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Control Bar overview ► Transport module

A. Rewind B. Stop C. Play D. Pause E. Fast Forward F. Record G. Dropout indicator H. Current Now time (this space is also used for progress bars and “Waiting for sync” messages) I. Return to zero (RTZ) J. Position K. Jump to project end L. Audio Engine on/off M. Reset/Panic N. Sample rate and bit depth O. Tempo P. Meter Q. Metronome during record R. Metronome during playback S. Click to open metronome settings
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Rewind . Gradually rewind the project.
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Stop . Stop playback.
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Play . Start/stop playback.
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Pause . Pause/resume playback.
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Fast Forward . Gradually fast forward the project.
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Record . Start recording (requires at least one track to be armed for recording). Right-click to access global record options. Click and keep the mouse button pressed for a brief moment to choose the desired record mode. The Record button indicates the current record mode (for details, see Recording modes):
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Comping . When recording, previously recorded material on the track is not heard. When a recording is done, the newly recorded material is heard and all other takes are time-muted for the duration of the new material.
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Overwrite . The new material replaces (overwrites) any existing material. This means that portions of existing clips may be “wiped clean” to make room for newly recorded material. While recording, you will not be able to hear material from existing clips.
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Sound on Sound . The new material is merged with any existing material. This means that any existing clips on the track are left unchanged and all newly recorded material is stored in new clips. While recording, you will be able to hear material from existing clips.
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Step Record . Open the Step Record window. For details, see Step recording.
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RTZ . Rewind to the start of the project.
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Progress Bar . Current position in the project. Drag to skip around in the project.
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Go to End . Skip to the end of the project.
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Time Display. The time display section shows useful information about the current project, including the Now time, sample rate and bit depth, tempo and meter. The following information is shown:
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Current Now Time. The Now time shows your current location in the project. For details, see The Now time and how to use it. Click the time display to toggle between the following time formats:
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MBT. Display time as Measure:Beat:Tick.
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HMSF. Display time as Hour:Minute:Second:Frame. This format is also referred to as SMPTE time.
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Milliseconds. Display time in milliseconds.
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Samples. Display time in samples.
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Dropout Indicator . Appears whenever your project requires more resources than your CPU, main memory, and disk can supply. For details, see Dropouts and other audio problems.
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Audio Engine on/off . Enable/disable the audio engine. The Audio Engine button lights up if the audio engine stops running. To restart the audio engine, click the Audio Engine button.
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Reset / Panic (Reset MIDI and Audio) . Reset any stuck MIDI notes. The Reset button flashes if a MIDI note is stuck.
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Sample Rate / Bit Depth. The project’s sample rate and recording bit depth.
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Current Tempo. The current tempo at the Now time. Double-click to change the current tempo.
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Current Meter. The number of beats per measure and the note value of each beat at the current Now time. Click to change the meter. For details, see Setting the Meter and Key signatures.
A. Now time B. Progress bar C. “Waiting for sync” message
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Metronome Record on/off . Enable/disable the metronome during recording. Right-click to access Metronome settings.
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Metronome Playback on/off . Enable/disable the metronome during playback. Right-click to access Metronome settings.
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Metronome settings . Click the metronome icon to open the metronome preferences.
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