Simple Playback in Show Mode
This workspace is currently in Show Mode, meaning the ability to make changes has been disabled in order to prevent accidental alterations; but this is a nice way to showcase simple playback.
In this Workspace you’ll see a handful of cues, numbered and labeled. Each of these cues is in what we call a “Group Cue”, which a container for multiple other cues. This is my preferred method of organization in designing. This way each moment that needs it’s own click of the GO button can be referenced as one entity, one chunk, one singular idea. All the individual moving parts and pieces are then obfuscated within. It makes for a nice and tidy workspace. These groups can be opened or expanded to show the details within. Sometimes I only have one piece, as in this case, only one sound effect. Other times I have several, as is with this cue.
Let’s keep these all collapsed in order to make things a little bit simpler.
When you’re ready to execute cues, click on the one you want to playback (typically the first one in the list) and press the GO button. The cue will execute, here you’ll see the progress, and when the cue is complete, the progress bar will end.
Sometimes cues will continue to play indefinitely. As is with this ambient cue. The next cue is in charge of then fading out the sound effect then stopping the previous cue.
Occasionally you’ll have cues playing and will need to stop them (for example, if you’re in rehearsal and you need to hold for a moment while someone fixes a problem). Rather than fading all the stop cues, you can just hit “Panic”, panic all the current cues by pressing escape. This will naturally fade out any currently active cues.
Other times you need cues to just stop. Now. Immediately. No waiting. NOW! This is called a Hard Stop. To do this, press escape twice.
Want to play around with this workspace? Feel free to download it below.
Were You Listening?
Hit the Esc button once
Hit the Esc button twice