Displays time as an horizontal axis divided in numbered bars, beats per bar and steps per beat. Finer time subdivisions become visible as the zoom amount allows. It also shows the current playback position and lets you define a playback loop segment, the playback start position and the music track end. Note: You can zoom the sequencer view in or out in time by pointing this area and using your mouse wheel.

Timescale
Figure 6.2.6.2: The timescale.

  1. Current playback position: This vertical white marker shows the current playback position. Click anywhere on the timescale to place it, along with the playback start position marker, even during playback. If snapping is active, both will be placed on the closest subdivision defined by the snapping unit menu. If the marker is past the start of the loop segment, clicking the stop button place both of them there. A subsequent click of the stop button place them at the beginning of time.
  2. Playback start position: This green marker defines the position from which playback starts when you click the play/pause button in the time-line bar. Refer to “Current playback position” above regarding placement.
  3. Loop bar: Defines the segment of time played back from beginning to end repeatedly when the loop playback button in the time-line bar is active. Drag the start and end markers to set its length. Drag the bar to move it forwards or backwards in time. If the snapping button in the time-line tools is active, the movement aligns to the unit of time defined on the snapping unit menu. Note: You can frame the segment of the sequencer view covered by the loop bar by double clicking it.
  4. Time subdivisions: Divide time in numbered bars, beats and steps. Finer subdivisions become visible as the zoom amount allows. These subdivisions reflect the time signature defined for your sequence.
  5. Track end: This gray marker determines the length of the music track for mix-down and publishing purposes. Drag its handle to set its location. Any sequencer’s contents or any audio produced past this marker won’t be rendered when you publish the corresponding music track. Note: If there are more than 8 empty bars between the end of the rightmost region and the track end marker, Audiotool shows a warning when you attempt to publish the corresponding track.

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