Tempo editor

The Tempo editor allows you to view, input, and edit tempo changes. It displays both tempo marks input in Write mode and tempo changes input in the Tempo editor. It is located in the Key Editor in the lower zone.

You can show the Tempo editor in any of the following ways:

  • Add an editor to the Key Editor, then select Tempo from the editor menu.

  • When the Key Editor is unlocked, select either a tempo mark or the Tempo track in Play mode.


    This shows the Tempo editor as the primary editor. To return to showing the piano roll/percussion editor and/or other editors in the Key Editor, you must select a note/item belonging to an instrument in the music area.

Tempo editor with elements labelled

The Tempo editor comprises the following:

  1. Editor header

    Contains the following options:

    • Editor menu: Allows you to change the MIDI controller or editor type shown in the editor. MIDI controllers into which you have already input points appear in the first menu level.

    • Range max. value field: Allows you to set the maximum metronome mark value in the editor.

    • Tempo value field: Displays the metronome mark value of the earliest selected tempo point, without decimal places. You can change this value in the value field, or click and drag the point upwards/downwards in the editor.

  2. Splitter

    Allows you to change the height of the editor by clicking and dragging. If multiple editors are open, this affects the height of the editors either side of the splitter.

  3. Value read-out

    Displays the value of the current mouse pointer position in the editor.

  4. Tempo point

    An immediate change in tempo, input either in Write mode or using the Draw tool in the Tempo editor. Absolute tempo changes comprise a single constant point.


    Clicking and dragging in the Tempo editor causes a read-out to appear temporarily, showing the metronome mark value of the mouse pointer position.

  5. Tempo mark text

    Shows the text of tempo marks input in Write mode; that is, tempo points that correspond to notation items.

  6. Tempo region

    A highlighted region with a linear point at the start and a constant point at the end, input by clicking and dragging in a single motion in the Tempo editor with the Line tool.

    Tempo regions can also represent gradual tempo changes input in Write mode, such as rallentando.

Tempo points input in the Tempo editor appear as signposts in the music. Signposts are not printed by default, so if you want tempo points to appear in layouts as tempo marks, we recommend that you show them.

All tempo points input in the Tempo editor are included when exporting MIDI files.