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The Song Editor gives an overview of the whole song (e.g. intro, verse, bridge, chorus and so on). Each colored square on this panel represents a playing pattern. It gives you complete freedom to add/remove patterns to the song and to move or copy any part of your song.
Columns represent time periods within the song. While they're shown as the same width in the Song Editor, the length of time taken to play through a column is set by the length of the pattern or patterns which are active and playing during that time slot.
Multiple patterns can be active at the same time in a column, and they will play simultaneously. This allows instrument parts to be separated out into different patterns, or to add ornamentation or fills on top of basic patterns without duplicating the basics into both patterns.
In the case of multiple patterns of different lengths in one column only the largest one(s) will be represented by a square. The shorter patterns are indicated by rectangles whose width indicate their length relative to the longest one.
You can alter the colors of the squares using the Interface tab in the Appearance tab of the Preferences.
In addition to the transport control provided in the Main Toolbar you can use the Song Ruler to navigatw. This is the area above the grid and right of the Main Controls. The position clicked will be rounded to the nearest pattern beginning (indicated by the faint playhead shown upon hovering) and transport will be relocated there.
Navigation in Hydrogen is always quantized. It is only possible to move forward / backwards or locate to whole patterns.
: deletes all patterns (asks for confirmation!).
: creates a new pattern (and asks for a name).
: moves currently selected pattern up or down.
You can also drag-and-drop a pattern up/down in the pattern list.
: locks the Pattern Editor.
If the Pattern Editor is locked, the user won't be able to select a pattern using the Sidebar of the Song Editor. Instead, Hydrogen will automatically select the currently playing pattern. In case there is more than one pattern present in the current row, the bottom-most one will be chosen.
This becomes quite handy when recording notes in Song Mode. Hydrogen will always select the pattern recorded notes will be inserted to.
: indicates that Hydrogen is in Selected Pattern Mode or : in Stacked Pattern Mode.