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Each lesson below will take you to another page containing a series of carefully labeled pictures, laid out in sequence to go along with a specially designed audio file that you'll find with each tutorial. When you're ready to begin learning, simply click on a link below, click on the Play button to begin the lesson, then sit back and follow along.

The tutorials are arranged in a learning sequence which builds on information you may have learned from a previous tutorial. So if you're new to SAWStudio, start with the first tutorial and go through each of them in sequence, taking the short quizzes after each section to test your newfound knowledge!


These tutorials will reference the name 'SAWStudio' throughout. All information contained herein refers to all three programs except as noted on the SAWStudio Comparison chart located here.


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Jump-To Section Links:
  1. Understanding Digital Audio
  2. SAWStudio Overview
  3. Getting Started
  4. Navigation
  5. Ready to Record
  6. Using the MultiTrack
  7. Using the SoundFile View
  8. Using the Regions View Window
  1. Using the Library View Windows
  2. Using the Effects View Windows
  3. Using the Automation Gallery View Window
  4. Using the Control Track
  5. Using the Video Track/Viewer
  6. Understanding the Virtual Console
  7. Using Plug-In Effects
  8. Building the Final Mix

UNDERSTANDING DIGITAL AUDIO   Back to Top
3:15 What is Digital Audio? - (Audio Only)
3:51 What is Non-Linear Editing? - (Audio Only)
8:40 Understanding Bit-Resolution and Dither - (Audio Only)
15:46 Total time for this section

SAWSTUDIO OVERVIEW   Back to Top

4:02 The Console
2:43 The MultiTrack
2:44 Automation
2:52 The Engine
1:05 FX Processing
13:26  Total time for this section

GETTING STARTED!   Back to Top

5:01 Setting Up Your Audio Device
5:03 Setting Up Default File Paths
5:41 Creating Workspace Views
4:54 Opening Sessions
6:51 Using Undo
2:39 Understanding Interactive Links
30:09  Total time for this section

NAVIGATION   Back to Top

3:11 Operating Console Controls
4:03 Operating Channel Store/Recall
1:59 Operating Special Dialog Box Controls
7:38 Full View Mixer Window
5:59 Zoom View Mixer Window
3:58 Exploded View Mixer Window
2:53 Wide View Mixer Window
10:51 MultiTrack View Window
7:25 SoundFile View Window
2:19 Regions View Window
2:58 Library View Windows
3:08 Effects View Windows
2:03 Automation Gallery View Window
2:10 Control Track View Window
1:00:35  Total time for this section

READY TO RECORD   Back to Top

(MultiTrack Record Setup)

4:00 Opening the Record Meters
5:59 File Naming
2:01 Setup Options
1:22 Input Assignment
1:58 Input Monitoring  - (Audio Only)
15:20  Total time for this section
   

(Activating Record In the MultiTrack)

1:01 Normal Recording
1:53 SRP Recording
1:59 Record Retake
4:53  Total time for this section
   

(SoundFile View Record Setup)

0:49 Opening the Record Meter
0:36 Input Assignment
2:50 File Naming
2:11 Setup Options
6:26  Total time for this section
   

(Activating Record In the SoundFile View)

1:06 Normal Recording
1:27 Record Retake
2:33  Total time for this section

USING THE MULTITRACK   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the MultiTrack View Window Navigation tutorial be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

1:32 Overview
1:32  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - Normal Mode)

1:02 Selecting Tracks
0:51 Disabling Tracks
0:35 Labeling Tracks
0:38 Reordering Tracks
2:13 MultiTrack Playback
1:03 Using Solo Mode
3:01 Understanding Regions
1:32 Zero-Cross Location
7:27 Basic Editing Techniques
4:30 Working with Marked Areas
2:18 Using Locate Point Zones
3:44 Understanding Layers
1:50 Layer Selection
1:13 Setting MT Entry Textures
5:40 Copying Layers
1:51 Clearing MT Entries On Layers
7:24 Using SoftEdge for Smooth Transitions
2:32 Clearing SoftEdges
5:59 Using Vari-Speed/Pitch
0:20 Reverse Audio
1:02 Using Offset Features
2:15 Removing Silence
59:00  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - Select Mode)

3:46 Selecting MT Entries
7:57 Moving and Copying MT Entries
0:51 Controlling Playback
3:05 Grouping MT Entries
0:32 About Using SoftEdge In Select Mode - (Audio Only)
(See also 'Using SoftEdge for Smooth Transitions' under Operation - Normal Mode)
16:11  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - Automation Mode)

2:35 Understanding Automation In SAWStudio
3:19 Setting/Changing Default Slope Values for Mutes, Faders, and Pans
1:30 Clearing Automation Entries
2:03 Moving and Copying Automation Entries
0:44 Stretching and Shrinking Automation Entries
3:44 Creating an Automatic Fade
1:20 Using View Filters
15:15  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - Offset Mode)

2:53 Operation
2:53  Total time for this section

USING THE SOUNDFILE VIEW   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the SoundFile View Window Navigation tutorial be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

1:28 Overview
1:28  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - Normal Mode)

0:45 Playback
2:29 Working with Marked Areas
0:39 Zero-Cross Location - Audio Only
3:15 Interactive Links to MultiTrack/Regions View
2:29 Creating Regions/Moving Data to the MultiTrack
1:41 Updating Regions
11:18  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - Sample Edit Zoom Mode)

1:47 Using Sample Edit Zoom Mode
2:27 Using Waveform Drawing
4:14  Total time for this section

USING THE REGIONS VIEW WINDOW   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the Regions View Window Navigation tutorial be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

1:35 Overview
2:18 Creating and Renaming Regions
1:29 Viewing and Auditioning Regions
3:48 Adding Regions to the MultiTrack
2:22 Locating, Updating, and Deleting Regions
2:38 Grouping Regions
1:03 Exporting Regions to Soundfiles
15:13  Total time for this section

USING THE LIBRARY VIEW WINDOWS   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the Library View Window Navigation tutorial be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

1:54 Overview
1:21 Accessing EDL Regions and .Wav Files
3:22 Viewing and Auditioning Entries
3:41 Adding/Linking/Importing Library Entries
0:46 Accessing Region Groups
11:04  Total time for this section

USING THE EFFECTS VIEW WINDOWS   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the Effects View Window Navigation tutorial be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

2:24 Overview
1:04 Patching In Effects
0:56 Grouping Effects
0:41 Clearing Patches
5:05  Total time for this section

USING THE AUTOMATION GALLERY VIEW   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the Automation Gallery View Navigation tutorial be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

0:42 Overview
1:02 Opening, Viewing, and Clearing Gallery Presets
1:26 Adding Automation to the MultiTrack
1:15 Creating Automation Presets
4:25  Total time for this section

USING THE CONTROL TRACK   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the Control Track View Navigation tutorial be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

1:10 Overview
2:40 Placing, Editing, and Deleting Control Entries
0:51 Playback
1:58 Built-In Commands
0:00 Custom Commands
0:39 Special Control Track Options
7:18  Total time for this section

USING THE VIDEO TRACK/VIEWER   Back to Top

2:09 Overview
2:36 Opening/Closing Files in the Video Viewer
1:10 Video Playback and Zoom Options
0:22 Getting File Properties
6:17  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - Edit Mode)

0:51 Activating Edit Mode
0:36 Scrubbing/Stepping Video
1:59 Setting In and Out Points
1:47 Adding Clips to the MultiTrack
2:28 Renaming and Deleting Clips
1:30 Converting Video
0:46 Extracting Audio
9:57  Total time for this section
   

(Operation - TimeLine Mode)

1:08 Activating TimeLine Mode
1:59 Scrubbing/Stepping Video
0:33 Video Playback
2:13 Updating In and Out Points
1:18 Moving and Copying Individual Clips
1:23 Splitting Video Clips
0:42 Removing Clip Entries from the Video Track
1:07 Extracting Audio to the MultiTrack
10:23  Total time for this section
   
1:27 Rendering to FireWire in Real-Time
0:39 Rendering Final Output to DV
1:23 Capturing to DV Video
1:00 Testing Video System Performance
4:29  Total time for this section

UNDERSTANDING THE VIRTUAL CONSOLE (Routing & Signal Flow)   Back to Top
*Important! It is suggested that the first five Navigation tutorials be viewed prior to viewing the tutorials in this section.

1:09 Overview
1:09  Total time for this section
   

(Input Modules)

1:46 Input Source
0:36 Input Attenuator
0:20 Input Phase Reverse Switch
0:08 Input Swap L/R Switch
0:43 Input Mono Switch
1:17 Input EQ Section
3:41 Input Dynamics Section
0:58 Input FX Pre Fader Patch
1:31 Input Aux Sends
0:59 Input Solo Switch
0:42 Input Mute Switch
0:35 Input Channel Fader
0:36 Input Pan Slider
0:55 Input FX Post Fader Patch
1:40 Input XY Surround Pan
0:51 Input Out Assign
17:18  Total time for this section
   

(Return/Aux Master Modules)

0:41 Aux Master Out Assign
0:12 Aux Master Pan Slider
0:36 Aux Master Channel Fader
0:52 Return Input Source
0:35 Return Attenuator
0:20 Return Phase Reverse Switch
0:09 Return Swap L/R Switch
0:41 Return Mono Switch
0:58 Return FX Pre Fader Patch
0:49 Return Solo Switch
0:42 Return Mute Switch
0:35 Return Channel Fader
0:36 Return Pan Slider
0:55 Return FX Post Fader Patch
1:40 Return XY Surround Pan
0:51 Return Out Assign
11:12  Total time for this section
   

(Output Modules)

0:42 Output Mono Switch
0:58 Output FX Pre Fader Patch
0:49 Output Solo Switch
0:42 Output Mute Switch
0:35 Output Channel Fader
0:36 Output Pan Slider
0:55 Output FX Post Fader Patch
0:53 Output XY Pan Assign
1:31 Output Out Assign
1:16 Output FX Final Resolution Patch
8:57  Total time for this section

USING PLUG-IN EFFECTS   Back to Top

(Equalizer)

1:47 Overview
0:18 Slider Controls
1:16 Frequency Controls
1:51 Width Controls
1:11 Hi-Cut/Lo-Cut Filters
0:18 Volume Trim Control
0:43 Track Number Display
0:15 Reset
0:08 Bypass
1:11 Options Icon
3:28 EQ Examples
12:26  Total time for this section
   

(Echo/Delay)

1:19 Overview
2:27 Left/Right Delay
1:53 Left/Right Feedback
0:49 Left/Right Strength
0:36 Source Volume
3:43 Mode Setting
0:44 Track Number Display
0:13 Bypass
1:14 Options Icon
12:58  Total time for this section
   

(DirectX & VST Plug-Ins)

0:27 Overview
0:22 Bypass
1:04 Options Icon
1:53  Total time for this section

BUILDING THE FINAL MIX   Back to Top

3:10 An Introduction to MixDowns
3:32 Building a Mix to a New SoundFile
1:16 Building a Mix to the Current Hot Track
0:19 Building a Mix to FX Modules
8:17  Total time for this section
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