Working with the Timeline

Understanding the Timeline

To see the entire illustration and its explanation at the same time, click the Maximize button in the upper right corner of the Help window.

Timeline component


Snap to Beat

Use this button to turn Snap to Beat on or off.

Track Volume slider bar

Use this slider bar to adjust the volume of the entire track.

Timeline Ruler

The numbers in this bar across the top of the Timeline show the relative time within the Playlist. The Timeline shows Hours:Minutes:Seconds.

Track title bar

The Title and Artist are displayed in the title bar across the top of each segment in a track. If you see "<<<" before and after the title, this indicates the segment has been reversed and will play backwards.

Outro and Intro Ranges

RecordForAll marks an Intro Range and an Outro Range in every Beat-Mixed transition, with one sprocket at the beginning and another at the end of each range. Adjust the positions of the Intro and Outro Ranges by moving the sprockets. Change the length of overlap by dragging the orange bar at the bottom of the Intro Range or top of the Outro Range.

Adjust Zoom slider bar

Use this slider bar to zoom in and out of the Timeline to see more or less detail.

Audio plot

A visual representation of the changes in volume of a track over time.

Volume markers

These blue boxes connected with a blue line show how RecordForAll will fade the volume of a song in and out. Drag the blue boxes up or down to adjust the volume; drag them right or left to move the volume markers.

Tempo boxes

These gray boxes allow you to see and modify the tempo of a track during playback. There are two tempo boxes for songs using Crossfade Mixing and four for tracks using Beat Mixing. The lines between the boxes represent how the tempo changes.


Each sound file in the Playlist shows up as a track in the Timeline.


RecordForAll uses sprockets to define how tracks link together and overlap. Each sprocket is marked by a vertical red line.


Tracks are one segment by default. However, you can break the track into segments. For example, you can take a ten-minute dialog and chop it into a few segments to represent the intro, the main part of the topic, etc. Selected segments are indicated by a highlighted header.

Play this track by itself

Use this button to play this track only.

To change the level of Timeline detail

You can adjust the level of detail you see in the Timeline by zooming in and out.

You can also use the mouse wheel—the middle button on your mouse—to zoom in or out. Roll the wheel forward to zoom in for more detail; roll it backward to zoom out for less.

To change the position in the Timeline

You will need to move around in the Timeline when you're editing your show or when you want to jump ahead or jump back while playing your show. Do one of the following: