Playback Sync, Snap To, and Play From parameters

The Sync, Snap To, and Play From pop-up menus control various aspects of playback and synchronization of the audio file.

Sync, Snap To, and Play From parameters

  • Sync pop-up menu: Controls whether playback is synchronized with the concert tempo. When Sync is off, the audio file plays at its recorded tempo. When Sync is on, the file plays at the current tempo of the concert.

    Note: Only audio files that contain tempo information will play back at the MainStage concert tempo when Sync is active. If the file contains no tempo information, the Sync parameter is disabled.

  • Snap To pop-up menu: Sets the value to which transport functions—including Play, Return to Start, Previous Marker, and Next Marker—snap. The active transport function is delayed until the next bar, beat, or marker is reached, depending on the current Snap To setting. The Snap To setting always reflects the concert tempo and time signature, regardless of the Sync setting.

    • Off: Transport functions occur immediately, without waiting.

    • Beat: Transport functions occur at the start of the next beat.

    • Bar: Transport functions occur at the start of the next bar.

    • Wait for Marker: Transport functions occur when the next marker is reached.

  • Play From pop-up menu: Determines the position from which playback starts.

    • Current Position: Playback starts from the current playhead position in the audio file. This can be especially useful when you are setting up Playback instances in Edit mode.

    • Start: Playback starts from the beginning of the audio file.

    • Current Marker: Playback starts from the start of the current marker (the marker to the left of the current position) in the audio file.

    • Relative Position: Playback is synced to the MainStage clock, so stopping and starting playback follows the MainStage clock position. Using Relative Position is similar to using a mute button.