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A musical sequence is a sequence that is associated with a song (or video, or other audio file), allowing you to synchronize the song with lighting effects. This is as opposed to an animation sequence.
There are some other differences between animation sequences and musical sequences:
•Animation sequences can contain loops, which musical sequences cannot;
•Musical sequences can contain beat channels.
•Generally speaking, only one musical sequence can be played at a time (although there is an exception to this, noted below), whereas many animation sequences can be played simultaneously.
The exception to the rule that "only one musical sequence can be played at a time" is that musical sequences put into any section of a show other than the musical section are, effectively, treated as animation sequences. That is, their associated songs will not be played, and more than one of them can be played simultaneously.
You can convert a musical sequence to an animation sequence with the Sequence > Convert to Animation menu item.
In S5, animation sequences and musical sequences have the same file extension (LOREDIT). This is different from prior versions, where animation sequences had an LAS extension and musical sequences had an LMS extension.
The New Musical Sequence dialog