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Cakewalk: Ripple Effect

Cakewalk / Sonar Tips & Techniques
By Craig Anderton

Screen 1: You can choose the ripple editing mode in the Track View Options menu. Note the indicator that shows whether ripple editing is on or off, and whether it affects All or Selection.Screen 1: You can choose the ripple editing mode in the Track View Options menu. Note the indicator that shows whether ripple editing is on or off, and whether it affects All or Selection.

Find out how to get the most out of Cakewalk's ripple edit modes.

Ripple editing has been a staple of video editing, and is available in many audio programs too. This type of editing automatically moves content on the timeline after performing edits that add or remove time, thus completing some editing operations automatically. For example, if you cut a section of a song, the 'hole' that's created closes up automatically, with everything after the section you removed sliding to the left to fill the gap. Or, if you insert extra material into a song, the song will open up enough space to accommodate what you want to paste — it's not necessary to create a space first, and then paste. Actually, I've always thought of ripple editing as editing the timeline, with the clips just along for the ride. (Note that ripple editing works in Track View, but not the Piano Roll View.)

Sonar had some ripple-editing functionality, which included the Delete Hole function when cutting, and the ability to insert measures when you wanted to push material ahead in the timeline. However, there were multiple limitations, like what happened with MIDI notes when you deleted a hole. These were a source of frustration, but in May 2017 Sonar adopted true ripple editing and in a recent update, Cakewalk added a ripple editing on/off indicator.

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