This area contains the arrangement’s tempo, time signature, global shuffle value, playback position and display format control, transport controls, time-line overview with pan and zoom controls and two buttons to hide or show the time-line and the panels. Note: you can drag the top of the time-line bar up and down to expand or reduce the time-line area.

Time–line bar
Figure 6.2.5: The time–line bar.

  1. BPM: This text field shows the playback tempo in number of beats per minute. Its range is from 30 BPM to 300 BPM. Double-click it to enter a new value.
  2. Time signature: This text field shows the time signature of your sequence. This value establishes the bar and beat divisions on the time-line as well as how many steps fill a bar in devices that use patterns. Double-click it to enter a new value.
  3. Global shuffle value: This text field sets the shuffle value for devices and tracks with an active shuffle function. The percentage defines a shift of the position of each 8th note in note regions or patterns, starting with the second note. A value of 50% produces no shift. A value smaller than 50% shifts backwards and a value bigger than 50% shifts forwards in time. The range is from 1% to 99%. Double-click it to enter a new value.
  4. Playback position format: This icon controls the format of the current playback position. The note icon shows elapsed bars, beats and steps. The clock icon shows elapsed minutes, seconds and milliseconds.
  5. Playback position: This text field shows the current playback position in the format determined by the playback position format icon. Double-click it to enter a new value.
  6. Play/Pause: This button starts playback from the playback start position and stops playback.
  7. Stop: This button stops playback or record and returns the playback start position to the beginning of the loop segment if the loop function is active or to the beginning of time if it is not or if you click it a second time.
  8. Loop playback: When this button is active and playback enters the loop segment, this segment is played back from beginning to end repeatedly until stopped. When it is inactive, playback continues until stopped.
  9. Record: This button starts and stops record mode and also starts playback if the transport is stopped. In record mode, tracks and regions are automatically created as soon as you change the state of a control or you play notes through the interface or an external controller. The automation frame and automation value icon and border around the control turn red while changes are recorded.
  10. Time-line overview: Shows a small representation of the sequencer’s contents including regions, the current playback position and the start and end of the loop segment. Also contains a window that defines the segment of the sequencer’s contents shown in the sequencer view. Scroll the window along the overview to pan the sequencer view through the sequencer’s contents. Drag either window handle or use your mouse wheel to zoom the sequencer view in or out. Click on the overview to place the window to that position. Double-click inside the window to expand it and cover the overview’s complete length.
  11. Hide/show time-line: This button shows or hides the time-line.
  12. Hide/show panels: This button shows or hides the panels.

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