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Chapter 6. Entering MIDI Manually > Deleting and Muting Notes

Deleting and Muting Notes

Most of the time, Drumstick is the easiest tool to use to delete notes in the Drum editor. The whole point of the Drumstick tool is that it lets you toggle notes on and off in a grid, and clicking a note is the easiest way to delete it. One of the best uses of the Drum editor, though, is to set a project to loop over the length of the part currently in the editor and then to build up a part by clicking the Drum editor grid. It can be very helpful in such a situation to selectively mute notes, just to see how the pattern sounds without them, without deleting the notes completely.

To mute notes in the Drum editor

1.
In the Note display, open the contextual menu and select the Mute tool (Figure 6.58), or select the tool from the toolbar.

Figure 6.58. Selecting the Mute tool in the contextual menu.


2.
Click the note you want to mute.

Muted notes turn white (Figure 6.59) to indicate that they will not sound.

Figure 6.59. The white notes have been muted with the Mute tool. They will unmute and turn back to a color if they are clicked again with the Mute tool.


3.
To unmute a note, simply click it again with the Mute tool.


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