Setting the Playhead Position

The playhead is a vertical line that indicates the current position in all horizontal, time-based windows. It is positioned:

For more information about changing the number of rulers used, see Adjusting the Bar Ruler Display.

To place the playhead in the Bar ruler
Do one of the following:
  • When one ruler is displayed, click a position in the lower half of the Bar ruler.

  • When two rulers are displayed, click a position in the top half of the Bar ruler.

Setting the Playhead with the Position Display

The Transport bar’s Position display shows the current playhead position in two formats:

Figure. Position display in the Transport bar.
  • SMPTE Time: The upper row displays the playhead position in SMPTE time format—hours :  minutes :  seconds :  frames / subframes.
  • Musical division of time: The lower row displays the playhead position in bars, beats, division, and ticks.

A beat corresponds to the denominator in the time signature.

The division value is set in the Transport bar, below the time signature.

Figure. Division value in the Transport bar.

A tick is the smallest possible bar subdivision. It is equal to 1/3840th of a note.

To set the playhead position in the Position display
Do one of the following:
  • Click-hold any of the numbers in the Position display, and move the mouse up or down.

  • Double-click either display field, and then type in a new position.

    Figure. Transport bar with text input field to type the new position.

The playhead moves to match the display position.

Adjusting the first number in the Bar display moves the playhead by bars, and by hours in the SMPTE display.

Adjusting the second number moves by beats in the Bar display, and by minutes in the SMPTE display, and so on at increasingly small divisions with the other values shown in the Position display.

When typing in a full position using the Bar display, for example, you should type in the following manner:

  • 3 Space 3 Space 2 Space 2, Return key to exit text entry mode.

  • 3.3.2.2, Return key to exit text entry mode.

If you simply type in 3322, followed by the Return key, the playhead moves to bar 3322, rather than bar 3, beat 3, division 2, tick 2. This allows you to quickly navigate to the beginning of a bar by inputting the first digit.

Setting the Playhead at a Marker

If you have labeled a passage with a marker, you can use this marker to set the playhead position.

To set the playhead at the start of a marker
  • Click anywhere on the marker while holding down the Option key.

To begin playback at the start of a marker
  • Command-double-click the marker, while Logic Express is stopped.

Note: This only works with a marker in the Bar ruler.

Adjusting the Size of the Playhead

You can adjust the thickness of the playhead in the General Display preferences.

Figure. Arrange area with thick playhead and default playhead.
To adjust the playhead display
  1. Open Display preferences by doing one of the following:

    • Choose Logic Express > Preferences > Display (or use the Open Display Preferences key command).

    • Click the Preferences button in the Arrange toolbar, then choose Display from the menu.

  2. Click the General tab, and select the Wide Playhead checkbox.

    Figure. General pane of the Display preferences with the Wide Playhead checkbox selected.