The following Snap options are used to change the way you arrange and edit elements of the Sequence (i.e. Patterns, Notes and Automation Points) all along the horizontal axis.





When enabled, the Snap function forces elements of the Sequence to stick to the current grid when:

  • You create them with the Pen tool.
  • You move, resize and duplicate them with the Arrow Tool.


The Snap function also affects the way you interact with the Playhead, Loop and Caret as well as the way you import Audio / MIDI files.



Relative mode


When moving, resizing and duplicating elements of the Sequence with the Arrow tool, the Relative mode will keep their relative distance to the grid.


It is only relevant if Snap if enabled.


If the Relative mode is disabled while you're editing elements not snapped to the current grid, you'll see the mouse pointer turn into a red magnet, meaning that your action will override the element's relative distance to the grid.



Snap value


The Snap value can be set to either Adaptive mode or to a Fixed value (e.g. 1/4 note).


In Adaptive mode, the grid automatically adapts itself to the current zoom level.


When Snap is set to a Fixed value, the grid keeps the same spacing between vertical lines regardless of the current zoom level.


When looking at a Pattern in Edit mode, you can see how the Snap value affects the spacing between the grid's vertical lines.


The Snap value is also used for quantizing.






Read also:

How to change Snap

How to ignore Snap

How to zoom horizontally


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