(sonicArts) cecilia 4 basics

I’ll explain a bit more about using the FilterWarper and Granulator in other posts. For now, the basics of getting started with Cecilia 4.

As with all new audio programs that you run, first check the preferences under the Cecilia menu. The odd aspect of Cecilia is that you don’t want to choose Core Audio for output (on a Mac). Choose Port Audio whether you are running on a Mac or PC. You will have the same interface options that you had under Core Audio. Choose the appropriate interface for your system.

Launch the program. An Editor window will appear. Close the Editor window. From the File menu choose Modules > Time > FilterWarper (or Granulator).

Down the left side of Interface window that opens you have playback controls, a file input section, post-processing section, output section, presets and some environment variables. Don’t use post-processing within Cecilia. Anything you want to do here can be done with plugin inserts in a DAW, with automation and greater reliability.

Clicking on the folder icon in the input section lets you choose an audio file to load. Subsequent clicking in the filename window lets you load other soundfiles from the same folder. If you want to change folders click on the folder icon again.

In the output section you can set the overall duration for time expansion or compression, and you can set the overall gain level. You can drag the sliders or double-click and directly type in a value.

At the bottom of the graph section are automation faders and initializing values. Turn on the green playback arrows to allow for automation playback of the functions from the graph. Select parameters to edit on the graph at the top left of the graph window.

When you are happy with what you are hearing, you can render your output to a file. Choose a filename to record to in the output section, then hit the record button at the top left of the interface window.


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  1. […] Cecilia 4 basics gives you an overall rundown of Cecilia preferences and operation. It covers the basics, and is a useful place to return to when you get stymied by the program. […]

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