Soundtrack Pro Window Organization

There are several panes that comprise the Soundtrack Pro window that you’ll use while you are creating audio projects. You may want to open Soundtrack Pro so you can view these panes and familiarize yourself with the interface.

To open Soundtrack Pro
  • In the Finder, double-click the Soundtrack Pro icon in the Applications folder.

You may also choose to add the Soundtrack Pro icon to the Dock for easier access. For more information, see Mac Help.

The Soundtrack Pro window is arranged into several areas.

Figure. Diagram showing Soundtrack Pro interface areas.

Below is the standard, default layout of the Soundtrack Pro window. You can easily rearrange the tabs and resize the panes to suit your needs and then save the custom layouts for future use.

Figure. Default layout of the Soundtrack Pro window.

Note: At any time, you can revert to the default layout by choosing Window > Layouts > Standard, or pressing F1. Also, you can save any custom layouts you create. For more information on managing layouts, see Using Project Layouts.

Showing and Hiding the Panes

Tabs are grouped by function to optimize your workflow. For example, the media tabs related to input and output functions (Meters, Recording, Search, Browser, and Favorites) are located in the right pane by default. When you are finished with media input, you can close the entire right pane by choosing Window > Toggle Right Pane, and thereby allow more horizontal space for the project pane and the lower pane. If you hide a pane, then later choose to show a tab that is in the hidden pane, the pane reappears and shows all tabs in that pane.

Figure. Soundtrack Pro default layout with the right pane hidden.

Or, for example, you may wish to work exclusively in the Timeline or the File Editor project view and dedicate the entire Soundtrack Pro window to that view.

Figure. Soundtrack Pro Timeline view.
Figure. Soundtrack Pro File Editor view.

Because hiding and showing different panes of the Soundtrack Pro window is so convenient, you will probably use this feature frequently during the course of a project. Press Control–A to toggle the left pane, Control–S to toggle the bottom pane, and Control–D to toggle the right pane. For more information, see Soundtrack Pro Keyboard Shortcuts. The default toolbar also contains buttons to toggle the appearance of the panes.

Figure. Toolbar detail showing Left Pane, Lower Pane, and Right Pane buttons.

If your portable computer has a Multi-Touch trackpad, you can use the swipe gesture to show and hide panes. A swipe is quickly sliding one or more fingers across a Multi-Touch trackpad. Swipe left and right to show and hide the left pane or right pane. The pane affected by horizontal swipe gestures is determined by the Horizontal Swipe Gesture Affects preference setting in Soundtrack Pro Preferences. For more information, see General Preferences. Using the swipe gesture up or down shows or hides the bottom pane.

Showing and Hiding Tabs

In addition to showing and hiding entire panes, you can also choose to show and hide individual tabs in panes. You can toggle the appearance of individual tabs by choosing Window > Tab and then choose the name of the tab you wish to show or hide. A checkmark next to a tab in the menu list indicates the tab is currently showing. If a tab is part of a hidden pane, and you choose to show the hidden tab, the pane holding the tab reappears with all tabs in that pane.

Figure. Tab menu.

Rearranging Tabs

At any time, you can rearrange the layout by tearing off individual tabs and docking them in other panes, or simply have them float over the Soundtrack Pro window. There are numerous possible combinations. Mix and match the tabs to suit your particular workflow needs.

Figure. Project pane and customized left pane and project pane, showing Meters, Search, and Browser tabs attached to the left pane.