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Timeline Panel

Cantabile's Timeline Panel provides a detailed view of the contents of audio and MIDI files and can be used to set play ranges and loop modes.

Timeline Panel

Showing and Hiding the Timeline Panel

To show the onscreen keyboard:

To hide the timeline panel:

To leave the timeline visible, but move focus back to main panel press Escape.

Multiple Media Players

The timeline panel shows the contents of the selected file in the most recently activated media player. If you have multiple media players in a song you can select which file is shown in the timeline panel by selecting the associated media player.


The timeline panel consists of the following elements:

Setting a Play Range

You can set the play range by either:

Saving and Recalling Named Play Ranges

Sometimes you might like to save a play range for later recall. To create a saved play range:

  1. Set the range you want to save.
  2. Press Shift+R, or choose Save Play Range from the Timeline menu.
  3. Enter a name for the range and press OK.

To recall a previously saved range choose it from the play range drop down. You can open this drop down by clicking on it, or pressing the R key.

Named Play Range Selector

Each named play range stores the left and right markers, the view zoom/scroll position and the current loop mode setting.

Setting the Loop Mode

By default playback stops when the end of the play range (or the end of the file) is reached. You can loop playback either indefinitely or a preset number of time using the loop menu:

Loop Mode Selector

Zooming and Scrolling

The timeline can be zoomed the following ways:

To scroll the timeline:

Time Format

The displayed position indicator and the timeline axis can be configured to display either musical time (beats and bars/measures) or real-time (minutes and seconds).

To switch format, choose from the timeline panel menu. The selected format is stored with the selected media file so different files can be displayed using different formats.

Normal, Fine and Coarse Cursor Movement

The cursor and left/right markers can be moved in one of three different granularities. Select the associated indicator by clicking its handle and use the following keys:

Cursor Snapping

When using the mouse to select or drag positions in the timeline it can be configured to snap to aligned boundaries such as seconds, or beats or measures (depending on the current time format).

Snapping can be enabled and disabled in the timeline menu and the operation can be inverted at any time by holding the Shift key while moving the mouse.

Custom Key Bindings

Many of the shortcut keys for working with the timeline can be customized in Options -> Hot Keys.

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