesn't change anything.
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Normalize to: Here you can set the value to which the audio material should be
normalized by entering it into the input field, moving the fader, or selecting one of the
presets (50, 95, 100 or 200%). The value will be shown in % and dB (100% = 0 dB =
max.). Values above 0 dB bring about digital clipping.
Maximum level: Displays the highest detected peak in the selected range/object.
Level change: Displays the level change in dB, in accordance with the selected
normalize level and the detected maximum level.
Different methods can be specified under "Selection":
Normalize the selected object only: Normalization is only applied to the selected
object. This function can also be executed in "Object FX" mode by clicking the "Auto"
button below the volume controller (always normalizes to 100%).
Normalize all objects separately: Each object in the project is normalized according to
its own maximum (peak) level. The level ratios between the individual objects changes
for this reason.
Normalize all objects as a single unit: The maximum level is detected for all objects in
the project, and each object is normalized according to that value. The level ratios
between the individual objects is preserved, but only the object that contains the
maximum level is optimally clipped.
Start loudness adjustment (RMS normalization): Starts normalization including the
average loudness (RMS) of objects, see Loudness.
Shortcut:
N
Loudness adjustment
This function unifies the volume of the individual tracks in the project. First all of the
levels for every object are increased separately to the maximum without clipping the
material (see Normalization (view page 137)). Depending on the musical production,
however, each title may have a different volume at full level, since the relation between
loud and quiet sequences within the track also influences how we perceive volume. In
the second step, the average volume (RMS) of the song is determined and the object
level is adapted accordingly.
Tracks with higher peak values but lower loudness may be normalized at a level above
0 dB (full clipping). To avoid overloads, the limiter is automatically activated (see
MultiMax).
Effects menu
A target loudness (RMS) can be given in dB. Since this is the average value, the
loudness value is always less than 0dB; -15 is the preset.
The degree of adjustment decides how strictly the loudness normalization is applied.
At 0%, no adjustment is made to the target RMS. At a value of 50%, the level is raised
to half the difference between the detected loudness and the target value. Volume
differences remain between the tracks in this case. At 100%, every track is raised to
the RMS target value regardless of its loudness. This is only recommended in rare
cases because even in a single party mix, a dance hit will not have the same volume as
a ballad.
Tip: Volume fluctuation within a song can be balanced with the MultiMax loudness
presets.
Keyboard shortcut:
Shift + N
Isolate Stereo Channels
Displays a stereo file from two mono objects. The two mono objects are totally
independent, are located one above the other on two tracks and can be worked on
separately. This option is particularly suitable for removing undesirable audio
interference that can only be heard on one channel.
Switch channels
This function switches the left and right stereo channels.
This is useful for correcting recordings with switched channels. This function can be
reversed if you don't re-select the range; opening it again will bring back the original
material.
Invert phase
The sample data is inverted along the amplitude axis, which means that negative
values become positive and vice versa. This function allows you to adjust recordings
with different phases to one another.
An incorrect phase occurs if during an analog recording parallel cables are switched. To
correct such errors, some mixers have a switch that can be used to invert the phase of
an input. If you press the switch by mistake, errors might occur as well.
This function is reversible, so if you repeat it, the original signal is restored.
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Backwards
When Backwards is applied the sound file will be played in reverse. This way you can
create very interesting effects, not to mention the “hidden messages” in many songs...
Resampling/Timestretching
The pitchshifting/timestretching/resampling editor opens. This effect can change the
tempo and pitch of the audio material separately. The effect is also available as a
mouse mode or object effect. The dialog's advanced settings options and the pitch
changing options are missing, however.
Algorithm: Selects the applied timestretching process.
Time factor calculation: All algorithms in this dialog apply a time factor as the input
parameter. The input fields for the group "Time factor calculation" enable convenient
detection of the time factor from the desired new length or a new tempo in BPM in
relation to an old tempo (required beforehand).
Pitch (semitones): For any algorithm except resampling, the pitch can also be set
independent of the tempo. Use the pitch fader beside the factor fader to experiment.
Play/Stop/Play orig.: "Play/Stop" can be used to immediately control the result of the
algorithm. "Play orig." plays the unedited material for comparison.
Algorithms for timestretching/pitchshifting
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Standard: Timestretching and pitchshifting in standard quality. This method is
suitable for audio material without a pronounced beat. Beat markers are
evaluated to improve audio quality.
Smoothed: Timestretching and pitchshifting for audio material without pulsing
elements. The method is suitable for polyphonic orchestral instruments, pauses,
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speech, and singing. Beat markers are not evaluated.
In this case, a considerably more complex algorithm is used which requires more
processing time. The material can also be processed with very large factors (0.2...
50) without causing serious artifacts. The material is "smoothed" to make the
sound softer and emit it at an adjusted phase level. This smoothing is hardly
audible, for example, with speech, singing, or solo instruments. Problems may
arise with more complex spectra (sound mixes from various instruments or
finished mixes). For smaller corrections (factors approx. 0.9... 1.1), we recommend
setting the smoothing level as low as possible.
Beat marker slicing: Beat-synchronous timestretching and pitchshifting via
splitting and temporal repositioning. Exactly set beat markers are required at the
beats or transients. The markers can be generated in real time (automatically) or
read from the WAV file if available (patched). In the Premium version's included
MAGIX Music Editor, a patching tool is provided for users to set the markers
themselves. The algorithm is suitable for rhythmic material that can be divided
into individual beats or notes. This requires a low audio level before each beat or
note.
Beat marker stretching: Beat-synchronous timestretching and pitchshifting in
standard quality. The material is stretched between beat markers positions so
that the beats or attacks at the beat marker positions are not impaired by
stretching. The markers can be generated in real time (automatically) or read
from the source file if available (patched). This method is suitable for rhythmic
material that can not be divided into individual beats or notes because the beats
or notes overlap each other.
Universal HQ: Universal methods for timestretching and pitchshifting in very high
audio quality. Suitable for all types of audio material. Beat markers are evaluated
to improve audio quality. This method requires a lot of time for processing, so
application of the "Calculate all real-time effects (view page 136)" function ("Edit"
menu) is recommended.
Monophonic voice: Timestretching and pitchshifting for vocal solos, speech, or
solo instruments. The material must not contain background noise, and excessive
reverb may also be detrimental to the use of this method. With suitable material
the audio quality is very high. The "Correct formant factor" option preserves
formants if pitches are changed. These are characteristic basic frequencies of the
voice that are independent of the pitch that is sung. In other words, the
characteristic discoloration of pitch ("Mickey Mouse") effect does not occur in
this case. The formants, however, can be shifted by +/- 12 half tones. This
achieves suitable vocal distortions. Beat markers are not evaluated.
Resampling: Pitch shift and tempo cannot be changed individually. This method
requires considerably less CPU time. If the pitch is increased or the sample is
shortened, then resampling is almost completely free of loss, and the sample
material will suffer almost no damage. In other cases, resampling causes loss of
overtones. For example, if the length of a 44.1 kHz sample is doubled, then the
frequency level of the result will be limited to 11.025 kHz. The sound is the same
as when the playback speed of a record player or tape recorder is changed.
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CD menu
The CD menu contains all special functions for audio CDs and CD mastering
processes, e.g. setting CD tracks and pauses as well as the "Create CD" function.
Set track marker
Allows you to set a track marker at the current location of the position line. All the
following markers will automatically receive a corresponding number. Each CD track
needs a track marker. The minimum length for a track is 4 seconds, whereas the
maximum length of a track is only limited by the capacity of the CD.
Keyboard shortcut:
m
Set Pause marker
This function lets you set pause markers. At these points some CD-Players switch to
absolute silence during playback until the next track marker appears. The CD-player
displays a countdown for the next title.
Keyboard shortcut:
Shift + m
Set track marker automatically
Use this option to automatically detect pauses between the tracks and set track
markers. The audio material is analyzed for quiet sections.
For more detailed information about the functioning of automatic track marker
recognition please refer to the chapter „Cutting and arranging objects“.
Keyboard shortcut:
Ctrl + M
Set track marker on the object edges
This function is used to set automatic track markers at the start of each object on the
track. Before using the function, execute the "Remove all markers" command to delete
any already existing track markers.
Shortcut:
Ctrl + Shift + M
CD menu
Split objects at marker positions
This function will split all objects at the position of the track markers.
Keyboard shortcut:
Ctrl + t
Set auto pause length
Audio files that have been loaded successively into MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium are arranged consecutively in the project. Between the tracks, a standard
pause of 2 seconds is preset. In this dialog, the value can be modified.
Remove markers
This function is used to delete existing markers. First put the position line at the same
place as the marker (snaps to marker)
Keyboard shortcut: Del
Delete all markers
This function removes all existing track and pause markers. This can be useful if you
are going to use the "Set track markers automatically." function.
Keyboard shortcut:
Ctrl+Del
Delete CD track
This command deletes a selected track marker and the corresponding audio material
from the position of the track marker to the next track marker. The audio material
following it, is moved closer.
Keyboard shortcut:
Alt + Del
Create audio CD
This option does the same thing as the "Audio CD" button in the export section.
Keyboard shortcut:
B
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Show CD-R drive information
This dialog shows you all available information on the active CD-writer. This includes
the manufacturer, product name, product revision, cache and the features supported by
the drive.
Show CD-R disc information
Displays all available information on the CD inserted in the drive. The most important
feature is the maximum length, which cannot be exceeded during production, for
example: 74 minutes and 59 seconds.
ID3 Editor
This opens the ID3 Editor (view page 109).
Keyboard shortcut:
L
Print CD cover
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 contains an easy-to-use CD print studio. Here, you
can design and print not only simple track listings, but also sophisticated CD covers,
CD booklets, and circular CD labels. The track information is automatically transferred
from the playlist to the print studio.
Get CD track information online (freedb)
You can retrieve the track information for imported CDs from the Internet using the
Online freeDB Query function. This query is based on the exact combination of track
lengths and the order of all tracks on an album. This also works if the tracks are loaded
into the project individually (e.g. as MP3 files) and are in the right order. If the track
lengths differ here by a few seconds from the exact track length, the correct CD should
still be recognizable.
Query album information recording online
(freedb)
When recording cassettes or records onto your computer, one large file is created in
which all tracks are arranged one after the other without track markers, much like a CD.
You can, of course, use the function "Set track marker automatically" to analyze the
audio material and, with the help of the pauses, separate the file into individual tracks.
This does not work, however, when the tracks run into one another without a pause.
CD menu
In this case you can ascertain the exact track division by querying the Online freedb CD
database. To do so, proceed as follows:
1. Start up your Internet browser and go to the freedb search page by pressing the
"Start Internet search" button.
2. Enter the name of the album or band into the search field. One or more albums,
which match the search request, are listed. If you know that a certain album fits
your recording, then click on "Details". It will display the CD track list you were
looking for alongside other details.
3. Click on the link above the disc ID (a combination of 8-digits of numbers/letters,
e.g. 7e120419). freedb data record is displayed for this CD.
4. Copy the URL (Internet link) from the address bar of your browser onto the
clipboard.
5. Change back to MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium and enter the Internet
link into the text field in the lower portion of the dialog. Then click on "Apply CD
data". The CD tracks will be added to the project.
Warning: Sometimes the first track may begin very quietly (for instance an intro or
applause in live recordings) and the start of the recording occurs too late. Due to this,
it may happen that the length of the first track does not correspond to the track length
suggested by the database. As a result, all track markers will be a little bit too far
back. In this case, move the second track marker forward while holding down the Ctrlkey; all subsequent track markers will then be moved by the same amount and should
be positioned appropriately at the start of each track.
CD info options
Here you can start different advanced options for "freedb CD Database".
freeDB > Submit CD to freeDB
You can add CDs in the online CD database. The enormous freedb project exists
courtesy of the contributions made by worldwide users.
If you have a CD that is not in the database, you can enter the CD information.
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Make sure the right CD is in the drive.
Select "Enter New CD in freedb "
Enter the information, double-checking the details for possible errors.
Press "OK"
Within an hour or two, the new information will be online for everybody to
access.
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freeDB user preferences
User info is entered here for MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium to use when
freedb is queried. Of course, using freedb is completely anonymous, but freedb often
has to process several queries at once, so an i.d. is assigned to identify the user. If you
have problems accessing info, maybe someone is using the same data; you can change
the settings to avoid this problem.
freeDB proxy options...
If you are having difficulties connecting to the freedb server, then you can choose
another server from the list, or you can increase the "timeout" value. An increased work
load causes the server to react slowly and a connection cannot be made properly.
freeDB > Delete freeDB Cache
The freedb online database creates a cache on your hard disk, containing all data
available via the freedb button. This allows you to access the data without having to go
online. You can of course delete the cache, should it contain false data or when up-todate current data is available.
Options menu
Options menu
Mouse mode
"Mouse modes" are your tools for working in the track window of MAGIX Audio &
Music Lab 2016 Premium. For most processes the preset Edit mouse mode is
sufficient. However, in the "Options" menu you'll find other modes for specific tasks.
Depending on the mode, the function of mouse-clicks in the project changes. The
current mouse mode is indicated by the appearance of the mouse pointer in the track
window.
Edit mouse mode
The Edit mouse mode is preset. You can take care of all important tasks with this
mode. Select objects in the track window with a left-click. Selected objects can be
moved using drag & drop. All subsequent objects are also moved so that no
unwanted gaps develop later in the track.
In Edit mode you can use the 5 handles to fade or shorten all objects or to adjust the
volume. Right-clicking on an object opens the context menu where you can select
important editing options for the object.
Shortcut:
V
Volume draw mode
In Volume Draw mode the volume curve can be "drawn". This way, you can create
irregular volume progressions quickly.
To delete volume curve points, double-click on the corresponding point or click on a
point in the Delete Object mode.
Wave draw mode
Repair short distortions such as crackling directly in the wave form of the audio file by
using the Wave drawing mode. These distortions usually only last a few sample
values, so you can use the mouse and try to draw along the original waveform without
the distortion.
There is an automatic zoom function in the wave form display when you switch into
the Wave drawing mode, so sample values become visible.
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Warning: Unlike other editing of the master track which only affects the project, this
mode lets you work directly with the Wave audio file, i.e. with the recorded raw
material. The latter is changed directly and permanently. Create a backup copy so
you can undo changes. This automatically occurs when working with MP3 and other
compressed formats, since such files have to be converted into the Wave format for
this function.
Resampling/Time stretching mouse mode
This mode lets you change the playback speed of objects with the mouse so that they
are better aligned. This mouse mode can be found in the "Options" menu.
You can use this mouse mode to stretch or compress the object using the lower
handle at the rear. The mouse pointer turns into a clock.
Resampling mode (preset) can be used to change speed and pitch just like on a tape,
i.e. speed and pitch are changed together as one. If an object is compressed with the
mouse, the speed and pitch increase just like a tape when it is played faster.
In the Time Stretch mode, the pitch remains unchanged if the object length and with it
the speed are changed.
You can change modes by switching to the cleaning effects, selecting "Object" editing
and then selecting time stretching from the tempo/resampling effects presets list.
Edit spectrum directly
With the mouse mode "Edit spectrum directly" you can remove specific noises from
the sound spectrum of the audio material.
The view of the master track changes to Spectral display (view page 32). You can
create an area around the noise with your mouse. Its size is still adjustable afterwards
by simply stretching the handles on the frame.
You can hear the impact of the effect straight after playing the corresponding
passage. Two buttons are located at the frame of the disturbances. By clicking "OK"
Options menu
the editing will be calculated into the audio material instantly. A copy of your original
material has been automatically saved beforehand so you can undo any editing (Ctrl +
Z).
By clicking "Cancel" you delete the frame and end the filtering process.
Note: Spectral Edit mouse mode is not available in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab
2016.
Display two tracks
You can use the "Double track" button to create a second
stereo track for your background music.
All objects can be moved randomly between the tracks. If moved between tracks
while holding the Shift key, the horizontal position will be retained, i.e. only the track is
changed.
Important: On the lower track you can move the objects without moving the
subsequent ones as well. Therefore, if you want to exchange objects, you should do
this in the second track.
Shortcut:
2
Stereo display
Using this option you can switch the view of the wave shape, which splits up the
material between the two stereo channels. This view is useful to visually control the
material in the stereo panorama or to find zero-crossings for cutting operations.
Keyboard shortcut:
Tab
Display volume curve
This option activates the volume curve.
For more about this, please refer to the chapters "Cutting and arranging objects"
(view page 54) and "Track window" (view page 27).
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Overview mode
Use the "Overview mode" in the "Options" menu to show or hide the overview track
(view page 28).
Program interface
You can set an alternative coloring of the program interface in <Program
name_deluxe>.
Lock/Ripple/Freely moving objects
Options of the "Ripple" button. For more about this, please refer to the section
Deleting and moving objects (view page 56).
Playback parameters
This option opens the playback parameter window.
Audio line-out: Here you can specify the output of the sound card that will be used for
playback. This is particularly important if you have a sound card with several outputs
or if you have several sound cards in your computer. The lower entries in the list with
the added prefix WASAPI use the more modern driver model of the same name.
? Here the supported audio formats of the sound card and the sound card driver
information can be displayed. You can also toggle between driver types (MME and
WDM). Adjust this setting only if you have problems with audio playback or
recording. If WASAPI was selected for the audio line-out, the dialog also includes the
option of switching the device mode between "Shared" and "Exclusive" besides the
Options menu
settings for the audio buffer. For recording the output of other programs (view page
51) (e.g. browser), "Shared" mode must be used.
Sample rate: This sets the sample rate of the project. For maximum sound quality, the
sample rate of the project should agree with the sample rate of the recorded or
imported material. 44 kHz is preset. If you are planning to edit video sound, you
should change the sample rate before importing video files (whose audio track is
mostly available with 48 kHz).
Playback buffer: If many effects are subject to dropouts during playback on older
computers, you can increase the length of the playback buffer here. But this also
increases the reaction time of the program when starting and stopping the playback
or recording, and when changing the effect parameters.
Autoscroll: If active, the displayed section of the position line follows; "Soft" and
"Scrolling" can be selected to choose between page-by-page scrolling and soft
scrolling.
Keyboard shortcut:
P
Units of measurement
This sub-menu allows you to determine different units for the timeline. You can
choose between samples, milliseconds hour/minute/second and CD frames.
Keyboard shortcuts:
Samples
Shift + 1
Milliseconds
Shift + 2
h:min:sec
Shift + 3
Min:Sec:CD frames
Shift + 4
Mouse snap active
When the mouse grid is switched on, the objects snap into place beside one another
so that everything fits in seamlessly.
Auto crossfade mode active
With every cut the two objects that are created are slighlty crossfaded in order to
avoid crackling. This is referred to as "Auto crossfading" (for more info on crossfades
please also see Crossfading objects (view page 57)). As all recorded and imported
objects can be easily faded – which is not always desired – this option can be
deactivated.
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Display values scale
The right edge of the track view shows a values scale. This indicates the level of
waveforms in dB, and the spectral display indicates specific frequencies in Hz.
Options for track marker recognition
For more detailed information about the functioning of automatic track marker
recognition please refer to the chapter „Cutting and arranging objects“ (view page
54).
Settings for recordings of vinyl/tape/speech and audio books/digital: These are
presets for various types of media. If you make adjustments to the following
parameters, these changes will be saved in the presets.
Minimum pause length: The higher this value is set, the fewer the number of pauses
that will be detected. If the value is set too low, it can also happen that very short
breaks during a song will be recognized as pauses.
Minimum track length: A new marker will only be set when the time between the last
track marker and the pause is at least this value. For example, if you want to burn a
CD of pop songs from a cassette, you can set the track length to around 2 minutes.
However, if you are working with a cassette with very short audio segments, you
should set this value accordingly.
Maximum (Minimal) level for pauses: MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium
searches for logical volume levels during pause recognition. If too many (an therefore
incorrect) pauses are found, you should move both sliders further to the right. If not
enough pauses are marked, you should move the sliders to the left.
Recognition of cassette or LP sides: In some cases you may want to record both sides
of a record one after the other without having to interrupt the recording process. The
result is usually a very long audio file with a very quiet section in the middle. MAGIX
Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium then only finds one pause, recognizes the situation,
splits the recording into two objects at this position and reattempts the process using
these two objects. In the best case, the noises created when the record or cassette is
turned around are also removed.
Path settings
In this dialog, you can set the memory path for your recorded audio files (New
projects) as well as the search path for VST plug-ins.
Share menu
Share menu
The Share menu provides access to online social networks as well as transfer
functions to other MAGIX programs.
Here you'll find options for uploading individual objects in the Arranger or files from
the Media Pool as well as the entire arrangement, as audio or video. You can also
transfer your arrangement to another MAGIX program (if it is installed) in order to,
for example, use it as background music for your slideshow.
Publish online
Publishes the project or single tracks form it on various online platforms. For more
information please refer to Export section > Share (view page 121).
Use as background music
Converts the project into MP3 and forwards it directly to a MAGIX video editing
program (e.g. MAGIX Movie Edit Pro deluxe MX) where it can be used as background
music.
Note: This function is only available if you have installed an appropriate MAGIX
program.
Add to music collection
Converts your arrangement into MP3 format and sends it directly to a MAGIX music
management program (e.g. MP3 deluxe MX), where it is added to an existing music
collection.
Note: This function is only available if you have installed an appropriate MAGIX
program.
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Help menu
Help
Open the program's help file. The help file provides explanations of all functions in the
program and step-by-step instructions.
Keyboard shortcut:
F1
Display tips
Determines whether the tooltips are displayed or not. If activated, a small help
window will be displayed as soon as you hold the mouse over a button for a while.
Tutorial videos...
This plays a tutorial video for MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium. An Internet
connection is required.
magix.info
Share your knowledge & get answers This MAGIX service offers you and the MAGIX
Community at large a central platform for exchanging knowledge, photos, videos, and
music, for discussing and evaluating, for communicating with one another, for
presenting yourself, and networking with other members.
You will find the sections "Questions & Answers", "Show & Discuss", "Online
Training", and "Chat" where you can play an active or passive role in the MAGIX
Community. For this there's not only the www.magix.info portal, but magix.info
directly in your product.
Ask questions online
If you have questions or problems with your MAGIX program or you're looking for
tips & tricks concerning multimedia, then you're at the right place.
Display all questions & answers...
Use the questions which other community members have asked and the collective
knowledge of the answers to improve your own working methods, to solve problems,
and to get to know the details of MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium.
Help menu
Launch the online training center
Learn not only theoretically, but also practically what the program is capable of:
"learning by doing", quickly and uncomplicated.
Let your friends view the contents of your MAGIX.info screen over the Internet on
their PCs.
Ideal for viewing photos and videos together or for receiving support for questions
arising during your creative workflow while using the program (a licensed client will
be installed for this purpose).
Register online
This option opens the MAGIX homepage for online registration where you can
register as a MAGIX user.
Registration grants you access to the MAGIX support website where various program
updates and help programs can be downloaded.
Update online
Update your program to the newest version by downloading any available patches
from the Internet.
Deactivate Program
This menu item deactivates MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium with
immediate effect. After deactivation, it is possible to immediately install and activate
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium on another computer
Activate additional functions
Why is activation required?
To import (decode) or export (encode) certain video and audio formats you will
require a specific codec to be able to read in and export these formats. As soon as a
corresponding decoder or encoder is needed, MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium will notify you and ask you if you would like to activate it.
The integration of decoders and encoders from third parties into programs usually
costs the software publisher money. These codecs are therefore added to MAGIX
programs via a voluntary activation, which may be free or require a charge for
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expensive specialist codecs. It is therefore possible for MAGIX to provide an optimum
price/performance ratio for your software in the future.
Free initial activation (MPEG2/4)
For using the video file formats MPEG2 and MPEG4 (AVCHD) (not in MAGIX Audio
Cleaning Lab 2016 an initial activation (free of charge) is necessary. When you export
or import files of this formats for the first time, a message appears. When confirming
this message, Audio & Music Lab connects to the MAGIX server and activates the file
formats for use in Audio & Music Lab. An Internet connection is necessary at this
point, and the program has to be registered as well.
Fee-based activation (AAC)
In order to export as AAC format, activation of the encoder is required:
Activation is fee-based and can be done online or via post/fax. The quickest and
easiest way to order an activation code is via the Internet. Ordering the activation
code takes just a few minutes via email. The order of your activation code via post/fax
takes a few days.
Order activation code online
Click on "Order online..." (Field 1). The web browser will open for you to register
MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium first (if you have not already done so). You
will then be forwarded to a website where you can request the corresponding
activation.
If your computer has no Internet access, then you have the following options for
activation:
Order activation code in MAGIX Service Center
Use this option to conduct activation from a different computer which has Internet
access.
Order activation code via post/fax
After clicking on "Order via post/fax" (field 2) your user code will appear. This
automatically assigns your personal activation code to your PC. Click on "Continue to
order form" to transfer your user code automatically to the post/fax form. Now send
the completed form as a printout to the address/fax no. mentioned. Once payment
has been processed successfully, your activation code will be sent to you in the
post/via fax in just a few days. Optionally, it can also be sent by email if an email
address is stated.
Help menu
Enter activation code
After receiving your personal activation code use the export or burn function to
reopen the activation dialog for the corresponding file format. Type or copy the
activation code into the input field in the dialog and click on "Activate...".
Activation problems
The MAGIX website won't open
Check your Internet connection; you may have to use manual dial-up.
The form for ordering via post/fax won't open
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Check that an adequate text editing program is installed and activated (for
example, MS Word).
I still haven't received an email with the activation code
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Check that your inbox isn't full.
Have a look in your spam folder.
You can always send questions via email to our support whenever you like. Please
have the following information at hand so that we can assist you as quickly and as
specifically as possible.
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Complete product name
Exact version number (to be found in the about box in the "About" menu item of
the "Help" menu)
Encoder/Decoder name
Your user code (accessible via the "Activate via post/fax" dialog)
Problem: I have installed MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium on a new
computer, installed a new hard drive in my old computer (sound card, memory...), or
installed it multiple times on the same computer. My activation code is no longer
accepted!
If the program cannot be activated again after it has been activated multiple times,
please contact the MAGIX customer service (view page 11).
About MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016
Premium
Copyright notices and version numbers are displayed.
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Restore original program behavior
This command resets all settings of the program to the delivery status.
Speech
Here you can switch the language of the program interface. After changing the
language, the program is restarted. Note that the help and manual continue to be
available only in the language in which the program was installed. For a completely
different language version, you have to reinstall the Audio & Music Lab. Choose the
required language using the flag at the lower edge of the start window of the
installation program.
Keyboard layout and mouse-wheel support
Keyboard layout and mouse-wheel support
Keyboard layout
Sections
Import
Ctrl + 1
Cleaning
Ctrl + 2
Mastering
Ctrl + 3
Tracks
Ctrl + 4
Export
Ctrl + 5
Menu functions
New project
E
Load project
O
Save project
S
Save project as
Shift + S
Load audio file
W
Load video file
J
Loading an audio CD
Shift + D
Recording
Shift + R
Export audio (Wave)
K
Close
Alt + F4
Undo
Ctrl + Z
Redo
Ctrl + Y
Set marker
Alt + M
Split
T
Remove object start
Z
Remove an object end
U
Cut
Ctrl + X
Copy
Ctrl + C
Insert
Ctrl + V
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Remove (delete)
Del
Batch processing
Shift + B
Normalize object volume
N
Loudness normalization
Shift + N
Set track marker
M
Set pause marker
Shift + M
Set track marker automatically
Ctrl + M
Set track marker on object edges
Ctrl + Shift + M
Split objects at track marker positions
Ctrl + T
Remove all markers
Ctrl + Del
Delete CD title
Alt + Del
Create audio CD
B
ID3 Editor
L
Edit mouse mode
V
2 tracks
2
Stereo display
Tab
Playback parameters
P
Measurement units
Shift + 1...4
Mouse snap active
Ctrl + R
Display values scale
#, '
Help
F1
Transport functions
Playback/Stop
Space bar
Pause
,
"Emergency" stop during playback
Esc
Back to the start
Home
To the end
End
Fast forward (rewind)
Arrow left (right)
Keyboard layout and mouse-wheel support
Playback/Stop
Space bar
Playback position to next (previous)
track marker
Alt + arrow left (right)
Playback position to the next (previous) Shift + Alt + arrow left (right)
object edge
Keyboard shortcuts for zooming the display are outlined in the chapter Zoom
commands (view page 29).
Mouse wheel support
Click on the middle mouse button
Start/Stop playback
Wheel
Horizontal scrolling
+ Ctrl
Horizontal zooming
+ Shift
Vertical zooming
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If you still have questions
Tips for Program Help
When the program is open, you can access the Help feature by pressing F1 on your
keyboard. The program Help contains tips on how to use the program and lots of
additional information. Many important terms are indicated in the text in italics.
Simply click on these terms for a more detailed explanation of what they mean.
Context Help: Press the "F1" key on your keyboard at any point in the open program
and Help will open with the matching help topic.
Search function: This feature can be used to look for specific words in the Help
section. Enter either the individual word or use logical operators (e. g. OR, AND,
NEAR) to refine your search if you have several search words.
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OR (between two words): all topics which contain both words or one of the
words will be listed.
AND (between two words): only those topics will be listed which contain both
words.
NEAR (between two words): only those topics will be listed which contain both
words. A maximum of 6 additional words are allowed between two search
words.
NOT (before a word): topics which contain this word will not be listed.
Print: The print function can be used to print out specific Help topics or entire topic
sections. The print button is located at the very top of the toolbar in the Help window.
System requirements
Operating system:
Microsoft Windows Vista | 7 | 8 | 8.1
Minimum configuration:
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1 GHz processor or higher
RAM: 2 GB
Hard drive memory: 1 GB
Graphics card resolution 1024 x 768
16-bit sound card
CD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for activating and validating the program*
If you still have questions
*Software can also be used offline. Please note, however, that the software requires
an Internet connection at least once a month to validate your license.
Optional:
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Burn CDs/DVDs with CD/DVD±R(W) recorder
Uninstalling the program
If you would like to uninstall MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium, go to the
Control Panel and select "Software" or "Programs and Functions". Alternatively go to
"Programs > MAGIX > MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium > Service and
Support > Uninstall Program".
Serial number
A serial number is included with each product. This serial number is required for
software activation. Please store this number in a safe place.
What does a serial number do?
With a serial number your program license is clearly assigned to you and only you.
This allows you to use the free customer service via email.
Serial numbers also help protect against software piracy. This makes it possible for us
to offer our customers the most value for their money.
Where is the serial number located?
The serial number is on the insert card in the program box.
If you have purchased the download version, you will receive a confirmation email
containing the serial number that you can use to activate the program. This will be
sent immediately following purchase to the email address you provided.
When is the serial number needed?
The serial number is required when you start the program the first time, as well as for
program registration.
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More about MAGIX
MAGIX Online World
Everything you need for your website
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Create your own website with MAGIX website
software
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Publish your website for free with the MAGIX free web hosting service
Register your domain name of choice for your website at a great price
Discover MAGIX Online World at www.magix-online.com
magix.info
Do you have questions, need help, or are looking for expert tips and tutorial videos on
using your MAGIX product? At magix.info you will find answers and solutions as well
as workshops and a comprehensive user forum for software and multimedia queries.
You can access magix.info online at www.magix.info
Index
Index
2
2 tracks ........................................................................................................................................32
24-bit Audio Support....................................................................................................... 47, 50
A
About MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium ....................................................... 157
Activate additional functions....................................................................................... 113, 155
Activation problems............................................................................................................... 157
Add to music collection ........................................................................................................ 153
Adjust object volume.............................................................................................................. 54
Advanced settings for video formats..........................................................................115, 116
Algorithms for timestretching/pitchshifting .................................................................. 140
Amplitude .................................................................................................................................134
Analogue Modelling Suite - AM-Track SE ........................................................................101
Analyzer ......................................................................................................................................38
Apply all realtime effects ..............................................................................................136, 141
Artifacts........................................................................................................................................71
Audio CD....................................................................................................................................119
Audio material display.............................................................................................................27
Auto Cleaning ............................................................................................................................63
Auto crossfade mode active .................................................................................................151
Auto mastering..........................................................................................................................73
Automatic track recognition - How it works .................................................................... 59
B
Backwards................................................................................................................................ 140
Basic knowledge about recording with the PC........................................................... 44, 51
Batch conversion..................................................................................................................... 132
Brilliance enhancer ........................................................................................................... 20, 76
Burn project backup onto CD/DVD / Burn data CD/DVD......................................... 122
Buttons under the track window.......................................................................................... 34
Bypass......................................................................................................................................... 34
C
Catooh – the Online Content Library.................................................................................126
CD ................................................................................................................................................ 42
CD Import Settings........................................................................................................... 42, 43
CD info options........................................................................................................................145
CD menu ............................................................................................................................34, 142
Change song order .................................................................................................................. 60
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Check and move track markers ............................................................................................60
Choose preset ............................................................................................................................ 61
Chorus flanger parameters .................................................................................................... 96
Chorus/Flanger......................................................................................................................... 95
Cleaning............................................................................................. 15, 18, 19, 26, 61, 73, 137
Click markers............................................................................................................................. 66
Compression Expert Settings..................................................................................... 102, 106
Compression Parameters..................................................................................................... 105
Compressor Section .............................................................................................................. 102
Connecting the recording sources....................................................................................... 45
Console ....................................................................................................................................... 88
Control elements on the right side of the track window................................................. 31
Controls ...................................................................................................................................... 82
Copy........................................................................................................................................... 130
Copyright.......................................................................................................................................2
Create audio CD ......................................................................................................................143
Cut.............................................................................................................................................. 130
Cutting and arranging objects ............................................................... 17, 25, 54, 149, 152
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Data disc............................................................................................................................113, 120
Deactivate Program................................................................................................................155
DeClicker as object effect ...................................................................................................... 66
DeClicker/DeCrackler............................................................................................................. 65
Declipper .................................................................................................................................... 67
DeEsser................................................................................................................................ 88, 92
DeEsser Parameters ................................................................................................................ 93
Dehisser...................................................................................................................................... 68
Delete ........................................................................................................................................ 130
Delete all markers ...................................................................................................................143
Delete CD track .......................................................................................................................143
Delete old projects..................................................................................................................127
Deleting and moving objects ................................................................................ 32, 56, 150
DeNoiser..................................................................................................................................... 69
Destination files.......................................................................................................................135
Detailed view of the effects................................................................................................... 62
Digital ................................................................................................................................... 51, 151
Display tips ...............................................................................................................................154
Display two tracks ..........................................................................................................60, 149
Display values scale ...............................................................................................................152
Display volume curve............................................................................................................ 149
Download media .....................................................................................................................125
Draw volume curves......................................................................................................... 32, 58
Dynamics.................................................................................................................................... 84
E
Echo (delay) ..............................................................................................................................80
Index
Edit Menu..................................................................................................................................129
Edit mouse mode ....................................................................................................................147
Edit spectrum directly............................................................................................................148
Effects ............................................................................................................................... 134, 135
Effects menu............................................................................................................................. 137
Energizer (plug-in)................................................................................................................... 99
Equalizer (graphic) ...................................................................................................................78
essentialFX ......................................................................................................................... 87, 88
essentialFX Presets ................................................................................................................. 90
Exit ..............................................................................................................................................128
Export............................................................................................................................ 15, 24, 112
Export audio .............................................................................................................................124
Export to Facebook..................................................................................................................121
Export video..............................................................................................................................124
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Fades at project start and end ............................................................................................. 135
Fading objects.............................................................................................................56, 57, 151
Fading objects in and out........................................................................................................55
Features....................................................................................................................................... 15
Fee-based activation (AAC)................................................................................................156
File Menu .................................................................................................................................. 122
Files.....................................................................................................41, 112, 123, 124, 132, 135
Filter graphic ..............................................................................................................................83
Format.........................................................................................................................................113
Format settings................................................................................................................114, 120
Free initial activation (MPEG2/4)......................................................................................156
freeDB > Delete freeDB Cache............................................................................................146
freeDB > Submit CD to freeDB............................................................................................145
freeDB proxy options... ..........................................................................................................146
freeDB user preferences........................................................................................................146
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Gate ............................................................................................................................................. 94
Gate parameter ........................................................................................................................ 94
Get CD track information online (freedb) ................................................ 42, 108, 111, 144
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Help ............................................................................................................................................154
Help menu ................................................................................................................................154
High Speed Dubbing .................................................................................................43, 47, 50
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ID3 Editor ................................................................................................................................. 144
ID3 Tags ......................................................................................................................................111
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If you still have questions......................................................................................................162
Import.....................................................................................................................................15, 41
Import DVD audio...................................................................................................................124
Import media backup .............................................................................................................127
Info Box ................................................................................................................................ 37, 65
Input and level automation..................................................................................... 44, 46, 49
Internet ......................................................................................................................................124
Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 13
Invert phase ..............................................................................................................................139
Isolate Stereo Channels.........................................................................................................139
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Keyboard layout.......................................................................................................................159
Keyboard layout and mouse-wheel support....................................................................159
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Limiter ......................................................................................................................................... 34
Load and playback audio files ................................................................................................ 16
Load audio file ..........................................................................................................................123
Load project ..............................................................................................................................122
Load video sound .............................................................................................................37, 123
Load/Save realtime effects settings ..................................................................................136
Loading an audio CD ..............................................................................................................124
Lock/Ripple/Freely moving objects .................................................................................. 150
Loop playback ........................................................................................................................... 35
Loudness adjustment .............................................................................................................138
LP/Cassette/Voice recording...............................................................................43, 46, 124
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MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium and MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 201613
MAGIX Online Album ...........................................................................................................124
MAGIX Online World ........................................................................................................... 164
MAGIX plug-ins ....................................................................................................................... 88
MAGIX Website Maker ........................................................................................................125
magix.info........................................................................................................................ 154, 164
Manage login details ..............................................................................................................127
Markers....................................................................................................................................... 34
Markers/Positions .................................................................................................................. 110
Master fader ........................................................................................................................ 31, 37
Mastering ...................................................................................................... 15, 20, 26, 73, 137
Monitor ....................................................................................................................................... 37
Monitor fader ...................................................................................................................... 31, 37
Monitor while recording................................................................................................. 44, 48
More about MAGIX .............................................................................................................. 164
Mouse mode ............................................................................................................................147
Mouse snap active...................................................................................................................151
Index
Mouse wheel support .............................................................................................................161
MultiMax.................................................................................................................................... 85
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Navigation...................................................................................................................................29
New Project .............................................................................................................................. 122
Normalize object volume.................................................................................... 134, 137, 138
O
Object effects.............................................................................................. 20, 38, 56, 64, 137
Open my online album... ....................................................................................................... 125
Open the Online Media Marketplace ................................................................................126
Options .......................................................................................................................................114
Options for track marker recognition ................................................................. 47, 60, 152
Options menu ..........................................................................................................................147
Overview mode .......................................................................................................................150
Overview of the program interface ......................................................................................25
Overview track.......................................................................................................... 28, 29, 150
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Parameter smoothing/ Controller knobs........................................................................... 89
Parametric 6-band equalizer..................................................................................................76
Paste...........................................................................................................................................130
Path settings..................................................................................................... 42, 112, 127, 152
Peak meter display ....................................................................................................................31
Playback parameters.......................................................................................................52, 150
Plug-ins........................................................................................................................................87
Position line ................................................................................................................................27
Preface ...........................................................................................................................................4
Print CD cover......................................................................................................................... 144
Program interface ...................................................................................................................150
Project ......................................................................................................................... 24, 54, 122
Publish online........................................................................................................................... 153
Q
Query album information recording online (freedb) .................................................... 144
Quick start .................................................................................................................................. 16
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Record ........................................................................................................................................124
Record output ............................................................................................................................ 51
Record properties.............................................................................................................. 47, 48
Recording settings .....................................................................................................44, 46, 59
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Redo.................................................................................................................................... 34, 129
Reducing and increasing the length of objects................................................................. 55
Register online .........................................................................................................................155
Remove DC offset .................................................................................................... 48, 72, 135
Remove markers......................................................................................................................143
Remove object beginning......................................................................................................129
Remove object end ................................................................................................................ 130
Remove pauses.........................................................................................................................131
Remove unwanted sections ................................................................................................... 21
Removing audio distortions with Sound Cloner............................................................... 83
Resampling/Time stretching mouse mode.............................................................. 50, 148
Resampling/Timestretching...............................................................................132, 135, 140
Restore original program behavior .....................................................................................158
Retouch short noises such as clicks or pops............................................................... 21, 22
Reverb/Echo.............................................................................................................................. 79
Ripple........................................................................................................................................... 32
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Save Project ..............................................................................................................................122
Save project as.........................................................................................................................122
Scrubbing slider ........................................................................................................................ 36
Serial number ...........................................................................................................................163
Set auto pause length..................................................................................................... 42, 143
Set marker.................................................................................................................................129
Set Pause marker.....................................................................................................................142
Set track marker .........................................................................................23, 27, 58, 64, 142
Set track marker automatically............................................................................................142
Set track marker on the object edges ................................................................................142
Settings .......................................................................................................................................112
Share................................................................................................................................... 121, 153
Share menu...............................................................................................................................153
Show CD-R disc information............................................................................................... 144
Show CD-R drive information............................................................................................. 144
SoundCloner ................................................................................................................ 20, 74, 81
SoundCloud ...............................................................................................................................121
Source files................................................................................................................................133
Spectral display................................................................................................................ 32, 148
Speech........................................................................................................................................158
Split .............................................................................................................................................129
Split objects at marker positions.........................................................................................143
Splitting objects .......................................................................................... 25, 54, 56, 64, 110
Stereo .......................................................................................................................................... 32
Stereo display.......................................................................................................................... 149
Stereo Enhancer........................................................................................................................ 74
Support ................................................................................................................................ 11, 157
Switch channels.......................................................................................................................139
System requirements .............................................................................................................162
Index
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Target format ........................................................................................................................... 135
The master track .......................................................................................................................27
The parameters of the Energizer........................................................................................ 100
Time display ...............................................................................................................................36
Timeline/Marker.......................................................................................................................27
Tips for Program Help............................................................................................................162
Track Agent ....................................................................................................60, 108, 109, 144
Track window and constant control elements ................................................. 27, 54, 149
Tracks................................................................................................................................. 60, 108
Transport console ............................................................................................................. 29, 34
Tube Stage .......................................................................................................................... 88, 97
Tube Stage Parameter ............................................................................................................ 98
Tutorial videos... ......................................................................................................................154
Typical use..................................................................................................................................52
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Undo ....................................................................................................................................34, 129
Undo list ....................................................................................................................................129
Uninstalling the program ......................................................................................................163
Units of measurement ............................................................................................................151
Update online........................................................................................................................... 155
Upload project as MP3 to MAGIX Online Album.......................................................... 125
Use as background music..................................................................................................... 153
Using the effect modules ........................................................................................................62
Using the Sound Cloner........................................................................................................... 81
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VCA Mode...................................................................................................................... 104, 105
Video ..................................................................................................................................115, 124
Video as DV-AVI... ..................................................................................................................117
Video as MAGIX video...........................................................................................................118
Video as MPEG video... ..........................................................................................................117
Video as MPEG-4 video.........................................................................................................118
Video as Quicktime Movie....................................................................................................117
Video monitor........................................................................................................................... 40
Video preview strips .......................................................................................................28, 123
Video sound optimizer ........................................................................................................... 84
Vintage Mode ..........................................................................................................................105
VINTAGE mode.......................................................................................................................102
Vocal Strip ........................................................................................................................... 88, 91
Vocal Strip Parameter.............................................................................................................. 91
Voice over...........................................................................................................................58, 131
Volume curve.............................................................................................................................32
Volume draw mode................................................................................................ 58, 132, 147
Vpot Controls............................................................................................................................ 89
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VST PlugIn Editor ..............................................................................................................87, 88
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Wave draw mode....................................................................................................................147
Web radio .................................................................................................................................. 53
What are objects?............................................................................................................. 54, 57
What is MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016 Premium? .................................................... 13
What’s New in MAGIX Audio & Music Lab 2016............................................................ 14
Windows Media Export......................................................................................................... 118
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Zoom .................................................................................................................................... 29, 56
Zoom settings ..................................................................................................... 29, 30, 35, 161
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