The trakkutter is a tool that allows you cut, edit and sample your music, video and photos. To bring media into the trakkutter, simply double click on the file in the Media Browser or drag the file on to an available tab. A nice feature of the trakkutter is that you can quickly navigate between multiple files within the trakkutter using the tab function. Firstly, let’s show you some Audio in the trakkutter. If you wish to hear the Audio in the trakkutter, click the “Play” button. To stop the Audio, hit “Stop”. If you wish to jump to the beginning of the file, hit the “Jump to Start” button. If you would like to play the media in reverse, click on the “Play in reverse” button. Another new feature we have added is the ability to scrub through your media by clicking on the top section of the play bar and scrubbing through either direction of your file. This is a very helpful tool when making exact cuts. You can also grab the play bar and move it to any location in the file. You can also use the “Play position pot” to move easily through your file or just left click with your mouse in the position you want. So now I will move on and show you how to edit and sample your file. To sample a section of your file, hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard while holding down the left mouse button and a gray selection box will appear. This selection box shows the exact area that will be sampled from your file. This selection box can be adjusted in length. To do this, position your mouse at the start or end of the box and the adjust length indicators will appear. While holding down the left mouse button, drag in the direction to achieve the desired length. Click “Play” to hear the sampled section. Click on the “Loop Play” button to hear it looped. If you are happy with your loop selection, simply right click on the gray box select “Copy” and right click in the area you wish to paste in the Mixing Screen and select “Paste”. As you can see, the looped area is now in the Mixing Screen and is ready to be used in the mix. I will just quickly show you how I used this loop in a mix. I simply built up a mix using hip-hop loops from my trakPacks with my sampled loop. trakPack loops are available from trakax.com. I will click “Play” to listen to my mix. You will now hear some of the hip-hop loops coming in. I will click “Stop” to stop the mix. So now I will move back to the trakkutter. If you would like to move the selection box to other areas within the trakkutter, click and hold the left mouse button and move to any location you desire. When adjusting the length of the selection box, you will notice the box will snap to the grid lines within the trakkutter which is trying to create a seamless loop. You can turn this feature off by right clicking outside the box, and unchecking the “Snap To Grid” option. You are also able to adjust the length of the selection box by moving or scrubbing your play cursor to the position you wish the box to start. Right click and select “Snap start to play cursor”. You can also position the cursor where you want it to end, right click and select “Snap end to play cursor”. You are also able to zoom in and out of the trakkutter window which helps you to get an exact cut. You can use the scroll wheel on your mouse or the “zoom in and out” icons in the bottom right hand corner of the trakkutter. You can also adjust the BPM of the audio file by adjusting the tempo pot or imputing a new BPM into the tempo field. When the tempo is changed, the “Preserve Pitch” icon is defaulted to on. If you would like to change this, click on the “Preserve Pitch” icon. This will alter the pitch to either higher or lower depending on the BPM you have entered. To restore the BPM to its original tempo, click on the “Restore Original Tempo” icon. If you wish to override the detected BPM or improve the stretching quality, click on the “BPM Parameters” icon. This is discussed further in the “BPM / Global Tempo Tutorials”. You can also alter the Pan by adjusting the “Pan Pot” left or right. You can “Mute” the audio, increase or decrease the volume using the volume slider. You can also boost the volume by right clicking on the volume slider. If you wish to export the whole file or a selection of it, which is being created to a different file format such as MP3, M4A or WAV, click on the “Export” button. This is a really nice feature if you wish to convert a file, create loops for a mix, edit or convert a selection of a podcast or a large audio file. To learn more, see the “Exporting Files” video.