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Big Time

A large SMPTE timecode or bars'n'beats display along with some 8 channel recording options. This basically mimicks the big time windows available in most DAWs and the simple purpose behind them: keeping an overview on where on the timeline you are.

The timecode displayed here is part of the DAW control data received on the app's first MIDI connection. Since version 1.5 there is an option to also display MTC received on the second connection. See the last column.

Besides timecode there are some more controls available here when touching the screen over, on and underneath the timecode:

Touch events on top of the timecode bring up controls for quick multitrack recording situations.
You get record enable switches for the current block of eight channel (plus solo and mute controls when repeatedly pressing the shift button) and some transport / record controls. The locator functions will change with the shift button from locator to marker and finally to channel block shifting mode.

Touching the timecode display will switch between SMPTE and bars'n'beats display (not available in all DAWs) and you can do horizontal swipes on the timecode to alter its length and refresh rate (see below).

The area underneath the timecode acts as a jogwheel and can be switched to scrub mode by double-clicking. The timecode will change color when the DAW enters scrub mode. What exactly jog and scrub functions do depends on the DAW to some extend.

If MIDI timecode display is enabled in Setup / MIDI utilities, the screen will show MTC received on the app's second MIDI connection. Recording and transport controls remain active, but Mackie or HUI timecode will no longer be available. The SMPTE type of incoming MIDI timecode is shown with the colons seperating hours, minutes, seconds and frames:

24 fps: all single colons (10.20.30.40)
25 fps: double-colon before frames field; (10.20.30:40)
29.97 non-drop: all double-colons (10:20:30:40)
29.97 drop: double-colons and a semi-colon before the frames field (10:20:30;40)

Running MIDI timecode and Mackie Control in parallel will put significantly more load onto your network. Not recommended...!

Changing timecode display length

As of version 1.53, display of all timecode variants (MCU, HUI and MTC) can be adjusted to show only a reduced set of fields like bars and beats but no ticks or minutes and seconds without hours and frames. To do so perform horizontal swipes on the displayed timecode. Swipe towards the screen border to push a field out (ie: hide it) and towards screen center to pull it back in again (make it visible). This can be done on both start and end of the timecode depending on which half of the screen you're in.

TouchDAW will trim the timecode using simple string index operations and at times you may have to pull in on one side before being able to push out on the other, but it should allow for targeted display of all

continous substrings down to the minimum display length, which is 5. Dots, colons etc. count as characters.

Note that the maximum fontsize needs to be limited to avoid OpenGL errors. On large xhdpi tablets (Nexus 10, Kindle HDX) the shortest possible timecode length will not really fill the screen.

Poor man's streamer bars

Also new in 1.53 is the option to show two simple streamer bars on top of and underneath the timecode. Streamers are usually drawn over video displays in ADR studios to give speakers an easy visual representation of their take's ellapsed and total time, but they may be useful with just timecode and no video as well.
Other than with most streamer solutions you don't program start and end times with TouchDAW, but simply send it MIDI pitchbend commands on MIDI channels 15 and 16 over the app's second MIDI connection. This allows for easy reprogramming of the streamer by moving around and stretching a MIDI part that contains a continous pitch ramp on a MIDI track in the DAW. You can also do MIDI controlled count-ins etc. with this approach. See the screenshots below for an example. Here the "Count in" part will flash the upper streamer four times before the "Rise" part starts increasing the lower's position over the entire part's duration while the "Fall" part will decrement the upper.


Need it larger?


This is TouchDAW running on a cheap (and nicely small) HDMI stick packaged Android "Media Center PC".


Display style



As of TouchDAW 1.7.0 timecode can be displayed using any open- or truetype (.ttf, .otf) font you can make available and any color you prefer. Import controls and color settings are at Setup / MIDI Utilities / Big Time.
Font import makes use of the Android Storage Access Framework, which is available on Jelly Bean (4.3) and larger only. If you are on an older system version, create a 'fonts' folder on the device's SD card at 'Android/data/de.humatic.tdaw/files/' (resp. de.humatic.tdf for the free version) and put your fonts into it. They should then appear in the font listing the next time you enter setup.

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