Use the Explorer close-up tool to experiment and interact with passages of music.
For a list of keyboard shortcuts for using the Explorer close-up, go to Accessibility information.
Listening to the music
The music is represented visually as a waveform. Click anywhere on this waveform to move the play cursor.
Click the play button to listen to the music
The navigation window shows you the whole piece of music. Move the small yellow box to change your current view position along the timeline.
The time indicator shows the start and end times of the piece in minutes and seconds.
Use the volume controls to make the music louder or softer.
The zoom buttons control how much of the music you can see in the main waveform view.
Hide or show the barlines.
Accessing the different instruments and voices
Click ‘Focus on part’ to hear just that part when you press play. The other parts become darker to indicate that they are not in focus. You can use this feature to listen to what each instrument or voice is doing on its own.
This allows you to listen to the full ensemble.
Mute any part to focus on the remaining parts. Use the mute button to cut out parts of the texture to hear what other parts are doing.
Changing the music
You can use the Explorer close-up to change the music by moving bars around in time, onto different tracks, duplicating or deleting them.
Click on any bar to select that bar. A white box appears around the selected bar. Click again to de-select the bar.
Hold down the shift key and click to select multiple bars. You can select any number of bars from the parts currently in view.
This will copy your selected bar(s) to the clipboard.
Displays the clipboard, with the list of your clips.
The list of clips displays the name of the clip, which piece of music it comes from and which instruments are playing.
The default name for clips in the clipboard is ‘Clip…’. You can rename a clip by clicking on the name and typing the new name.
Plays the current selected clip.
Deletes the current selected clip from the clipboard
Copies the current selected clip to the Composer. You can also drag clips from the clipboard to the Composer
You cannot copy clips into the Explorer close-up. If you are in Explorer mode, close the clipboard and switch to Composer mode to use your clips.
Use the Hand tool to move the selected bar(s). The Hand tool picks up the selected bar(s) and allows you to move it in time or to another track. Click outside the selected bar(s) to drop them in place.
You can use the Hand tool in the Composer and the Explorer close-up.
Creates a copy of the selected bar(s). Duplicate works in the same way as the Hand tool but moves a copy of the original bar(s).
Delete the current bar(s).