This is a basic reference for the Timeline — if you are looking for some examples to get started, please check out the Getting Started guide.
The Timeline is where you can arrange content in time, such as
- when a particular audio file should start/stop playing (and how many times)
- automation of an effect’s parameter over time
- when a piece of MIDI pattern should start/stop playing (and how many times)
Timeline Clips are created automatically for Nodes as they are created on the Patcher, and can then be moved, sliced, or cropped as you see fit. When a new Clip appears on the Timeline while it’s not open, a blue badge in the header by its icon indicates the number of new Clips.
Using with a Mouse + Keyboard
This is a basic reference of the Timeline with a mouse and optional keyboard (see touch screen below). While a keyboard is not required to use the Timeline, it gives faster access to some tools and utilities.
|empty area left click||deselect all Clips|
|Clip left click||select Clip||hold Ctrl to keep previous selection|
|Clip right click||open Clip menu||hold Ctrl to keep previous selection|
|empty area drag||move screen|
|mouse wheel||zoom screen in/out|
|Alt + left mouse + drag||area select tool||previous selection is cleared|
|Shift + left mouse + drag||clip slice tool||move the cursor vertically to slice clips|
|Ctrl + Z||undo last action||may affect changes elsewhere|
|Ctrl + Y||redo last action||may affect changes elsewhere|
Using with a Touch Screen
This is a basic reference of the Timeline with a touch screen. While small screens (smartphones) are supported, larger screens (tablets) work much better thanks to the extra screen space.
|empty area tap||deselect all Clips|
|Clip tap||select Clip||deselects other Clips|
|empty area pan||move screen|
|empty area pinch zoom||zoom screen in/out|
When a Clip is selected, additional options are shown in the header, including the option to select multiple Clips.