Samplitude Academy – Techniques for working in the project window part 2


Techniques for working in the project window part 2:
Menu structures and shortcuts

In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to customize menus and keyboard shortcuts in Samplitude.
You can change shortcuts for menu functions by going to File > Program settings > Shortcuts.


You might also find it useful to set hotkeys for to the functions you use most often in order to enable quick access.

Tip: You can hide menus you don’t really use.

When you close Samplitude the shortcut and menu settings will be saved automatically, so you can continue using them when you next open the program.

The main window in the dialog displays the Samplitude menu. Here you can select which menu item you want to create a new shortcut for and decide if the menu item should appear in the main menu

Displaying and searching for menu items

The menu is displayed in tree form, submenus can be opened by clicking on the “+” symbol. You can search for a specific menu item by entering a keyword in the search box in the upper menu bar and then clicking on the binoculars.


Showing and hiding menu items

First select the menu item you want to hide. The “Hide menu” button removes the menu item from the list. This menu item will appear grayed-out in the dialog’s menu tree.


If you do hide a menu item you won’t be able to use shortcut to select it. You can reactivate hidden menu items using “Show menu“. “Restore default” resets the menu item to its default setting and makes the command visible again.


Creating shortcuts

Step 1: Click on the menu item you want to create a shortcut for.


Step 2: Now click on the search box below the “Shortcut” bar and enter the shortcut you want to use.

You can combine keys using modifiers (Shift, Alt, Ctrl)


Step 3: Activate the new keyboard shortcut by clicking on the “Assign” button. If one of the shortcuts you choose is already assigned to another command a dialog will appear which allows you to re-assign the shortcut or to choose a new one.

Deleting a shortcut

Click on the “Delete” button to remove the selected shortcut.


Loading and saving

Save your custom shortcut and menu settings by clicking on the “Save” icon. You can load previously saved dialog settings by clicking on the “Load” icon.



MIDI Editor/Special Keys/Mouse Wheel/Mouse


MIDI Editor Shortcuts” finds or assigns new keyboard shortcuts for editing MIDI events.

Special Keys” redefines the keys for temporarily changing mouse and object modes. This allows you to quickly switch to different mouse modes, to temporarily activate the “Link objects” mode, or to temporarily switch to the “Write automation” mode.

Mouse” defines some special options for the keyboard and the mouse to achieve compatibility with older versions.

Mouse wheel” allows you to define the mouse wheel behavior for zooming and scrolling in the virtual project. Define which modifier (“Alt”, “Ctrl”, “Shift”) triggers which action in combination with the mouse wheel.

Note: Pressing the key combination “Alt + Shift” might cause Windows to switch keyboard languages. In order to avoid this simply deactivate the keyboard shortcut used to switch input settings. To do so open the Control Panel and click on the “Clock, Language, and Region” icon, then click on the “Change keyboards or other input methods” tab and finally on the “Change keyboards” button to access the settings. In the “Advanced Key Settings” tab click on “Change Key Sequence” . Set the “Switch Input Language” and “Switch Keyboard Layout” options to “Not Assigned”, this will prevent you from accidentally changing the input settings.


We hope you have fun using shortcuts.

The Samplitude Team

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