Markers serve a variety of purposes. They can be used simply for adding notes such as “Chorus Here!” or “fix the guitar effects at mix time,” or they can perform functions such as changing the project tempo, key, or time signature. Markers are really easy to use, so we encourage you to use them!
To insert a Marker into the Timeline at the current Caret position, double-click in the Timeline or right-click and select Add Marker. Markers can also be added by selecting Mix>Markers>Add Marker or Mix>Markers>Add Tempo/Key Change from the Main Screen menus.
Markers' Effect On Tempo, Key, and Time Signature!
Keep in mind that using Markers to set tempo, key, and time signature always overrides any settings made by clicking these controls in the transport display window. If the tempo, key, or time signature remains constant for the entire project, this won’t matter, but if you’re using markers
to change the project tempo, key, or time signature, setting them in the transport display window effectively only functions from the first (permanent) Marker
at the beginning of the project until the location of the second “user-added” Marker.
If Snap is on, Marker placement will conform to the current Snap setting. (Remember this if the Marker doesn’t seem to be landing where you want it.) Markers that are set to alter the current time signature always snap to a measure, otherwise adding a time signature change in the middle of a measure would wreak havoc with the project’s timing!
The Marker name. Use this for notes in the Timeline.
Defines the exact position of the Marker in the Timeline. Markers can be repositioned by altering these numbers, either by clicking in the fields and entering a number or by using the up/down arrows to change the numbers.
Marker Play Arrow
Clicking the Marker Play Arrow begins playback of the project from the location of the Marker. Clicking again stops playback and returns the playhead to the Marker location.
This drop-down menu can be used to select a color for the Marker “flag.” One useful application would be to use different colors to indicate song sections, such as green for verse, red for choruses, etc.
Check this box to change tempos in a project. Tempo changes will affect the metronome and cause any sounds set to Adjust To Project Tempo mode to follow the new tempo.
The Tap Tempo button lets you set a new tempo by clicking quarter-notes with the mouse.
Check this box to change to change the project key signature. Any sounds set to Adjust To Project Key mode will switch to the new key.
Check this box to change the project time signature. The numerator and denominator can be set using the up/down arrows.
Time signature changes will affect the metronome. 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
Creates track numbers if the project is to be burned to an audio CD using Mixcraft’s Burn Audio CD function. A CD icon will appear on the timeline.
The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. If you have an ISRC number for a CD track, check the box and add it here. (This is only important if you intend to mass-produce a CD.)
Play Metronome Every X Beat
This lets you alter which beats sound the metronome click. When using common time signatures such as 3/4 or 4/4, it’s usually desirable to hear a click for every beat, but for time signatures with a large numerator (like 12/8, for example), the incessant clicking might drive you mad (or sound like one of those silly "Exotica Percussion" lounge records from the 60's). Play Metronome Every X Beat instructs Mixcraft to click on fewer beats. Set this using the up/ down arrows.
To move a marker, position the mouse over the Marker’s flag and click and drag horizontally. You’ll see the cursor turn into a left/right arrow when the mouse is in position. Markers can also be moved by double-clicking the flag and entering a position with the number dialog in the Edit Marker window.
To delete a Marker, right-click a Marker flag and select Delete.
Note: You cannot delete the first marker and may only edit it.
Select Mix>Markers>Delete All Markers in the Main Window menus. This deletes all Markers except the first one.
Regions of time may be inserted into the project. This automatically repositions all markers, automation, and clips. This is useful, for example, if you’re far into a project and decide to add another chorus in the middle of the song.
To insert a region of time, create a selection in the Timeline:
Select Edit>Insert Selected Time in the Main Window menus, or by right-clicking in the Timeline. Here’s the project after time insertion:
All other clips, markers, and automation are advanced in the project.
Removing works just like inserting time, only in reverse. It deletes markers, automation, and clips in the removed section and repositions existing markers, automation, and clips.
To remove a region of time, create a selection in the Timeline:
Select Edit>Delete Selected Time in the Main Window menus, or by right-clicking in the Timeline. Here’s the project after time deletion:
All clips, markers, and automation in the deleted region are removed, and remaining clips, markers, and automation slide to the left to compensate.
The track marker wizard is a handy way to quickly add multiple track markers. Markers may be added at specific time intervals, or in areas of silence - you can even remove silence! This can be handy for breaking up the tracks of entire albums recorded as a continuous audio file.
To use the Automatic Marker Wizard, select Mix>Markers>Automatic Marker Wizard
in the Main Window Menus.
Automatically Create Track Markers: At Intervals Of
This creates Markers at the specified intervals. Select the number of minutes between intervals with the At Intervals Of drop-down menu, and the total duration over which Markers will be added with the For box drop-down menu.
Automatically Create Track Markers: Based On Silence Of Sound
Choose Based On Silence Of Sound to create markers based on silent gaps in a recording.
Based On Silence Of Sound
This drop-down menu lets you choose from all audio clips in a Project.
Must Be Silent For
Specifies the length of silence for a new Marker to be created.
Silence is X% Or Less Of Full Volume
This lets you choose how low the volume of audio content must fall to be considered “silence,” expressed in percentage (0% is full silence, 100% would be full-scale volume). The default "silence" setting is 7% of full volume.
Must Be At Least X Minutes Between Markers
Set the minimum time between markers using the Must Be At Least X Minutes Between Markers drop-down menu. This parameter helps prevent ending up with an excessive number of markers.
Remove and Trim Silence
This automatically cuts out silences between audio content. It’s good for getting rid of long pauses in continuous recordings.
Fade Edges By X Seconds
This adds a gentle fade-in and fade-out at the beginning and end of audio sections when using the Remove and Trim Silence features.
CD Track Markers
Adds CD Track Markers at each Marker. This is useful when converting existing audio content to be burned to a CD with individual tracks. (In case you want to be like Prince's “Black Album”, notoriously mastered as one giant song.)