Hidden Gem: Mixed Tracks

Hidden Gem: Mixed Tracks

12 August 2017

Generally speaking, you don’t have to be a tech geek to get started with Go PlayAlong and to figure out the basic workflow. There are a few tools, however, that are less known, but anyone discovering them tend to become a huge fan of it.The mixed tracks tool is one of such features.

A Quick Intro Into Mixed Tracks

When transcribing studio recordings, it is a common practice to create multiple tracks for the same band member. Lead guitar parts, for example, are often broken apart into solo part and fills.

With this kind of separation the authors can assign different effect settings to each track, so that the sound would get closer to the original during MIDI playback. The downside of this method is that you’ll have to jump between tracks to see the entire guitar part as a whole.

In other situations you would like to play rhythm and lead parts combined, and perform as a one-man-band.

If you find yourself switching between different tracks frequently, then Go PlayAlong’s Mixed Tracks tool will be one of your favourite ones. As the name suggests, it enables you to combine existing instrument parts into a single view with a few mouse clicks.

Creating Mixed Tracks

The concept of Mixed Tracks can be best understood by seeing it in action. Click the button Add Mixed Track near the bottom of your track list. A new mixed track appears and the score will look quite the same as before. Except one little change: on the top of the very first bar you’ll see an arrow followed by a text note. This note is called a Jump:

Mixed track jump

Jumps are the core elements of mixed tracks and they can be added to any bar in the score. They instruct the score renderer to switch to a new track at that bar position.

Adding Jumps

Make sure that a mixed part is active in your track list. Then select a location in the score where you’d like to change track. Click Track / Jump To Track… from the system menu to create your first jump.

This is how it looks before:

Add jump before

…and after adding a jump to bar 37:

Add jump after

There’s an even quicker way to define jumps. Instead of using the system menu, you can simply ALT + click any instrument icon in the left-side track list.

And that’s all. The concept of mixed tracks is super simple doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get familiar with.

🌟 Final Thoughts

When first introducing this tool in GPA3, there was not much talk about it. It was a smart, but silent feature hiding somewhere in the deep shadows. Then came GPA4, and it was dropped out completely. Quite surprisingly, protesting emails have started to arrive to save the mixed tracks feature.

The little beast is back now and waiting for you to check it out!

If you have any questions or thoughts, comment here or send an email to support@goplayalong.com.