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Chapter 6. Entering MIDI Manually > Using the Mouse Time Value Display

Using the Mouse Time Value Display

As mentioned previously, one way to see what note you're entering is to look at the highlight on the Key editor's keyboard. However, the Mouse Time Value display (formerly known as the Mouse Pointer display) at the top of the Key editor window gives you even more feedback. This display shows the current position of the mouse pointer, with the position constantly updated as you move the mouse around the Note display. It also shows the note that will be entered and the song position where the note will be entered. The song position is shown in bars.beats.ticks, so 4.3.1 means bar 4, beat 3, tick 1. This notation makes it easy to place a note precisely, even without looking at the Note display. For example, assume that you want to enter an F# at the second beat of bar 2. Here's how.

To enter a note using the Mouse Time Value display

1.
Select the Draw tool and move it over the Note display.

2.
Watch the Mouse Time Value display as you move the cursor to the location where you want to enter the note (Figure 6.16).

Figure 6.16. This is the location and pitch we want: F# at the first tick of beat 2 of measure 2.


3.
Click at that location, and the note will be entered at precisely the point you wish (Figure 6.17).

Figure 6.17. Clicking the Note display adds the C at beat 4 of measure 5, as shown in the Mouse Time Value display.



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