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Setting the Track Timebase

When you create a new track (for all track types except Video tracks), you can choose one of two timebase settings for the track: Samples or Ticks. The timebase setting determines how events in the track are located on the timeline. See the sidebar "Timebases and Track Display" for more information.

By default, Audio, Auxiliary Input, and Master Fader tracks are set to Samples; MIDI and Instrument tracks are set to Ticks. For straightforward audio or MIDI recording, the default timebase setting for each track type is usually best.

However, you may want to use alternate timebase settings for certain workflows. For example, when working with audio loops, to make the location of audio regions conform to the session tempo, you can set an Audio track timebase to Ticks. Conversely, when spotting sound effects to picture, to have MIDI events always occur at the same time, regardless of session tempo, you can set a MIDI track to Samples.

To change the timebase of a track:

  • In the Edit window, click the Timebase selector at the lower left of the track controls and select the timebase setting from the pop-up menu (Figure 4.26).
    Figure 4.26

    Figure 4.26 To change the timebase of a track, click its Timebase selector in the Edit window.

To change the timebase display:

  • In the Edit window, click the Linearity Display selector at the top right of the track controls and select the display setting from the pop-up menu (Figure 4.27).
Figure 4.27

Figure 4.27 To change the timebase display for a session, click the Linearity Display selector in the Edit window.

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