The Lift and Stamp Tools and the Sound Palette

The Lift and Stamp tools provide a time-saving way to apply work you have done on one clip to one or more other clips. Use the Lift tool to copy properties from selected clips and create a processing template in the Sound Palette that can be applied to other clips. Use the Stamp tool to apply those properties to the other clips.

Figure. Sound Palette HUD.

Using the Lift and Stamp Tools

When you first lift properties with the Lift tool, Soundtrack Pro creates a temporary template in the Sound Palette named Lifted Data (Track Name), with Track Name being the track holding the source clip.

To lift properties from a clip in the Timeline
  1. Click the Lift tool at the top of the Timeline (or press UU).

    The Sound Palette appears. As you move the pointer over clips in the Timeline, it changes into the Lift pointer.

  2. If you want to limit the type of properties lifted, deselect any of the three checkboxes at the top of the Sound Palette:

    • Lift Equalization Print: When this checkbox is turned on, the Lift command copies the average frequency spectrum of the selected clip.
    • Lift Voice Level: When this checkbox is turned on, the Lift command copies the average amplitude of the selected clip. The algorithm used when this option is turned on is designed to focus on vocal qualities only; non-dialogue artifacts like loud crashes or coughs are ignored when calculating the average amplitude.
    • Lift Process Items: These include processing effects in these categories: Dynamics, Distortion, EQ and Filter, Modulation, Reverb/Delay, Miscellaneous, and Mac OS.
  3. Click a clip in the Timeline whose properties you want to lift.

    Soundtrack Pro creates a temporary template named Lifted Data (Track Name) with Track Name being the track holding the source clip. The clip properties appear in the list on the right of the Sound Palette HUD. The pointer immediately changes to the Stamp pointer, ready for you to stamp the template of lifted properties to another clip. The properties in the Sound Palette template appear in the same order they appear in the Actions tab for the source clip.

To stamp properties on one or more clips in the Timeline
  1. If you are stamping on more than one clip, select the target clips in the Timeline.

  2. In the Sound Palette, select the template or preset containing the properties you want to stamp. (This is only necessary if there are already presets on the left side of the Sound Palette.)

    Figure. Sound Palette HUD.
  3. Choose one of the following from the pop-up menu in the center-bottom portion of the Sound Palette:

    • Add: Adds the properties selected in the Sound Palette to the list of actions in the target clip’s Actions tab.
    • Replace: Replaces the actions in the target clip’s Actions tab with the properties selected in the Sound Palette.
      Figure. Sound Palette HUD showing choosing Add or Replace from the pop-up menu.
  4. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Stamp tool at the top of the Timeline (or press U), then click the target clip or clips in the Timeline.

    • If the target clip is already selected in the Timeline, click Stamp in the lower-right corner of the Sound Palette.

      Actions appear in the target clip’s Actions tab for each property listed in the selected template or preset in the Sound Palette. They appear in the same order as they appear in the Sound Palette.

      Note: By default, Soundtrack Pro applies equalization every time you use the Lift and Stamp feature. This equalization automates the Match EQ effect, which matches the average frequency spectrum of the target clip to that of the source clip.

      Figure. Actions tab.

Working with Sound Palette Presets

You can use the Sound Palette to customize the processing template by enabling and disabling various properties, naming the template, and saving it as a preset. You can also add a thumbnail image to represent the preset. Presets are saved in the Sound Palette so that you can select and edit them and apply them in multiple multitrack projects.

To save a Sound Palette preset
  • With a template loaded on the right of the Sound Palette, click Save as Preset in the lower-right corner.

    The template is listed as a preset on the left of the Sound Palette.

    Figure. Sound Palette HUD.
To enable or disable properties in a Sound Palette preset
  1. If there are already presets on the left of the Sound Palette, click the template or a preset to edit it.

  2. In the Enabled column, click the checkbox next to the property you want to enable or disable.

To name or rename a Sound Palette preset
  1. If there are already presets on the left of the Sound Palette, click the template name or a preset name that you want to name or rename.

    The template or preset details are loaded on the right of the Sound Palette.

  2. Click the name field at the top-right corner of the Sound Palette.

    Figure. Sound Palette HUD.
  3. Enter the new name.

  4. Press Return or Tab to confirm the new name.

To attach a thumbnail image to a Sound Palette preset
  1. Click the preset name in the list on the left of the Sound Palette.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Drag a still image from the Finder or from iPhoto to the image well at the top of the Sound Palette.

    • Copy an image in an image editing application and paste it into the image well at the top of the Sound Palette.

    The image appears in the image well each time you select the preset.

    Figure. Sound Palette HUD showing a thumbnail image.
To delete a Sound Palette preset
  • Control-click the preset name in the list on the left of the Sound Palette, then choose Delete from the shortcut menu.