Markers

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Markers can be used for marking a specific time with text such as "Chorus Begins Here" or they can contain tempo, key or time signature changes.  In addition, markers can indicate new CD tracks or mix down tracks.

 

Timeline & track header header

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Adding

 

There are several ways to add markers.

 

Click the "+ Marker" button above the tracks and to the left of the time line.  The marker will be added at the time offset of the playback indicator.  If snapping is on, it will adjust based on the Snap Settings.

 

You can also double click the time line to add a marker or right click on the time line and select "Add Marker..." Other methods of adding markers include clicking the "Mix" menu followed by clicking "Markers" followed by clicking "Add Marker..." or by clicking the "Mix" menu followed by "Add Tempo / Key Change".

 

Markers obey the current Snap Settings.  Markers with time signature changes always snap to the measure, as it doesn't make a lot of sense to add a time signature change in the middle of a measure.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Moving

 

There are two ways to move a marker.

 

Drag A Marker

Click on the top of a marker on the time line and drag it to the left or right to reposition it.  It will obey the snap settings when dragging it.

 

Edit The Exact Time

You can edit a marker by double clicking it or by right clicking it and choosing "Edit..."  Alternatively, you can click the "Mix" menu, followed by "Markers", followed by "Edit", followed by the marker you'd like to edit.  On the "Edit Marker" dialog (shown below), adjust the offset time of the marker.

 

adjust-marker-time

 

Use the up and down arrows next to the minutes, seconds or milliseconds for the marker to adjust the time offset.  Click the green play button to play the mix from this offset.

 

Note that you cannot adjust the offset so that it conflicts with another marker.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Editing

 

You can edit a marker by double clicking it on the time line or by right clicking it and choosing "Edit..."

 

Alternatively, you can click the "Mix" menu, followed by "Markers", followed by "Edit", followed by the marker you'd like to edit.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Deleting

 

Right click on a marker on the time line and select "Delete" to remove a marker.  (Note that you cannot delete the first marker and may only edit it.)

 

Delete All Markers

Click the "Mix" menu and select "Markers" followed by "Delete All Markers".  This will delete all markers besides the first marker.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Marker Properties

 

Right click on a marker and select "Edit..."  This brings up the marker dialog.

 

Edit Marker dialog

 

Item/Control

Description

Name

Type in text for the name of the marker.  The name will appear to the right of the marker flag and can be used for lyrics or other notes about the project.

Color

Change the marker's color.

Tempo

Each marker can have a tempo.  Changing the marker's tempo will affect the metronome and cause any sounds that are in Adjust To Project Tempo mode to switch to this tempo.  Click the "Tap Tempo" button to set a tempo based off of the time it takes to click the button.

Key

Each marker can have a key.  Changing the marker's key will cause any sounds that are in Adjust To Project Key mode to switch to this key.

Time Signature

Each marker can have a time signature.  Changing the marker's time signature will affect the metronome.  Note that this will also force the time signature to have a tempo change, even if it's the same tempo as the previous tempo change.

Create Track For CDs or Audio Files

Click the Create Track For CDs or Audio Files check box.  A CD icon will appear on the time line if it will create a new CD track or mix down track.

 

When mixing down to an audio file or burning an audio CD, the software will create a new CD track or audio file if the option Create Track For CDs or Audio Files is checked.

ISRC

If you are making an official audio CD for mastering, put in the ISRC code for this track.

Play Metronome Every X Beat

Change the number of beats per measure that a metronome sound is played.

 

In some time signatures, such as 12/8, by default, the metronome will play 12 times each measure. This can be very distracting and so the software allows you to adjust the number of metronome ticks per measure.