xLights can support multiple timing tracks on the sequencer, each with different frequencies of timing marks. By default, a timing track ‘New Timing’ is created for each sequence if you have not created one when creating a new sequence. Timing Tracks can be added via the File, Sequence Settings, Timing menu.
Clicking on the down arrow will provide a drop down list of timing intervals to select from to create a timing track. Other than the first three, the remaining are from the VAMP plugins. If you have not installed the plugins then they will not appear in the list.
You can also import a Timing track that has been created externally. Click on the Import button instead of the New button. A window Chose Timing files(s) window will open, enabling you to browse for and select the timing file to be imported. Navigate to the .txt file containing the timing track and click OK to import it. The new timing track can be a lyric track with phrases and words broke down into phenoms.
When you create a timing track it gets added to all views that you have defined. Timing tracks are local to a sequence.
If you have multiple timing tracks defined,
Each timing track has a different color of timing marks.
You can select the timing track radio button (to the left of the timing track name) to enable that track. You can also select more than one timing track to be displayed at the same time, however only one timing track will be active for effects to calculate the start and end position.
You can rename a timing track , by right clicking on the timing track name and then providing a new name in the window that gets displayed.
You can set up timing marks on any timing track manually, by placing your cursor on the waveform (above the grid) and while playing the sequence, press the ‘t’ key where you wish the timing mark to appear. This is equivalent to what is called a 'tapper' function.
You can also have xLights create fixed timing interval timing tracks by selecting the Metronome timing option and then choosing the timing interval.
When xLights created a Metronome timing it is generated as a Fixed Timing Tracks. Fixed Timing Tracks are not editable and the timing marks cannot be changed. Fixed timing tracks are colored orange in the sequence tab by default.
To edit a Fixed timing track the user must right click and select Make Timing Track Variable.
While on the sequencer tab, you can add new timing tracks or delete an existing timing track at any time.
Right Click , with your cursor in the area of the timing track names and select Add Timing Track or Delete Timing Track.
You can also import timing marks created externally (the most common being those created via Audacity or another xLights sequence).
This capability includes importing a Singing Face (xLights Papagayo) timing track.
In order to import a timing track, right click the Timing names area, then select Import Timing Track, navigate to the .txt ,PGO, LMS, LOR, LSP, .xml, or .xtiming file containing the timing track and click OK to import it.
The timing tracks from the specified file are imported as xLights timing tracks - the following is an example of one that has been imported from LSP.
Importing of a PGO timing track is covered elsewhere in the document.
Similarly to export a timing track, right click on the timing track name in the Timing names area, and save as as .xtiming file.
This capability includes exporting a singing face (xLights Papagayo) timing track.
You can export the file as a PGO file , if you wish to provide the file for use in another type of sequencer (LOR ). If you wish to use this in for another xLights sequencer , then export as an XTIMING file.
Multiple timing tracks can be exported to a single XTIMING file by selected them from the following dialog.
The purpose of this function is to create a timing track by importing the notes from an external source such as a MIDI file, from an externally generated source such as Audacity or from a music XML file.
Right Click on the Timing Track name and select Import Notes.
Specify a name for the Timing Track to be created , the Notes Source, and then navigate to and select the file from which the notes are to be Import.
Click OK and the Timing track will be created from the notes.
Once the timing track that has been created , it can be edited or adjusted if required.
Subsequently , when when using the Piano effect , specify the Timing Track that has been created as the Notes source.