Snap Grid

In the Project window, and in some of the editors, you can have events, parts, and ranges snap to the grid.

The grid is based on the following settings:

  • Primary time format

    You can set the primary time format on the Transport panel.

  • Snap Type

    You can select the Snap Type on the Project window toolbar.

  • Grid Type

    You can select the Grid Type on the Project window toolbar.

The Snap Type pop-up menu allows you to determine if the events snap to the grid, to other events, or to the cursor.


If you want your events to snap to the grid while you are editing, select one of the grid-related snap types, Grid or Grid Relative.

If you selected one of the grid-related snap types, the Grid Type pop-up menu on the Project window toolbar defines what the events snap to. The values that are shown depend on the primary time format:

  • If you select Bars+Beats as a primary time format, you can select Bar or Beat as the Grid Type to snap your events to bars or beats. If you activate Use Quantize as the Grid Type, your events snap to the value that you set up in the Quantize Presets pop-up menu. If you activate Adapt to Zoom as the Grid Type, snapping depends on the zoom level.

  • You can select Seconds, Timecode, or Samples as a primary time format to have your events snap to time positions.

You can also set up a different grid in the following editors:

  • Key Editor

  • Drum Editor

  • Audio Part Editor

  • Sample Editor


In the Project window and in the editors, the grid is represented by vertical grid lines in the event display. You can change the overlay intensity of the displayed grid lines by raising the Grid Overlay Intensity in the Preferences dialog (Event Display page).