Contains buttons and a menu that let you add tracks, define the snapping and playback position follow behavior of the sequencer view and activate functions to manipulate regions.

Time–line tools
Figure 6.2.6.1: The time-line tools.

  1. Add track: This menu lets you add new tracks to your sequence for any device in your arrangement. Choose a device from the list and a non automated control, note, pattern or audio track from the sub-menu. Complex devices group their controls in items on an intermediate sub-menu. Automated controls are grayed out and cannot be chosen. A new empty track appears on the track list and sequencer view. For pattern and automation tracks, the automation frame and automation value icon appear around the affected controls on the device.
  2. Snapping: This button activates and deactivates snapping. The snapping function precisely aligns the results of creating, moving, resizing, looping, shifting and quantizing operations in the sequencer view, as well as setting the loop bar, playback start position and sequencer grid in the timescale to specific units of time.
  3. Snapping unit: This menu sets the snapping unit of time in fractions of a bar. The “T” behind some units means “triplet” and it fits three such units in the space normally taken by two. The chosen unit also defines the length of newly created notes in a note region, even if snapping is turned off.
  4. Pointer: This button activates the time-line pointer tool, which lets you create, select, open, move, resize and shift regions.
  5. Slice: This button activates the specialized time-line slice tool, with which you can slice or split regions.
  6. Follow: When this button is active and you enter playback mode, the sequencer view automatically pans along the current playback position. If it is not active, the sequencer view remains still even as the current playback position disappears from it.

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