Creating Markers

You can create markers at any project position. This section describes all marker creation options.

Tip: You can use the Create Marker key commands to add markers on the fly during playback.

To create a marker at the beginning of the nearest bar
Do one of the following:
  • In the Marker track:

    • Set the playhead to the desired position, then click the Create button.

    • Select the Pencil tool, and click the desired position.

    Figure. Create a marker in the Marker track.
  • In the Bar ruler:  Place the pointer over the lower part of the Bar ruler, and Option-Command-click the desired project position. This only works if the Marker track isn’t displayed.

    Figure. Create a marker in the Bar ruler.
  • In the Marker List:

    • Choose Options > Create.

    • Select the Pencil tool, and click in the Marker List.

    • Click the Create button in the Marker List.

    Figure. Marker List showing the Create button.
  • In any window:  Choose Options > Marker > Create from the main menu bar (or use the Create Marker key command, default assignment:  Shift-Command-').

    The marker is created at the beginning of the nearest bar. If a marker already exists at a bar position (or up to a quarter note before or after it), no new marker is created.

The length of the marker automatically extends to the start point of the next marker, or to the end of the project or folder, if no ensuing markers exist.

To create a marker that is not rounded to the nearest bar
Do one of the following:
  • In any window:  Choose Options > Marker > Create Without Rounding (or use the Create Marker without rounding key command, default assignment:  Command-').

  • In the Marker List:  Choose Options > Create Without Rounding.

To create a marker and determine its position
  • Click the beginning or end of the Marker List’s marker area with the Pencil tool, then input the desired position in the position input field.

To create markers at the positions of all currently selected regions
Do one of the following:
  • In the Marker track:  Click the From Regions button, or drag a region from an arrange track onto the Marker track.

    Figure. Marker track showing the From Regions button.
  • Choose Options > Marker > Create by Regions from the main menu bar (or use the Create Marker by Regions key command, default assignment:  Command-Up Arrow).

    Markers created in these ways are automatically assigned the names, bar position, length and color of the regions they are derived from.

    Figure. Create marker by regions.
To create a marker that corresponds exactly to the length and position of a cycle
  • Drag the cycle down into the Marker track or into the lower third of the Bar ruler.

    Figure. Arrange area showing cycle range dragged into Marker track.

    Dragging the cycle in the Bar ruler is limited to either horizontal or vertical movements. This ensures that you do not accidentally:

    • Move the cycle when creating markers (by dragging the cycle into the lower third of the Bar ruler or into the Marker track).

    • Create markers when moving the cycle area.

The following explains how marker movements and the cycle interact:

Note: When you hold Shift, before clicking the cycle, the nearest cycle border is set to the clicked position.