Toolbar Timing Grid Menu

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Toolbar Timing Grid Menu

The Timing Grid menu is the second-to-last item on the toolbar. This menu can be used to create, rename, and delete timing grids. You can also create timing grids in a Musical Sequence using the audio wizards. Use the Right-Click Timing Mark Sub-menu to manipulate timing marks within a timing grid.

 

From this menu you can:

Change Timing Grid Name

Add New Fixed Grid

Add New Freeform Grid

Duplicate to New Freeform Grid

Import Timings

Export Timings

Delete Timing Grid

Drag Events with Timings

 

 

The Toolbar's Timing Grid Menu

The Toolbar's Timing Grid Menu

 

 

Change Timing Grid Name

 

This menu item can be used to change the name of the current timing grid.  The main purpose of giving a timing grid a name is to make it easier to distinguish when it is listed on the toolbar.

 

 

Add New Fixed Grid

 

This menu item can be used to add a new fixed timing grid to the sequence.  After you select this item, you will be asked to specify the length of time between timings - for example, to make the timings a quarter second apart, enter "0.25".

 

NewFixedTimingGrid

 

 

Add New Freeform Grid

 

This menu item can be used to add a new freeform timing grid to the sequence.  After you select this item, you will be prompted to enter a name for the new timing grid.

 

NewFreeformTimingGrid

 

 

Duplicate to New Freeform Grid

 

This menu item can be used to create a new freeform timing grid, initially populating it with the same timings that are in the current timing grid.

 

Note that this can be done regardless of whether the current timing grid is a freeform grid or a fixed grid.

 

 

Import Timings

 

This menu item opens a dialog that allows you to import timing marks from several sources.

 

Timing grid import - source selection

Timing grid import - source selection

 

S5 Timing File

 

You can import an S5 timing file which has an LORTIME extension -- one created using Export Timings.

 

S5 Sequence

 

This option will import all freeform timing grids from the selected S5 sequence. This eliminates the need to first export the timings from the source sequence.

 

One difference between this option and the previous one is that when you export timings, you have the option to include beat channels. Using this option to import timings directly from a sequence does not include the beat channels.

 

LMS or LAS Sequence

 

You can import timings from an LMS or LAS file. Typically you would upgrade one of these sequences, which would bring in the timings and the effects; but this function is available if you just need the timing marks.

 

Audacity Label File

 

An Audacity label file. Audacity is a free audio editing and analysis program available from https://www.audacityteam.org/. It has the ability to analyze beats and notes in music. As an example:

 

1.Start the Audacity program

2.Open your music file in Audacity

3.Open the Analyze menu and choose a tool, for example "Bar and Beat Tracker: Bars". After the analysis is run, you should see a label track with some markers in it.

 

Audacity screen with timing labels at the bottom

Audacity screen with timing labels at the bottom

 

4.Select File > Export Labels from the Audacity menu. Choose a file name and location. The file extension will be TXT.

5.In the S5 Sequencer, select Import Timings from the toolbar's Timing Grid menu.

6.Select the "Import from Audacity label file" option

7.Select the timing grids to import, then click the "Import" button

 

TimingGridImportAudicity2

 

 

Export Timings

 

This menu item will open a dialog allowing you to choose the freeform timing grids and beat channels to be included in the export file. After choosing the items to include in the file, click the "Select File" button. Select a name for the file and click "Save". By default, these files will be saved to the ImportExport folder, but you can change the folder if desired. Files created by this method will have an LORTIME extension.

 

The Timing Export dialog

The Timing Export dialog

 

 

Delete Timing Grid

 

This menu item can be used to delete the current timing grid from the sequence. There must be at least one timing grid in a sequence, so this menu item will be unavailable if there is only one timing grid.

 

 

Drag Events with Timings

 

When a timing grid is unlocked, the timings in a sequence can be dragged with the mouse to change their location. If "Drag Events with Timings" is turned on, and any effects start or end at the same time as the timing mark being dragged, the edges of those adjacent effects will be dragged along with the timing mark. If not, only the timing mark will move, and the adjacent effects will remain unchanged.

 

Note that the effects of archived props are never moved with the timing mark.

 

 

Highlight Timings on the Second

 

If this option is enabled and a fixed timing grid is active, timing marks that fall on exact seconds (1.00, 2.00, etc) are displayed a shade lighter, making them easy to pick out and use as a reference.

 

This option affects all open sequences, and its state is remembered from the last time the Sequencer was run.