- The Transport Toolbar has buttons for controlling playback and recording.
- These buttons can also be controlled with keyboard shortcuts.
Temporarily pauses playing or recording without losing your place. Press Pause a second time to resume.
Standard-speed playback. If an area of track is selected, only that selection will be played. Otherwise, playback begins wherever the selection cursor is. To loop-play (play the track or selection over and over until you press Stop), hold down SHIFT while pressing Play. This causes the button image to change to loop-play: .
Stops playing or recording immediately, and releases Pause if depressed. You have to Stop before you can use the "Skip" buttons below and before you can edit any audio.
Move the cursor to the beginning of the project. This is useful if you want to play everything, or record a new track starting from the beginning.
Move the cursor to the end of the project.
Recording begins at either the current cursor location or at the beginning of the current selection. Pressing Record always creates a new track, but you can append-record (start recording at the end of the currently selected track(s)) by holding down SHIFT while pressing Record.
The default "ergonomic" order of buttons on the Transport Toolbar can be unchecked in Interface Preferences to give this alternative order: