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Using the Setup Wizard – Step 3 – Configure Tracks

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2016 06:51AM CDT
In step 3 of the setup wizard, you will configure your live audio input tracks. Click on any of the three links below to get instructions on how to add tracks and apply effects.

Adding an Audio Track
Most tracks will be audio tracks. An audio track maps one or more audio input ports from your audio interface to a single instrument or vocal part - e.g. electric guitar, drums, voice, etc. This is the most common track type to add.

Applying a VST or AU Plug-In Effect to an Audio Track
In some cases, you may want to apply a VST or AU plugin effect to an audio track. For example, you might apply the AmpliTube VST plugin to an electric guitar track to get your desired guitar tones applied to the track. Or you might apply a VST plugin to a vocal track to apply reverb and other effects.

Adding a MIDI Track
You may also set up MIDI tracks. The most common examples would be setting up a MIDI keyboard controller or an electronic drum kit, where you have a MIDI instrument and configure a VST or AU software instrument to achieve your desired audio instrumentation.
 

Adding An Audio Track

When you are first setting up a new audio interface for use with JamKazam, there will automatically be one audio track set up for you (pictured below with arrow).



The first thing you will want to do is click the yellow "update" text link under this track, so that you can configure it the way you actually want to use it. When you click the update link, the Update Track dialog box is displayed (pictured below).



On the left side of this dialog box, you select the input ports on your interface that you want to assign to this track. 
  • If you are using an external audio interface with physical input ports, the ports on your audio interface will typically be either labeled "left" and "right" to correspond to the placement of two input ports on the front of the interface, or numbered 1, 2, etc. If numbered, the ports on your interface will have printed numbers on them. What you want to do here is to select an input port you are going to use in the first list box (the one labeled "USB Audio CODEC - Left" in the picture above). For example, let's say you have an electric guitar plugged into input port #1 on your interface. Then choose input port #1 (the name of this port is defined by the interface vendor) from the list box. And then to the right, under the Instrument header, in this case you would select "Electric Guitar". The instrument selection is just an informational label to help you and others know which track is which in sessions. When finished, click the CLOSE button.
  • If you are using a built-in microphone or a USB microphone, these devices obviously do not have physical input ports into which you plug anything. But microphones always offer left and right input port selections anyway. For microphones, you will want to select and use just the left input port. Do not select both the left and right input ports to the track. If you assign both left and right inputs, you will get mono (vs. stereo) audio in your headphones.
As a general rule, you almost always want to assign just a single input port to a track. For example, if you plug an electric guitar or a microphone into input port "left", but assign both "left" and "right" ports to this track, you will hear audio only in your left headphone as mono (vs. stereo) audio. The only time you want to use two input ports on a single track is if you have an instrumental audio input for which you really want/need to capture full stereo audio effects. An example might be playing an electronic keyboard where you are panning effects left and right, and this panning is an important aspect of the sound you want to achieve.

Let's say you assigned port #1 to your electric guitar, and let's say you also want to sing in sessions. Then you would click the orange Add Audio Track button (pictured below with arrow) to add a second audio track.

 

Clicking this button will display an audio track dialog just like the one described above, so simply follow the same steps to assign an input port, and select the instrument or voice for this track.
 

Applying a VST or AU Plug-In Effect to an Audio Track

If you want to apply a VST or AU plugin effect to the audio signal in an audio track, the JamKazam application provides native support for these plugins within the app. 

One important thing to be aware of is that VST and AU plugins are either 32-bit or 64-bit, and the plugin architecture must match the application architecture to work properly. Here are guidelines for successful matching and use:
  • The Mac version of the JamKazam application is a 64-bit app, so you can only use 64-bit VST and AU plugins with our Mac application.
  • The Windows version of the JamKazam application is currently only available as a 32-bit app, so you can only use 32-bit VST and AU plugins with our Windows application. Note that we are working on a 64-bit version of the Windows application, and we expect to have that available by about mid 2016. At that point, you'll be able to choose which version of the Windows app to install if you are bound to a particular plugin.
When adding or updating an audio track as described in the section above in this help article, you can assign a VST or AU plugin effect to the track. The Update Track dialog box is pictured below, with an arrow pointing to the plugin effect list box.



If you haven't ever used plugins with the JamKazam application, under the Audio Effects list box, you'll see a message that you will need to run a scan. This scan lets the app look in the folders where plugins are supposed to be installed on your computer, and make a list of all currently installed and available plugins. To run a scan, click the yellow text link "manage audio plugins", and click the menu option to "scan for new or updated plugins". The scan will run. This may take a minute or two. When finished, the gray help text will disappear, and the Audio Effects list box will be enabled.

Now you can click to open the Audio Effects list box, and simply select the VST or AU plugin you want to apply to this audio track, and then click the CLOSE button to save this configuration.

If you do not see the plugin you want to use in the list box, this is a pretty common problem. Plugin makers often do not install their plugins in the folder locations where plugins are supposed to go. In this case, you will need to add a scan path that tells our plugin scanner where to look for the plugin you want to use. Please review this help article that explains how to add a scan path for more information. When you have added the scan path to your desired plugin, run the plugin scan again as described above, and you will find the plugin listed and available for selection.

 

Adding a MIDI Track

To add a MIDI track - for example, for a MIDI keyboard controller or an electronic drum kit - click the Add MIDI Track button (pictured below with arrow).



The Add Track dialog box is displayed (pictured below).



First, click the MIDI Interface list box, and select the MIDI device you want to use for this MIDI track. then click the Instrument list box, and select the instrument you'll be playing on this track. This selection is for informational/display purposes only to help you and others know which track is which in sessions. 

Next click the Plugin list box to select the VST or AU instrument you want to use with this MIDI device to generate audio. Please note that this list box lists VST and AU instruments, rather than the VST and AU effects listed on audio tracks.

If you haven't ever used plugins with the JamKazam application, when you click on the MIDI Instrument Plugin list box, nothing will happen. In this case, you will need to run a plugin scan. This scan lets the app look in the folders where plugins are supposed to be installed on your computer, and make a list of all currently installed and available plugins. To run a scan, click the yellow text link "manage audio plugins", and click the menu option to "scan for new or updated plugins". The scan will run. This may take a minute or two. When finished, the gray help text will disappear, and the MIDI Instrument Plugin list box will be enabled.

Now you can click to open the MIDI Instrument Plugin list box, and simply select the VST or AU plugin you want to apply to this MIDI track, and then click the CLOSE button to save this configuration.

If you do not see the plugin you want to use in the list box, this is a pretty common problem. Plugin makers often do not install their plugins in the folder locations where plugins are supposed to go. In this case, you will need to add a scan path that tells our plugin scanner where to look for the plugin you want to use. Please review this help article that explains how to add a scan path for more information. When you have added the scan path to your desired plugin, run the plugin scan again as described above, and you will find the plugin listed and available for selection.


When you are done setting up all the audio and/or MIDI tracks you want to use in sessions, click the NEXT button to move forward to the next step in the setup wizard.

 
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