Easier Cakewalk Editing with the Scroll Lock Key

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  1. DFreqTIP - Easier Cakewalk Editing with the Scroll Lock Key

    Copyright 2003 by Scott R. Garrigus. Reprinted with permission.

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    One of the nicest things about using a sequencer (like those
    available from Cakewalk - Sonar, Home Studio, etc) is how easy it is
    to do editing tasks on specific parts of your music while you listen
    to it. The best way I've found to do this is to loop a section of a
    song over and over while making changes. This is accomplished by
    doing the following:

    1) Drag your mouse in the Time Ruler of one of the Views (such as
    the Track or Piano Roll view) to select a certain section of your
    2) Click the Set Loop To Selection button in the Loop toolbar. This
    will automatically set your software to loop this section of your
    3) Press the Spacebar on your computer keyboard to start playback.
    4) Use the zoom tools to zoom in on the section of the selection you
    want to edit.
    5) Now you can do precise note editing with the Piano Roll view or
    audio editing with the Track view, etc.

    As you start to edit, however, you'll notice something annoying. If
    your selection is more than a few measures long, the Cakewalk
    software will scroll the screen as it plays through the loop. This
    makes it very difficult to do any editing.

    As your Cakewalk software plays through the looped selection, press
    the Scroll Lock key on your computer keyboard when the section you
    want to edit is displayed. The Cakewalk software will continue to
    play, but it won't scroll the display. Now you can easily edit your
    data while your looped selection continues to play. This allows you
    to instantly here your changes. Isn't that great? To start the
    display scrolling again, just press the Scroll Lock key a second
    time. Happy real-time editing with Cakewalk!

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    and SONAR 2 Power! books; Publisher of DigiFreq. Win a free copy of
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