Mixbus provides two clocks which display the current position of the playhead. Having 2 clocks is a convenience: for example you can leave one clock showing “musical” time (such as bars/beats) while the other clock shows time in hours:minutes: seconds.
Right-click on a clock to change the mode of the clock. A menu appears with the available options.
Some clock modes have smaller sub-displays which show the current meter/tempo, SMPTE format, or sample rate (in applicable modes).
It is possible to click on a clock and directly enter a time code location directly. Pressing “Enter” will locate the playhead to the new time.
Mixbus allows selection of several synchronization sources: Internal, LTC, MTC, and JACK
- Internal: The playhead position is defined by Mixbus; all transport commands come from Mixbus.
- LTC: The playhead position and transport state will be determined from incoming LTC (SMPTE) timecode.
- MTC: The playhead position and transport state will be determined from incoming MIDI Time Code.
- JACK: The playhead position and transport state will be determined from JACK. Transport commands initiated from Mixbus will be applied to all JACK-synchronized programs. (JACK is a third party program, and is not included with Mixbus 3, however, MB3 can utilize JACK if it is installed in your system.)
- Time Master (JACK only): Only one JACK-synchronized program can be the “Time master”. When JACK sync is used the timelines of the synchronized programs are located using the sample-clock offset. Since different programs may have different tempo maps, or methods of handling musical time, the “time master” identifies the machine that will define the musical time (bars/beats) position of the song. This is for advanced users only.