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Timeline

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.

Note: not all Nodes appear on the Timeline, only those that make sense to be defined over time, such as the Audio File Node, Envelope Node, Piano Roll Node, and similar.

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.

InputResultNotes
empty area left clickdeselect all Clips
Clip left clickselect Cliphold Ctrl to keep previous selection
Clip right clickopen Clip menuhold Ctrl to keep previous selection
empty area dragmove screen
mouse wheelzoom screen in/out
Alt + left mouse + dragarea select toolprevious selection is cleared
Shift + left mouse + dragclip slice toolmove the cursor vertically to slice clips
Ctrl + Zundo last actionmay affect changes elsewhere
Ctrl + Yredo last actionmay 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.

InputResultNotes
empty area tapdeselect all Clips
Clip tapselect Clipdeselects other Clips
empty area panmove screen
empty area pinch zoomzoom screen in/out

When a Clip is selected, additional options are shown in the header, including the option to select multiple Clips.

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