Samplitude Academy – Techniques for working in the project window part 3


Techniques for working in the project window 3: Ranges


Ranges are selected sections of the arrangement that can be set for editing or re-opening later on. A typical application of ranges is to define playback sections for creating loopable sequences. Ranges can also be used for cutting edits to extract or copy the audio from the area and insert it somewhere else.

When creating ranges you are not bound to object borders, individual tracks or any other limitations like markers. Ranges that you search for are displayed inverted. You can set the step size of the selection by switching on the “Snap/Grid” function in the “Project options”.


Selecting a range

Step 1: To select a range, set the mouse mode to “Range Mode” or move the mouse pointer to the top half of an object and press the left mouse button.

Step 2: Move the mouse pointer within the object while holding down the mouse button. Now you can see an inverted rectangle between the starting point and the current mouse position. If you have activated the grid function, the range will automatically be adjusted to the set grid value.

You can also adjust the range start using the left and right arrow buttons. To adjust the range end you can use the arrow buttons while holding down the Shift key.

Step 3: Once you let go of the mouse button, the range will be selected.



The playback marker always automatically remains at the beginning of the range, even if you can’t currently see it.

Step 4: To expand the range onto other tracks, click on the top half of the selected object again and drag the mouse down vertically while holding down the mouse button.



You can also select a range by dragging the mouse across the grid bar. It will then be displayed in color.



Double-clicking this area of the grid bar selects a range in the selected track; double-clicking again selects the range over all tracks, and double-clicking once more restores the simple grid bar selection.

Click the range borders in the timeline to position the playback marker at the playback borders either at the beginning or end of the range.


It is important to note the following when doing this:

  • Playback can be started before or within the loop.
  • If you start playback behind a range, the loop button in the transport console will turn off.
  • Range ends can be adjusted during playback as well.
  • The current playback range can be deleted by dragging to size 0.
  • The current range can be deleted by double-clicking the grid bar outside of the range.
  • The range remains in Loop Mode even if the playback marker is repositioned
  • In Loop Mode the entire project is looped, even if you haven’t marked a range.




Note: In the general program settings (shortcut: “Y” > “Program” > “General”), if a checkmark is removed from “Playback marker independent of range”, the active range will be defined for the length of the recording or playback process. <Programmname> then stops playback or recording automatically at the end of the active range, provided the “Loop” function is active in the transport console.


Change range borders

You can change range borders by placing the mouse pointer on the edge of a range in the grid bar until it turns into a double arrow. Now you can reset the range borders by dragging in the horizontal direction.



If the existing range stretches over several tracks and you only want to adjust one border (start, end, upper or lower border), click in the range and hold down the mouse button. Now drag the mouse pointer in the direction you want to change. As soon as the edge of the existing range has been crossed, the range edge will follow the movements of the mouse pointer. After you have redefined the range, you can release the mouse button.

You can also adjust the range start using the left and right arrow buttons. To adjust the range end you can use the arrow buttons while holding down the Shift key.


Horizontal movement of a range

Click with the left mouse button while holding down the Shift key inside an existing range on the grid bar. Hold the mouse button down and move the range in the horizontal direction.



Leaving a range

To select a different range, click somewhere in the project other than the current range, and simply draw a new range.


Reactivating a range

To reactivate an earlier range, use the key combination “Shift- + Back arrow” (or “Edit” > “Range” > “Reactivate last range”). By executing on this command repeatedly you can restore the last five ranges.



Saving and opening ranges / Special range commands

Selected ranges can be saved and using “Edit” > “Range” > “Store Range” or with Alt + Function key F2-F10.

Ranges can be recalled using “Edit” > “Range” > “Get Range” or with Ctrl + F2-F10.

Note: Alt + F4 is excluded since it is a Windows shortcut for closing windows. Similarly “Alt + F9” should not be used either as it is used in Sequoia as a source destination edit command. However, you can redefine this keyboard shortcut whenever you like through “File” > “Program Preferences” > “Edit Keyboard Shortcuts and Menu”.

Using Alt + F11 you can save unlimited ranges and assign them names.

All saved ranges are displayed In the Range Manager where they can be numerically edited and recalled. The manager is found in the docker or can be opened through “Edit” > “Range” > “Range Manager…”.



Under “Edit” > “More” you will find an additional dialog window called the Range Editor which can be used for editing the range start, range length and range end.



Working with ranges: Examples

Move several neighboring objects together

Step 1: Instead of selecting each object separately while holding down the “Ctrl” key, you can select a range that contains all objects.

Step 2: Select the objects using the option “Object” > “Select Objects” > Select objects under playback marker/range” and move them in unison. You can do this faster and more efficiently by setting up a keyboard shortcut for this function.

Remove a section of a song from the project

If, for example, you want to remove a verse from a song, proceed as follows:

Step 1: Select the verse by dragging on the grid bar to create a range and activate all of the contained tracks with a double-click.

Step 2: Now select “Edit” > “Delete” > “Ripple delete” to remove the verse.


Have fun working with ranges in your next project!

Your Samplitude Team

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