Step Input

Step input, or step recording, allows you to enter note events or chords one at a time without worrying about the exact timing. This is useful, for example, when you know the part that you want to record but are not able to play it exactly as you want it.


  1. On the toolbar, activate Step Input .
  2. Use the note buttons to the right to determine which properties are included when you insert the note events.

    For example, you can include the velocity and/or note-off velocity of the played notes. You can also deactivate the pitch property, in which case all notes get a pitch C3, no matter what you play.

  3. Click anywhere in the note display to set the start position of the first note event or chord.

    The step input position is shown as a vertical line in the note display.

  4. Specify the note event spacing and length with the Quantize and Length Quantize pop-up menus.

    The note events that you insert are positioned according to the Quantize value and have the length of the Length Quantize value.


    If Length Quantize is set to Quantize Link, the note length is also determined by the Quantize value.

  5. Play the first note event or chord on your MIDI instrument.

    The note event or chord appears in the editor and the step input position advances by one quantize value step.


    If Move Insert Mode is activated, all note events to the right of the step input position are moved to make room for the inserted note event or chord.

  6. Continue in the same way with the rest of the note events or chords.

    You can adjust the Quantize or Length Quantize values, to change the timing or note event lengths. You can also move the step input position manually by clicking anywhere in the note display.

    To insert a rest, press the Right Arrow key. This advances the step input position by one step.

  7. When you are done, click Step Input again to deactivate step input.