Within Score, you can perform track-level edits using spotting and timeline controls. In this article, we'll teach you about:
Score automatically places your intro, climax, and outro spots on phrase downbeats so that your spots fall into naturally musical places. You can move your spots to any downbeat on the timeline.
In the workspace, the timeline displays basic information about your track and allows you to edit a track’s tempo and spotting points.
Spotting shapes a track’s energy by dictating how many instruments are playing in a given track, making your music more dynamic. Here's a guide to what our spot markers mean:
- Intro: Fewest instruments are playing.
- Climax: All instruments are in, full impact.
- Outro: Fewer instruments than Climax, but more than the Intro.
When you edit a spot, the Beat Grid changes, highlighting musically significant beats to help guide you in placing your spots. Here’s how we’ve grouped these beats, in order of musical importance:
- Phrase downbeat: A beat where one musical phrase ends and another begins. Usually every four measures.
- Downbeat: The first beat of a measure.
Tip: To achieve an even level of instrumentation throughout the track, try moving your intro spot to the beginning and your outro spot all the way to the end of your track.
Amper automatically defaults to auto-BPM mode. This will take your spotting information and automatically find a BPM that lines up with your spots. This is signified by the lightning bolt and double arrows in the BPM display.
When you are in auto-bpm mode, you can change the tempo while perfectly retaining your spotting information. Just click the left/right arrows to nudge the BPM up or down. We’ll take care of lining up the spots.
In Manual BPM mode, you can enter any specific tempo. Just double click on the BPM indicator and type in a new BPM.
Once you’ve typed in a new BPM, notice the lightning bolt disappears and the double arrows become single arrows.
Now, clicking the arrows will adjust the tempo by a single BPM.