General Preferences

The General preferences include settings for program startup behavior and Timeline defaults and options for alerts, saving, fades, and handles.

Figure. General pane of Preferences Window.
Startup
  • Open: This set of buttons determines the default Soundtrack Pro behavior on startup.
    • Last Project: Reopens the last project on startup.
    • New Multitrack Project: Creates a new, blank multitrack project on startup. This is the default behavior.
    • New Audio File Project: Creates a new, blank audio file project on startup.
Timeline
  • Use ellipses (...) in clip names checkbox: When selected, clips in the Timeline with long names are center-truncated with an ellipsis. “Use ellipses (...) in clip names” is deselected by default.

    Note: Selecting “Use ellipses (...) in clip names” can impact the speed at which the screen is redrawn during playback.

  • Automation Recording Sensitivity slider: Drag to set the level of sensitivity with which onscreen and control surface movements are recorded. Setting the slider to High results in all movements being recorded.
Alerts and File Management
  • Scratch Location button and display: Click this button, then browse to the location of the disk or folder you want to use as the location for storing temporary files. The current location is shown in the Scratch Location display.
  • Edited Media Location button and display: Click this button, then browse to the location of the disk or folder you want to use as the location for edited media such as audio file projects. The current location is shown in the Edited Media Location display.
Replace with Independent Audio File Project
  • Handle Length value slider: Enter a handle length (in seconds) for files created by the Replace with Independent Audio File Project command. For more information, see Making an Independent Copy of a Clip.