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You can edit notes in the Piano Roll view and the Inline Piano Roll view with the same methods. The Smart tool, Freehand tool and Select tool are useful for quick note editing. You can do the same edits with commands in the Process menu (Length, Slide, Transpose). If you want to edit multiple notes at the same time, first select them with the Select tool.
MIDI notes display their velocity value as a wide or narrow column. You can drag the column up or down to edit the note’s velocity. Holding the Smart tool over the middle of the note in the upper third of the note displays a small velocity column on the Smart tool to show that the tool is in the target zone.
A. Smart tool in velocity-edit mode B. Tooltip showing cursor position C. Velocity column
In the following figure, the tooltip lists the current location of the cursor, how far the selection has moved from its original location (1252 ticks to the right), the current pitch level and MIDI note number of the cursor (E8 100), how far from the note’s original pitch the cursor has moved (1 half-step higher), and how many notes are in the selection.
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Do one of the following:
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With the Edit tool , position the pointer near the top center of the note, then drag up/down.
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Do one of the following:
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With the Edit tool , position the pointer over the note’s start or end point, then drag left/right to adjust the start/end position.
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Do one of the following:
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Do one of the following:
A. Event-Muted (hollow; the note outline uses the Clip Mute color) B. Unmuted events (track color) C. Muted using the Mute tool on the clip (Clip Mute color)
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Do one of the following:
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Do one of the following:
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With the Smart tool , drag where you want to insert a new note.
Note: Use the Value control in the Tools module to specify the duration for new note events. You can also click an existing Note event to inherit its duration and apply it to new Note events. For details, see Use note duration value from last touched note.
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Do one of the following:
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With the Smart tool , hold down ALT+CTRL and drag across two or more notes of the same pitch (click on the first note, drag to the second note and release the mouse button).
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Do one of the following:
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With the Smart tool , hold down ALT+CTRL and drag to insert multiple notes. Use the Value control to specify the duration of each note, and use the Snap resolution to specify the interval between each note.
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With the Line tool , drag to insert multiple notes. Use the Value control to specify the duration of each note, and use the Snap resolution to specify the interval between each note.
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Do one of the following:
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Do one of the following:
This feature may be enabled (1) or disabled (0) in the [WinCake] section of the Cakewalk.ini file. For example:
By default, note events in the Piano Roll are colorized based on velocity. Darker shades of the basic track color indicate higher velocities. Lighter shades of the basic track color indicate lower velocities.
By default, lasso selecting the top of velocity lines in the Piano Roll's Note pane also automatically selects the corresponding note events. If you don't want velocity lines to affect note selection, you can change the behavior by adding a switch to the Windows registry.
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Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
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Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\X2.
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Add a new DWORD value called AllowLassoVelInNotesPane (click Edit > New > DWORD Value).
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Double-click the new AllowLassoVelInNotesPane DWORD event to open the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, then change the value to 0 (0=OFF; 1=ON).
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Click OK to close the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, then restart SONAR.
Note: If you are showing velocity lines in the Piano Roll Controller pane, you can still lasso select velocity lines to select the corresponding note events. The above registry setting only affects the Note pane in the Piano Roll and inline Piano Roll.

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