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After the startup, you should see the main window where all buttons and levers are grouped. Horizontal lines are channels which contain samples or MIDI events, stacked up in columns. Don't worry if you don't understand the behavior of these tools right now; they will be covered more clearly in the Performing 1, Performing 2, Channels and samples and Channels and MIDI sections.
This is the output peak meter. It goes from -60 to 0 dBFS; when the bar is completely full it means that your program is playing at the maximum range available. If you exceed this limit your sound starts to clip and the meter turns to red. The circular knob controls the master volume.
This is the input peak meter. It works exactly as the input meter but it manages the sound level coming from the soundcard. Turn the knob to zero in order to mute the recorder.
The button between the input and the output meter is a stream linker. If enabled, it takes the processed input and it copies it straight onto the output channel, in order to obtain a "hear what you're playing" functionality.
The sequencer shows the current running beat and the total bars of your program. This tool is managed by the two side buttons: play/stop and rewind. The former simply starts/stops the beat counting, the latter is used to quickly rewind to the first beat, useful for synching with other audio sources.
These buttons manage the recordings. The first one sets Giada to record mode: if switched on, every action (key press, key release, mute on/off, ...) is being stored in memory, then applied to the corresponding channel. The second one starts the live sampler: it records any sound from the sound card input(s) and puts it in the first available channel. Finally the metronome might help you during a recording session.
A set of tools dedicated to the beat management. You can find them grouped in the top right area of the main window.
The first type of channel is the sample channel. Each element is composed, from left to right by the following elements:
The second type of channel is the MIDI channel. Each element is composed, from left to right by the following elements: