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Chapter 13.  Editing MIDI  > Editing MIDI in the Piano Roll View

Editing MIDI in the Piano Roll View

Clips are a convenient way of organizing blocks of MIDI events, but if you need to edit MIDI right down to the note level, the Piano Roll view is your tool of choice. One look and you'll know why it's called Piano Roll—it looks and acts just like the big paper rolls that made old-fashioned player pianos work. Each note had a rectangle cut into the paper, and when the piano's mechanism encountered the beginning of a cutout it would press a key, then release the key at the end of the cutout. SONAR's Piano Roll shows Note On messages as the beginning of a rectangular "cutout" and Note Off messages as the end of the rectangle. A grid shows you where notes are vertically and where beats are horizontally. What could be easier?

Opening the Piano Roll View

As with most SONAR functions, there are several different ways to open the Piano Roll view. Which is the "best" way is up to you.


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