DTXC useful operations

  • Let me know the DTXC basic operations.?
  • Let me know the DTXC useful operations.?

*? Let me know the DTXC useful operations.

I describe the useful/advanced operations for DTXC. (to tell the truth, almost all operations are described on DTXC help file. )

  • DTXC fastboot?
  • Specifying lane relations?
  • Changing Select mode and Edit mode easily?
  • Search?
  • Replace?
  • Useful examples about search/replace feature
    • To select all chips on the specified lane?
    • To select all open-hihat sound chip and move them to "open-hihat lane" (change to back objects)?
  • How to put triplets?
  • Changing time signature (How to manupulate irregular time scores)?
  • To define "no-chip zone" sound to the lane?

*? DTXC fastboot

Because DTXC uses .NET Framework, the bootup of DTXC is slow in case you use XP or older OS. (not so slow on Vista.)

As you know, .NET Framework application is written in MSIL (Microsoft Intermediate Language). When you start that application, MSIL application is JIT (Just In Time) compiled to the native code, and start execution. It means you have to wait compiling after double-clicking DTXCreator.exe.

So, if you could pre-compile DTXCreator.exe to the native code, you can speedup booting.

To precompile, you can use ngen.exe.

Also, there is a GUI wrapper of ngen... (.NET R-Tune) (in Japanese).
(In my XP-PC, first boot time of DTXC is accelerated from 14sec to 7sec.)

(If you use .NET R-Tune, there is a little notice. Because DTXCreator is .NET Framwork 2.0 application, you have to select [Change]-[2.0] before [Add] - DTXCreator.exe. (otherwise you failed to accelerate.)

Ref: Hi-Gain Software (.NET R-Tune)

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? Specifying lane relations

In many cases, one kind of chip is used very frequently in one lane (especially drums score). To make such kind of score data, it is very troublesome to re-pick chips again and again for changing the target lane.

DTXC has "lane association" feature to specify some chip on each lane, to make such kind of score data.

In Edit mode (pencil icon is clicked), click the lane header (where is written like SS, BD..) to set the current chip to the lane. Right-click the lane header to reset.

Once you associate some chip to the lane, the associated chip is always used to put to the lane, in spite of the chip you're picking now. (it means you don't have to re-pick chip to change the putting lane)

Click the lane header with [CTRL] button to associate the chip to the back object lane (open-hihat, ride-cymbal etc) (See HH lane on the right figure)

The lane header shows the associated chip number.

You can ignore the association temporaly by putting the chip with [SHIFT] button.

This feature is very useful to make drums score data. Please make the best use.

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? Changing Select mode and Edit mode easily

You can switch the "select mode" and "edit mode" by [F8] key. This tips is unexpectedly useful, I believe.

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? Search

You can call Search dialog by clicking [Edit]-[Search] in the menu, or [CTRL]-[F].

In the typical case.. like "find all [05] chips (and select all of them)", you set "Chip range" to 05 and click [OK].

Then you'll see "3 chip(s) selected." dialog and all [05] chips are selected.

Next, you do "Replace" to the selected chips.

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? Replace

To call "Replace" dialog, by clicking [Edit]-[Replace] in the menu.
The replace feature on DTXC targets on the selected chips.
(Note: in case you call the replace dialog without selecting any chips, the replace target would be all chips.)

Here is an example silmple to replace from [05] chips (which is selected at the last chapter) to [0A] chips.

That's the basic flow to use search/replace.

At the "Chip replace", and set the value "05 to 0A".

As the result, all (selected) [05] are replaced to [0A].

To tell the truth, in case simply you want to "I'd like to replace from 05 to 0A", you can skip "Search" process and you directly "Replace" them. (Because it would replace from [05] in the "all chips" to [0A].)
However, in case "I'd like to replace from [05] to [0A] in some measures", you have to "Select" first.

And, on DTXC, you can "Search" to the "already Searched" result, and the result is called "OR search" In another word, the focus is not nallowed but spread.

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? To select all chips on the specified lane

From hence, I introduce some samples to use find/replace.

At first, the way to select all chips on the specified lane. Here are samples to select all chips on the hi-hat (both open/close).

In the Search dialog, Click "Lane select" and specify HH only, and don't check "Chip range", and leave " Select from front chips" and "Select from back chips" to ON. This is a setting to select all chips on HH lane.

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? To select all open-hihat sound chip and move them to "open-hihat lane" (change to back objects)

1. This example supposes that [04] (and [03]) is open hihat sound. Now start moving all [04] chips to open hihat lane.

2. Click [Edit]-[Search] to show Search dialog. Click "Lane select" and select HH lane, and select range as 03-04. ([03] and [04] are the open hihat sounds in this example).
And leave " Select from front chips" and "Select from back chips" to ON.
This will select all chips which are open hihat sounds.

3. Next, we have to move selected open-hihat chips to the open hihat lane. You can use "Replace" feature to do it.
Click [Edit] - [Replace] in the menu to call "Repalce" dialog.
Then select "Reverse chip (front / back)" and click {REPLACE].

4. As the result, these chips are moved to open-hihat lane (back objects).

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? How to put triplets

In case you want to put triplets (for the shuffle beat song, etc), you can't put them on the grid.

After you change the "Select guide margin" to the "1/12" (or 1/24 .. multiple of 12), you can put triplets on the grid.

(I supporse 4/4 beat.)

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? Changing time signature (How to manipulate irregular time scores)

In case you want to change time signature, use "Change part length" feature on the measure where the non-4/4 time signature starts. "Change part length" is in the right-click menu (application menu) on the score.

On the "Change part size" dialog, set the magnification value which corresponds to the time signature. For example, if time signature is 3/4, the value is 0.75 (3 divide 4). If the time signature is 5/4, the value is 1.25 (5 divide 4). To reset the time signature (to 4/4), the value is 1 (4 divide 4).

It specifies the timesignatures that
000th measure has 3/4,
001st measure has 4/4 and
002nd measure has 5/4.
On DTXC, the length of the measure changes with the time signature.

last update: March 14th, 2009

*? To define "no-chip zone" sound to the lane

The "no-chip zone sound" is the sound when when you hit the pad without any chips. Normally, it is applied from the most nearest sound-chip. But you can specify it explicitly.
(though DTXC doesn't have a smart way to specify it...)

Especially, somebody doesn't put the chip on FT lane. But in this case I hope some chip should be put as the no-chip zone sound at the beginning of the FT lane. It makes the player satisifies who feels to hit FT for fill-in etc.

For example, to specify no-chip zone sound [0A] from the beginning of 001 measure, type on the Free tab as

#001B7 0A

Please check DTX file format specifications? for detail.

last update: March 14th, 2009

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