Output Creator User Guide

Getting Started

Welcome to Output Creator. We are excited to introduce this new application to help you do what you love most: make music. 

Don't have Output Creator installed yet?  Learn how to install Output Creator here.

Need help with a term that is new to you? Check out our Glossary at the bottom of this page. 

 

Onboarding

New software may require a quick learning curve, but don’t worry - We have you covered. When you log into Output Creator for the first time, a short, interactive onboarding experience will take you through the basics. We encourage you to complete the onboarding as this is the fastest way to master the fundamentals of recording your new hit on Output Creator. 

We can’t wait for you to get started. 

 

Output Creator Walkthrough Video

 

 

Quickstart Tips

Tip #1: Output Creator contains Starters, which are 4-6 selected curated tracks of sounds like Chords, Drums, Bass, Vocals, etc that go well together. We recommend choosing a starter to get right into making music.

Tip #2: Each Starter comes loaded with 4-6 cohesive tracks. Each track contains a Kit, or a curated selection of sounds, which includes 15 sounds per Kit. For example, a kit with drums includes 15 drum sounds you can hold down and play on your QWERTY keyboard.

Tip # 3: Try out what sounds you like in each track, then combine and arrange them together into something you like. You can always add or remove a track.

Tip #4: Try something new. You can experiment with new sounds, genres, and vibes by recording a track and then using the Alternate Kit selector arrows at the top right of your screen. This keeps all recorded data but will change the samples in that track.

 

Choosing a Starting Point

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Home

Welcome home. On this page, you can push your boundaries with cutting-edge Starters, make a new song with a blank slate with Start From Scratch, or open a recently saved project.

Starters 

Starters offer a fast, easy way to get your song started. You can think of them as templates or kits. We’ve curated them to inspire and help you make a cohesive track as quickly as possible. 

To select a Starter, go to Home at the top navigation of Output Creator, then choose a Starter from a section that interests you. The application will load four hand-selected kits in a new session so you can start making music instantly.

Start From Scratch

Selecting Start From Scratch on the Homepage allows you the opportunity to start on a blank slate. Once selected, you will be met with the Browser, where you can choose and add your first track to a new session. 

Open A Project

This option will open a window that allows you to choose an existing Project from your computer. Next to this section, you will also see Recent Projects, a fast way to select your most recent projects to load and continue.

 

Making Music with Output Creator

Input

An input device is required to record music in your session. Output Creator will use your already-existing computer keyboard so you can make music right away. On the Create page, you are met with a keyboard layout corresponding to the left half of a US QWERTY keyboard. These keys correspond to a different sample within a loaded Kit, so you can start recording immediately and without an external MIDI controller. 

 

MIDI Controllers

If you have a MIDI controller, setup is easy. Before launching Output Creator, connect your MIDI controller to your computer using a direct cable or Bluetooth, and you should be ready to play. 

To verify that your MIDI controller is connected, open Settings, then check the Active MIDI Inputs section. If you have multiple MIDI devices, be sure that the one you wish to use is selected. If your Bluetooth device is not shown, select the Bluetooth MIDI button to find, pair, and select your MIDI device. 

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Capture

Capturing your ideas has never been easier. You’re now ready to record after selecting and choosing your desired sound. 

To record your next hit, select the track with the Kit you wish to capture, then press a key to instantly capture the sample(s) you’re playing. Just release the key(s) when you want to stop recording. 

The playhead will continue moving across the timeline when you release all held keys. To stop playback, just press stop [spacebar] to stop recording. The previously played samples will remain highlighted and will be committed to the timeline below.  

You can either press the [trashcan] icon to remove your previously captured samples or press play [spacebar] to play back your newly recorded clip. If you wish to continue recording, you can capture more samples instantly by pressing another key on your input device to keep building your song. 

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If you are new to Creator, follow the steps above a few times to familiarize yourself with how Creator handles your recordings. After only a few tries, you’ll already be on your way to becoming a pro in no time!

 

Editor

Output Creator is packed with intuitive, easy-to-discover ways to edit your recorded samples in the editor or clips in your timeline. In the menu bar, you will find several options with their corresponding keyboard shortcuts for your system. Below are a few ways you can use the edit features to improve your music production experience: 

  • Selecting: Simply click, then drag your mouse over samples to highlight your desired area. To select entire samples in the editor or clips in your timeline, click on the desired sample/clip.
  • Extending sample and clips: Simply move your mouse to the end of a sample or clip to reveal this tool. When using this tool on a sample, you will notice visual cues on when a sample will begin to loop or repeat. Extending a clip will reveal more space to record samples in that clip.
  • Copying: You can copy/paste your selections to speed up your editing process. Move the playhead to the desired location where you wish to paste your selection. When you paste a selection, the sample or clip will paste wherever the playhead is located. 
  • Copy-Drag: To speed up editing, we’ve built in copy-drag to duplicate your work quickly. When holding down the option key on a Mac or CTRL on a PC, click then drag your sample, clip, or custom selection to a new location in the editor or arrangements sections of your session. 
  • Undo/Redo: Did it sound better a few edits ago? Undo some edits. Did you change your mind after undoing an action? You can redo it. Use the Edit menu in the Menu Bar or use the Undo/Redo shortcuts.

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Toolbar/Transport 

The toolbar and transport area offer several easy-to-access and powerful features to help you edit and manage your session. Here you can:

  • Change the tempo, or BPM, of your song
  • Change the key signature of your song
  • Enable/disable the built-in metronome to help stay on beat
  • Reset the Playhead position to the beginning of your track
  • Start or stop playback
  • Enable or disable Looping
  • Undo and Redo edit actions
  • Zoom in and out of your timeline
  • Reveal or hide the keyboard feature

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Looping

Output Creator allows you to loop any given length of your song in your timeline to easily add more samples to your track without stopping playback. Looping a section of your song is a great way to iterate, build, and further brainstorm your song. 

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You can enable looping by pressing the Looping button. You can change your looping start and stop points by dragging the looping elements, as shown below.
Press the Looping button to turn off Looping, and your track will play back normally. 

 

 

Arranging and Mixing Your Song

Clips

In the arrangement section you will find your track headers and mixer on the left. Your recorded music will appear as a clip or multiple clips in each track. For example, you can have one large clip for each track, or you can record a more complex clip and then copy/paste that clip into your timeline if you wish to duplicate parts of your song. The option is there for you. 

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Clips can be extended, shortened, copied, or deleted altogether. In order to commit samples to a clip, those samples must be captured before the end of each clip, or a new clip will be generated to accommodate your new recording. 

 

Mixer

To refine the tracks in your song further, head to the mixer. You will find track headers and several options to modify your song here. 

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Track Headers

Track headers will display the Kit name, type of instrument, and the artwork associated with the loaded Kit. Additionally, you will find:

  • Mute: Mutes the selected track. This track will not play back. 
  • Solo: When enabled, you will only hear the solo-enabled track or only tracks that have solo enabled. All other tracks will be muted. Visual dimming of each track helps represent which track or tracks will be audible. 

 

Channel Strip

Opening the channel strip will reveal additional options per track. These include: 

  • Volume: A volume slider is available to edit the amplitude of each track. A decibel value will show where your levels are. The lower the value, the quieter your track. 
    • Slider: Changes the value in quantities of 1db.
    • Double-Click Value: You can refine custom values to a tenth of a decibel.
  • Pan: Panning determines where the audio of your track is living in your mix (e.g., where you hear sounds– to the left, right, or center). By default, each sound lives in center stage. To stage your track Left (negative value) or Right (positive value), move the slider in the desired direction. 
    • Slider: Changes the value in quantities of 1%.
    • Double-Click Value: You can refine custom values to tenths of a percent.

 

Choosing Your Sound

Whether you’ve kicked off your session with a Starter, created a blank project, or have opened a recent project, you can refine your sound by choosing the fitting kits for your track. Each track can be loaded with a kit, each with 15 samples, for a maximum of 90 possible samples to be added to your song. 

 

Adding or Deleting Track 

Press the [+] button above the track headers to add a track. This action will open the Browser so you can add a Kit to that track.

To delete a track, click on the track you wish to delete. Then, select the trash can icon to delete the track from your session. This will also erase all edits made to that track. 

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Browser

Whether you’ve loaded a starter or are editing an existing project, you can always change the Kit you have loaded into a track. 

To quickly cycle through Kits related to the already loaded kit, click on the track you wish to change, then use the Alternate Track selector on the top right corner of the Create page. These arrows select a recommended alternative Kit for you to explore. 

 

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If you prefer to browse the entire Kit collection, select “Browse.” Once in this window, you can use filters to hone in on a more specific type of instrument you seek. For example, let’s say you’d like to add bass to your track. You can select “Basses” and then explore a section that best fits the type of bass you are looking for, such as Synth Bass, Clean Electric, etc. 

 

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On the left of each Kit, you will see a play button. Select this to preview the kit before you load it into your session. 

 

Preview mode

Once a kit is loaded into your track, you can preview (or audition) each sound before you begin recording. To audition each sound, click on the track you wish to preview, then select the “Preview Mode” button on the left side of the Capture Area. 

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Once in the window, you will see the corresponding playback key, the waveform of each sample, and the name of each sample. An image of the corresponding keyboard keys is displayed on the right of the Preview Mode window in standard US QWERTY format to help.

 

Sharing Your Song

Sharing your song in Output Creator is easy. Once you are ready to share with the world, exporting your music is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Click the Share tab on the top navigation
  2. Select Export Your Song
  3. Enter your desired file name and destination, then click Save. Your next hit is ready to be shared.Output Support - Output Creator v1.0.0.14429 - Screenshot - bV4woRZJ.png

 

Glossary

 

  1. Alternate Kit: A secondary set of sounds or instruments used in music creation to provide variety or alternative options to the main Kit.
  2. Amplitude: The extent or magnitude of a sound wave, representing the volume or loudness of a musical element.
  3. Arrangement: The organizational structure and sequencing of different sections, patterns, or musical elements within a composition, determining the overall flow and progression of the music.
  4. Audio Buffer Size: The amount of audio data stored in a buffer, affecting the processing speed and efficiency of real-time audio playback and recording in music production.
  5. Browser: A tool or window in music software that allows users to browse and select various sounds, samples, or presets for use in their compositions.
  6. Capture: The process of recording or capturing a musical idea, performance, or snippet for later use in a composition.
  7. Clip: A segment of audio or MIDI data that can be manipulated, arranged, and repeated in music production software.
  8. Editor: A feature, tool, or section within music software that enables users to modify, edit, or refine audio or MIDI content.
  9. Kit: A collection of curated samples or sounds grouped together for use in creating cohesive musical ideas.
  10. Loop: A repeating segment of audio or MIDI data that can be used to create continuous and repetitive patterns in a composition.
  11. Looping: The technique of using loops to create repetitive and continuous musical patterns in a composition.
  12. MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface - a protocol that allows electronic musical instruments, computers, and software to communicate and control each other.
  13. MIDI Controller: A hardware device used to send MIDI messages to control various aspects of music software, such as synthesizers, virtual instruments, or digital audio workstations (DAWs).
  14. Mixer: A feature in music production software that allows users to control the levels, balance, and processing of individual tracks within a composition, facilitating the blending and shaping of the overall sound mix.
  15. Mute: To silence or turn off the sound of a specific track or instrument in a composition.
  16. Pan: The adjustment of the stereo position of a sound within a mix, controlling its placement between the left and right channels.
  17. Playhead: A visual marker in music software that indicates the current playback position within the timeline, allowing users to navigate and locate specific points in their composition during playback or editing.
  18. Sample Rate: The number of samples of audio carried per second, influencing the audio quality and frequency response in digital music production.
  19. Solo: To isolate and listen to a specific track or instrument in a composition while muting all other tracks.
  20. Starter: A basic set of tools, sounds, or instruments to help beginners initiate their music creation process.
  21. Timeline: A visual representation of the chronological arrangement of musical events and elements in a composition.
  22. Toolbar: A collection of icons or tools in music software used for various editing, arranging, and mixing functions.
  23. Track: An individual channel or layer within a music composition, representing a specific instrument or sound source.
  24. Track Header: The section of a track in music software where essential information and controls for the track are displayed.
  25. Transport: Controls in music software for playback, recording, and navigation through the timeline of a composition.
  26. Waveform: A visual representation of the amplitude of an audio signal over time, commonly used for editing and analyzing audio in music production.
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