When you insert an audio file in the Multitrack Editor, the file becomes a clip on the selected track. You can easily move clips to different tracks or timeline positions. You can also edit clips nondestructively, trimming their start and end points, crossfading them with other clips, and more.
To arrange clips in the Editor panel, you use the Move or Time Selection tools.
- To move selected clips, select the Move tool in the toolbar, and then drag the clips. Or choose Clip > Nudge Right or Nudge Left to move clips one pixel at a time. (If you zoom in to see individual samples, nudging moves clips one sample at a time.)
To move clips with the Time Selection tool , right‑click and drag (similar to the Hybrid tool technique in previous versions). You can also drag the clip header with any tool.
Snapping lets you quickly align clips with other clips. If snapping is enabled, both dragged clips and the current‑time indicator snap to selected items. While you drag a clip, a white line appears in the Editor panel when snapping points meet.
For more information, see Snap to loop beats and Snap to markers, rulers, frames, and zero crossings.
When clips overlap each other without crossfading, only the top-most clip plays.
You can change the order of the clips using any one of the following
• Select the Bring Clip to Front or Send Clip to Back command from the clip section of the main menu to rearrange the selected clip.
• Select the Bring Clip to Front or Send Clip to Back command from the clip context menu to rearrange the clip. In case a clip overlaps other clips, the clips are listed in the Bring Clip to Front sub-menu where they are sorted by their start time to bring the hidden clips to the front.
You can create two types of copied audio clips: reference copies that share source files and unique copies that have independent source files. The type of copy you choose depends upon the amount of available disk space and the nature of destructive editing you plan to perform in the Waveform Editor.
Reference copies consume no additional disk space, letting you simultaneously edit all instances by editing the original source file. (For example, you can add the Flanger effect to a source file in the Waveform Editor and automatically apply the effect to all 30 referenced copies in a session.)
Unique copies have a separate audio file on disk, allowing for separate editing of each version in the Waveform Editor. (For example, you can add destructive effects to the version in an introduction while leaving the version in a verse dry.)
To quickly copy a reference, press Ctrl + C (Windows) or Cmd + C (Mac OS). Alternatively, Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) the clip header.
You can trim or extend audio clips to suit the needs of a mix. Because the Multitrack Editor is nondestructive, clip edits are impermanent; you can return to the original, unedited clip at any time. If you want to permanently edit an audio clip, however, you can quickly open the source file in the Waveform Editor. (See Comparing the Waveform and Multitrack editors.)
- To remove the range and collapse the gap in the
timeline, choose Edit > Ripple Delete, and select one
of the following options:
Removes selected clips, shifting remaining clips on the same tracks.
Time Selection in Selected Clips
Removes the range from selected clips, splitting them if necessary.
Time Selection in All Tracks
Removes the range from all clips in the session.
Time Selection in Selected Track
Removes the range only from the currently highlighted track in the Editor panel.
- To remove the range and collapse the gap in the timeline, choose Edit > Ripple Delete, and select one of the following options:
Trim to time selection
If you want to use a portion of the clip, select the portion and choose Trim to time selection.
Trim start to playhead
Trim end to playhead
In the Properties panel, you can quickly change multiple settings for selected audio clips. Clip settings for gain and mute are independent from similar track controls.
To change the clip name, type in the text box at the top of the panel.
Click the swatch to customize. A swatch with a red slash indicates that the clip is using the default color for the current Appearance preset. (See Change interface colors, brightness, and performance.)
Lock in Time
Allows only up or down moves to other tracks, with a fixed timeline position. A lock icon appears on the clip.
Enables clip looping. For more information, see Looping clips.