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The Action Editor

The action editor The action editor is a tool to operate on actions. Here you can alter and modify the existing ones, as well as add them from scratch. It represents the actions of a channel and it's composed of several horizontal widgets, each of them containing a specific action type.

General interactions

All the widgets work the same way: you manage them with the mouse and you add, remove or shift the actions by clicking on them.

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left click on empty area add an action
right click on action remove an action
left click + drag on action move the action or resize it
right click + drag on empty area vertical scroll, if the widget has scrollable content

The zoom buttons Zoom buttons in the upper right corner of the window allow to magnify or reduce the view of all the widgets. The grid tool Grid tool shows a visual grid over the beat cells; the small check button on the right enables snapping.

Available actions

At the moment the action editor allows to manage the following action types:

  • key press, key release, sample kill — through the start/stop widget;
  • mute — through the mute widget;
  • volume — through the volume envelope widget.
  • MIDI events — through the piano roll widget.

Start/stop widget

The start/stop widget Action widgetworks only for those channels set in oneshot mode (Oneshot basicOneshot pressOneshot retrigOneshot endless); if you open the editor for a channel set in loop mode, the widget will be disabled. Actions are represented in different ways:

  • Key press Action keypress — a single key pressure, usually recorded live with [key];
  • Key release Action keyrel — a single key release;
  • Kill chan Action kill chan — a sample break, usually recorded live with shift+[key];
  • Composite action Composite action — it represents the combination of a key press + key release and it's available only for channels set to oneshot press mode Oneshot press. It shows the duration of the key pressure and you can resize it by dragging the edges.

The action type selector Action type selector changes the action drawn by the cursor.

Mute widget

The mute widget Mute widgetworks for any mode set for channels. The squared dots can be dragged around and they represent a change of status. Mute is active when the line is at the top.

Volume Envelope widget

The volume envelope widget Volume Envelope widget handles volume changes. It ranges from 0 (bottom, silence) to 1 (top, full amplitude). Click on the first or last point to erase the envelope completely.

Piano roll widget

Available only for MIDI channels, the piano roll widget Piano Roll widget handles MIDI notes. It represents the full set of 128 notes (0-127) with 11 octaves ranging from C-1 (or C0) to G9 (or G10).

It can be vertically resized by dragging the lower edge up and down. Left-click on an empty space and drag it to move the grid up and down.