Magnetic/snap to in timeline


I have tried searching and think I have found the answer, but still want to verify:

Am I right in assuming that Ardour can only snap to a pre-determined grid and not to other objects in the timeline?

I am not a composer, and I will not use Ardour for mixing music. I will use Ardour to edit audio for video, radio and ambience recordings.

This means cutting, splitting, moving segments around. So it would help a lot to be able to park the play head and snap to it or snap to other segments in the timeline.

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere else. It is sometimes difficult to search when you are not a native English speaker.


The list of grid objects is presented in the grid dropdown. It includes many different sub-divisions of the beat, of clock time, and also includes the beginning, end or boundaries of regions, which are “other objects on the timline”. You can’t snap to automation or notes. Note that people get very confused by one thing: if there is a selected track, then the beginning/end/bounds of regions applies ONLY to regions in the selected track.

Moving the playhead to region boundaries can be done completely independently of tthe grid.


Sorry - a very late response due to various life events :slight_smile:

Yes, it feels a little confusing as I am coming from a TV/video/broadcasting world.

I am not used to snapping to regions - live recordings of audio do not have regions or beats. So I am used to programs that snap to:

Beginning or end of a piece of audio in the timeline
In-point or out-point
Beginning of timeline

For the first two, I am used to snapping to selected track, or if no track is selected, snapping to all tracks.

I am also used to be able to use a modifier key (ALT) - by holding it down while moving something, the end of it will snap to the points.

I understand that Ardour is mainly meant for music production. But the need for good tools for non-music material is definitely there.

OBS! I am in no way demanding any change or features. I know the program is developed with limited funds and that there is a logic behind it. I am just explaining my background.


Why don’t you create markers on the timeline and after that use the snap to markers function to align with the markers?