Global control panel

Essential reading

Mode

Options

Volume (paragraph 1)

Play/stop

Introduction

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The global control panel presents controls that are always available regardless of the mode that you are in. It provides three controls grouped in a box and the play/stop button.

Mode

Pushing the Mode button pops up a menu for selecting the mode. There are four choices: Select, Play, Edit, and Config. Select mode is for selecting what to play. Play mode presents all metadata for a recording, including the cover art. Normally, the display switches automatically from Select mode to Play mode when you activate play. You can also switch to Play mode manually whenever you want to see all the metadata for a recording. Edit mode has two purposes: It can be used to edit the metadata of a recording already in your collection, and it can be used to add a recording to your archive. Config mode is for setting configuration parameters such as the encoder to use when ripping.

Options

Next to the Operation button is the options button. The menu that appears when you click this button is different depending on the Operation. You can perform the most common operations using controls – such as buttons – that are always visible in the GUI. The options are for operations that you will need to perform less frequently.

Volume

The third button exposes or hides the volume control. Left click the button to expose the volume control; right click the button to expose the volume trim controls (see the box below). The volume control automatically disappears when you stop using it. Clicking in the scrollbar (on either side of the thumb) changes the volume by 5.0 dB.

Tip

You can use keyboard shortcuts to expose the volume control and change the volume in small steps:

  • F11 decreases the volume 0.5 dB
  • F12 increases the volume 0.5 dB

Once the volume control is exposed, you can also use the left and right arrow keys to change the volume (but you need to click on the volume control first to make it the focus for keyboard input).

Volume trim

Different tracks and works generally have different average volumes. When you use the volume control to adjust for these differences, you might want Wax to remember the adjustment so that the next time you play the recording Wax can make the adjustment for you automatically. To expose the volume trim controls, right click on the volume button. A button with a number appears. The number tells you the gain of the trim (in decibels). Whenever you adjust the volume, you can then push the button to tell Wax to memorize the adjustment. You can specify whether you want the adjustment to apply to the work or the track by clicking on the word “work” or “track” in the label for the trim button. To have Wax use your trim adjustments, you must activate the appropriate volume equalization option in Config mode. Volume trim is one of the automatic properties, so it is also possible to specify or edit the value in Edit mode.

Note that Wax might not be able to adjust the volume the full amount specified depending on where the volume control started. For example, if you have the volume control set to maximum and Wax switches to a recording that requires an upward adjustment in volume, there is no place to go so Wax ignores the request. In general, Wax will adjust the volume by an amount as close as possible to the amount specified.

Also, note that the button is insensitive when you play the first track after starting Wax. You have not yet set the listening level when playing the first track, so trimming the volume does not make sense.

One other point to keep in mind when setting volume trim: Try not to use a track with an unusual volume as your starting point. If you do, then most of the other tracks in your collection will be different, so you will have to make many adjustments. It would be better to trim for the track with the unusual volume. There is no easy way to avoid this problem – how do you know that a track has an unusual volume? – so just try to be aware of the issue when you are trimming.

Wax also has a way to equalize track volume automatically. See Volume equalization in Config mode.

Play/stop

The play/stop button appears to the right of these controls whenever something has been selected. Its image changes depending on the current play state. If you are not currently playing, then the button will display a play image, indicating that pushing it initiates play. It changes to a stop button once you initiate play. If you stop and then play again, Wax will resume from the position in the sound file where it left off. If you want to resume from a different point in the sound file, click the point in the progress bar in Play mode (Jump).