People have been asking me about how to best make use of Scrubby (the
scrub tool in Sweep), so we've put together some ideas at this web page:
For the impatient, here's the text:
Inside Sweep lives a pesky little virtual stylus called Scrubby who
enjoys mixing around in your files. Scrubby can be quite a lot of fun
to play with, because you can drag him around any digital audio file
just like dragging the stylus around on a vinyl record.
For editing purposes, Scrubby can give you a very clear idea of
exactly what is in the file you are editing. You can drag him around
your cut points to find exactly where to make an edit, just like you
would have slowly turned the reels on a tape machine in the old days.
You can also place him in a file while an effect is being rendered to
zone in on the changes in real time.
For DJing purposes, Scrubby really comes into his own. Sure, you can
scrub around in all your favourite samples and loops. You can even
scrub on live input: plug a microphone in, hit record and scrub on a
vocalist's words as they are being recorded.
Sweep's basic DJing functionality includes simultaneously mixing an
unlimited number of samples and loops, including live input, each
with their own gain and +/-10% speed controls.
Taking this further, you can use Sweep's reverse playback toggle and
piano style QWERTY playback (using your computer's keyboard to play
musical notes, just like an old-school tracker) in conjunction with
Scrubby for even more versatile performance techniques.
Scrubby is as easy to use as putting the needle on a record, and in
conjunction with all of Sweep's other playback and recording features
he turns Sweep into a really flexible environment for manipulating
digital audio. Go Scrubby!
if you've got any interesting techniques to share, or questions about
Scrubby, send them to this list :)
there's also some desktop backgrounds you can download from that web
page, (oh and more general stuff about scrubbing) so go and visit it ...