Scrubbing Audio Files

Scrubbing an audio file lets you hear the audio at the playhead position as you drag the playhead so you can quickly find a particular sound or event in the audio file. The Soundtrack Pro Scrub tool provides detailed scrubbing that realistically approximates the “rock-the-reels” scrubbing on analog tape decks.

To scrub an audio file with the Scrub tool
  1. In the Timeline or the File Editor, click the Scrub tool (or press H).

    Figure. Timeline editing tools showing Scrub tool selected.
  2. Drag the Scrub tool left or right across a clip in the Timeline or across the File Editor.

    Figure. File Editor window showing Scrub tool in use.

When you use the Scrub tool in the multitrack Timeline, you can only scrub one clip at a time. To scrub multiple tracks at once, scrub with the playhead.

To scrub an audio file with the playhead
  1. Press and hold the triangular part of the playhead.

  2. Drag left or right at the speed you want to scrub the audio file.

Scrubbing is useful to help identify the part of an audio file that you want to edit. While you are scrubbing an audio file, you can also select the part of the file that you want to edit.

To make a selection while scrubbing with the playhead
  • As you move the playhead with the mouse, hold down the Shift key.

    For projects containing a video file, dragging to create a selection scrubs the video at the selection point.

    Figure. File Editor showing an area selected with the Scrub tool.
To scrub using keyboard shortcuts
  • As you move the playhead using a keyboard shortcut, hold down the Shift key.

    For projects containing a video file, using keyboard shortcuts to create a selection scrubs the video at the selection point.