Welcome back to the second chapter of this four part series. Webcaster – Basic elements, will give a taste of the essential functionalities of Webcaster. The main differences will be highlighted here and will help you become a podcasting rockstar!
Webcaster – Basic elements
As mentioned earlier, to be able to access the Webcaster features, you need to tap the Playlist icon. The front- end screen will open up, yet before diving into those functionalities it is necessary to understand the back-end of the app.
How to get to the back-end
- – Tap the playlist opener icon, the first one of the four on the newly opened window
- – A smaller window will slide to the left. Tap the open arranger icon on the far left corner
The arranger window will open up. The main feature that you will see is the three track arranger.
- Play – plays the show
- Stop – stops the show
- Previous track – move to the previous segment of your show
- Next track – move to the next segment of your show
- Playlist name – shows the default name of your playlist (Playlist with a four digit number). From here you can edit the name by pressing the name of the default name of the playlist. By pressing the arrow you will open up a window, which allows you to load a locally stored playlist.
- Create – adds a new list with a default name
- Save as – creates a copy of your playlist and saves it under the name you give it
- Merge – combines a number of tracks (minimum of two selected tracks) and saves it locally.
- Export – exports a playlist into one single file, which can be saved locally and imported later on Dropbox
- Delete – the playlist is deleted
The display on the right hand side will show you the following information:
- Playlist length – the part where events are present
- Current time – where the cursor can be found
- Progress bar – the current time in show length
The footer contains another set of functions, different from i-Jingle PRO:
- Autogenerate waveforms – when switched on, this functions generates your waveform by default, making it visible on the arranger as well.
- Show length – by tapping on this, you are able to put in the length of your show (maximum of 90 minutes)
- Show waveform – when switched on and the waveform has been previously generated will it show the waveform of each individual box containing sound
- Snap to event – when switched on it will magnetize an event (section) to the closest event in any row
- Snap to grid – when switched on, it will position the event to grid by an exact second
- Select to move – when switched on, the event can’t be dragged and dropped, only if it is selected
- Move magnet – when switched on, on the left side of the grid, three magnets will appear. If orange, it means that they are active. In this case if you move a certain event, all the events following will be moved alongside the selected event.
- Zoom – this feature allows you to zoom in and out and be able to see smaller scale events that you attached to the arranger
The main display in the backend is the grid itself. The main elements of the arranger are:
- Main grid – total of three rows/lanes where events can be arranged, switched around, added or deleted. Each event on the grid can be modified.
- Cursor – the orange line that follows the events on the grid
- Add new – which opens up into three subsections that allow the adding of three different types of events:
File – adding of a music file to the playlist. When tapping on the file icon, a window will open up, giving you the possibility to choose the category and the song you want to import.
Record – this feature allows you to record your voice and add it to your show. By pressing the record icon a new window will open up. In the first section of this window you have the recording panel.
- Tap rec to start recording.
- Once the recording is finished you can pre-hear it.
- Tap accept to store the recording locally, but you have the possibility to store it on Dropbox as well.
- Tap reset if you wish for the existing recording to be deleted.
- Cancel closes the recording window
- The Channels section shows you the active recording channel. Normally only one is active; however it gives the possibility for multiple channels, depending on your connected hardware.
- Compressor – when turned on, the compressor has as a main task the elimination of the recording sound peaks. The sound will in so become balanced.
- Custom – tap custom and a new window opens up. Here you can add a place holder event of up to 60 minutes. It does not contain any sound; it has the purpose of a note (eg. Add a commercial break).
- Undo & Redo – to be able to revert or invert an action tap the arrows at the bottom of the main display grid.
Outlined above you can add three types of events. Once it has been added to the grid you will be able to see the following info:
- Color coded based on the type
- Icon of the type of event (musical note for music, mix for recording etc.)
- Name of the event (name of the song)
- Start time and end time.
- Waveform if it had been generated for the item
We hope you enjoyed this chapter and it has been of use to you. Webcaster – Basic elements has covered the most important elements that will help you kickstart your show. Let us know in the comments section bellow if this has been helpful. In case of any additional questions feel free to contact us. In case you haven’t upgraded from 2.0 or PRO to our flagship, Webcaster, get it now from here!