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Dialog box referencePreferences dialog ► Customization - Display

Figure 501. The Display section
The Display section lets you configure X-ray and other display settings.
The Display section contains the following settings:
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Show Tooltips. Checking this option causes SONAR to show tooltips. Tooltips are small text names or explanations that appear when you hold the mouse over a tool.
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Show MIDI Activity on Windows Taskbar. Check this option to display the MIDI Input/Output Activity icon on the Windows taskbar.
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Display All Times as SMPTE. This option, when checked, forces all time displays to appear in SMPTE time regardless of the setting you have in the Time Ruler.
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Display Left on Top for MIDI Pan Envelopes. When checked, left is at the top of a clip for MIDI pan envelopes.
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Display Envelopes on a Percentage Scale. This option, when checked, causes new envelopes to be placed in the clip based on a range where 0 dB is in the middle of the clip. If the current volume is other than 0 dB, a new envelope is created at that location. For example a new envelope created at 6 dB would appear at the very top of the clip where a new envelope created at -20 dB would appear near the bottom of the clip.
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Display Waveform Preview While Recording. This option (on by default), when checked, causes SONAR to draw a preview waveform of any audio data that you record while you are recording it. If you turn this option off, SONAR creates a red swath in the Clips pane in the area you are recording, while you are recording.
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Display Clip Fade Attenuation. This option causes waveforms to respond to clip fades.
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Enable X-Ray. Enable this check box to turn on the X-Ray Windows feature, which allows you to see through plug-in windows and certain view windows to work in the window behind the current window. You use the X-Ray Windows feature by pressing a hotkey while the mouse is over an X-Rayable window.
In addition to choosing hotkeys (Edit > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts), you can set these X-Ray Windows options:
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Opacity. Choose how transparent you want the X-Rayed window to become when it is X-Rayed.
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Fade Out Time (Milliseconds). Choose how fast you want the X-Rayed window to reach its maximum transparency.
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Fade In Time (Milliseconds). Choose how fast you want the X-Rayed window to restore its normal state.
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Base Octave for Pitches. There is no industry standard for numbering octaves. By default, SONAR calls MIDI note 0 (the lowest possible note) C0. The Yamaha FB-01, for example, shows MIDI note 0 as C-2 (C negative 2). To match SONAR to that standard, set Base Octave to 2.

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