How to ignore Snap

Practical problem

 

When creating, moving, resizing or looping a Pattern, you can create a MIDI Pattern by drawing it from head to tail. You can also move, resize or loop Patterns.

 

Likewise, when creating, moving or resizing elements of a MIDI Pattern, you can create Notes or Automation points inside a Pattern. You can also move both of them, and resize Notes.

 

But these actions can have limited accuracy when Snap is turned on and is not tailored for vertical divisions sharp enough.

 

Normally you would disable then re-enable Snap every time needed, but you may feel that doing this frequently slows down your workflow.

 

Yet, there is a better way to get rid of such annoyance!

 

 

 

General rule

 

Hold / ctrl during a mouse drag (i.e. while moving the mouse with its left button pressed) to disable Snap until you release pressure.

 

 

 

Application case 1: disabling Snap when creating a MIDI Pattern

 

  1. Leave your Snap unchanged.
  2. Hold / ctrl to toggle your secondary tool, which is the Pen tool by default. The arrow will then turn into a pencil).
  3. Now, move your mouse pointer over a MIDI track then press and hold the mouse left button.
  4. At this stage, you can safely release / ctrl without losing your pencil.
  5. After releasing pressure, hold / ctrl again to ignore Snap.
  6. Finally adjust length as desired and release the mouse button, then release / ctrl.

 

 

 

Application case 2: disabling Snap when resizing a MIDI Note

 

  1. Make sure Snap is enabled.
  2. Now, move your mouse pointer over the left/right border of the MIDI note, then press & hold the mouse left button.
  3. Hold / ctrl.
  4. Finally adjust length as desired and release the mouse button, then release / ctrl.

 

 

 

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