Auditioning Projects and Controlling Playback

While working on a project, you will want to hear the regions, tracks, pauses, and crossfades. You control project playback with the Transport buttons, or by moving the position line. You can also specify a cycle area for repeated playback of a particular section of your project.

Using the Transport Buttons

You control project playback and can set the location of the position line with the Transport buttons, located at the bottom center of the Wave View area.

Figure. Transport controls.

The Transport buttons include, from left to right:

  • “Go to previous track start marker” button: Moves the position line to the previous track start marker. If the project is currently playing, playback continues from this point. Option-click to move the position line to the previous index marker.
  • “Go to next track start marker” button: Sets the position line to the next track start marker. If the project is currently playing, playback continues from this point. Option-click to move the position line to the next index marker.
  • Catch button: Turns Catch mode on or off. When Catch mode is turned on, the visible part of the Wave View area scrolls, ensuring that the position line always remains visible.
  • Play/Pause button: Starts playback from the current position line location.
  • Stop button: Stops playback.
  • Back button: Hold down to scrub (shuttle while audio is heard) toward the start of the project.
  • Forward button: Hold down to scrub (shuttle while audio is heard) toward the end of the project.
To start playback
Do one of the following:
  • Click the Play button or press the Space bar.

  • Double-click either time ruler to start playback from that point.

To stop playback
Do one of the following:
  • Click the Stop button or press the Space bar. A second click on the Stop button (or press of the Space bar) moves the position line to the beginning of the project.

  • Double-click either time ruler to stop playback and move the position line to the clicked location.

Moving the Position Line

You can move the position line directly to any location.

To move the position line
Do one of the following:
  • Click once at the point you want to place the position line—on either time ruler. Double-click if you want playback to start immediately.

  • Drag the position line to a new point. This can be done when the mouse is in either time ruler or an empty track.

    Note: Selecting a region, track, or marker in the CD Tracks or Regions lists sets the playback position to the beginning of the region, track, or marker.

Looping Playback

You can loop (or cycle) a section of your project so that it plays back repeatedly. This can be useful when editing a part of the project where you want to hear the results of your edits in real time. You can loop playback between two points by defining a cycle area in either time ruler, and pressing Play or the Space bar.

To define a cycle area
  • In either time ruler, drag from the desired loop start position to the point where you want looping to end.

    Drag either of the cycle area handles to resize an existing cycle area.

    You can also grab the center of the cycle area to move it, without changing the cycle length.

To remove the cycle area
  • Click anywhere outside the current cycle area in the time ruler. Note that this will move the position line to the clicked point.