Overview Bar, Markers and Cycling
The Overview Bar is closely related to the transport. It is a large slider indicating the current transport position. The slider thumb can be moved using the mouse. Double clicking it starts the transport, clicking it again stops it. The overview bar also shows the markers.
Overview Bar with three markers, green triangle is most recent start position
The most recent transport start position appears in the upper half as a green triangle. If you click it the transport moves back to that position, double clicking it starts the transport at that position.
Markers are used to name certain parts of a song (for instance Intro, Verse 1, Verse 2, Solo, Verse 3). Navigating through a song becomes significantly easier using markers. The position indicator menu features an Add Marker option which adds a marker at the current transport position. If there's a marker at the current position a Delete Marker option is presented instead.
Alternatively markers can be added by rightclicking the overview bar. Most editors can be used to add markers by right-clicking the time grid-area (where the needle handle lives) as well. An easy way to add markers "on-the-fly" is to press Ctrl+M at the appropriate times while the song is playing. Ctrl+M takes the grid snap setting into account, so accurately adding markers on-the fly is easy when using a grid spacing of one bar while the "Snap" button is engaged.
The markers appearing on the overview bar can be left-clicked to jump to the corresponding transport position. They can be right-clicked to delete, rename, quantize to the grid, move it to the current transport position, or type a new position. Renaming can also be done by double clicking the marker. Markers can be dragged to a new position.Cycling transport can be started by performing a click-and-drag operation on the overview bar thumb:
- Click the thumb
- Immediately click the thumb again, but this time keep the mouse button down.
- Now move the thumb to the point where you want the cycle to end.
- Release the mouse button.
Note: Step 1 and 2 must be performed quickly (at "doubleclick speed").
Alternatively you can keep the Alt key (Windows) / Option key (Mac) down while moving the thumb.
The position indicator menu features Set Cycle Start/Set Cycle End options.
The Overview Bar shows the cycle region. It appears dimmed while the transport isn't actually cycling. You can click the start button while keeping the C key down to cycle this region again.
Overview Bar showing cycle region