Conducting music in real-time

A Sketch renders a short passage of music in real-time. You can play Sketches on Palettes and Progression editors as an alternative for the default chords-only playback.

Enable or disable a Sketch from the Playback menu.

You can create a Sketch with File > New > Sketch or by using the Make Sketch command of the Container menu.


Since a Sketch is rendered in real-time, only a few milliseconds ahead of a new harmony you ask it to play, it has no opportunity to properly prepare for a chord change in advance. This can lead to artifacts like pitch leaps and truncated notes. Depending on musical style, this can be more or less noticeable.

Due to the computing power required for real-time rendering, the number of instruments in a Sketch is limited.