Drawing Cues for others to see

Do you know of a way to take (any kind of)track and draw in a certain spot with bold color (s) as a simple cue reminder for others? This would be a visual aid to let others know for instance when their singing part it is comming up in a song and a cue for when they are to come in.

I have done this in the past By making say a lead guitar track red in color and telling folks that when the guitar quits, you sing. But that is limited and not quick or very accurate to set up for others. There must be a better way to do this other than using say an audio track in red and hitting a note on the keyboard at every spot I need a cue in the song. Can you somehow paint in the cues of say a couple bars long?

Thanks,
LB

Hum,
Well I had a look at tracks and saw an Arranger Track, so I gave that a shot and it will do as I need. But it brings up a quick question you might know off hand. Does it mess anything up in the other tracks or is it simply a visual aid or sorts. I am off to see if I can look it up.

Thanks for your help as I am a noobie in this area…

I think I am good unless you have some interresting way of not using an arranger track to do what I first asked for. The arranger track stuff looks very usefull! Just have to be carefull if it is on or off!

[Edit] - Ok so the arranger track is a powerful little tool and I like it for what it does and it can add color cues like I originaly wanted. However you can not name the individual cues and have them show on the tracks… that would be useful. I would still like more of a paint program that simply allowed you to color bars at random, write notes in on the track, and draw right inside bars. So if you know of a way to do this please post it as I am all ears.

LB

However you can not name the individual cues and have them show on the tracks… that would be useful.

You can rename a highlighted arranger event in the inspector that runs along the top of the project window (far left)

Hi Grim,
I think I see what you are saying and that is usefull but I was hoping to rename like the “A, B, C” that appear right in the track. The only thing I can see that’s editable for renaming is the chaings themselves…?

LB

Hello,

You can rename them at the info line. Please have a look at the screenshot upper left.

Cheers,

Chris
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For visual cues I use strategically placed coloured parts much in the way as described by others. However, reading this has given me an idea (that’s why I browse the forum…). Why not try an AUDIO cue?

I’ve never tried this, having only just thought of it (thanks to you), but you could set up an “Audio Cue Track” of a suitable beep and even spoken instructions. If the beeps are enough, a MIDI track will do, obviously.

And if you want your studio to have a touch of class, get your beeps from sampling the pips on BBC Radio 4! (You know, I might even try this… :laughing: )

Cheers,
Crotchety

You can draw parts onto an audio or MIDI track using the pencil tool - that way you don’t have to actually record any notes… /FD

Hi Grim,
I think I see what you are saying and that is usefull but I was hoping to rename like the “A, B, C” that appear right in the track. The only thing I can see that’s editable for renaming is the chaings themselves…?

See Chris’ pictorial view of what I was actually trying to explain. Sorry I did say Inspector when it’s actually officially the info line so this is why you might have missed what I meant. Does exactly what you are after.

Shouldn’t the talent know the song backwards and forwards before entering the studio enviroment therefore eliminating the need for cues? :wink:

Mitten, that’s about as helpful as one of your “RTFM” posts.

Well Folks,
I think Chris nailed this one pretty good. Grim also had it but from his first post I could not figure out what He meant and I thought it was something else. So the issue is pretty much solved by use of an Arranger Track and getting the info line up to rename the Labels on the tracks. I never knew the INF line was as powerful as it is. Cool! I might even keep it displayed more now! I like some of the other cue ideas as well!

@ Mitten - Well when that talent is yourself and your a lame singer and struggling just to hit some notes things start to go by pretty quickly! LoL, also when I do get someone over that can actualy sing I often need to give them a cue as to where they should go for it. It really helps it go a lot faster than saying well there is the song, sing it and then do a massive amount of retakes to get it right.

Both this CUE help and learning about Arranger Tracks was and is a great help to me.

Thanks to all who posted ideas and I thank you for your time!

LB