You can view as many tracks as you want in the Piano Roll view. The Track pane lists all tracks in the project, and lets you specify which tracks are visible, which tracks show data, and which tracks can be edited. You can also control basic Mute, Solo, and Arm for Recording functions.To show or hide the Track pane, click the Piano Roll view View menu and choose Show/Hide Track Pane.If you want to edit the data in a track, you must make the track you want to edit the current track. The name of the current track appears highlighted in the Track pane.Figure 9430. Track pane.A. Auto Focus B. Auto Lock C. Focused track D. Track filter E. Expand/collapse F. Custom track color G. Enable/disable track from editing H. Track icon I. Track name J. Mute K. Solo L. Arm for recording M. Output N. Add/remove track from filter
Tip: If you do not want to see audio tracks in the Piano Roll view, click the Piano Roll view View menu and clear the Show Audio Tracks option.To show/hide the Track pane in the Piano Roll view, do one of the following:
Click the Expand/Collapse button in the Piano Roll view.
Click the Piano Roll view View menu and select Show/Hide Track Pane.Drag the Track pane’s sidebar left/right. Controls will dynamically show/hide as you resize the Track pane.
Tip: You can right-click the Expand/Collapse button to cycle through different sizes.A. Auto Focus B. Auto Lock C. Track Filter D. Expand/collapse
Auto Focus. When enabled, you can click events in the Piano Roll view to automatically change the track focus. Tip: Disable Auto Focus and Auto Lock if you want to copy events from other tracks and paste into the focused track.
Right-click the Filter button to access the following menu commands:
New. Save the current track filter assignments as a preset. Track filter presets are saved per project.
Save. Save changes to the current track filter preset.
Rename. Rename the current track filter preset.
Delete. Delete the current track filter preset.
Add All Tracks. Add all tracks to the filter.
Remove All Tracks. Remove all tracks from the filter (and disable the filter, if active).
Default. The default filter when the track filter is disabled.
<List of filter presets>. List of the current project’s track filter presets.
Expand/Collapse Track pane. Show or hide the Track pane. Right-click to cycle through different sizes.A. Custom track color B. Select track for editing C. Track icon D. Track name E. Mute F. Solo G. Arm for recording H. Output I. Add track to filter
Select track for editing. Tracks that can be edited show a highlighted draw icon , and the focused track name is highlighted. When Auto Lock mode is enabled, tracks that are locked show a lock icon .
Track name. The track’s name. Click a track’s name to give it focus for editing.
Mute. Mute/unmute the track.
Solo. Solo/unsolo the track.
Arm for recording. Arm/disarm the track for recording.
Output. The track’s MIDI output or instrument assignment.
Add to track filter. Adds the track to the track filter. Tracks that have been added to the track filter show a white filter icon . When you enable the Filter button, only tracks that have been added to the filter will be listed in the Track pane. To remove a track from the filter, click the filter icon again. For details, see Filter mode.Figure 9431. Track button states.A. Track editing disabled B. Track editing enabled C. Track auto locked D. Focused track E. Track not added to filter F. Track added to filterFigure 9432. Default mode (Auto Lock is disabled).A. Events in all selected tracks are visible, but only the focused track can be editedBy default, the Piano Roll view only shows events in the focused track, and only the focused track can be edited. The focused track name is highlighted.To switch track focus, do one of the following:
The default mode allows you to quickly focus the Piano Roll view to only a single track and automatically hide events from all other tracks. This mode works independently or in conjunction with the Filter mode.To enable the default mode, make sure the Auto Lock button is disabled.If you want to show events from multiple tracks simultaneously, you must select the desired tracks in the Track pane.
To select a range of adjacent tracks. Do one of the following:
A. Click in this column to select tracks in the Track pane
To select discontiguous tracks. Hold down the CTRL key and click the tracks you want to select. Holding down the CTRL key while you click also lets you toggle the selection status of a track.
To select all tracks. Double-click any track’s Select track for editing button .
To clear the current selection. Click any track’s Select track for editing button .The global tools operate on the track that has focus. The focused track name is highlighted. There are several ways to change track focus:
The Filter mode lets you manage which tracks are listed in the Track pane. This is useful when working on projects that contain many tracks. You can even create per-project filter presets that let you quickly show different combinations of tracks.To enable/disable Filter mode, make sure at least one track has been added to the filter, then click the Filter button.Figure 9433. Filter mode.A. Add track to filter B. The Track pane only shows tracks that have been added to the active filter
To add a track to the filter. Click the track’s Add track to filter button until it shows a white filter icon . To remove a track from the filter, click the filter icon again. When you enable the Filter button in the Track pane header, only tracks that have been added to the filter will be visible.
To open the Filter menu. Do one of the following:
Right-click the Filter button.
Click the Filter button and keep the mouse button pressed for a brief moment.
To save the current filter assignments as a new preset. Right-click the Filter button and select New on the pop-up menu.
To save changes to the current filter. Right-click the Filter button and select Save on the pop-up menu.
To select a track filter preset. Right-click the Filter button and select the desired preset on the pop-up menu.
To delete the selected track filter preset. Right-click the Filter button and select Delete on the pop-up menu.
To rename the selected track filter preset. Right-click the Filter button and select Rename on the pop-up menu.
To add all tracks to the filter. Right-click the Filter button and select Add All Tracks on the pop-up menu.
To remove all tracks from the filter (and disable the filter, if active). Right-click the Filter button and select Remove All Tracks on the pop-up menu.
To add the selected tracks to the current track filter. Select the tracks you want to add to the current track filter, then right-click any track number and select Add Selected Tracks to Filter on the pop-up menu:
To create a new filter from the current track selection. Select the tracks you want to save as a new track filter, then right-click any track number and select New Filter From Selection on the pop-up menu:
Note: You can choose to automatically show only tracks that are selected at the time you open the Piano Roll view. To do so, click the Piano Roll view View menu and select Filter to Selection On Open. When enabled, Cakewalk will automatically apply the track filter when you open the Piano Roll view.Auto Lock mode lets you concentrate on the focused track without worrying about accidentally modifying data on other tracks.When Auto Lock mode is enabled, events from all selected tracks are displayed, but only the focused track can be edited. All other tracks are automatically locked and show ghosted events.To enable/disable Auto Lock mode, select two or more tracks in the Track pane, then click the Auto Lock button.Figure 9434. Auto Lock mode enabled.Figure 9435. Auto Lock mode disabled.
Note: The Auto Lock button can only be enabled and disabled when multiple tracks are selected in the Track pane.
Tip: When Auto Lock is disabled and using the Smart tool to lasso select notes, you can temporarily limit selection to the active track only. This prevents unintended selection of notes in other tracks. To do so, hold down the SHIFT key while dragging with the right mouse button. Only notes in the active track will be selected.
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