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How to use the trakKutter in trakAxPC (Cutting and Editing Audio Samples) Part 1


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.

Cesar Sullivan

19 thoughts on “How to use the trakKutter in trakAxPC (Cutting and Editing Audio Samples) Part 1

  1. Hi guys, i just downloaded the latest version. Great product! I am having issues with editing. When i edit a track so i can line up the beats, it won't align with the other track. It is off somewhat. What am i doing wrong?

  2. Hi DJPashn. Cheers for the kind words. Have you tried to zoom in with your scroll wheel and then visually match the two tracks by placing it underneath. If you check out the Dj tutorials(in two parts) that are included with the software, It shows you how to do that. Also have you checked the BPM of both tracks?

  3. I just found this software today and your tutorials are so freakin awesome. I cant wait to play with this program after work. I think its gonna be an all nighter. Thank you so much for this great application!

  4. @mjYanaGirl Hi – thanks for the message. Really hope you find the software useful and any issues, please drop us a line at any stage (BTW – got your message re. the website in our profile – I've updated this. Thanks for pointing that out!). Catriona

  5. @NeishaSnow Hi – not sure entirely what you need to do. Please visit our website trakax "dot" com and on our forum we can give you detailed answers to all your queries. Many thanks!

  6. @BrocTheMagnifico Hi, thanks for purchasing the application. If you look at some of the tutorials you can see it a very simple process to fade in and out of tracks. just add this title "introducing fades and volume envelopes in trakAxPC Pro" into youtube. You will have a dedicated video on this topic.Hopefully this helps and please do not hesitate to contact us at our site,if you have any questions. On our site we have many video tutorials and you can always contact one of the team. Best regards

  7. Hi Stevnated, thank you very much for the kinds words. We are delighted you are enjoying the product. We have a new major upgrade available to download from our website. trakAxPC 4 has lots of cool new features including support for .MOV, AVCHD and FLV files, as well as a new photo slideshow creator and support for transparent PNG's. Hope you enjoy!

  8. Hi Stevnated, thank you very much for the kinds words. We are delighted you are enjoying the product. We have a new major upgrade available to download from our website. trakAxPC 4 has lots of cool new features including support for MOV, AVCHD and FLV files, as well as a new photo slideshow creator and support for transparent PNG's. Hope you enjoy!

  9. Hi Stevnated, thank you very much for the kinds words. We are delighted you are enjoying the product. We have a new major upgrade available to download from our website. trakAxPC 4 has lots of cool new features including support for MOV, AVCHD and FLV files, as well as a new photo slideshow creator and support for transparent PNG's. Hope you enjoy!

  10. Hi Stevnated, thank you very much for the kinds words. We are delighted you are enjoying the product. We have a new major upgrade available to download from our site. trakAxPC 4 has lots of cool new features including support for MOV, AVCHD and FLV files, as well as a new photo slideshow creator and support for transparent PNG's. Hope you enjoy!

  11. Hi Stevnated, thank you very much for the kinds words. We are delighted you are enjoying the product. We have a new major upgrade available to download from our site. trakAxPC 4 has lots of cool new features including support for MOV, AVCHD and FLV files, as well as a new photo slideshow creator and support for transparent PNG's. Hope you enjoy!

  12. Hi Stevnated, thank you very much for the kinds words. We are delighted you are enjoying the product. We have a new major upgrade available to download from our site. trakAxPC 4 has lots of cool new features including support for MOV, AVCHD and FLV files, as well as a new photo slideshow creator and support for transparent PNG's. Hope you enjoy.

  13. hello i need to know how to get in the form where you are in the video i mean every time i open it it does not have the tab in the bottom where you can simply cut and paste music all it does it let me mix it any help?

  14. Hi You can bring in audio or video into the trakkutter by double clicking on it in the media browser. Once it is in, hold down the shift key on your keyboard and hold down the left button on your mouse to cover the area with a selection. Right click on the selection box to copy and paste it into the mixing screen to mix it with other media. Please contact us at the forum at trakax(dot)com if you need any more help.

  15. Just discovered you guys  & purchased Version 4. Great tutorials.  In fact, the best I have ever seen during my long search for easy video editor software.  A joy to use.

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