White Cat contains 4 internal audio players.
White Cat connects itself automatically to your sound card. It works uniquely with stereo output. Audio players are incorporated into White Cat for basic usage: no multicast with multichannel external card. If you need a real multicast, free software like Usine or SeqCon will take care of this. They are remote controllable in midi.
Files formats that can be read are MP3 and WAV.
The 4 players may be controlled by the mouse, in midi, and by a banger.
Audio files need to be placed in a folder you will create inside the whitecat/audio/ folder. Each folder may contain 127 audio files.
On the left are the 4 audio players, on the right is the content of the default audio folder: Audio/Demo/. Below is the section [Affect to dock] that enables you to remotely control audio sliders with Faders on the Fader panel.
Those levels are represented in floating point and in the 0-127 range to facilitate recording levels inside a banger.
the windows explorer, go to the white_cat/audio folder.
Do a right click, select “New” and choose “Create Folder”.
Give a name to this folder, without accent marks, without spaces, and without special characters.
Copy/Paste your audio files with the mouse, all in the same format (WAV or MP3), and at the same speed (44100 Khz).
This is the structure you will have:
White_cat_beta/ Audio/ AlphaFolder/ BetaFolder/ AnotherShowFolder/
When saving, the name of the audio folder you are currently working with will be saved and reloaded on opening again.
During creation, it is possible to add audio files inside your audio folder. Despite closing White Cat and reopening it, click [rescan].
Please note that a number appears in front of each file name ( 1 / 2 / 3 …. ) Those are the indexes that you will use when you call a file through a banger. You will assign to the banger a value ( 1/ 12/ or 44/ …), not a file name. The index is assigned based on the alphabetic order of the audio files when a scan is done.
So you have to be very careful about the names you give to audio files.
For the moment this is the way it is, a little bit constraining, I know. As banger handling is based on this index, which is the position inside the audio folder (position 1, position 2, position 3, … ), be extremely careful if you are using bangers and you insert new files: because you may offset all your banger audio programming.
Generally, when the order of audio files is set for the show, before recording bangers for your cues, you will need to edit the audio files manually to create a logical order of the various files:
alleluia.mp3 is in position 1, but it is the 3rd file that needs to be read
bicylette.wav is in position 2, but it is the 1st file that needs to be read
zoorhapsodie.mp3 is seen in 3rd place, but its order should be second
You should then edit names of audio files, adding a number, with the windows explorer (right click on the file > rename):
To clear a player's content, click it without selecting a file.
Loop button sets the player in loop mode.
If CUE Mode is off, this loop will be done on ALL of the file (from its beginning 0.0s until its end).
Checking CUE Mode, you can use specific IN and OUT points for the loop.
To define a Cue inside for an audio file:
A SeekCue button enables you to seek to the IN point. (The general Seek button will rewind to beginning of the file, in 0.0s)
There is no Playlist per player in WhiteCat.
But you can decide that a player may continue reading tracks, like a classical CD player.
Using the two, give you exactly the AutoPause mode on CD players.
Suggestion: to create playlists for your show you can rename your files A_1_name A_2_name… where A is the player (A B C D).
For Pan, 0 is on left, 64 in middle, 127 on right. Pitch from 0 to 63 is slow speed, 65 to 127 is accelerated speed, a normal speed is 64.
By checking the midi send (red button hanging off the volume slider), you will transmit through the midi output to other software or hardware the midi signal assigned to Volume, Pan and Pitch.
This function enables certain motorized midi surfaces (BCR / BCF / DM1000, etc…. ), to refresh the physical faders' state when a manipulation is done by the mouse or with a banger.
Play / Seek / Loop , SetIN, SetOUT, CUE ON-OFF, SeekToCueIn, Volume, Pan, Pitch are remote controllable in midi.
Be aware you can't assign the audio commands in a serial manner. They are assigned solo.
To assign a midi signal:
More details here: Midi Configuration and Midi Assignments