Toggle Reference Track

Description

This tool gives you a simple way to reference your mixes against professional releases or other tracks for mixing/ compositional purposes.

How To Use:

1. First load up the wav sample of your reference mix, into a renoise instrument slot.

2. Right click on it in the instrument list and choose ~Create Reference Track from the menu.

A new track is created at position `track 01` and solo`d with the name `REF` ACTIVE (this will become `REF` MUTED on toggle)
The wav you just clicked will also have autoseek switched on now.
A C-4 is added to the first pattern to activate the wav.

3. Now you need to toggle this track relative to the rest of your song or another track, so there are the keyboard shortcuts:

Shortcuts:

`TRT` Toggle Reference Track
This will AB between the reference track and the rest of the tracks in renoise.

`TRT` Toggle Reference Track With Selected Track
This will AB between the reference track and the selected track in renoise.

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The tool works by adding a gainer that is controlled with track mute states so even when you are soloing other tracks and adjusting your own mix, the reference remains silent.
The added track is automatically routed to the same destination as your master track so it bypasses master processing so you can get accurate AB testing.

If you don`t want to save giant wavs with each xrns you an either:
-delete the wav before saving (obvious but slightly annoying)
-cut the wav to a short section and loop it.
-Use a plug like eXT to host the wav - not sure of any free alternatives that will autoseek the timeline like XT does but would be very interested to know.

Extra Shortcuts:

`TRT` Adjust Song To Selected Sample Length

If you select a long sample and press this shortcut, the renoise song length will be adjusted by either adding empty patterns at the end of the song or deleting them to match the wav length. It will not delete any patterns with data in them though.

Can be used for a reference track wav or any other long wav you want to adjust the song length to. I`ve separated it from the creation of a reference track as you may not always want that to adjust your song length to what your referencing. Plus it may be a useful standalone shortcut when working with long wavs anyway.

`TRT` Toggle Autoseek On Selected Sample

shortcut which simply toggles the autoseek state of the selected sample. Saves going to instrument properties.

`TRT` Go To Reference Track

Will simply navigate you to the reference track .

`TRT` Toggle Mix Output Stereo To Mono

For quick mono-ing of a whole mix by use of a custom Stereo Expander called "Mono Mix". It is added the Master track and the Reference track (if present).
This shortcut can be used without a reference track to just to check your mono compatibility while mixing.

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changelog:
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1.22
status added catching when no sample is present in the selected instrument slot
v1.21
status update error fixed, and mono is the default first state for the new toggle shortcut
v 1.2
Shortcut `TRT` Toggle Mix Output Stereo To Mono added for quick mono-ing of a whole mix by use of a custom Stereo Expander. "Mono Mix" is added the Master track and the Reference track (if present).
Can be used without a reference track to just to check your mono compatibility while mixing
v 1.0
--new shortcut
`TRT` Create Reference Track
Same as menu
0.76
-- Fixed a bug for `Adjust Song To Selected Sample Length` that occured where lpb was set to different than 4
0.75
New shortcut:
Adjust Song To Selected Sample Length
If you select a long sample and press this shortcut, the renoise song length will be adjusted by either adding empty patterns at the end of the song or deleting them to match the wav length. It will not delete any patterns with data in them though.
Can be used for a reference track wav or any other long wav you want to adjust the song length to. I`ve separated it from the creation of a reference track as you may not always want that to adjust your song length to what your referencing. Plus it may be a useful standalone shortcut when working with long wavs anyway.
0.74
-Trying to toggle the reference track with itself will now do nothing and give a status message to save confusion
-New Shortcut: Go To Reference Track: Will simply navigate you to the reference track
0.71
-added a second shortcut: Toggle Reference Track With Selected Track
--This will toggle between soloing the currently selected track and soloing the reference track, for when working on an individual element of your mix.
0.78
--All shortcuts prefixed with `TRT` (for toggle reference track) so easier to find and assign all together.
--New shortcut which simply toggles the autoseek state of the selected sample. Saves going to instrument properties.
`TRT` Toggle Autoseek On Selected Sample
-- Toggle reference track shortcut no longer does a renoise mute on the reference track as it is unnecessary. The reason I changed this is that I find it useful to put a frequency analysis VST on the reference track to compare with one on my own track. If the VST is inserted before the `Reference Gainer` you can still see the signal playing though it is muted by the gainer.

Downloads

Renoise VersionDownloadsDate
ledger.scripts.ToggleReferenceTrack V1.213.0518Jan 6th, 2016
ledger.scripts.ToggleReferenceTrack V1.223.1241Jan 6th, 2016

Installation: Drop the Tool File (.xrnx) on a Renoise window to install.

Tags: Reference, Mixing, A/B

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